Iron Carburization in CO-H 2-He gases, part I: Experiment

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Carburization of iron was studied at atmospheric pressure over the temperature range 850°C to 1150°C in gaseous mixtures of CO, H 2, and He. The resistance relaxation method was applied to measure the carburization rates. Experimental results show that for carburization in CO-He mixtures, the carburization rate increased proportionally with CO partial pressure with a reaction order of unity. The overall rate also increased with temperature up to approximately 960°C and subsequently decreased with further increases in temperature. For carburization in CO-H 2-He mixtures, the carburization rate increased with both the CO and H 2 partial pressures under most conditions and was considerably faster than the rate in mixtures without hydrogen. Up to approximately 960°C, the rate was nearly independent of temperature with H 2 present, but decreased with a further increase in temperature. The decrease in reaction rate for mixtures with and without H 2 at 960°C coincides closely with the change in phase of iron from α to γ. Experiments at 925°C with constant Ph 2 and P CO indicate that CO dissociation on the iron surface is faster than oxygen removal from the surface except at high ratios of Ph 2/P CO, and therefore oxygen removal was generally the rate-limiting step. The rate of oxygen removal from the surface by H 2 was found to be of the same order as that by CO. At high hydrogen levels, the rate of oxygen removal exceeds dissociative absorption of CO and the latter becomes rate controlling. The present results are used to establish a numerical model for the carburization of iron, which is described in a companion paper.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)327-336
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Chemical Kinetics
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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