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Evaluation of hydrogen permeation of fuel cladding materials under low energy plasma

Ogawa, Hiroaki*; Kiuchi, Kiyoshi

The difference in hydrogen permeation among candidate cladding materials such as 25Cr-35Ni stainless steel, Nb liner and reference materials such as 18Cr-8Ni SS, and Zr of Zircaloy base metal were evaluated by low energy plasma permeation simulated to hydrogen excited by heavy neutron irradiation. RF excitation source was arranged for the experimental apparatus in cooperating with temperature and bias control. Comparing with the thermodynamic gas driven permeation (GDP) in the same hydrogen pressure, the hydrogen permeation rate by the plasma driven permeation (PDP) was markedly accelerated at low to medium temperature range. The temperature dependency showed a knick at around 530K due to hydrogen-defect interactions. Comparing with Zr, Nb showed the high hydrogen solubility without the degradation by hydrate formation that is required to a getter material. The difference in PDP among candidates was analyzed with a new dissolution model for hydrogen.



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