MCrAlY Stripping

Efficient and Effective Chemical Stripping of MCrAlY, Aluminides and other Coatings

Chemical stripping is a process used to remove thermal spray coatings and surface treatments from turbine components. It involves immersing the parts in an optimized chemical solution that selectively dissolves or weakens the coating without causing damage to the substrate/component.

This stripping method allows for the recoating/restoration of the component's surface, extending the reliable service life of high value components.

What is Stripping?

MCrAlY chemical stripping refers to a surface treatment process used to remove MCrAlY coatings from various metallic substrates.

MCrAlY coatings are commonly applied to turbine components in gas turbines to provide oxidation and corrosion resistance at high temperatures. The chemical stripping process involves immersing the coated substrate in a specialized stripping solution that selectively dissolves the MCrAlY layer while leaving the underlying substrate intact.

The stripping solution typically consists of a combination of strong acids, such as hydrochloric acid or sulfuric acid, along with specific additives to enhance the stripping efficiency. The chemical reaction between the stripping solution and the MCrAlY coating causes the formation of soluble metal complexes, which are then dissolved in the solution, facilitating the removal of the coating.

The process parameters, including temperature, immersion time, and concentration of the stripping solution, are carefully controlled to ensure effective and uniform coating removal without damaging the substrate. After the stripping process, the substrate is thoroughly rinsed to remove any residual stripping solution, and additional surface treatments, such as cleaning or etching, may be applied as necessary.

MCrAlY chemical stripping plays a crucial role in the refurbishment and repair of gas turbine components, allowing for the removal of damaged or worn MCrAlY coatings and subsequent recoating to restore their performance and extend their service life.

Stripping is used in:

Advantages of Stripping

Advantages of MCrAlY chemical stripping include: precise and controlled removal of coatings, preserving underlying substrate integrity, reducing the risk of damage or distortion, efficient removal of surface contaminants, ability to strip complex geometries, cost-effectiveness compared to mechanical methods, minimal material loss, and compatibility with various MCrAlY compositions.


  • Coating removal
  • Repair of Gas turbine components

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MCrAlY Stripping: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

MCrAlY refers to a family of high-temperature corrosion-resistant coatings consisting of a mixture of metal elements, such as Nickel, Cobalt (M), Chromium (Cr), and Aluminium (Al), with Yttrium (Y) aiding in the formation of a stable oxide layer that is particularly important in providing protection against thermal cycling.

Aluminides are intermetallic compounds composed primarily of aluminum with other metallic elements, such as nickel, iron, or titanium. They are known for their high-temperature strength and oxidation resistance.

Chemical stripping is a process used to remove coatings, residues, or contaminants from a surface using chemical agents. It involves immersing the material in a stripping solution that dissolves the undesired layers.

Yes, MCrAlY coatings can be chemically stripped using suitable stripping agents. The choice of stripping solution depends on the specific composition of the coating and the desired stripping effectiveness.

Aluminides, particularly those with aluminum as the primary component, can be chemically stripped using appropriate stripping solutions. However, the selection of the stripping agent must be done carefully to avoid damaging the underlying substrate.

Common stripping agents for MCrAlY and aluminides include acidic solutions containing various chemicals, such as sulfuric acid, hydrochloric acid, nitric acid, or mixtures thereof. Alkaline solutions can also be used depending on the specific requirements.

Chemical stripping can be a selective process, depending on the choice of stripping agent and the materials involved. Different coatings and substrates may have varying susceptibilities to the stripping solution, requiring careful consideration to achieve the desired results.

Yes, alternative methods to chemical stripping include mechanical methods like abrasive blasting or thermal methods like plasma or laser ablation. These methods are often used when chemical stripping is not suitable or feasible.

Yes, safety precautions must be followed when performing chemical stripping. This includes wearing appropriate protective equipment like gloves, goggles, and a respirator. Adequate ventilation and adherence to the handling and disposal guidelines for the stripping agents are also crucial.

Chemical stripping, particularly for complex coatings like MCrAlY or aluminides, is often best performed by professionals with experience in handling hazardous chemicals and knowledge of the specific requirements for each material. It ensures safety, efficiency, and optimal results. Contact our Gas Turbine specialist for more information