I received my bachelor’s degree in Materials & Metallurgical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET), Bangladesh in 2012 and master’s by research in Engineering Materials from University of Malaya, Malaysia in 2015.
I started my PhD at RMIT University in March 2019. My PhD project is focused on Corrosion inhibition of aluminium 6000 series alloys by organic inhibitors. This project will try to investigate the long-term durability of inhibitor film and corrosion inhibition mechanism of organic inhibitors by film-forming mechanism.
Presently, I am working on long term stability of a single organic inhibitor film over some alloys of aluminium 6000 series by electrochemical analysis techniques. I will investigate the film-forming behaviour of different organic inhibitors by surface analysis techniques to reveal the exact mechanism of absorption. The outcome of my project will provide some inputs on the existing knowledge gaps on absorption of inhibitor film over aluminium 6000 series alloys. The influence of alloy microstructure on inhibitor film formation is another important aspect of this project. The knowledge of my project can be useful to promote aluminium 6000 alloy series as a better corrosion-resistant material for future automobile industry.
Topic: Corrosion inhibition studies of aluminium alloys 6XXX series and mechanisms of film formation
Aluminium 6000 series are getting more attention nowadays in automotive applications like extruded car parts, body panels and closures due to their high strength to weight ratio, formability and corrosion resistance. However, severe environmental conditions like sea water, excessive moisture or wet weather could deteriorate the corrosion resistance of AA6XXX in the form of pitting, filiform or intergranular corrosion. It is well-established that organic corrosion inhibitors could delay the corrosion process by forming a protective barrier film. However, the mechanism of absorption of an organic inhibitor film is not well understood for AA6XXX. This study is designed to investigate “in-situ” corrosion inhibition mechanisms, particularly long-term durability and film-forming behaviour, of a selection of organic corrosion inhibitors for AA6XXX series alloys. Adopted methodologies will include open circuit potential (OCP), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), potentiodynamic scans (PDS) and linear polarization resistance (LPR) and surface analysis techniques, such as XPS, FIB-SEM, EDS, SKPFM & FTIR.
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