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Organosilicon films were deposited on carbon steel samples using remote microwave nitrogen plasma-assisted chemical vapour deposition. The deposits were obtained using TetraMethyDisoloxane monomer mixed with oxygen. The formed films were characterised using electron microprobe analysis, Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy, contact angle measurements, scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. The electrochemical properties of the organosilicon coatings were evaluated using gravimetric experiments next to electrochemical tests. A significant increase in the corrosion resistance behaviour of the organosilicon coated carbon steel specimen was found when the samples were immersed in 3% aqueous sodium chloride solutions. Also, the surface pre-treatment process of carbon steel had an important influence on the morphological and electrochemical behaviour. Argon pre-treatment improves significantly the corrosion resistance or organosilicon coated steel samples. Gravimetric tests in particular showed that samples pre-treated with argon result in lower weight loss and decreased corrosion rates compared to interfaces pre-treated with nitrogen plasma.
Keywords: PACVD, carbon steel, organ silicon, corrosion, pre-treatment, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy.
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