Effect of uniaxial strain on the protective properties of coil-coatings
By Chen, Y.M; Yu, G.P & Huang, J.H
Published in Progress in Organic Coatings 2003
The effect of uniaxial deformation on coil-coated galvanised steel was investigated. Samples with several degrees of uniaxial elongation were exposed to a corrosive solution and the loss of protective properties was monitored by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). Protection rapidly decreased with the degree of elongation. After 16% the coating degradation introduced by elongation was so high that EIS was not able to distinguish different strained samples. The loss of protection was interpreted in terms of the morphological changes experienced by the coated system as a consequence of strain, supported by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) observations.