Oxidation of Metals

, Volume 35, Issue 5–6, pp 375–395 | Cite as

The effects of boron additions on the oxidation of Fe-Cr alloys in high-temperature steam: Analytical results and mechanisms

  • P. N. Rowley
  • R. Brydson
  • J. Little
  • S. R. J. Saunders
  • H. Sauer
  • W. Engel


The oxide films formed on iron-chromium alloys in superheated steam have been investigated using a variety of microanalytical techniques, most notably electron energy loss spectroscopy. The addition of boron dopants leads to the rapid formation of a microcrystalline film of composition (Cr) x B 1}-x 2O3,which resists further oxidation. Analysis of the near-edge structures associated with each core-loss edge after different oxidation times allows us to postulate various mechanisms for the observed behavior.

Key Words

Fe-Cr boron steam EELS 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. N. Rowley
    • 1
  • R. Brydson
    • 2
  • J. Little
    • 1
  • S. R. J. Saunders
    • 3
  • H. Sauer
    • 4
  • W. Engel
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Materials Science and MetallurgyUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK
  2. 2.The Blackett LaboratoryImperial CollegeLondonUK
  3. 3.National Physical LaboratoryTeddingtonUK
  4. 4.Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-GesellschaftBerlin 33Germany

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