Microstructural and microtextural characterization of oxide scale on steel using electron backscatter diffraction

S. Birosca, D. Dingley, R. L. Higginson*

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High-temperature oxidation of steel has been extensively studied. The microstructure of iron oxides is, however, not well understood because of the difficulty in imaging it using conventional methods, such as optical or electron microscopy. A knowledge of the oxide microstructure and texture is critical in understanding how the oxide film behaves during high-temperature deformation of steels and more importantly how it can be removed following processing. Recently electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) has proved to be a powerful technique for distinguishing the different phases in scales. This technique gives valuable information both on the microstructure and on the orientation relationships between the steel and the scale layers. In the current study EBSD has been used to investigate the microstructure and microtexture of iron oxide layers grown on interstitial free steel at different times and temperatures. Heat treatments have been carried out under normal oxidation conditions in order to relate the results to real steel manufacturing in industry. The composition, morphologies, microstructure and microtexture of selected conditions have been studied using EBSD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)235-240
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Microscopy
Issue number3
Early online date19 Feb 2004
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2004


  • Electron backscatter diffraction
  • Microstructure
  • Microtexture
  • Oxide scale
  • Steel


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