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Effect of zeolites on the corrosion potential of type 316L stainless steel in diluted artificial sea water under gamma-ray irradiation

Kato, Chiaki  ; Sato, Tomonori ; Ueno, Fumiyoshi  ; Yamagishi, Isao ; Yamamoto, Masahiro 

In relation to the consideration for long-term storage of spent Cs adsorption vessels containing zeolites in the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, corrosion of the vessel material in the spent Cs adsorption vessel is one of important issues. We performed electrochemical tests of stainless steel (SUS 316L) in the zeolites containing artificial seawater under gamma-ray irradiation. The spontaneous potential (ESP) and critical pitting potential (VC), of SUS316L were measured to understand the corrosion resistance of the stainless steel in this study. The rest potential of the stainless steel increased with increasing time after gamma-ray irradiation. The ESP, defined as the steady rest potential, increased with increasing dose rate, while increasing ESP was suppressed by contact with the zeolites. Concentration of H$$_{2}$$O$$_{2}$$ in bulk water increased with increasing dose rate. The concentration increasing was suppressed by contact with the zeolites due to decomposition of H$$_{2}$$O$$_{2}$$. There was good relationship between ESP and the concentration of H$$_{2}$$O$$_{2}$$. The VC of SUS316L contacted with the zeolites decreased with increasing Cl$$^{-}$$ ion concentration and is slightly smaller than the VC in the bulk water. The contact with the zeolites causes the suppressant of increasing ESP under the irradiation. The contact with the zeolites can reduce probability in the localized corrosion for SUS316L.

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