[EN] The effect of microplasma arc welding (MPAW) on the electrochemical and corrosion behaviour of AISI 316L stainless steel tubes has been studied. Scanning electrochemical measurements were performed in sodium chloride to evaluate the difference in the electrochemical activity of base (non-welded) and welded samples. Oxygen reduction rates increase in AISI 316L due to the heat treatment effect induced by welding, indicating a higher electrochemical activity in the welded samples. Additionally, the use of MPA weldments in lithium bromide (LiBr) absorption machines was also analysed at typical operating temperatures and Reynolds numbers. The welding process increases corrosion rates, hinders passivation and increases the susceptibility to pitting attack in LiBr. However, zero-resistance ammeter and localization index measurements show that the galvanic pair generated between the base and welded alloys is weak, both electrodes being in their passive state. Temperature greatly affects the corrosion process. (C) 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. The authors would like to express their gratitude to the FPU grant given to Rita Sanchez Tovar, MICINN (CTQ2009-07518), to FEDER, to the Programa de Apoyo a la Investigacion y Desarrollo de la UPV (PAID-06-11-1864), to the Generalitat Valenciana for its help in the SECM acquisition (PPC/2011/013) and to Dr. Asuncion Jaime for her translation assistance. Sánchez-Tovar, R.; Montañés, M.; García-Antón, J. (2013). Effects of microplasma arc AISI 316L welds on the corrosion behaviour of pipelines in LiBr cooling systems. Corrosion Science. 73:365-374. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.corsci.2013.04.025 S 365 374 73
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