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Title: Environmental resistance of oxide tags fabricated on 304L stainless steel via nanosecond pulsed laser irradiation

Nanosecond pulsed laser irradiation was used to fabricate colored, mechanically robust oxide “tags” on 304L stainless steel. Immersion in simulated seawater solution, salt fog exposure, and anodic polarization in a 3.5% NaCl solution were employed to evaluate the environmental resistance of these oxide tags. Single layer oxides outside a narrow thickness range (~ 100–150 nm) are susceptible to dissolution in chloride containing environments. The 304L substrates immediately beneath the oxides corrode severely—attributed to Cr-depletion in the melt zone during laser processing. For the first time, multilayered oxides were fabricated with pulsed laser irradiation in an effort to expand the protective thickness range while also increasing the variety of film colors attainable in this range. Layered films grown using a laser scan rate of 475 mm/s are more resistant to both localized and general corrosion than oxides fabricated at 550 mm/s. Furthermore, in the absence of pre-processing to mitigate Cr-depletion, layered films can enhance environmental stability of the system.
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [1] ;  [3]
  1. Purdue Univ., West Lafayette, IN (United States)
  2. Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
  3. Sandia National Lab. (SNL-CA), Livermore, CA (United States)
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Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 0257-8972; 614686
Grant/Contract Number:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Surface and Coatings Technology
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 285; Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 0257-8972
Research Org:
Sandia National Lab. (SNL-CA), Livermore, CA (United States); Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
Country of Publication:
United States
77 NANOSCIENCE AND NANOTECHNOLOGY; 54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; environmental degradation; nanosecond pulsed laser irradiation; oxide coatings; stainless steel
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