The effects of black tea extracts on the corrosion inhibition of mild steel in acidic solution

  • Wasan A. Alkaron Technical Institute of Basra, Southern Technical University, Basra, Iraq; Doctoral School of Materials Science and Technologies, Óbuda University, Bécsi str. 96/B, 1030 Budapest, Hungary; Institute of Technical Physics and Materials Science, HUN-REN Centre for Energy Research, KonkolyThege M. str. 29-33, 1121 Budapest, Hungary
  • Alaa Almansoori Technical Institute of Basra, Southern Technical University, Basra, Iraq
Keywords: corrosion rate, mild steel, inhibitive efficiency, green inhibitor, thermodynamic parameter


It was examined to evaluate the effectiveness of extracted tea leaves as the green corrosion inhibitor that contains mild steel in acidic solvents. The test specimens were dissolved in an acidic solution with different concentrations of the extracted tea leaves. After 3 hours of immersion, the corrosion rate (CR) was measured. The results showed that a concentration of 1000 mg/l caused a significant inhibition in corrosion rate as compared to control. To see how black tea (BT) extract affected mild steel corrosion in 1 M HCl, it was subjected to a loss of weight procedure. The corrosion level and the inhibitor's performance were examined at five different BT extract concentrations that included 0.4, 1, 1.4, 2, and 2.4 g/l. According to the findings, an increase in BT concentration at every temperature decreased CR. As a result of the rise in kinetic activities of the metal surface interface, typically, temperature elevation leads to an increase in CR at every concentration of BT extract. The study's findings showed that adding 2.4 g/l of inhibition efficiency resulted in a temperature of 323 K, resulting in 84.95% inhibition efficiency. The small activation energy (Ea) of 8.74 and 11.45 kJ/mole reflected  the barrier layer properties of BT extract and its chemical interactions on mild steel surfaces. The thermodynamic parameter revealed the spontaneous interaction between BT extract species and steel surface as kad rose from 0.929 to 1.728 (g/l)-1.