Comparison of Chromia Growth Kinetics in a Ni-based Superalloy, with and without Shot-peening

S. Cruchley, Mary Taylor, Rengen Ding, Hugh Evans, D.J. Child, M.C. Hardy

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The effect of shot-peening on the oxidation in air of the Ni-based superalloy RR1000 has been investigated over the temperature range 700–800 °C. The surface oxide in both peened and un-peened conditions consisted of isolated grains of rutile on the outermost surface beneath which was a protective Ti-doped chromia scale. Internal oxidation of aluminium occurred within the alloy with the formation of alumina particles within a γ′ (nominally Ni3(Al,Ti)) denuded zone but the morphology of the sub-surface oxides differed between the two surface conditions examined. The kinetics of thickening of the chromia layer were sub-parabolic in most cases but closely approached parabolic behaviour for the un-peened surface condition at 800 °C. An enhancement in the rate of chromia growth was found for both surface conditions compared with a Ti-free chromia layer. This enhancement has been attributed to increased Cr ion diffusion as a result of Ti-doping of the chromia layer but the effect is reduced over time because of Ti-depletion in the alloy. At 800 °C, in the un-peened condition, the reduction in growth rate with exposure time is much less marked and this effect seems to be associated with the formation of a (Ti,Ta)O2 phase beneath the chromia layer.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)242-252
Number of pages11
JournalCorrosion Science
Early online date4 Aug 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2015


  • A. Superalloys
  • C. Oxidation
  • C. Selective oxidation


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