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Electrochemical Characterization and Modeling of Fe-28Mn-6Si-5Cr Shape Memory Steel in Alkaline Medium
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1  Universidade de Vigo
2  ENCOMAT Group
4  University of Vigo


A new kind of ferrous SMA, of the Mn family and complemented with Cr additions, the Shape Memory Steel (SMS), is being introduced as a very interesting smart material, able to be used in fitting and reshaping applications, and with the potential of being applied to structural reinforcement applications. It is also more affordable than Ti and Ni based alloys (NiTinol) [1].

This research is focused on the corrosion performance of the Fe‒28Mn-6Si-5Cr Shape Memory Steel. The sample is immersed in a 0,1 M NaOH + 0,1 KOH solution (pH = 13), that mimics the alkalinity of the concrete pore solution. The passive layer formation while exposed to that medium is studied for 7 days by electrochemical means, and its degradation by Cl- additions is also assessed, by progressive additions of Cl- ions in the previouly mentioned solution. This aforementioned layer growth and degradation is modeled by different equivalent circuits. The evolution of the system behavior is monitored.

Funding: This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No769255. This document reflects only the views of the authors. Neither the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) nor the European Commission is in any way responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains

Keywords: Electrochemical Impedance Spectrocopy (EIS); Shape Memory Steel (SMS); Corrosion