Oxide Spallation During Post-isothermal High Temperature Oxidation Cooling of Cr-rich Cast Alloys Highly Alloyed with Hf

Elodie Conrath, Patrice Berthod*
Institute Jean Lamour, Department No 2: Chemistry and Physics of Solids and Surfaces, Team: Surface and Interface, Chemical Reactivity of Materials, Faculty of Sciences and Technologies, University of Lorraine, Vandoeuvre-lès-Nancy, France

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Cobalt, nickel and iron-based alloys containing 25wt.%Cr and strengthened either by chromium carbides or by HfC were oxidized at 1000, 1100 and 1200°C to obtain external oxide scales. The spallation of these oxides during the post-oxidation cooling was studied by exploiting the cooling part of the thermogravimetry curves. The best resistant alloys against scale spallation were the iron-based alloys which did not lose oxide. The nickel-based alloys well behaved too. The worst alloys were the cobalt alloys, principally due to the complex composition of the oxide scales. Beside the base element, the thickness of the oxide was also identified as a major parameter. The presence of Hf with contents much higher than usual was also beneficial for the resistance against spallation.

Keywords: Chromium, Cobalt alloys, Hafnium carbides, High temperature, Iron alloys, Nickel alloys, Oxidation, Scale spallation.