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Research & Development in Material Science

A Study on Dimocarpus longan Peel as Corrosion Inhibitor on Steel in Artificial Brine Solutions

Gadang Priyotomo1*, Siska Prifiharni1, Lutviasari Nuraini1, Yanyan Dwiyanti2 and Rabin Ardiansyah2

1Research Center for Metallurgy & Material, Indonesian Institute of Sciences, Indonesia

2Faculty of Engineering, University of Sultan Ageng, Indonesia

*Corresponding author: Gadang Priyotomo, Research Center for Metallurgy & Material, Indonesian Institute of Sciences, Tangerang Selatan, Indonesia

Submission: April 25, 2018;Published: May 14, 2018

DOI: 10.31031/RDMS.2018.06.000631

ISSN: 2576-8840
Volume6 Issue2


The effect of Dimocarpus longan peel extract on the corrosion behavior of API 5L steel has been studied employing potentiodynamic polarization techniques and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy in an aqueous solution of artificial brine by injected CO2 gas. The addition of that extract decreases corrosion rate of API 5L steel, increasing corrosion inhibitor efficiency of that up to an extract concentration of 400ppm. On the basis of result, corrosion inhibitor of Dimocarpus longan peel extract is categorized as mixed inhibitor type where both the decrease of anodic and cathodic current take place with increasing the concentration of inhibitor. A shift of corrosion potential for steel is below ±85mV vs saturated standard calomel (SCE) which refers to the presence of mixed inhibitor. Furthermore, the addition Dimocarpus longan peel extract also increase charge transfer resistance which indicates the formation of film due to molecule adsorption on the metal surface.

Keywords: Corrosion; Steel; Polarization; Impedance; Corrosion inhibitor


Corrosion is the degradation of a metal and alloys as a result of electrochemical reactions between it and the surrounding environment. Corrosion problem has a biggest concern of industrial operation in the world. Furthermore, there are many methods to minimize the harmful corrosion process, where the use of inhibitors is one of the preferred methods for protecting metals against corrosion [1]. Especially, acid commercial inhibitors are primarily used in several units of industrial operations. In addition, several industrial processes such as acid cleaning and etching, acid solutions are used for the removal of rust and scale and the metal surfaces are often made to come in contact with the acids [2,3].

Most of the commercial corrosion inhibitors are synthetic compounds which are expensive and very harmful to environments due to the toxicity of chromate, phosphates and arsenic. Due to the toxicity of several corrosion inhibitors, there are many exploration and investigation regarding to green corrosion inhibitors. Green corrosion inhibitors are biodegradable, co-friendly, cheap, renewable and ecologically anticorrosion substances [4]. Several research groups had reported the successful use of naturally occurring compounds to inhibit the corrosion of metals in acidic and alkaline environments [5-11].

Furthermore, Dimocarpus longan fruit is widely distributed in Southeast Asia, such as Indonesia, Vietnam, and Thailand. Longan pericarp tissues contain high amounts of bioactive compounds, such as polyphenolic acids, flavonoids, and polysaccharides [12]. Furthermore, the compound of polyphenols in plant extracts have been investigated to account for inhibition of acid corrosion of metals [13,14]. However, there is no or little investigation of Dimocarpus longan peel as a candidate of green corrosion inhibitor in artificial brine water which injected with CO2 gas. Therefore, the objective present work is to study the inhibitive performance of green corrosion inhibitor on API 5L steel in artificial brine solution with CO2 gas injection.

Research Methodology

Material and solution preparation

Table 1: Composition of materials investigated.

The chemical compositions (wt %) of API 5L steel used was as follows in Table 1. The surface of specimen (1cm2) was rubbed using different grade of silica carbide grit papers (120-1000) before the electrochemical measurement. The specimen were cleaned by washing with distillate water and acetone respectively, and then kept in dried desiccator’s storage before the measurement. Furthermore, the main artificial brine solutions consist of 12,874mg/L of NaCl, 7,374mg/L Na2SO4 and 912mg/L NaHCO3mg/L. All solutions were injected by CO2 gas during the electrochemical tests.

