Measurement for surface pH distribution in crevice corrosion process of stainless steel

Masayuki Sagara, Kazuhiko Noda, Yasuyuki Katada, Toshiaki Kodama

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In the generation and growth process of crevice corrosion, it is considered that pH of the solution inside the crevice decreases because of hydrolysis reaction by metallic ion. In this study, in-situ measurement for surface pH distribution of the stainless steel in crevice corrosion process was carried out by a scanning chemical microscopy (SCHEM) using photo current characteristics of semiconductor. 17%Cr-14%Ni-2%Mo austenitic stainless steels were used as test specimens. Test specimens were immersed in artificial seawater with addition of hydrogen peroxide. As a result of the tests, although surface showed uniform pH distribution in early stage, the decrease of pH at one area near the crevice was observed in latter stage. The area extended as the time passed. This area almost agreed with the position at which crevice corrosion occurred. From these results, it was proven that SCHEM was promising to investigate crevice corrosion behavior of the stainless steel. The effect of nitrogen in stainless steel on the crevice corrosion resistance was also investigated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)925-928
Number of pages4
JournalNippon Kinzoku Gakkaishi/Journal of the Japan Institute of Metals
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Sept
Externally publishedYes


  • Chloride ion
  • Crevice corrosion
  • Nitrogen
  • PH
  • Stainless steel

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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