Coal burning power companies are currently considering FeAlCr weld overlay claddings for corrosion protection of waterwall boiler tubes located in their furnaces. Previous studies have shown that these FeAlCr coatings exhibit excellent high-temperature corrosion resistance in several types of low NOx environments. In the present study, the susceptibility of FeAlCr weld overlay claddings to hydrogen cracking was evaluated using a gas-tungsten arc welding (GTAW) process. Microsegregation of alloying elements was determined for the FeAlCr welds and compared to a currently used Ni-based superalloy. Long-term gaseous corrosion testing of select weld overlays was conducted along with the Ni-based superalloy in a gaseous oxidizing/sulfidizing corrosion environment at 500°C. The sample weight gains were used along with analysis of the corrosion scale morphologies to determine the corrosion resistance of the coatings. It was found that although there were slight differences in the corrosion behavior of the selected FeAlCr weld coatings, all FeAlCr based alloys exhibited superior corrosion resistance to the Ni-based superalloy during exposures up to 2000 hours.

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