Oxidation of Metals

, Volume 65, Issue 3–4, pp 151–165 | Cite as

The Effect of Cr on the Oxidation of Ni–10 at% Al in 1 atm O2 at 900–1000°C


The oxidation of three Ni–xCr–10Al alloys with a constant Al content of 10 at% and containing 3, 5, and 10 at% Cr was investigated at 900–1000°C in 1 atm of pure oxygen and compared to the behavior of Ni–10Al. At both temperatures, an external NiO scale overlying a zone of internal-oxide precipitates formed on Ni–10Al and Ni–3Cr–10Al: in addition, a discontinuous Al2O3 layer formed at the front of the internal oxidation for Ni–3Cr–10Al. An exclusive external scale of Al2O3 formed at most places on Ni–5Cr–10Al at 900°C, while, at some sites, the same alloy formed an outer NiO layer overlying an internal oxidation zone. The scales formed on Ni–5Cr–10Al at 1000°C were complex, but eventually a protective Al2O3 layer developed either at the alloy surface or beneath a region containing a mixture of different oxides. Finally, an exclusive external Al2O3 layer formed on Ni–10Cr–10Al at both temperatures. Thus, the addition of sufficient chromium to Ni–10Al produced a classical third-element effect, inducing the transition between internal and external oxidation of aluminum under a constant Al content. A possible mechanism for the effect of chromium on the oxidation of Ni–10Al is discussed on the basis of an extension to ternary alloys of a criterion first proposed by Wagner for the transition between internal and external oxidation of the most-reactive component in binary alloys.


ternary alloys Ni–Cr–Al oxidation chromium effect 



A financial support by the National Natural Scientific Foundation of China (NSFC) under the grants (Nos. 50271079 and 50571107) is gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • X. J. Zhang
    • 1
    • 2
  • S. Y. Wang
    • 1
  • F. Gesmundo
    • 1
    • 3
  • Y. Niu
    • 1
  1. 1.State Key laboratory for Corrosion and ProtectionInstitute of Metal ResearchShenyangChina
  2. 2.Shenyang Institute of Chemical TechnologyShenyangChina
  3. 3.DICheP – Università di GenovaGenovaItaly

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