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Hydrogen sorption and corrosion properties of La2Ni9CoSn0.2 alloy

Krystyna Giza, Lidia Adamczyk, Henryk Drulis and Alicja Hackemer

Abstract

The hydrogenation and corrosion behaviour of La2Ni9 · CoSn0.2 alloy was analysed in respect of its use in Ni–MH batteries. It has been proved that the presence of tin in the alloy causes a decrease in hydrogen equilibrium pressure. In the electrochemical studies several techniques, such as chronopotentiometry, multi-potential steps, linear sweep voltammetry and the potentiokinetic polarization were applied to characterize the electrochemical properties of a La2Ni9CoSn0.2 powder composite electrode. During long cycling, powder particles undergo micro-cracking or other forms of surface development causing a progressive increase in the exchange current density of the H2O/H2 system, but, on the other hand, this increase favours corrosion processes such as the electrode material's oxidation. This is also reflected in the capacity loss values.


*Correspondence address, Dr. Lidia Adamczyk, Faculty of Production Engineering and Materials Technology, Czestochowa University of Technology, Al. Armii Krajowej 19, 42-200 Częstochowa, Poland, Tel.:+48 343250602, Fax: +48 343250602, E-mail:

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Received: 2017-05-23
Accepted: 2017-09-18
Published Online: 2018-01-29
Published in Print: 2018-02-12

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