Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Mechanical, Automotive, and Materials Engineering

First Advisor

Nie, Xueyuan


Aluminized steel, Galvanic corrosion, Lightweight metals, PEO coating



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In this study, a plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) process was used to form oxide coating on aluminized steel, heated aluminized steel and magnesium. A potentiodynamic polarization corrosion test was employed to investigate the general corrosion properties. Galvanic corrosion of steel samples and magnesium samples was studied by zero resistance ammeter (ZRA) tests and boiling tests. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and EDS were used to investigate the coating microstructure and the coating/substrate interface. In general, the PEO coatings on all three substrate can help prevent general corrosion. 6-min coated magnesium with unipolar current mode performs best in most galvanic couplings for preventing both general corrosion and galvanic corrosion. Factors which could influence galvanic corrosion behaviors of tested samples were discussed based on area ratios of anode/cathode and cell potential driving force during the ZRA corrosion tests and boiling tests.