Preparation of inhibitor

Fresh Dimocarpus longan peel was collected and washed with distillate water than shade dried for 72 hours. This dried Dimocarpus longan peel was powdered into small pieces and 40g of the dried peels were refluxed with 500mL of ethyl alcohol for 72 hours. After that, the extracted solution then filtered using and concentrated until the water from the extract evaporates using rotary evaporator apparatus at 35 °C. The high viscous brown liquid was obtained which is used to study the corrosion inhibition property on API 5L steel. Finally, this brown liquid was used to prepare the required concentrations of inhibitor solution.

Electrochemical test

One of electrochemical experiments was potentiodynamic polarization techniques where were conducted in a round bottom cell of 1000ml capacity using a potentiostat (Reference 600, Gamry Instrument), interfaced to a personal computer. The potentials were measured using a saturated calomel electrode (SCE). All the potentials referred in this work are with respect to SCE. The surface of the working electrode was covered with resin to expose a working area of 1cm2. A platinum wire served as the counter electrode. Prior to anodic polarization test, the open circuit potential (OCP) was monitored and experiments were begun after stabilization of OCP. Those experiments were conducted at a scan rate of 0.167mV/s. The electrochemical tests were performed using various extracts concentrations ranging from 0 to 700ppm at ambient temperature. Furthermore, inhibition efficiency can be calculated from the electrochemical measurements by the following equation:

where (CR)i and (CR)f are the corrosion rate in the absence and presence of inhibitor, respectively. The corrosion potential (Ecor) and corrosion current density (Icor) were calculated by extrapolation of anodic and cathodic tafel slopes.

The other of electrochemical test was the electrochemical AC-impedance spectroscopy (EIS) measurements, where were performed using a Gamry EIS300 electrochemical workstation. Experiments were conducted in a conventional three-electrode cell assembly as that used for potentiodynamic polarization studies. A sine wave with amplitude of 10mV was superimposed on the steady open circuit potential. The real part (Zre) and the imaginary part (Zim) were measured at various frequencies in the range of 1KHz to 30MHz. The experiments were carried out in the absence and presence of different concentrations of the inhibitor.

Results and Discussion

Potentiodynamic polarization measurements

Polarization experiments are conducted potentiodynamically in artificial brine solution with injected CO2 gas in the absence and presence of different concentration of dimocarpus longan peel extract. Furthermore, the electrochemical parameters, namely,corrosion potential (Ecorr), corrosion current density (Icorr), anodic Tafel slope (ba), cathodic Tafel slope (bc), and percentage inhibition efficiency (IE), determined from the polarization curves are summarized in Table 2. Table 2 shows that both corrosion current density (Icorr) and corrosion rate decreased noticeably with increase in extract concentration up to 400ppm. However, above 400ppm of extract concentration, they increase slightly. Inhibition efficiency of dimocarpus longan peel extract increase up to 400ppm, and decrease above that. In addition, the corrosion potential (Ecorr) of API 5L steel shifts toward less negative direction which indicate that dimocarpus longan peel extract behaves as a good inhibitor as well as Canna Indica flower extract (CIFE) in HCl solution [15].

Table 1: Electrochemical polarization parameters for API 5L steel in artificial brine solutions with injected CO2 gas in the absence and presence of various concentrations of extract.

Figure 1: Electrochemical polarization curves for API 5L Steel in artificial brine solution with CO2 gas injection in the absence and presence of various concentrations of extract.

Figure 1 shows electrochemical polarization curves for API 5L steel in artificial brine solution with CO2 gas injection in the absence and presence of various concentrations of extract. The addition of dimocarpus longan peel extract to artificial brine solutions affects both the anodic and cathodic parts of the curve. In addition, the decrease of anodic current density in anodic site and cathodic currents density in cathodic site indicate the positive perfomance for green corrosion inhibitor of dimocarpus longan peel extract. On the other hand, it implied that the addition of extract to artificial brine solution reduces both the anodic dissolution of metal and also impedes the cathodic oxygen reduction reaction. On the basis of present work, the shift of Ecorr is less than ±85mV vs SCE and dimocarpus longan peel extract acts as mixed type inhbitor as well as CIFE [15].

Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy

Figure 2: Nyquist plot for API 5L steel in artificial brine solution with CO2 gas injection in the absence and presence of various concentrations of extract.

