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Effect of a pre-oxidation on the hydrogen desorption from Zircaloy-4

Clara Juillet 1 Marc Tupin 2 Frantz Martin 1 Quentin Auzoux 1 Sophie Bosonnet Clément Berthinier 3
1 LECA - Laboratoire d'Etude de la Corrosion Aqueuse
SCCME - Service de la Corrosion et du Comportement des Matériaux dans leur Environnement : DEN/DPC/SCCME/LECA
2 LM2E - Laboratoire de Microscopie et d'Etudes de l'Endommagement
SEMI - Service d'Etudes des Matériaux Irradiés : DEN/DMN/SEMI
3 LM2S - Laboratoire de Mécanique Systèmes et Simulation
SEMT - Service d'Etudes Mécaniques et Thermiques : DEN/DM2S/SEMT
Abstract : During the transport of nuclear spent fuel, part of the tritium formed by ternary fission in core of nuclear reactors is susceptible to desorb from the oxidized cladding. This study aimed at identifying the rate-limiting step in the hydrogen desorption process from pre-oxidized Zircaloy-4 specimens. Controlled-thickness oxide scales shifted the hydrogen desorption from the alloy towards higher temperatures during a temperature ramp under vacuum. Scanning electron microscopy observations and finite elements modelling of the oxide layer dissolution led to the conclusion that, in such conditions, hydrogen desorption from the alloy was controlled by the oxide dissolution kinetics.
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Clara Juillet, Marc Tupin, Frantz Martin, Quentin Auzoux, Sophie Bosonnet, et al.. Effect of a pre-oxidation on the hydrogen desorption from Zircaloy-4. Corrosion Science, Elsevier, 2020, 173, pp.108762. ⟨10.1016/j.corsci.2020.108762⟩. ⟨cea-02931992⟩



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