The Reaction Interface in Reduction
When an oxide such as cobalt ferrite is reacted with hydrogen, a porous metal scale will form topochemically from its surface. The pores in the metal scale permit the reducing gas to reach the reaction interface directly. At the pore bottoms the parent oxide is then destroyed by the reduction process, the oxygen is removed in the form of water vapor, and the cations that are produced at the pore bottoms are transported to the adjacent metal phase. The purpose of the present paper is to clarify the processes occurring at the metal/oxide reaction interface, and to determine which sub-processes are most important in determining the interface reaction rates.
KeywordsInterface Reaction Volume Diffusion Activation Enthalpy Interface Diffusion External Mass Transfer
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