Presentation of our research
The ability of materials to withstand high-temperature corrosion is determined by the properties of the oxide scales that develop. Most materials used at high temperature form protective scales based on Cr2O3, Al2O3 or SiO2. High-temperature corrosion research deals with the development and breakdown of these protective scales.
To investigate the mechanisms of corrosion, it is necessary to perform laboratory investigations in carefully controlled conditions, using a very simplified model of the corrosive environment. However, to make the mechanistic studies technologically meaningful, they have to be compared with and validated against successively more “realistic” corrosion experiments and field studies.
Conversely, research that is close to applications requires the support of more basic research to make real progress. HTC research is organized into a number of interacting projects – fundamentally oriented projects connected with more application-oriented projects.