Oxidation of Metals

, Volume 28, Issue 3–4, pp 183–194 | Cite as

Inherent oxidation protection of Fe-5Cr-15Ni-2Si-4.5Mo

  • J. C. Rawers


The oxidation mechanism of Fe-5Cr-15Ni-2Si-4.5Mo alloy was investigated in order to determine the role of Si and Mo in providing oxidation resistance. It was determined that the oxidation protection in the temperature range 750–950°C resulted from formation of a continuous oxide sublayer of SiO2(or possibly Fe2SiO4).Molybdenum formed an intermetallic Fe2Mo1−xSixthat eventually diffused out into the grain boundaries and formed a protective barrier to the oxidation process. The mechanism behind the improved oxidation is the formation of a SiO2layer at the metal-oxide interface that retards the outward diffusion of Fe. It was also established that the oxidation mechanism was controlled by an activation energy equal to that of Fe3+ions diffusing through SiO2.

Key words

Oxidation silicon molybdenum 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. C. Rawers
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.U.S. Department of the InteriorAlbany Research Center, Bureau of MinesAlbany
  2. 2.Oregon State UniversityCorvallis

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