Oxidation of Metals

, Volume 60, Issue 3, pp 271–291

Comparison of the Oxidation Rates of Some New Copper Alloys

  • L. Ogbuji
  • D.L. Humphrey

DOI: 10.1023/A:1026019202691

Cite this article as:
Ogbuji, L. & Humphrey, D. Oxidation of Metals (2003) 60: 271. doi:10.1023/A:1026019202691


Copper alloys were studied for oxidation resistance and mechanisms between 550 and 700°C, in reduced-oxygen environments expected in rocket engines, and their oxidation behaviors compared to that of pure copper. They included two dispersion-strengthened alloys (precipitation-strengthened and oxide-dispersion strengthened, respectively) and one solution-strengthened alloy. In all cases the main reaction was oxidation of Cu into Cu2O and CuO. The dispersion-strengthened alloys were superior to both Cu and the solution-strengthened alloy in oxidation resistance. However, factors retarding oxidation rates seemed to be different for the two dispersion-strengthened alloys.

Copper alloysoxidationlow-oxygen environmentskineticsmechanisms

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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. Ogbuji
    • 1
  • D.L. Humphrey
    • 1
  1. 1.QSS Group, NASA Glenn Research CenterCleveland