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Journal of Spectroscopy
Volume 2015, Article ID 826759, 12 pages
Research Article

Corrosion Performance of AISI-309 Exposed to Molten Salts V2O5-Na2SO4 at 700°C Applying EIS and Electrochemical Techniques

Facultad de Ciencias Químicas e Ingeniería, Centro de Investigación en Ingeniería y Ciencias Aplicadas, UAEM, Avenida Universidad 1001, Colonia Chamilpa, 62209 Cuernavaca, MOR, Mexico

Received 11 February 2015; Revised 16 March 2015; Accepted 17 March 2015

Academic Editor: Djordje Mandrino

Copyright © 2015 E. F. Diaz et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The corrosion performance of AISI-309 exposed 5 days to molten salts 50 mol% V2O5-50 mol% Na2SO4 at 700°C is reported in this paper. Such evaluation was made using three electrochemical techniques: potentiodynamic polarization curve (), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), and linear polarization resistance (). From , the Tafel slopes, , and were obtained. From Nyquist and Bode plots, it was possible to determine two different stages; the first one showed just one loop, which indicated the initial formation of Cr2O3 layer over the metallic surface; after that, the dissolution of Cr2O3 formed a porous layer, which became part of the corrosion products; at the same time a NiO layer combined with sulfur was forming, which was suggested as the second stage, represented by two capacitive loops. EIS plots were in agreement with the physical characterization made from SEM and EDS analyses. Fitting of EIS experimental data allowed us to propose two electrical circuits, being in concordance with the corrosion stages. Parameters obtained from the simulation of EIS data are also reported. From the results, it was stated that AISI-309 suffered intergranular corrosion due to the presence of sulfur, which diffused to the metallic surface through a porous Cr2O3 layer.