Oxidation Protection of Titanium Aluminides and Ni-base Superalloys at High Temperatures by the Halogen Effect - Principles and Applications

H.-E. Zschau, M. Schütze

The oxidation protection of TiAl-alloys at temperatures above 750°C can be improved by the fluorine effect. The results of thermodynamical calculations predict a corridor for a positive fluorine effect. Ion implantation of F was performed because of giving the best results. After a high F-loss during heating a thin protective alumina scale acts as a diffusion barrier. The F-depth profiles show a distinct maximum at the metal/oxide interface. The diffusion coefficient of F in TiAl for 900°C was determined. The stability of the F-effect after long oxidation time at 900°C and 1000°C can be explained by the existence of a constant F-amount at the metal/oxide interface ensuring a slow growth of the alumina scale. The fluorine effect was also applied to Ni-base superalloys to improve their high temperature oxidation resistance by forming a dense continuous protective alumina scale.

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