Influence of Preoxidation on the Corrosion of Steels in Liquid Lead-Bismuth Eutectic

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CORROSION, ISSN: 0010-9312, Vol: 60, Issue: 11, Page: 1031-1044

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R. S. Lillard; C. Valot; M. A. Hill; P. D. Dickerson; R. J. Hanrahan
NACE International
Chemistry; Chemical Engineering; Materials Science; Biochemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Engineering
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Oxidation studies of martensitic/ferritic and austenitic steels have been conducted in static lead bismuth eutectic (LBE). Samples were preoxidized in an air/HO gas mixture prior to immersion in LBE. Preoxidation films grown on HT-9 at 800°C for 48 h had a bilayer structure, an outer Fe-rich layer, and an inner Cr-rich layer. Glancing angle x-ray diffraction data found that two distinct structures were present in this oxide: FeCrOspinel (cubic, face-centered cubic [fcc]) and (Cr,Fe)O(rhombohedral, corundum). Magnetite formation (FeO) was ruled out. Immersion in LBE resulted in the growth of an Fe-rich film on top of the preoxidation layer. It was concluded that the growth mechanism was Feinterstitial transport from the metal/oxide interface. Preoxidized films grown on Type 316 (UNS S31600) stainless steel (SS) at 800°C for 64 h resulted in a Cr-rich inner layer and Fe-rich outer layer. X-ray diffraction found both FeCrOspinel (cubic) and (Cr,Fe)O, corundum (rhombohedral). In contrast to HT-9, angle-resolved x-ray diffraction found that the concentration of the FeCrOspinel decreased with distance from the metal oxide interface. Immersion of preoxidized Type 316 SS in LBE resulted in oxide growth; however, the new film formed in LBE was indistinguishable from the preoxidation layer. It was proposed that the enhanced oxidation of Type 316 SS as compared to HT-9 formed a FeCrOspinel layer near the oxide/metal interface results in a boundary-to-cation interstitial transport. © 2004, NACE International.