Corrosion Resistance of the Joint of Stainless Steels in Aggressive Solution
The CO2 laser welding technique was proposed as a method of joining dissimilar
materials. The corrosion resistance of the joint of TP347HFG and VM12-SHC stainless steels in
chloride solution was investigated. The stainless steels were butt welded. The materials were
examined by electrochemical methods. The microstructure of the weld and the heat-affected zones
were observed in an optical (OM) and scanning electron microscope (SEM). The X-ray
fluorescence spectrometer (XRF) was used to determine variations in the main chemical elements
across the fillet weld. The results showed a substantial intermixing of both substrates within the
fusion zone. The joint in the environment of strong electrolytes of Cl- corrodes according to the
electrochemical mechanism. The corrosion kinetic parameters for the substrates were calculated
and discussed. The joint possesses medium resistance to electrochemical corrosion in relation to both steels.
Keywords: Austenitic, corrosion kinetic parameters, cross-section, electrochemical corrosion, laser welding, joint, martensitic.
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