Nanoscale surface analysis on second generation advanced high strength steel after hot dip galvanizing

M. Arndt, J. Duchoslav, K. Preis, L. Samek, D. Stifter

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Second generation advanced high strength steel is one promising material of choice for modern automotive structural parts because of its outstanding maximal elongation and tensile strength. Nonetheless there is still a lack of corrosion protection for this material due to the fact that cost efficient hot dip galvanizing cannot be applied. The reason for the insufficient coatability with zinc is found in the segregation of manganese to the surface during annealing and the formation of manganese oxides prior coating. This work analyses the structure and chemical composition of the surface oxides on so called nano-TWIP (twinning induced plasticity) steel on the nanoscopic scale after hot dip galvanizing in a simulator with employed analytical methods comprising scanning Auger electron spectroscopy (SAES), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), and focused ion beam (FIB) for cross section preparation. By the combination of these methods, it was possible to obtain detailed chemical images serving a better understanding which processes exactly occur on the surface of this novel kind of steel and how to promote in the future for this material system galvanic protection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7119-7132
Number of pages14
JournalAnalytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • AHSS
  • Auger electron spectroscopy
  • Hot dip galvanizing
  • Steel
  • TWIP


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