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Determination of hydrogen concentration in Zircaloy cladding using hot vacuum extraction method with two-step heating

Obata, Hiroki; Toyokawa, Takuya; Tomita, Takeshi; Kimura, Yasuhiko

Hydrogen absorption to the fuel cladding is increase on the high burn-up fuel. The concentration of absorbed hydrogen causes the cladding embrittlement which might become the origination of fractures of the cladding. Therefore, it's important to measure the hydrogen volume in the cladding to estimate the safety margin of the irradiated cladding. In the previous method of hot vacuum extraction, the hydrogen is released and measured as the melting condition of the cladding. It cannot be evaluated the hydrogen volume only in the cladding metal phase. The hydrogen absorption in the cladding metal phase is strongly-correlated the cladding embrittlement. The two-step heating method has the benefit to measure the hydrogen in metal phase and oxide layer separately. The measuring method including the extraction temperature condition using unirradiated cladding will be reported.

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