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JAEA Reports

Database for corrosion under irradiation conditions (Contract research)

Sato, Tomonori; Hata, Kuniki; Kaji, Yoshiyuki; Ueno, Fumiyoshi; Inoue, Hiroyuki*; Taguchi, Mitsumasa*; Seito, Hajime*; Tada, Eiji*; Abe, Hiroshi*; Akiyama, Eiji*; et al.

JAEA-Review 2021-001, 123 Pages, 2021/06


In the implement of the decommissioning of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (1F), there are many problems to be solved. Specially, the mitigation of the aging degradation by the corrosion of the structural materials is important to implement the decommissioning safely and continuously. However, there are limited data for the environmental factors of corrosion in 1F, and the condition of 1F is continuously changing. So, the literature data for the water radiolysis and the corrosion under irradiation are listed as the database of corrosion under irradiation in this report. And the new obtained radiolysis and corrosion data, which have not been reported in the literature and will be required in the decommissioning of 1F, are reported.

Journal Articles

Time dependence of corrosion behavior on Ta in NaOH solutions

Ishijima, Yasuhiro; Ueno, Fumiyoshi; Abe, Hitoshi

Zairyo To Kankyo, 70(6), p.192 - 198, 2021/06

The time dependence of corrosion behavior on tantalum used in nuclear fuel reprocessing equipment in sodium hydroxide solution was investigated by immersion corrosion tests, and the mechanism of aging change was discussed from surface observations and electrochemical measurements. The immersion tests were carried out at room temperature with NaOH concentrations ranging from 1 to 7 mol/L and immersion times ranging from 24 to 168 hr, respectively. The corrosion rate increased with NaOH concentration, but peaked with immersion time and then decreased. The time to peak of corrosion rate was shorter with higher NaOH concentration. The SEM observations and Raman analysis at the surface of the specimens that were cleaned and weighed after the immersion test did not show any film formation. On the other hand, the polarization resistance showed a constant value or an increase after a decrease immediately after immersion. It is suggested that the change in corrosion rate is affected by the formation of film by immersion, since the value of polarization resistance is almost the same as the sum of film resistance and charge transfer resistance. The film was considered to be mainly Na$$_{8}$$Ta$$_{6}$$O$$_{19}$$ formed by the dissolution of Ta.

Journal Articles

Study on the free corrosion potential at an interface between an Al electrode and an acidic aqueous NaCl solution through density functional theory combined with the reference interaction site model

Kano, Koichi*; Hagiwara, Satoshi*; Igarashi, Takahiro; Otani, Minoru*

Electrochimica Acta, 377, p.138121_1 - 138121_10, 2021/05

 Times Cited Count:5 Percentile:94.97(Electrochemistry)

We investigated the free corrosion potential at an interface between an Al electrode and an aqueous NaCl solution under acidic conditions via density functional theory combined with the effective screening medium and reference interaction site model (ESM-RISM). The electrode potentials for the anodic and cathodic corrosion reactions were obtained from the grand potential profile as a function of the electron chemical potential at the interface. Thereafter, we determined the free corrosion potential using the Tafel extrapolation method. The results of the free corrosion potential were consistent with previous experimental data. By controlling the pH, we determined the pH dependence of the free corrosion potential, and the results agreed well with the experimental results. Our results indicated that the ESM-RISM method duly described the environmental effect of an acidic solution and precisely determined the free corrosion potential.

Journal Articles

Transfer of $$^{137}$$Cs to web-building spiders, ${it Nephila clavata}$, and its pathways; A Preliminary study using stable carbon and nitrogen isotope analyses

Tanaka, Sota; Kakinuma, Hotaru*; Adachi, Taro*; Atarashi-Andoh, Mariko; Koarashi, Jun

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 58(4), p.507 - 514, 2021/04

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0.02(Nuclear Science & Technology)

Understanding the pathways of $$^{137}$$Cs transfer to predatory spiders is useful to assess long-term behavior of $$^{137}$$Cs in the environment, because spiders obtain food resources from both the grazing and detritus food chains in terrestrial-aquatic linking forest ecosystems. In the present study, we collected spider samples at forest interior and riverside. The sample collection was approximately 6.5 years after the FDNPP accident. Moreover, a transfer factor value (T$$_{ag}$$) for $$^{137}$$Cs in spiders was quantified. Stable carbon and nitrogen isotope ratios ($$delta$$$$^{13}$$C and $$delta$$$$^{15}$$N) of the spiders were also investigated to estimate the transfer pathways of $$^{137}$$Cs to the spiders.

