Corrosion characteristics of Fe2O3Cr2O3 artificial passivation films under potentiostatic control

Shigeaki Tanaka, Nobuyoshi Hara, Katsuhisa Sugimoto

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Fe2O3Cr2O3 composite oxide thin films, that is, artificial passivation films, with various Cr2O3 content were formed on Pt substrates by a MOCVD method. The rate of change of film thickness as a function of potential was examined in 1 kmol m-3 H2SO4 using in-situ ellipsometry under potentiostatic control. The rate of thinning can be divided into four characteristic ranges according to potential; i.e. the range of the reduction dissolution of Fe2O3 component, the range of no dissolution, the range of the field-assisted dissolution of Fe2O3 component, and the range of the oxidation dissolution of Cr2O3 component. The range of no dissolution of Fe2O3Cr2O3 composite films was named the intrinsic passivity. The anodic polarization curve for an Fe18Cr alloy in passive and transpassive potentials was also divided into four characteristic ranges which correspond to the ranges for the artificial passivation films. The dissolution behavior of passive and transpassive films can be explained based on the origin of the four ranges. It was presumed that passive films on FeCr alloys exhibit their intrinsic nature in the potential range of the intrinsic passivity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-69
Number of pages7
JournalMaterials Science and Engineering A
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1995 Jul 15


  • Artificial passivation film
  • Ellipsometry
  • FeOCrO film
  • Passivity
  • Potentiostatic control
  • Transpassivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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