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The Effects of Ni-Plating and Prolonged High Temperature Oxidation at 1423 K (1150 °C) on a CMSX-10 Single-Crystal Ni-Based Super-Alloy and Coating System

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A hypothesis was investigated, to assess if Ni-plating a 3rd-generation single-crystal alloy could favorably alter the diffusion profile of critical elements such that brittle, deleterious topologically close-packed (TCP) phases did not form or at least the extent to which they did was reduced. In conjunction with delaying the onset of these phases, it was hoped that more favorable alternatives could be promoted, such as martensite (β′). This study showed that Ni-plating did have some positive effects on the super-alloy/coating system. While the coating produced on the Ni-plated alloy was thinner, it retained a higher Al content than its unplated counterpart when subjected to oxidation. The retention of Al within the coating delayed the phase evolution of the coating from a β or β + β′ to a γ′-dominant coating as the Ni-plated system had a greater driving force for Ni and Al diffusion, which helped to establish the Ni-rich diffusion barrier that entrapped Al in the coating. Unfortunately, Ni-plating does not sufficiently alter the diffusion profiles within the alloy to prevent precipitation of the TCP phases. Four pairs of the CMSX-10 alloy were used for this study. While they were all aluminized, only half of them, one in each pair, were Ni plated prior to aluminizing. Three of the four pairs were then oxidized at 1423 K (1150 °C), while the first pair was kept as a standard. X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy were used to characterize each alloy-coating system in an effort to better understand their performance under high temperature oxidation.

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The authors would like to acknowledge the assistance of Lufthansa Technik Turbine, Shannon, Ireland, for carrying out the aluminizing process.

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Clancy, M., Pomeroy, M.J. The Effects of Ni-Plating and Prolonged High Temperature Oxidation at 1423 K (1150 °C) on a CMSX-10 Single-Crystal Ni-Based Super-Alloy and Coating System. Metall Mater Trans A 44, 3028–3045 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11661-013-1668-0

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