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Visualizing time-dependent microstructural and chemical evolution during molten salt corrosion of Ni-20Cr model alloy using c...

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Corrosion Science
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In situ monitoring of corrosion processes is important to fundamentally understand the kinetics and evolution of materials in harsh environments. A quasi in situ transmission electron microscopy technique was utilized to study microstructural and chemical evolution of a Ni-20Cr disc sample exposed to molten KCl-MgCl2 salt for 60 s in consecutive 20 s iterations. In situ synchrotron X-ray nano-tomography was performed to characterize the morphological evolution of a Ni-20Cr microwire exposed to molten KCl-MgCl2. Both techniques captured key corrosion events and revealed mechanisms at different time and length scales, potentially bringing greater insights and deeper understanding beyond conventional analysis.