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Effect of $$gamma$$ radiolysis on pit initiation of zircaloy-2 in water containing sea salt

Motooka, Takafumi; Komatsu, Atsushi ; Tsukada, Takashi ; Yamamoto, Masahiro 

We investigated the effect of radiolysis on pit initiation of zircaloy-2 in water containing sea salt. Changes in the composition of water containing sea salt were analyzed as well, both before and after $$gamma$$-ray irradiation. The characteristics of the resultant oxide films formed on zircaloy-2 were evaluated by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The experimental results showed that the pitting potential under irradiation was slightly higher than that under conditions in which no radiation was present, and that the pitting potential decreased with increasing chloride concentration in the presence as well as the absence of radiation. Solution analyses for water containing sea salt showed that hydrogen peroxide was generated by irradiation. The oxide film was composed of zirconium oxide and was made thicker during the irradiation. Under $$gamma$$-ray irradiation, the zircaloy-2 surface with an oxide film formed by radiolysis products was found to be resistant to pitting in the presence of chloride.



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