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J. Korean Ceram. Soc. > Volume 43(11); 2006 > Article
Journal of the Korean Ceramic Society 2006;43(11): 724.
doi: https://doi.org/10.4191/kcers.2006.43.11.724
Experimental Verification of a Kinetic Model of Zr-Oxidation
Han-Ill Yoo, Sang-Hyun Park
Solid State Ionics Research Lab., School of Materials Science and Engineering, Seoul National University
It has long been known that the oxidation kinetics of Zr-based alloys undergoes a crossover from parabolic to cubic in the pretransition period (before breakaway of the oxide scale). This kinetic crossover, however, is not fully understood yet. We have earlier proposed a model for the Zr-oxidation kinetics, in a closed form for the first time, by taking into account a compressive strain energy gradient as a diffusional driving force in addition to a chemical potential gradient of component oxygen across the ZrO$_2$ scale upon Zr [J. Nucl. Mater., 299 (2001) 235]. In this paper, we experimentally reconfirm the validity of the proposed model by using the thermogravimetric data on mass gain of Zr in a plate and wire form, respectively, in air atmosphere at different temperatures in the range of 500$^{circ}$ to 800$^{circ}C$, and subsequently report on the numerical values for oxygen chemical diffusivity and strain energy gradient across the oxide scale.
Key words: Oxidation kinetics, Zr-based alloys, ZrO$_2$, Oxygen chemical diffusivity, Strain energy
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