Thermal Oxidation Kinetics of MoSi2-Based Powders

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2785-2790
Journal / PublicationJournal of the American Ceramic Society
Volume82
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1999
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

The oxidation process of MoSi2 is very complex, and controversial results have been reported, especially for the early-stage oxidation before the formation of passive SiO2 film. Most oxidation studies have been carried out on bulk consolidated samples, and the early stage of oxidation has not been studied. In this investigation, very fine MoSi2 powder with an average particle size of 1.6 μm was used. Such a fine particle size makes it easier to study the early stages of oxidation since a significant portion of the powder is oxidized before the formation of passive SiO2 film. The oxidation kinetics of commercial MoSi2-SiC and MoSi2-Si3N4 powder mixtures were also studied for comparison. Weight changes were measured at discrete time intervals at 500° to 1100°C in 0.14 atm of oxygen. X-ray diffraction was used to identify the phases formed during oxidation. Our results show the formation of MoO3 phase and an associated weight gain at low temperatures (500° and 600°C). At temperatures higher than 900°C, Mo5Si3 phase formed first and was subsequently oxidized to solid SiO2 and volatile MoO3, resulting in an initial weight gain followed by subsequent weight loss. A model based on the assumption that oxidation kinetics of both MoSi2 and Mo5Si3 are proportional to their fractions in the system describes the experimental data well.

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Thermal Oxidation Kinetics of MoSi2-Based Powders. / Zhu, Yuntian T.; Stan, Marius; Conzone, Samuel D.; Butt, Darryl P.

In: Journal of the American Ceramic Society, Vol. 82, No. 10, 10.1999, p. 2785-2790.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review