Surface microstructures and corrosion resistance of Ni-Ti-Nb shape memory thin films

Li, Kun, Lin, Yan, Gibson, Des, Zheng, Yang, Liu, Jiao, Sun, Lu and Fu, Yong Qing (2017) Surface microstructures and corrosion resistance of Ni-Ti-Nb shape memory thin films. Applied Surface Science, 414. pp. 63-67. ISSN 0169-4332

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Abstract

Ni-Ti-Nb and Ni-Ti shape memory thin films were sputter-deposited onto silicon substrates and annealed at 600ºC for crystallization. X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements indicated that all of the annealed Ni-Ti-Nb films were composed of crystalline Ni-Ti (Nb) and Nb-rich grains. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) tests showed that the surfaces of Ni-Ti-Nb films were covered with Ti oxides, NiO and Nb2O5. The corrosion resistance of the Ni-Ti-Nb films in 3.5 wt. % NaCl solution was investigated using electrochemical tests such as open-circuit potential (OCP) and potentio-dynamic polarization tests. Ni-Ti-Nb films showed higher OCPs, higher corrosion potentials (Ecorr) and lower corrosion current densities (icorr) than the binary Ni-Ti film, which indicated a better corrosion resistance. The reason may be that Nb additions modified the passive layer on the film surface. The OCPs of Ni-Ti-Nb films increased with further Nb additions, whereas no apparent difference of Ecorr and icorr was found among the Ni-Ti-Nb films.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ni-Ti-Nb, thin film, microstructures, corrosion resistance
Subjects: F300 Physics
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2017 09:01
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 08:51
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/30434

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