In this study, single crystal superalloy René N5 was exposed in air at 1150 °C for up to 16 hours to evaluate the alloy's short-term oxidation behaviour and the potential for developing a no-bond coat TBC system. The results showed that after 1 hour of exposure, a three layered oxide developed on the surface, consisting of spinel, Ta-containing oxide and alumina just above the substrate. After 4 hours of exposure, oxide spallation occurred; this became more pronounced after 16 hours. The oxide spallation took place between the top spinel layer and alumina layer, where Ta-rich oxide was more abundant. All samples tested for 0.5, 1, 2, 4 and 16 hours developed alumina near the substrate while the occurrence of NiO, spinel and Ta-oxides varied, depending upon the exposure time.
ASME Turbo Expo 2018: Turbomachinery Technical Conference and Exposition, GT 2018
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Walker, M. (Megan), & Huang, X. (2018). Isothermal oxidation of René N5 at 1150°C. In Proceedings of the ASME Turbo Expo. doi:10.1115/GT2018-75078