The polarization characteristics of Pb-free Sn-8.5Zn-XAg-0.1Al-0.05Ga alloy with varying Ag content were investigated in 3.5% NaCl solution. The value of Ag content i.e X varied from 0.1 wt% to 2 wt%. An increase in the Ag content up to 2 wt% resulted in a progressive increase in the corrosion current density and shifted the corrosion potential (Ecorr) towards more active values. These changes were also reflected in the corrosion rate of the solder alloy. However the linear polarization resistance values decreased with increase in the weight content of silver. Increasing the Ag content from 0.1 to 2 wt% did not show a significant improvement in the passivation behaviour of the solder alloy as reflected in the passivation current density (ip) and critical current density (icc) values. XPS and SIMS depth profile results revealed that the oxides of Zn and Sn were present in high concentrations on the outer surface of the solder alloy along with very low concentration of Al2O3.
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