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Hybrid Layers Deposited by an Atmospheric Pressure Plasma Process for Corrosion Protection of Galvanized Steel

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Finding alternative treatments to reproduce anticorrosion properties of chromated coatings is challenging since both physical barrier and self-healing effects are needed. Siloxane based treatments are known to be a promising way to achieve physical barrier coatings, mainly plasma polymerized hexamethyldisiloxane (ppHMDSO). In addition, it is known that cerium-based coatings can also provide corrosion protection of metals by means of self-healing effect. In this frame, innovative nanoAlCeO3/ppHMDSO layers have thus been deposited and studied. These combinations allow to afford a good physical barrier effect and active properties. Liquid siloxane and cerium-based particles mixture is atomized and introduced as precursors into a carrier gas. Gas mixture is then injected into an atmospheric pressure dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) where plasma polymerization of the siloxane precursor occurs. The influence of cerium concentration on the coating properties is investigated: coating structure and topography have been studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and interferometry, and corrosion resistance of these different coatings is compared by electrochemistry techniques: polarization curves and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). Potential self-healing property afforded by cerium in the layer was studied by associating EIS measurements and nanoscratch controlled damaging. Among the different combinations investigated, mixing of plasma polymerized HMDSO and AlCeO3 nanoparticles seems to give promising results with a good physical barrier and interesting electroactive properties. Indeed, corrosion currents measured on such coatings are almost as low as those measured with the chromated film. Combination of nanoscratch damaging of layers with EIS experiments to investigate self-healing also allow to measure the active protection property of such layers.
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