The composition and microstructure of the anodic films formed on AZ91D Mg alloy, with or without baking, were investigated. The associated corrosion behavior of the anodized alloy in 3.5 wt% NaCl solution was also examined using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The results show that MgO was the main component in the anodic film which also contained some Mg(OH)2, Al2O3, Al(OH)3, and MgAl2O4. Both the amorphous and crystalline forms of anodic film were identified. The degree of crystallinity depended on baking temperature, which increased with increasing temperature in the range of 50-250 °C. The amounts of MgO and Al2O3 increased as a result of a dehydration reaction. The polarization resistance of anodized Mg alloy was improved significantly by increasing the oxide content in the anodic film. An optimum value of polarization resistance of anodic film was obtained for the alloy baked at 150 °C for 2 h followed by air cooling.
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