Oxidation of Metals

, Volume 73, Issue 1–2, pp 43–64 | Cite as

High-Temperature Oxidation of Fe3Al and Fe3Al–Zr Intermetallics

  • S. ChevalierEmail author
  • P. Juzon
  • G. Borchardt
  • A. Galerie
  • K. Przybylski
  • J. P. Larpin
Original Paper


The oxidation behavior of Fe3Al and Fe3Al–Zr intermetallic compounds was tested in synthetic air in the temperature range 900–1200 °C. The addition of Zr showed a significant effect on the high-temperature oxidation behavior. The total weight gain after 100 h oxidation of Fe3Al at 1200 °C was around three times more than that for Fe3Al–Zr materials. Zr-containing intermetallics exhibited abnormal kinetics between 900 and 1100 °C, due to the presence and transformation of transient alumina into stable α-Al2O3. Zr-doped Fe3Al oxidation behavior under cyclic tests at 1100 °C was improved by delaying the breakaway oxidation to 80 cycles, in comparison to 5 cycles on the undoped Fe3Al alloys. The oxidation improvements could be related to the segregation of Zr at alumina grain boundaries and to the presence of Zr oxide second-phase particles at the metal–oxide interface and in the external part of the alumina scale. The change of oxidation mechanisms, observed using oxygen–isotope experiments followed by secondary-ion mass spectrometry, was ascribed to Zr segregation at alumina grain boundaries.


Intermetallics Iron aluminide High-temperature oxidation Zr segregation Oxidation mechanisms 



The authors would like to sincerely acknowledge Dr. A. Crisci (LEPMI, Grenoble INP, France) for the photoluminescence experiments, Dr. O. Heintz (ICB, University of Bourgogne, Dijon, France) for the SIMS profiles and Dr. Morgiel (Polish Academy of Sciences, Krakow, Poland) for the TEM observations.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Chevalier
    • 1
    Email author
  • P. Juzon
    • 1
    • 2
  • G. Borchardt
    • 3
  • A. Galerie
    • 4
  • K. Przybylski
    • 2
  • J. P. Larpin
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut Carnot Bourgogne, UMR 5209 CNRSUniversité de BourgogneDijon CedexFrance
  2. 2.Faculty of Materials Science and CeramicsAGH University of Science and TechnologyCracowPoland
  3. 3.Institut für Metallurgie, Technische Universität ClausthalClausthal-ZellerfeldGermany
  4. 4.SIMaP, Grenoble INPSaint-Martin d’Hères CedexFrance

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