Wear and Corrosion Resistances of Oxide Coatings formed on Magnesium Alloys by Micro Arc Oxidation
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In the present study, wear and corrosion resistances of magnesium alloys are analyzed after coated by micro arc oxidation (MAO) process for protection of gear component, which is the most wearing part of a bicycle. Two of the most common magnesium alloys (AZ31 and AZ91) were used in the study and they were oxidized in three different electrolytes (aluminate-, silicateand phosphate-based). Scanning electron microscope (SEM) is utilized in order to analyze the coating morphology and wear scars obtained during wear tests. Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) analyses were implemented to determine the elemental composition of the coatings. Wear and corrosion tests were applied to compare the performances of the coatings. Experimental results showed that wear and corrosion resistances of the samples generally increased after coated by MAO process and the best protection was achieved by utilizing silicate-based electrolyte for MAO process of magnesium alloys.
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