Abstract

The knowledge available regarding the influence of ultraviolet (UV) light on the atmospheric corrosion of materials is very rudimentary. Therefore, a new experimental setup consisting of a cell for studying <i>in situ</i> reactions occurring at the metal/atmosphere interface by simultaneously applying infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy (IRRAS) and quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) measurements was designed and built. The cell presented consists of an acrylic glass body with a UV-light-transparent window mounted in such a way that the sample can be irradiated and weathered under controlled atmospheric conditions under a grazing angle of incidence of the IR beam. This new setup was tested by using a specimen of polycrystalline silver, where the growth of Ag<sub>2</sub>CO<sub>3</sub> and AgOH as basic silver carbonate on the surface could be observed. The weathering tests were carried out in synthetic air containing 90% relative humidity (RH) and 250 ppm CO<sub>2</sub>, with and without UV light. The results obtained from the IRRAS spectra could be perfectly correlated with the <i>in situ</i> QCM data.

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