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Passive oxidation rates were shown to be signiﬁcantly increased for silicon, SiC, and Si3N4 . Although the mechanism for these increased rates has not yet been identiﬁed, it has been attributed to three possibilities: (i) an enhanced solubility of O in the silica surface; (ii) an enhanced diffusivity of O in silica; or (iii) increased interface reaction rates of O relative to O2. The transition from passive to active oxidation is also affected by dissociated oxygen (this is discussed in the next section).
Slags are complex oxide mixtures that may be deposited during coal combustion or other industrial processes, and their acidity/ basicity depends on the relative amounts of acidic and basic oxides present: Acidic oxides: SiO2, Al2O3, TiO2 Basic oxides: Na2O, K2O, MgO, CaO, Fe2O3 Basic slags clearly corrode SiC more than acidic slags [64,89]. In regions of low oxygen potential, Fe and Ni silicides are formed. Lower-purity fuels contain vanadates and, as these fuels are necessarily utilized to a greater extent, corrosion by V2O5 will be important.
The mechanism and rate-controlling reactions are not understood in this case, but possibilities include recession being limited by the oxidation reaction to form silica, the linear oxidation rate, B/A, as referred to by Deal and Grove  in Eq. (3). In this case, oxidation is not limited by transport through the silica scale, but rather by the chemical reaction at the Si3N4 interface. 26 Weight loss of CVD SiC in a fuel-lean, high-pressure burner rig with gas velocities of 20 m sÀ1. Reproduced with permission from Ref.