Journal Articles

Status of LBE study and experimental plan at JAEA

Saito, Shigeru; Wan, T.*; Okubo, Nariaki; Obayashi, Hironari; Watanabe, Nao; Ohdaira, Naoya*; Kinoshita, Hidetaka; Yamaki, Kenichi*; Kita, Satoshi*; Yoshimoto, Hidemitsu*; et al.

JPS Conference Proceedings (Internet), 33, p.011041_1 - 011041_6, 2021/03

An Accelerator Driven System (ADS) for waste transmutation investigated in JAEA employs lead-bismuth eutectic (LBE) as a neutron production target material and coolant. The neutrons are to be produced via the spallation with 1.5 GeV proton beam injection. As materials irradiation data are important for ADS development, JAEA plans to construct an irradiation facility with LBE neutron production target in J-PARC. There are many technical issues on LBE for practical use. In JAEA, various R&Ds are being carried out. Concerning corrosion study, conditioning operation and functional tests of OLLOCHI started. Oxygen concentration control technology has also developing. In the large scale LBE loop experiment, the operation for steady state and transient experiments was performed by using IMMORTAL. In the area of instrument, development of ultrasonic flow meter and freeze seal valve are progressing as a key technology for the LBE loop system. Investigation of behavior of impurities in LBE, which is important for design of the irradiation facility, started. In this paper, the status of the LBE studies and experimental plan will be presented.

Journal Articles

Corrosion of aluminum-based containers for neutron studies with aqueous samples under low temperatures

Tominaga, Taiki*; Sahara, Masae*; Kawakita, Yukinobu; Nakagawa, Hiroshi; Shimamoto, Naonobu*

JPS Conference Proceedings (Internet), 33, p.011094_1 - 011094_5, 2021/03

In quasielastic neutron scattering studies, aluminum or aluminum alloys are frequently employed as sample cells. With the increasing incident-neutron flux, the research area currently continues to expand; thus, obtaining data has become quicker than ever for dilute conditions. One such area is the water-containing systems. In this study, we investigated the effect of temperature on Al and found that even in a low temperature atmosphere, Al corrosion can occur. This was attributed to the different thermal expansion coefficients of Al as a base substrate and Al oxide as a passivating film.

Journal Articles

Decrease in pitting corrosion resistance of extra-high-purity type 316 stainless-steel by Cu$$^{2+}$$ in NaCl

Aoyama, Takahito; Ogawa, Hiroaki; Kato, Chiaki; Ueno, Fumiyoshi

Metals, 11(3), p.511_1 - 511_13, 2021/03

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0.01(Materials Science, Multidisciplinary)

The effect of Cu$$^{2+}$$ in bulk solution on pitting corrosion resistance of extra high purity type 316 stainless steel was investigated. Pitting occurred in 0.1 M NaCl-1 mM CuCl$$_2$$ whereas pitting was not initiated in 0.1 M NaCl. Although deposition of Cu$$^{2+}$$ on the surface occurred regardless of potential region in 0.1 M NaCl-1 mM CuCl$$_2$$, Cu$$^{2+}$$ in bulk solution had no influence on the passive film formation. The decrease in pitting corrosion resistance in 0.1 M NaCl-1 mM CuCl$$_2$$ resulted from the deposited Cu or Cu compound and continuous supply of Cu$${2+}$$ on the surface.

Journal Articles

Corrosion resistance of a cast steel overpack for high-level radioactive waste disposal in Japan

Ogawa, Yusuke*; Suzuki, Satoru*; Taniguchi, Naoki; Kawasaki, Manabu*; Suzuki, Hiroyuki*; Takahashi, Rieko*

Materials and Corrosion, 72(1-2), p.52 - 66, 2021/01

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0(Materials Science, Multidisciplinary)

Cast steel is one of the promising alternative to forged steel that is the current reference material for carbon steel overpack. In this study, the full-scale cast steel overpack was produced experimentally and the distribution of casting defects were investigated. The corrosion test regarding corrosion rate and stress corrosion cracking (SCC) susceptibility were also conducted using samples taken from the full-scale cast steel overpack and the corrosion resistance of cast steel was compared with that of forged steel. From above two corrosion tests, it can be said that the corrosion resistance of cast steel is mostly the same as that of forged steel.

