Identification of corrosion products due to seawater and fresh water

A. Gismelseed*, M. Elzain, A. Yousif, A. Al Rawas, I. A. Al-Omari, H. Widatallah, A. Rais

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Mössbauer and X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements were performed on corrosion products extracted from the inner surface of two different metal tubes used in a desalination plant in Oman. One of the tubes corroded due to the seawater while the second was corroded due to fresh water. The corrosion products thus resulted due to seawater were scrapped off in to two layers, the easily removable rust from the top is termed outer surface corrosion product and the strongly adhered rust as internal corrosion product. The Mössbauer spectra together with the XRD pattern of the outer surface showed the presence of magnetite (Fe3O4), akaganeite (β-FeOOH), lepidocrocite (γ-FeOOH), goethite (α-FeOOH) and hematite (Fe2O3). The inner surface however showed the presence of akaganite, goethite, and magnetite. On the other hand, the corrosion products due to the fresh water showed only the presence of goethite and magnetite. The mechanism of the corrosion process will be discussed based on the significant differences between the formation of the iron components of the corrosion products due to seawater and the fresh water.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)487-492
Number of pages6
JournalHyperfine Interactions
Issue number1-4
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Corrosion
  • Fresh water
  • Mössbauer
  • Oxyhydroxides
  • Seawater

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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