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On the mechanisms of the corrosion of weathering steel by SO2 in laboratory studies: influence of the environmental parameters

  • J. F. MarcoEmail author
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  1. Proceedings of the 15th Latin American Conference on the Applications of the Mössbauer Effect (LACAME 2016), 13-18 November 2016, Panama City, Panama


We report here on the mechanisms underlying the corrosion of weathering steel in accelerated laboratory tests using artificially polluted SO2-atmospheres. The role of corrosion parameters such as the SO2 concentration, the exposure time, the relative humidity and temperature of the environment are discussed in detail. Through the extensive use of Mössbauer spectroscopy in both its transmission and electron detection modes, as well as with the help of other analysis techniques, the characterization of the different corrosion products at the various stages of the corrosion process has been carried out. The results complement the data obtained in field studies and help to understand the mechanisms involved in this complex phenomenon.


Weathering steel Corrosion SO2 Protective patina Environmenta parameters Mössbauer spectroscopy 



The author would like to acknowledge the work of Drs. J.R. Gancedo, M. Gracia, J. Palacios, J.Z. Dávalos, W. Meisel and J.A. Tabares who contribute strongly to obtain the results reported in this paper. Financial support from different instances of the Spanish Administration and the CSIC is also acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Instituto de Química Física “Rocasolano”, CSICMadridSpain

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