Nonlinear oxidation kinetics of nickel cermets

TitleNonlinear oxidation kinetics of nickel cermets
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsGalinski, H, Bieberle-Huetter, A, Rupp, JLM, Gauckler, LJ
JournalActa Materialia
Pagination6239 - 6245
Date Published2011/09//

The oxidation of a cermet of screen-printed nickel (Ni) and gadolinia-doped ceria (CGO) with an approximate median porosity of 50 vol.% has been studied via in situ X-ray diffraction and focused ion beam nanotomography in the temperature range 773-848 K. The oxidation kinetics of Ni to NiO is found to be highly nonlinear with an apparent activation energy of 2.8(2) eV in this temperature range. The nonlinear oxidation kinetics found is in good agreement with theoretical works on oxide growth driven by nonlinear inbuilt fields. Stress-induced Kirkendall void formation has been identified as the physical process that enhances the oxidation of Ni/CGO cermets. Compressive stresses within the Ni matrix result from the thermal expansion mismatch of Ni and CGO and cause plastic deformation as they exceed the yield stress of the Ni matrix. The pore size distribution of Kirkendall voids formed has been measured by FIB nanotomography and shows a significant temperature dependence. It is shown that even one cycle of reoxidation changes irreversibly the microstructure of the cermet which can be interpreted as the onset and main contribution to the mechanical degradation of the cermet. (C) 2011 Acta Materialia Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.