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Corrosion Behaviour of Carbon Steel in Buffer Material under Anaerobic Condition

Taniguchi, Naoki; Kawasaki, Manabu*; Kawakami, Susumu; Kubota, Mitsuru*

The deep underground environment for geological disposal of HLW will be relativery oxidizing condition at the initial stage of repository, but it will be returned to reducing as the consumption of oxygen by the corrosion of overpack and the reactions with the minerals in buffer material. It is necessarly to understand the corrosion behaviour of carbon steel under such reducing condition for the lifetime prediction of carbon steel overpack. In this study, immersion tests of carbon steel in buffer material were performed in nitrogen atmosphere in which oxygen gas concentration was controlled less than 1 ppm. The corrosion rates of carbon steel were measured by weight loss of the specimens and the corrosion products were analysed by SEM, XRD and EPMA. For investigating the influence of welding of overpack, welded samples by electron-beam welding (EBW) were used for some of the tests. Synthetic sea water (SSW) and aqueous solutions containing bicarbonate ion and chloride ion were chosen as simulated groundwater. According to the experimental results, corrosion products layer contained ferrous carbonate such as FeCO3 and Fe2(OH)2CO3. The average corrosion rates within 1 year were relatively high (0.004-0.018mm/y), but the growths of corrosion after 1 year were decreased rapidly. The increase in average corrosion depths from 1 to 3 (or 4) years was only less than several micro-meters, and the realistic corrosion rates after 1 year were estimated to be less than 0.001m/y in many cases. There was no influence of welding on the corrosion rate of carbon steel up to 3 years of immersion period. The effects of the density of buffer material and the mixing ratio of sand in buffer material on the corrosion rate of carbon steel were also investigated in this study.

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