Corrosion Protection for Cast Iron in Sulfamic Acid Solutions and Studies of the Cooperative Effect Between Cationic Surfactant and Acid Counterions

  • Y. Baymou
  • H. Bidi
  • M. Ebn Touhami
  • M. Allam
  • M. Rkayae
  • R. A. Belakhmima


The electrochemical behavior of white cast iron in sulfamic acid was studied in the presence of hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide as a corrosion inhibitor. The cooperative effect between counterions of sulfamic acid and CTAB was investigated as well as the impact of this phenomenon on the inhibition efficiency; for that purpose, gravimetric method, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, potentiodynamic polarization curves and inductively coupled plasma spectrometry (ICP-OES) techniques were exploited. The CTAB molecule reveals remarkable qualities for the protection of white cast iron in sulfamic acid cleaning solutions. Sulfamate ions play a major role in this phenomenon by facilitating the attraction and adsorption of CTAB onto the surface of white cast iron. The inhibition efficiency remains almost stable (about 95%) for a concentration of 10−3 M in CTAB. The critical micelle concentration of CTAB in the H2O/NH2SO3H system was investigated by the conductimetry method. The CTAB adsorption onto the cast iron surface was studied by Langmuir adsorption isotherms. The surface characterization by RDX and SEM showed a good anticorrosion protection and a lower surface roughness in the presence of CTAB.


Cast Iron Sulfamic acid Cationic surfactant Adsorption EIS ICP-OES SEM 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory of Materials Engineering and Environment: Modeling and Application, Faculty of ScienceUniversity Ibn TofailKenitraMorocco

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