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Corrosion Behavior of Fe40Al Alloy with Additions of Ti, Ag, and Cr in Molten KCl+

DOI: 10.1155/2012/146486

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The effect of 2.5?at.% Cr, Ti, and Ag on the corrosion behavior of Fe40Al intermetallic alloy in KCl-ZnCl2 (1?:?1?M) at 670°C has been evaluated by using electrochemical techniques. Techniques included potentiodynamic polarization curves, linear polarization resistance (LPR), and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) measurements. Results have shown that additions of both Cr and Ti were beneficial to the alloy, since they decreased its corrosion rate, whereas additions of Ag was detrimental, since its additions increased the corrosion rate, although the alloy was passivated by adding Ag or Cr. The best corrosion performance was obtained with the addition of Cr, whereas the highest corrosion rate was obtained by adding Ag. This is explained in terms of the stability of the corrosion products formed film. 1. Introduction Sodium and potassium impurities present in the form of chloride or sulfates are very corrosive constituents under certain combustion conditions such as waste incinerators and biomass-fired boilers [1, 2]. Early failure of the thermal components frequently occurs due to the complex reactions between the metallic materials and the hostile combustion environment. Incineration has become a viable technology for disposing of various types of wastes, including municipal, hospital, chemical, and hazardous. Problems with process equipment resulting from fireside corrosion have been frequently encountered in incinerators. The major problem is the complex nature of the feed (waste) as well as corrosive impurities which form low-melting point compounds with heavy and alkali metal chloride which prevents the formation of protective oxide scales and then causes an accelerated degradation of metallic elements [1]. In particular, under reducing conditions such as those typical of the operation of waste gasification plants or even under localized reducing conditions, which frequently arise in the case of incorrect operation of waste incineration systems, it is difficult to form protective oxide scales such as Cr2O3, SiO2, and Al2O3 on the surface of structural materials. Thus, the corrosion attack can be further enhanced under reducing atmospheres in the presence of salt deposits [2]. The effect of individual KCl, NaCl, and their mixtures with heavy metal chlorides or sulfates on the corrosion behavior of a series of alloy systems has been studied in detail so far [3–9]. It is generally realized that Cr is not as effective element for corrosion resistance of Fe-base and Ni-based alloys due to chloride attack. In contrast, alumina- (Al2O3) forming


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