Journal Articles

Stress corrosion cracking of copper in swollen bentonite simulating nuclear waste disposal environment

Fujimoto, Shinji*; Tsuchiya, Hiroaki*; Ogawa, Soma*; Iida, Yoshihisa; Taniguchi, Naoki

Materials and Corrosion, 72(1-2), p.333 - 338, 2021/01

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0(Materials Science, Multidisciplinary)

The stress corrosion cracking (SCC) of pure copper in bentonite was examined by a slow strain rate test (SSRT). The bentonite was swollen with pure water or aqueous solutions containing NH$$_{3}$$ of 0.05 M and 0.1 M. The thick corrosion films and particulate deposits were formed on copper surface after SSRT. Typical tarnish rupture type SCC occurred on pure copper in swollen bentonite with and without NH$$_{3}$$. Crack propagation rate was enhanced by NH$$_{3}$$. It is confirmed thick oxide layer is formed on copper during plastic deformation which resulting in the tarnish crack type SCC. The many particulate deposits observed on the surface might be formed as a results of rapid dissolution of Cu$$^{2+}$$ to form porous CuO at locallized deformed sites.

Journal Articles

Corrosion behaviour of Al-added high Mn austenitic steels in molten lead bismuth eutectic with saturated and low oxygen concentrations at 450$$^{circ}$$C

Wang, H.*; Yu, H.*; Kondo, Sosuke*; Okubo, Nariaki; Kasada, Ryuta*

Corrosion Science, 175, p.108864_1 - 108864_12, 2020/10

 Times Cited Count:4 Percentile:72.21(Materials Science, Multidisciplinary)

Corrosion tests were performed on newly developed alumina-forming austenitic (AFA) steels in stagnant lead bismuth eutectic (LBE) with saturated and low oxygen concentrations at 450$$^{circ}$$C for 430 h. The steels exhibited enhanced corrosion resistance to the LBE environments with the increasing of Al content. A continuous and protective Al-rich oxide scale formed on the steel specimens that were exposed to LBE with a low oxygen concentration, whereas a non-protective and stratified oxide scale formed in the oxygen saturated LBE.

Journal Articles

Effect of seawater components on corrosion rate of steel in air/solution alternating condition

Otani, Kyohei; Tsukada, Takashi; Ueno, Fumiyoshi; Kato, Chiaki

Zairyo To Kankyo, 69(9), p.246 - 252, 2020/09

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of artificial sea water concentration on the corrosion rate of carbon steel under air/solution alternating condition, and to clarify the corrosion mechanism of carbon steel that changes with artificial seawater concentration. Mass measurements showed that the corrosion rate of carbon steel in the alternating condition accelerates with increasing concentration in the concentration region between deionized water to 200 times diluted artificial seawater (ASW), and the corrosion rate decreases with increasing concentration in the concentration region between 20 times diluted ASW to undiluted ASW. It can be considered that the reason why the carbon steel corrosion was suppressed in highly concentrated artificial seawater would Mg ions and Ca ions in the artificial seawater precipitate and cover on the surface due to the increase in pH near the surface by oxygen reduction reaction.

Journal Articles

Corrosion in nuclear fuel reprocessing plants; Corrosion in boiling nitric acid

Kato, Chiaki

Comprehensive Nuclear Materials, 2nd Edition, Vol.4, p.528 - 563, 2020/08

In spent fuel reprocessing plants, various nitric media are encountered throughout the PUREX process, used in the separation of fission products, uranium, and plutonium. The PUREX process is thus highly corrosive as it takes place at high temperatures under high concentrations of nitric acid solution containing oxidizing metal ions from spent fuel. In this review, the unique chemical properties of nitric acid are first described. Secondly, the process of oxidizing power generation in boiling nitric acid under heat transfer is described using the redox potential and a thermodynamic model of boiling nitric acid. Finally, the corrosion behavior and corrosion acceleration mechanism specific to the reprocessing environments are described from the perspective of solution chemistry.

Journal Articles

Effective usage of multiphysics calculation for crevice corrosion

Yamamoto, Masahiro

Keisan Kogaku, 25(3), p.4105 - 4108, 2020/07

Recently, some attempts using Multi-Physics simulation for corrosion problems, especially crevice corrosion, have been increasing. Corrosion undergoes by electrochemical reaction. The numerical calculation procedure is used a non-liner equation. Furthermore, this reaction is affected by environmental factors, i.e. composition, amount and mobility of chemical species and redox potential. These values change with time by corrosion process itself. This report, these needs for Multi-Physics calculations are introduced.

