J. Zhang and N. Li, Oxidation of Metals 63, pp. 353-381 (2005), “Oxidation mechanism of steels in liquid-lead alloys”
notes by JWF
last updated Feb. 12, 2006
This is the best overview of oxidation and corrosion in this system.
Corrosion in lead-alloy systems arises from high solubility of Fe, Ni, and Cr in the lead-alloy. Corrosion rate depends on flow velocity, temperature and its profiile, and composition of the liquid and solid material.