Document Type : Research Paper
Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz, Ahvaz, Iran.
Advanced Materials Research Center, Department of Materials Engineering, Najafabad Branch, Islamic Azad University, Najafabad, Iran
Master of Science Student, Nanomaterial Engineering, Isfahan University, Isfahan, Iran
Master of Science Student, Nano Materials Engineering, University of Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran
Bachelor of Science, Advanced Materials Research Center, Department of Materials Engineering, Najafabad Branch, Islamic Azad University, Najafabad, Iran
The idea of smart inhibitors is based on the principle that an inhibitor is used where needed. This will reduce the use of inhibitors and protect materials in hostile environments. On the other hand, direct addition of the inhibitor within the coating can be harmful, resulting in the loss of inhibitors ability, deterioration in the coating or both of them. An appropriate method for solving these problems is the use of neutral host systems that act as a nanocontainer system or reservoir and are filled with arbitrary inhibitor. In this study, mesoporous silica with and without corrosion inhibitor (benzotriazole) were dispersed within an epoxy coating to protect the steel sheet. Then, the corrosion properties of these coatings with and without mesoporous silica particles were compared in a saline solution. Electrochemical studies showed that coatings containing particles could protect the surface of steel in the chloride environment. The impedance modulus (Z100 mHz) and corrosion resistance (Rcorr) regarding the coating embedded with mesoporous silica doped with inhibitor showed a value about one order of magnitude higher than that of a coating without inhibitor. This behavior could be due to the release of benzotriazole at the interface of the epoxy coating. In addition, the scratched coating with mesoporous silica doped with inhibitor exhibited less corrosion products compared to the coating without inhibitor which also confirmed the release of benzotriazole on demand of the corrosion process.