Influence of the high temperature treatment of zinc phosphate conversion coatings on the corrosion protection of steel
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An anhydrous α-Zn3(PO4)2 phase converted by the dehydration of hydrous zinc phosphate, Zn3(PO4)2·2H2O, crystal coatings in air at a temperature of approximately 300 °C, significantly enhances the corrosion resistance of steel, and also reduces the susceptibility of the crystals to alkaline dissolution. A subsequent α→γ phase transition at approximately 500 °C results in a poor protection behaviour, because of the formation of numerous microcracks on the crystal faces.
KeywordsZinc 2H2O Phase Transition Dehydration Corrosion Resistance
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