Oxidation of Metals

, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp 151–163

Selective oxidation of Fe-30Ni alloy in a low-temperature range (433–473 K)

  • Masahiro Seo
  • Norio Sato

DOI: 10.1007/BF01225981

Cite this article as:
Seo, M. & Sato, N. Oxid Met (1983) 19: 151. doi:10.1007/BF01225981


Fe-30Ni alloy specimens were oxidized for 10–240 min at 433–473 K in pure oxygen at a pressure of 1.33×104 Pa. The thickness of oxide films was measured by a multiple-angle-of-incidence ellipsometer. The kinetics of film growth were found to obey a parabolic rate law. The depth-profiling of oxidized surfaces, performed with simultaneous use of Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) and argon-ion sputter-etching technique, reveals that iron component is selectively oxidized and an iron-depeletion zone is formed in the underlying alloy. The thickness of the iron depletion zone increases with increasing oxidation time or oxidation temperature. During surface oxidation of the alloy, the transport rate of iron component in the film is almost equal to the interdiffusion rate in the underlying alloy, indicating the establishment of a steady state. The values of the interdiffusion coefficient,\(\tilde D\), of the underlying alloy estimated from the depth-composition profiles are more than 10 orders of magnitude as large as the values extrapolated from the lattice diffusion data of the corresponding alloy obtained at high temperature. The enormously large values of\(\tilde D\) may be explained in terms of the vacancy (monovacancy or divacancy)-enhanced lattice diffusion mechanism.

Key words

Selective OxidationAuger analysisFe-Ni alloylow-temperatureinterdiffusion

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Masahiro Seo
    • 1
  • Norio Sato
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Engineering Science, Faculty of EngineeringHokkaido UniversitySapporoJapan