Interfaces in Oxides Formed on NiAlCr Doped with Y, Hf, Ti, and B
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2017

This study applies atom probe tomography (APT) to analyze the oxide scales formed on model NiAlCr alloys doped with Hf, Y, Ti, and B. Due to its ability to measure small amounts of alloying elements in the oxide matrix and its ability to quantify segregation, the technique offers a possibility for detailed studies of the dopant's fate during high-temperature oxidation. Three model NiAlCr alloys with different additions of Hf, Y, Ti, and B were prepared and oxidized in O2 at 1,100°C for 100 h. All specimens showed an outer region consisting of different spinel oxides with relatively small grains and the protective Al2O3-oxide layer below. APT analyses focused mainly on this protective oxide layer. In all the investigated samples segregation of both Hf and Y to the oxide grain boundaries was observed and quantified. Neither B nor Ti were observed in the alumina grains or at the analyzed interfaces. The processes of formation of oxide scales and segregation of the alloying elements are discussed. The experimental challenges of the oxide analyses by APT are also addressed.


grain boundaries


reactive elements

atom probe tomography


Torben Boll

Chalmers, Fysik, Biologisk fysik

K.A. Unocic

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

B.A. Pint

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Krystyna Marta Stiller

Chalmers, Fysik, Biologisk fysik

Microscopy and Microanalysis

1431-9276 (ISSN) 1435-8115 (eISSN)

Vol. 23 396-403