In this paper, a diffusion kinetic model was applied to simulate the microstructure development in a MCrAlY-superalloy system at high temperatures. Both simulation and experimental results showed that γ+γ’ microstructure was obtained in the coatings due to Al depletion after oxidation. With the help of the modelling, the mechanism of the formation of the diffusion zones in the single crystal (SC) superalloy can be also analyzed. The results revealed that the inward diffusion of Al from coating affected the depth of secondary reaction zone (SRZ) with the precipitation of TCP phases while the depth of inter-diffusion zone (IDZ) was decided by the inward diffusion of Cr.

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