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The Oxidation of Two Fe-Y Alloys Under Low Oxygen Pressures at 600-800°C

Authors
  • Niu, Y.
  • Yan, R. Y.
  • Fu, G. Y.
  • Wu, W. T.
  • Gesmundo, F.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Oxidation of Metals
Publisher
Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
Publication Date
Feb 01, 1998
Volume
49
Issue
1-2
Pages
91–114
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1023/A:1018813920845
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
License
Yellow

Abstract

The corrosion of pure yttrium and of two Fe-basealloys containing approximately 15 and 30 wt.% Y wasstudied at 600-800°C in H2-CO2mixtures providing an equilibrium oxygen pressure of10-24 atm at 600°C and 10-20 atm at 700 and800°C. The corrosion of yttrium under these lowoxygen pressures resulted in the growth ofY2O3 scales and presented twoapproximately parabolic stages at 800°C, while at 600-700°C it was faster andnonprotective. The corrosion of the two alloys followedapproximately the parabolic rate law, except for Fe-15Yat 600°C which oxidized nearly linearly. At 600 and700°C, when the gas-phase oxygen pressure was in thefield of stability of iron oxide, the alloys formed alsoa thin external Fe3O4 layer, whileat 800°C, when the oxygen pressure was below thestability of FeO, a thin outermost layer of pure iron wasobserved to form. Under all conditions a region ofinternal oxidation formed in the alloy, in which theyttrium-rich phases were transformed into a mixture ofiron metal and oxides, which included double Fe-Yoxides as well as Y2O3. Themicrostructure of the internal-oxidation region followedclosely that of the original alloys, which moreover didnot undergo any yttrium depletion. These results are examinedby taking into account the low solubility of yttrium iniron and the presence of intermetallic compounds in thealloys.

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