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Improvement of Corrosion Resistance of Hastelloy-N Alloy in LiF-NaF-KF Molten Salt by Laser Cladding Pure Metallic Coatings

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School of Mechanical Engineering, University of South China, Hengyang 421001, China
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Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 201800, China
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Coatings 2018, 8(9), 322; https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings8090322
Received: 9 August 2018 / Revised: 6 September 2018 / Accepted: 12 September 2018 / Published: 14 September 2018
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Abstract

The corrosion protection of Hastelloy-N alloy in LiF-NaF-KF (commonly referred to as FLiNaK) molten salt has been developed by pure Ni and Co coatings using the laser cladding technique. An immersion experiment with samples was performed in molten FLiNaK salt at 900 °C for 100 h. It was found that the corrosion rates of the pure Ni-coated specimen and the pure Co-coated specimen are 39.9% and 35.7% of that of Hastelloy-N alloy, respectively. A careful microstructural characterization indicates that a selective dissolution of the elemental Cr occurred in the surface of bare Hastelloy-N alloy, showing a severe intergranular corrosion. For pure metal-coated specimens, in contrast, only metal oxide formed during the laser cladding process dissolved into the molten fluoride salt. The dense pure metal (Ni or Co) coatings exhibit a slightly general corrosion and protect the Hastelloy-N substrate effectively. The possible corrosion mechanism for both coated and uncoated Hastelloy-N under the current experimental condition are discussed in this work. View Full-Text
Keywords: laser cladding; Hastelloy-N alloy; metallic coating; corrosion resistance; FLiNaK molten salt laser cladding; Hastelloy-N alloy; metallic coating; corrosion resistance; FLiNaK molten salt
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Zhu, H.; Li, B.; Chen, M.; Qiu, C.; Tang, Z. Improvement of Corrosion Resistance of Hastelloy-N Alloy in LiF-NaF-KF Molten Salt by Laser Cladding Pure Metallic Coatings. Coatings 2018, 8, 322.

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