Journal of Iron and Steel Research International

, Volume 25, Issue 1, pp 120–130 | Cite as

Corrosion behavior of low alloy steel for cargo oil tank under upper deck conditions

  • Hao Li
  • Feng Chai
  • Cai-fu Yang
  • Chao Li
  • Xiao-bing Luo
Original Paper


A simulated corrosion test apparatus was used to investigate the corrosion behavior of a low alloy steel under simulated upper deck conditions in a cargo oil tank. The estimated corrosion loss of conventional E36 class ship plate steel is 4.27 mm, which is clearly inadequate compared with the standard adopted by International Maritime Organization. Outer rust layer of specimens starts to peel off after 77 days and becomes fragmented after 98 days. X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and Raman spectroscopy revealed that the resulting rust is composed of σ-FeOOH (the main protective phase), Fe2O3, FeS, elemental S, and FeSO4. FeSO4 in the interface of the base and rust layer leads to localized corrosion. Elemental sulfur forms on the surface of σ-FeOOH, and the quantity and size thereof increase with increasing corrosion time. Furthermore, layered elemental sulfur promotes fracture and peels off the rust layer.


Low alloy steel Cargo oil tank Upper deck Corrosion film Elemental sulfur 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hao Li
    • 1
  • Feng Chai
    • 1
  • Cai-fu Yang
    • 1
  • Chao Li
    • 2
  • Xiao-bing Luo
    • 1
  1. 1.Central Iron and Steel Research InstituteBeijingChina
  2. 2.Qingdao NCS Testing Protection Technology Co., Ltd.QingdaoChina

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