, Volume 21, Issue 8, pp 745-760

Metal oxide solubility behavior in high temperature aqueous solutions

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The solubility behavior of metal oxides in sub- and super-critical aqueous solutions is quantified using thermodynamic concepts. Three physicochemical phenomena are discussed: (1) metal oxide solid phase stability; (2) metal oxide dissolution reaction equilibria; and (3) metal ion hydroxocomplex formation. Thermochemical properties of metal oxides/ions representative of the most common constituents of construction metal alloys, i.e., elements having atomic numbers between 22 (Ti) and 30 (Zn), are summarized on the basis of metal oxide solubility studies conducted at General Electric and elsewhere.

Presented at the Second International Symposium on Chemistry in High Temperature Water, Provo, UT, August 1991.