Aluminium alloy 5083, widely used in marine applications, undergoes accelerated corrosion in sea water due to the aggressive reaction of chloride ions with the secondary phase particles and other intermetallics present in the alloy matrix. The corrosion rate of the alloy is also influenced by the temperature difference between the alloy and its environment. Friction stir processing (FSP) is a recent solid state processing technique for improving the surface properties of metals and alloys. In this study, an attempt has been made to explore the possibility of improving the corrosion resistance of AA5083 by FSP. FSP trials were performed by varying the tool rotation speed, tool traverse speed and shoulder diameter of the tool, as per face centered central composite design. The corrosion potential and the corrosion rate of friction stir processed AA5083 was studied using potentiodynamic polarization studies, at three different temperatures. Mathematical models based on polynomial–-radial basis function were developed and used to study the effect of process parameters on the corrosion potential and the corrosion rate of friction stir processed AA5083. FSP resulted in refinement of the grain structure, dispersion and partial dissolution of secondary phase particles in the matrix, which increased the corrosion resistance of the alloy.
Vaira Vignesh R. and Dr. Padmanaban R., “Modelling Corrosion Behavior of Friction Stir Processed Aluminium Alloy 5083 Using Polynomial: Radial Basis Function”, Transactions of the Indian Institute of Metals, vol. 70, no. 10, pp. 2575–2589, 2017.