Non-destructive electrochemical evaluation of corrosion protection systems subjected to accelerated ageing tests: a strategy for the conservation of colonial Mexican metal alloys


  • Javier Reyes-Trujeque Laboratorio Nacional de Ciencias Para la Investigación y Conservación del Patrimonio Cultural-Centro de Investigación en Corrosión (LANCIC-CICORR), Universidad Autónoma de Campeche, Av. Agustín Melgar s/n, Col. Buenavista, C.P. 24039, San Francisco de Campeche, Cam., México
  • Luis Román Dzib Pérez Laboratorio Nacional de Ciencias Para la Investigación y Conservación del Patrimonio Cultural-Centro de Investigación en Corrosión (LANCIC-CICORR), Universidad Autónoma de Campeche, Av. Agustín Melgar s/n, Col. Buenavista, C.P. 24039, San Francisco de Campeche, Cam., México
  • Nora Ariadna Pérez-Castellanos CONACYT-Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Circuito Mario de la Cueva s/n, Ciudad Universitaria, Ciudad de México. C.P. 04510, México
  • Armando Arciniega-Corona Coordinación Nacional de Conservación del Patrimonio Cultural-Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, Ex-convento de Churubusco S/N, San Diego Churubusco, Coyoacán, Ciudad de México, C.P. 04120, México



Protective coatings, Brass, Cast iron, EIS, FTIR, SEM


In this study we used Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) to assess the protective capacity of different conservation treatments: benzotriazole, tannic acid and a polyurethane coating. They were applied on corroded coupons that replicate colonial Mexican brass and cast-iron alloys which were subjected to an accelerated ageing process under UVB/condensation exposure cycles. Electrochemical analysis was complemented with colorimetric measurements and FTIR analysis for information on the structural level before and after ageing. EIS results indicate that although the inhibitor systems prevent corrosion in early stages of the ageing, after 600 h they degrade, and corrosion products are formed resulting in low protective capacities. The selected polyurethane coating provided high protective capacities measured by EIS and agreed with no chemical degradation registered by FTIR and colour aspect. This investigation was performed with a methodology that can be replicated on site since it is non-destructive and the data can be employed for planning conservation strategies.


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Evolution of the systems surface appearance registered by optical microscopy during the ageing test




How to Cite

Reyes-Trujeque, J., Dzib Pérez, L. R., Pérez-Castellanos, N. A., & Arciniega-Corona, A. (2024). Non-destructive electrochemical evaluation of corrosion protection systems subjected to accelerated ageing tests: a strategy for the conservation of colonial Mexican metal alloys. Conservar Património.



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