In SR-GIXRD Study of Oxide Film Evaluation on AISI 304 Stainless Steel in High Temperature Water
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Oxide films on AISI 304 stainless steel in high temperature and high pressure water were detected by a new method that synchrotron radiation grazing incidence X-ray diffraction. The morphology, phase structure, thickness and electrochemical corrosion resistance of the oxide films were illustrated. A empirical equation for oxide growth is applied to evaluate the changes in film thickness. Observations suggest that small irregular granular (Fe, Cr)2O3 oxides and polyhedral block (Fe, Cr)3O4 oxides are grown on stainless steel surface. The fine inner (Fe, Cr)2O3 particles preferentially form, and the part is precipitated by the (Fe, Cr)3O4 structure for the diffusion outward, leading to the formation of external coarse grain oxides. The average size of (Fe, Cr)2O3 is slightly oscillated with the oxidation time, and that of (Fe, Cr)3O4 oxides increases with the increasing exposure time. The oxide film thickness is less than 500 nm for 24 h oxidation in high temperature water, and for 240 h oxidation the thickness is less than 800 nm. Polarization and EIS test results indicate that the oxide films of (Fe, Cr)2O3 and (Fe, Cr)3O4 provides corrosion resistance for stainless steel.
KeywordsStainless steel Oxide film Electrochemical impedance spectra SR-GIXRD
This work was supported by Science and Technology Research Fund of Liaoning Provincial Department of Education (NO. L2017LQN026) and Scientific Research Cultivation Fund of Liaoning Shihua University (No. 2016PY-024).The authors wish to thank all the staff members of the 1W1A beam line of Beijing Synchrotron Radiation Facility.