The electrochemical behaviour of carbon steel in 0.5 M H2SO4 was studied in the presence of 2-amino-5-ethyl-1 3 4-thiadiazole (TTD) as inhibitor with the aid of weight loss method, potentiodynamic polarization and open circuit potential measurement technique. The effect of inhibitor concentrations, exposure time, corrosion rate and surface coverage on inhibition efficiency was investigated. Results showed that TTD performed excellently in the acid solution with the inhibition efficiency increasing with increase in inhibitor concentration up to a peak value of 80.67% and 90.5% at maximum concentration from weight loss test and potentiodynamic polarization tests. The compound showed cathodic inhibition tendency in solution with the inhibitor molecules been effectively adsorbed onto the steel surface, stifling the electrochemical reactions responsible for corrosion through the exposure hours. Results from statistical analysis through ANOVA software depicts the overwhelming influence of inhibitor concentration on inhibition efficiency compared to exposure time.

Roland Tolulope Loto, Cleophas Akintoye Loto and Patricia Abimbola Popoola