Improving Corrosion and Corrosion-Fatigue Resistance of AZ31B Cast Mg Alloy Using Combined Cold Spray and Top Coatings Academic Article uri icon

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  • In this paper, we report the application of zinc phosphate electrostatic-painting top coating on cold sprayed AA7075 leading to a significant improvement in corrosion-fatigue performance. High strength AA7075 powder was sprayed on AZ31B substrate, followed by the application of the top coating. The electrochemical corrosion and corrosion-fatigue tests of the coated and uncoated specimens were performed in 3.5% NaCl solution. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis showed that a continuous nanolayered mixture of Mg/Al was formed at the cold spray coating/substrate interface leading to high bonding strength. The results showed that the combined coatings improved the corrosion resistance remarkably, and significantly increased the fatigue life, with a fatigue strength of 80 MPa at 107 cycles, as compared to the as-cast specimen. Surface topographic analysis of the corrosion-fatigue-tested specimens demonstrated the presence of deep macro-pits on the cold sprayed AA7075 coating after 3.7 million cycles, while there were no such pits on the top-coated specimens, even after 107 cycles when tested at 30 Hz. The fractographic analysis of the fatigue-fractured specimens showed that the formation of pits allowed the NaCl solution to penetrate in the AZ31B substrate, creating localized corrosion pits resulting in premature failure, which eventually reduced the fatigue life.


  • Shaha, Sugrib Kumar
  • Dayani, Siavash Borhan
  • Xue, Yuna
  • Pang, Xin
  • Jahed, Hamid

publication date

  • December 1, 2018