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Anti-Corrosion Methods and Materials

ISSN: 0003-5599

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Subject Area: Mechanical & Materials Engineering

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Tarnishing of silver in environments with sulphur contamination

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Title:Tarnishing of silver in environments with sulphur contamination
Author(s):Chang Jiang Yang, (School of Chemical Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, China), Cheng Hao Liang, (School of Chemical Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, China Electromechanics and Materials Engineering, Dalian Maritime University, Dalian, China), Xia Liu, (School of Chemical Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, China)
Citation:Chang Jiang Yang, Cheng Hao Liang, Xia Liu, (2007) "Tarnishing of silver in environments with sulphur contamination", Anti-Corrosion Methods and Materials, Vol. 54 Iss: 1, pp.21 - 26
Keywords:Corrosion, Silver, Sulphides, Tarnish
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/00035590710717357 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Purpose – This paper seeks to investigate work on silver sulphide formed on the surface of silver metal which was exposed to an environment containing sulphur contamination.

Design/methodology/approach – Laboratory tests were performed to determine the effect of the surface state, relative humidity, temperature and illumination.

Findings – It was indicated that sulphuration of silver was accelerated by mechanical polishing and illumination. The exposure was performed at 0, 54, 75 per cent relative humidity (rH) and at 16, 25, 37, 47 and 57°C. The tarnish rate at 54 per cent rH was more than two times than that at 0 per cent rH or 75 per cent rH, and the rate increased as a function of temperature.

Originality/value – A tarnish model was proposed. The tarnish reaction of silver is chemical reaction controlled, which is in accordance with the result deduced from the model.

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