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Journal of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy

On-line version ISSN 2411-9717
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SLABBERT, G.A. et al. The effect of the matrix structure on the metal dusting rate in hydrocarbon environments. J. S. Afr. Inst. Min. Metall. [online]. 2013, vol.113, n.2, pp.81-90. ISSN 2411-9717.

The paper describes work undertaken to identify the influence of the matrix structure on the metal dusting rate of stainless steel alloys. Specifically, the difference in metal dusting rate between austenitic and ferritic stainless steels of similar chromium contents was investigated. The alloys were exposed to metal dusting conditions and their performance compared by weight loss, optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and Raman spectroscopy. The specific gas mixture used for all the tests were 18.9% CO-79.1% H2-2% H2O at 650°C. For austenitic stainless steels, Types 304, 321, 316, and 316Ti were compared to two ferritic grades, namely Types 430 and 441. The resistance of the ferritic grades was found to be significantly better than that of the austenitic grades. This was attributed to greater permeability of chromium through the matrix structure to maintain the protective oxide scale. The results will be used in the development of novel alloys to combat metal dusting.

Keywords : metal dusting; hydrocarbon environments; matrix.

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