cathodic inhibitor

cathodic inhibitor

[kə′thäd·ik in′hib·əd·ər]
(chemical engineering)
A compound, such as calcium bicarbonate or sodium phosphate, which is deposited on a metal surface in a thin film that operates at the cathodes to provide physical protection over the entire surface against corrosive attack in a conducting medium.
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Cathodic inhibitors tend to be metal salts (of Ca, Zn, Mg, and Ni) that interact with the hydroxyls produced at cathodes and deposit insoluble hydroxides at those sites.
Cathodic inhibitors, such as inorganic salts of magnesium and manganese, suppress corrosion at the cathode by forming insoluble deposits with hydroxyl ions in neutral environments.