Use of inkjet printing to deposit magnesium chloride salt patterns for investigation of atmospheric corrosion of 304 stainless steel

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Inkjet printing was used to deposit MgCl2 salt patterns on 304 stainless steel foils to investigate atmospheric corrosion. Results were found to be more consistent if initial hydration (1 h at similar to 90% RH) of the printed salt pattern was carried out. The pit diameter following exposure at 45% RH and 300 K for 24 h was found to increase with the diameter of the original salt deposit, which is consistent with the idea of cathodic limitation of the pit current. For a constant deposition area, the pit diameter increases with increased salt deposition density, which may be associated with a lower ohmic drop resulting from a higher droplet, or could be influenced by enhanced corrosion during the initial hydration stage. (C) 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3114-3121
Number of pages8
JournalCorrosion Science
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2011


  • Stainless steel, Atmospheric corrosion