Skip to Main content Skip to Navigation
Journal articles

Study of secondary hydriding at high temperature in zirconium based nuclear fuel cladding tubes by coupling information from neutron radiography/tomography, electron probe micro analysis, micro elastic recoil detection analysis and laser induced breakdown spectroscopy microprobe

Abstract : This paper gives an overview of a multi-scale experimental study of the secondary hydriding phenomena that can occur in nuclear fuel cladding materials exposed to steam at high temperature (HT) after having burst (loss-of-coolant accident conditions). By coupling information from several facilities, including neutron radiography/tomography, electron probe micro analysis, micro elastic recoil detection analysis and micro laser induced breakdown spectroscopy, it was possible to map quantitatively, at different scales, the distribution of oxygen and hydrogen within M5™1 clad segments having experienced ballooning and burst at HT followed by steam oxidation at 1100 and 1200 °C and final direct water quenching down to room temperature. The results were very reproducible and it was confirmed that internal oxidation and secondary hydriding at HT of a cladding after burst can lead to strong axial and azimuthal gradients of hydrogen and oxygen concentrations, reaching 3000–4000 wt ppm and 1.0–1.2 wt% respectively within the β phase layer for the investigated conditions. Consistent with thermodynamic and kinetics considerations, oxygen diffusion into the prior-β layer was enhanced in the regions highly enriched in hydrogen, where the α(O) phase layer is thinner and the prior-β layer thicker. Finally the induced post-quenching hardening of the prior-β layer was mainly related to the local oxygen enrichment. Hardening directly induced by hydrogen was much less significant.
Document type :
Journal articles
Complete list of metadatas

https://hal-cea.archives-ouvertes.fr/cea-01488896
Contributor : Serge Palacin <>
Submitted on : Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 7:24:55 AM
Last modification on : Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 2:54:34 PM

Identifiers

Citation

J.C. Brachet, Didier Hamon, M. Le Saux, V Vandenberghe, C Toffolon-Masclet, et al.. Study of secondary hydriding at high temperature in zirconium based nuclear fuel cladding tubes by coupling information from neutron radiography/tomography, electron probe micro analysis, micro elastic recoil detection analysis and laser induced breakdown spectroscopy microprobe. Journal of Nuclear Materials, Elsevier, 2017, 488, pp.267-286. ⟨10.1016/j.jnucmat.2017.03.009⟩. ⟨cea-01488896⟩

Share

Metrics

Record views

301