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Effect of $$gamma$$-ray irradiation on corrosion of low alloy steel in neutral water

Yamamoto, Masahiro ; Nakano, Junichi; Komatsu, Atsushi ; Sato, Tomonori  ; Tsukada, Takashi 

Corrosion protection of RPV and PCV is an important issue for the long term maintenance until the end of the decommissioning procedures. One of the uncertain factors for the issue is an effect of radioactivity on corrosion of LAS and CS. Corrosion tests using LAS and CS were conducted in $$gamma$$-rays irradiated condition. Oxygen and hydrogen peroxide concentrations in the water were measured after the tests. Corrosion test results indicated that the amounts of corrosion increased by $$gamma$$-rays irradiation both air and nitrogen atmosphere. And also corrosion amounts increased with $$gamma$$-ray dose rates. Electrochemical analyses indicated that cathodic reaction of Hydrogen peroxide was controlled by diffusion process. The measured diffusion constant of H$$_{2}$$O$$_{2}$$ was about 0.75 times to that of oxygen. From these results, it is estimated that corrosion of LAS and CS in $$gamma$$-ray irradiated condition was evaluated by the cathodic reduction reaction of oxidant.



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