Internal oxidation of Fe-Si alloys in γ-phase region

Jun Takada, Ken Kashiwagi, Masao Adachi

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Internal oxidation measurements of Fe-0.070, 0.219, 0.483, and 0.920 wt % Si alloys were made in the γ-phase region in order to discuss kinetics of internal oxidation, to evaluate the diffusion coefficient of oxygen in the internal oxidation layer, and to determine the diffusion coefficient of oxygen in γ-iron. Internal oxidation of these alloys was conducted at temperatures between 1223 and 1323 K using a powder mixture of iron and Fe2O3. The internal oxidation front in Fe-Si alloys with between 0.070 and 0.483 wt % Si advances in parallel to the specimen surface. The internal oxidation in these alloys obeys a parabolic rate law, which indicates that the internal oxidation is controlled by an oxygen diffusion process in the alloy. The diffusion coefficient of oxygen, DOIO, in the internal oxidation layer where SiO2 particles disperse was determined by using the thermodynamic data for the solution of oxygen in γ-iron. DOIOincreases with the increase of the volume fraction of the oxide, fIO, in the oxidation layer at a given temperature. The diffusion coefficient of oxygen, DO, in γ-iron was evaluated by extrapolating DOIOto fIO=0. DO may be given by the following equation: {Mathematical expression}.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3451-3458
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Materials Science
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 1984

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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