This paper investigates the long term corrosion behaviour of pretreated carbon steel under alternating anaerobic to aerobic cycles over 238 days. Changes in steel behaviour were observed electrochemically by monitoring the corrosion potential, and calculating changes to corrosion rate from linear polarization resistance. With increasing cycle number the corrosion process becomes localized at a small number of locations, consistent with the formation of tubercles. Periods of aerobic corrosion were associated with more positive potentials (between −500 mV to −350 mV) and high corrosion rates (70 to 120 μm yr−1); whereas anaerobic corrosion yielded more negative potentials (< −650 mV) and lower corrosion rates (40 to 50 μm yr−1). Upon termination of the experiment, corrosion product deposits were characterized by several techniques: scanning electrochemical microscopy to detect morphology; focused ion beam and cross sectioning to judge film thickness and film porosity; and Raman Spectroscopy to identify iron phases.

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