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THE HIGH-TEMPERATURE OXIDATION KINETICS OF ZIRCONIUM,
MCMASTER UNIV HAMILTON (ONTARIO)
An investigation of the parabolic-linear oxidation of zirconium at 800 and 850C is reported. It was found that irrespective of the oxygen concentration in the metal substrate, parabolic kinetics represent the growth of the initial compact oxide scale while linear kinetics represent the later stages of growth. Metallographic observations indicated a transition from a compact to compact plus porous oxide scale. Accompanying hardness measurements demonstrated that oxygen penetrated into the metal via a steady concentration profile during linear oxidation. An exponential solution of the diffusion equation fitted to the concentration profile gave evaluations of the oxygen diffusion constant in the metal which are in good agreement with such evaluations from diffusion experiments. Several features of the oxidation kinetics of zirconium and titanium were correlated as further elucidation of the properties of metals in Periodic Subgroup IVB. Author
Pub. in Canadian Metallurgical Quarterly v1 n1 p41-57 Jul-Sep 1962 (Copies available only to DDC users).
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