An AE method is an effective technique that can inspect corrosion damage of tank bottom plates to prevent leakage accidents of oil storage tanks. However, a correlation between AE signals and the corrosion behavior for bottom plates is not fully clarified. In this study, the authors considered that the corrosion regions in bottom plates become a strong acid environment by chloride ions as shown our previous work. The correlation between the AE signals and the corrosion behavior with a potentiostat for test pieces was examined in the environment. The polarization resistance was measured with an AC impedance method using a frequency response analyzer. It was clear that the polarization resistance indicated the corrosion rate for a test pieces in the experiments. While measuring the AE signals, the corrosion rate was monitored with a test piece. As a result, the AE signal showed the good correlation with the corrosion rates of the test pieces.

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