Titanium alloy grade 7 under the influence of micro-organisms in diluted NaBr solution

D. Itzhak, T. Greenberg

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Abstract

The behavior of titanium alloy grade 7 under the influence of micro-organisms in diluted NaBr solution was studied. The exposure of the tested titanium alloy to aqueous environments combined with micro-organisms was carried out in a unique test cell under induced potential. During the exposure, the potential between the anodic surface and the reference electrode was recorded. A heavily polluted environment with micro-organisms resulted in a sharp drop of the steady potential after an incubation period of ≈ 2-4 h. Potentiodynamic polarization measurements show that increasing the total bacterial counts (TBC) to a value > 104/ml results in higher sensitivity to localized corrosion attack. As the TBC increases, the anodic breakdown potential decreases from ≈ 950 m V in 102/ml to ≈ 800 m V in 107/ml. The results clearly indicate that the aqueous media polluted with micro-organisms inhibits the anodic passivation process and depolarizes the cathodic process, resulting in higher corrosion current density. SEM observation of Ti 7 alloy that was exposed to heavily polluted environments with micro-organisms for ≈ 3 months revealed a massive growth of biofilm on the metal surface.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-140
Number of pages6
JournalMaterials Science & Engineering A: Structural Materials: Properties, Microstructure and Processing
Volume302
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 15 Apr 2001

Keywords

  • Anodic passivation
  • Micro-organism
  • Titanium alloys

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