Strength loss in E-glass fibres after exposure to hydrochloric, hydrobromic and hydriodic acids
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The corrosion of E-glass fibres by hydrochloric, hydrobromic, and hydriodic acids has been investigated by measuring the loss of mechanical strength of the fibres following immersion in solutions of the acids. Corrosion is greatest in hydrochloric acid and least in hydriodic acid. Curves of percentage strength retention against concentration show well-defined minima for hydrochloric and hydrobromic acids, but not for hydriodic acid. This phenomenon has been attributed to complex ion formation by metal ions in the glass with chloride or bromide ions in the corroding solution. Spectroscopic evidence suggests that ferric ions play an important role in the corroding process.
KeywordsFerric Chloride Acidity Function Hydrobromic Acid Strength Retention Hydriodic Acid
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