Nyquist plots of API 5L steel in artificial brine solution with CO2 gas injection in the absence and presence of various concentrations of CIFE are given in Figure 2, where it can be observed that the diameter of the semicircle increases with increasing concentration of dimocarpus longan peel extract. Figure 2 shows that the impedance spectra are not perfect semicircles shape, which indicated deviation of the electrode of API 5L steel from ideal capacitive behaviour. This type of deviation (depressed capacitive loops) is often shown by the systems due to surface heterogeneity and irregularity, which may be the result of surface roughness, distribution of the active sites, or adsorption of the inhibitor molecules [16,17].

Furthermore, on the basis of results in Table 3, the value of charge transfer resistance (Rp) increased with increasing concentration of inhibitor. The increase in Rp values is attributed to the formation of an insulating protective film at the metal/solution interface, which means the blocking process of the active sites by the film, formed bt the inhibitor at surface of metal [15]. In addition, Priyotomo et al. [18] had reported that the presence of dimocarpus longan peel extract enhances the values of Rp and reduces significantly double layer capacitance (CDl) values in acid solution but not CDl in artificial brine solution. CDl of present work is almost constant in increase of extract, where the decrease in Cdl results from a decrease in local dielectric constant and/or an increase in the thickness of the electric double layer [19]. This indicate that the increase in Rp values, increase in inhibition efficiency up to 400ppm of extract concentration might be due to the gradual replacement of water molecules by the adsorption of the extract molecules on the metal surface, decreasing the extent of the dissolution reaction [20,21].

Table 3: Impedance parameters for the corrosion of API 5L steel in artificial brine solution at the absence and presence of various concentrations of Dimocarpus longan peel extract.

Adsorption isotherm and standard adsorption free energy

Adsorption exhibits an essential role in the inhibition of metallic corrosion by organic inhibitors. Many researchers have applied the Langmuir adsorption isotherm to study inhibitor characteristics [22,23]. In addition, the Langmuir adsorption isotherm assumes that the inhibitors adsorbed on the metal surface decrease the surface area available for cathodic and anodic reaction to take place [24]. The small surface of anodic and cathodic reaction on metal can reduces corrosion process. Furthermore, correlation between surface coverage (θ) defined by E%/100 and the Langmuir adsorption isotherm, the isotherm is given by [19,25] can represent the concentration of inhibitor (C):

Where Kads is the adsorption constant, C is the concentration of the inhibitor and surface coverage values (θ) are obtained from electrochemical measurements for various concentrations. The adsorption isotherm parameters and correlation coefficients found from the slopes and intercepts up to 400ppm of extract concentration, where the deviation of linear line occurs above 400ppm of it in Figure 2.

The slopes of Langmuir’s plots are almost unity, indicating that the adsorption of Dimocarpus longanM peel inhibitor onto API 5L steel obeys Langmuir isotherm. Furthermore, according to linear equation of y=1.1346x+0.3542, Langmuir isotherm shows the best fit to Dimocarpus longanM peel up to 400ppm of concentration. In addition, the higher value of Kads indicates stronger adsorption of the inhibitor on steel surface and higher inhibiting effect [26], where the Kads of Dimocarpus longanM peel (DLP) is 2.824. The Kads of DLP is higher than that of ginger and turmeric [26], which DLP has potency for inhibiting corrosion on steel surface.


The present study shows Indonesian dimocarpus longan peel extract acts as an effective inhibitor for API 5L steel corrosion in artificial brine water with injected CO2 gas. The inhibition efficiency increased with increase in inhibitor concentration up to 400ppm but decreased above it. The polarization plots indicated that the inhibitor inhibits both anodic metal dissolution and cathodic oxygen reduction reaction and act as mixed type inhibitors. Impedance measurements indicate that with increasing inhibitor concentration. The adsorption by the Langmuir isotherm is the best fitting between the coverage surface and concentration we conclude that the carbon steel surface obeys the Langmuir adsorption isotherm.


This work was completed thanks to all researchers and students at laboratory of corrosion in Research Center for Metallurgy & Material, Indonesian Institute of Sciences. The authors also acknowledge the full support of Indonesia government grant for research, manuscript preparation and publication.


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