Studying the effect of the elements Ce and Cr on the high-temperature oxidation behavior of low-Cr steels

V.B. Trindade, U. Krupp, H.-J. Christ, Satu Tuurna, Liisa Heikinheimo, M. Arponen

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    Abstract

    The oxidation behavior of steels containing low-Cr concentrations (0.5-2.25 wt.%) has been studied in laboratory air in the temperature range of 400-550oC. The oxidation rate of the steels were lower than that of pure iron, but higher than that of pure iron when a small amount of rare earth element cerium (0.03 wt.%) is added to the steel 2.25Cr1Mo. The mass change follows a nearly parabolic law for the case of pure iron and the steel without Ce addition, while linear behavior describes the oxygen uptake for the case of the steel 2.25Cr1Mo+0.03Ce. SEM cross section observations and thermodynamic calculations confirm that there is no wustite (FeO) formation during oxidation of pure iron and low-Cr steels at 550oC, whereas FeO might be formed in the oxide scale of 2.25Cr1Mo+0.03Ce at the same oxidation conditions (temperature, atmosphere and exposure time). By investigating the temperature for FeO stability, this study reveals that the temperature for FeO formation on pure iron is 568oC, for the steel 2.25Cr1Mo 589oC, and 471oC for the steel 2.25Cr1Mo+0.03Ce. This low value for the FeO stability temperature found for the steel 2.25Cr1Mo+0.03Ce explains why this steel oxidizes very fast at 550oC.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationBALTICA VII - Life Management and Maintenance for Power Plants. Vol. 2
    Place of PublicationEspoo
    PublisherVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
    Pages123-134
    ISBN (Electronic)978-951-38-6318-0
    ISBN (Print)978-951-38-6317-3
    Publication statusPublished - 2007
    MoE publication typeB3 Non-refereed article in conference proceedings
    EventBALTICA VII - International Conference on Life Management and Main-tenance for Power Plants - Helsinki-Stockholm, Finland
    Duration: 12 Jun 200714 Jun 2007

    Publication series

    SeriesVTT Symposium
    Number247
    ISSN0357-9387

    Conference

    ConferenceBALTICA VII - International Conference on Life Management and Main-tenance for Power Plants
    CountryFinland
    CityHelsinki-Stockholm
    Period12/06/0714/06/07

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