The quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) provides an extremely sensitive technique for detecting small changes in mass and viscosity on the quartz crystal surface. QCM can be used in oil, gas or water without the problems of high solution resistance.

In order to use QCM to model pipeline corrosion, an iron quartz crystal electrode was prepared using an electrodeposition method. The reproducibility, effectiveness and accuracy of the iron QCM were tested in salt solution. The adsorption of amines was studied to investigate their effects on the corrosion behaviour of the iron QCM.

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