Tempering Temperature Influence on 13Cr4Ni0.02C Steel Corrosion Resistance

<div><p>The thermal treatments employed in alloys are essential to obtaining desired microstructures and corrosion resistance properties. In this paper the low carbon martensitic steel 13Cr4Ni0.2C with different tempering temperatures was studied using potentiodynamic polarization technique in synthetic marine environment, in order to evaluate the effect of the tempering temperature on the steel corrosion resistance in an environment that simulates the conditions of use in oil and gas production. Microscopy results showed differences in the microstructure of tempered steel at low (620°C) and high (770°C) temperatures, indicating the appearance and extending of martensite laths with increasing temperature. Polarization tests showed that tempering temperature located between 620°C and 710°C indicated passive film formation and tempering temperatures of around 620 °C showed better resistance values to pitting corrosion.</p></div>