Anticorrosive Behavior and Porosity of Tricationic Phosphate and Zirconium Conversion Coating on Galvanized Steel

  • Camilo S. Velasquez
  • Egnalda P. S. Pimenta
  • Vanessa F. C. Lins


This work evaluates the corrosion resistance of galvanized steel treated with tricationic phosphate and zirconium conversion coating after painting, by using electrochemical techniques, accelerated and field corrosion tests. A non-uniform and heterogeneous distribution of zirconium on the steel surface was observed due to preferential nucleation of the zirconium on the aluminum-rich sites on the surface of galvanized steel. The long-term anti-corrosion performance in a saline solution was better for the phosphate coating up to 120 days. The coating capacitance registered a higher increase for the zirconium coatings than the phosphate coatings up to 120 days of immersion. This result agrees with the higher porosity of zirconium coating in relation to the phosphate coating. After 3840 h of accelerated corrosion test, and after 1 year of accelerated field test, zirconium-treated samples showed an average scribe delamination length higher than the phosphate-treated samples.


coatings coatings and paints corrosion and wear inorganic steel 



The authors are grateful to the USIMINAS Industry, Centro de Microscopia da UFMG, Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CMPq), Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES) and Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de Minas Gerais (FAPEMIG).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Camilo S. Velasquez
    • 1
  • Egnalda P. S. Pimenta
    • 2
  • Vanessa F. C. Lins
    • 1
  1. 1.Chemical Engineering DepartmentUniversidade Federal de Minas GeraisBelo HorizonteBrazil
  2. 2.USIMINAS IndustryIpatingaBrazil

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