This study clarified the influence of native oxides on the atmospheric corrosion of Zn. The electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) values of native-oxide-covered Zn were measured under thin solution films of 10 μm to 500 μm in thickness. The native oxides were formed by exposing pure Zn plates to humidified air at two different temperatures, 25°C and 60°C, for the duration of one week. EIS was applied to the native-oxide-covered Zn for measurement under thin solution films; the results were analyzed using a transmission line equivalent circuit to determine the charge-transfer resistance (Rct). The native oxide formed at 25°C strongly suppressed the corrosion rate (1/Rct) of Zn, which was independent of the solution film thickness (Xf). However, the 1/Rct was not reduced by the native oxides formed at 60°C, as it was dependent on Xf. This paper discusses the different behaviors of the native oxides in the context of corrosion protection.

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