Journal Articles

Aim for computational science on corrosion problems and prompt approach for corrosion of 1F decommissioning in JSCE

Yamamoto, Masahiro

Zairyo To Kankyo 2020 Koenshu (CD-ROM), p.9 - 16, 2020/05

The author has been continuing research and development for corrosion science for about forty years. One of the main targets of his research is applying computational science techniques on corrosion problems. The results are briefly introduced in this article. Also, the author organized some workshop for corrosion problems of 1F decommissioning procedure for several years. Such activities are evaluated for receiving the society award in JSCE.

Journal Articles

Analysis for the mechanism of accelerated corrosion on low alloy steel in air-solution alternating condition

Otani, Kyohei; Tsukada, Takashi; Ueno, Fumiyoshi

Zairyo To Kankyo, 68(8), p.205 - 211, 2019/08

In the present study, the iron rust layer formed on the low ally steel in air-solution alternating condition was investigated by cross-sectional observation and analysis, and the mechanism of accelerated corrosion of the steel in the alternating condition was clarified. Observation and analysis showed that the multi-layered iron rust layer composed of red rust layer (FeOOH), rust crust layer (Fe$$_{3}$$O$$_{4}$$), inner crystal (Fe$$_{3}$$O$$_{4}$$), and inner rust layer was formed on the low alloy steel. It can be considered that the multi-layered iron rust layer accelerated the cathodic reaction rate of the steel in the alternating condition. This acceleration would be the reason why the corrosion rate of the low alloy steel in the alternating condition was accelerated.

Journal Articles

Investigation for tiny metal contamination of water cooling system in J-PARC Linac

Suganuma, Kazuaki; Hiroki, Fumio; Ito, Takashi; Yamazaki, Yoshio

Proceedings of 16th Annual Meeting of Particle Accelerator Society of Japan (Internet), p.846 - 848, 2019/07

In the past, water flow decreased at water cooling system in J-PARC Linac. Contamination get mixed in cooling water. The problem was resolved by changing the system of the circulation pumps and reducing the tiny metal in water cooling system. However, suppression of occurring tiny metal is unresolved. The tiny metal is the unique problem of accelerator. It is caused by heavy using oxygen free copper and phosphorus deoxidized copper. The two copper is used for the part of accelerator and purified water. The object of the report is investigation of tiny metal contamination of water cooling system in J-PARC Linac.

JAEA Reports

Report of the erosion-corrosion of metallic materials under solid-liquid two phase flow

Otani, Kyohei; Sato, Tomonori; Kaji, Yoshiyuki; Yamamoto, Masahiro

JAEA-Review 2019-007, 15 Pages, 2019/06


Metallic pipes under solid-liquid two phase flow is damaged by collision of solid particle to the pipe walls, and this phenomenon is named "erosion". In the case of the liquid is corrosive solution, further damage is occurred on the pipe walls chemically, and this named "erosion-corrosion". In the Fukushima Daiichi decommissioning project, the fuel debris will be crushed during removal operation of the debris and micro debris particles would be generated. It is estimated that the pipes of the circulating cooling system would be damaged under the solid-liquid two phase flow containing fuel debris particles. For the reason, the previous study about erosion and erosion-corrosion of metallic materials under solid-liquid two phase flow was surveyed. The survey showed that the damage rate by erosion and erosion-corrosion is influence by a lot of parameter in comparison to the corrosion rate which occurred in no-flow solution. Therefore, it is necessary to pay attention to selecting the experimental method and condition before the investigation about erosion-corrosion of metallic materials under solid-liquid two phase flow is carried out.

Journal Articles

NH$$_4$$$$^+$$ generation; The Role of NO$$_3$$$$^-$$ in the crevice corrosion repassivation of type 316L stainless steel

Aoyama, Takahito; Sugawara, Yu*; Muto, Izumi*; Hara, Nobuyoshi*

Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 166(10), p.C250 - C260, 2019/01

 Times Cited Count:2 Percentile:14.77(Electrochemistry)

The role of NO$$_3$$$$^-$$ in the repassivation of crevice corrosion of Type 316L stainless steel was investigated. In crevice corrosion tests, the solution was changed from 1 M NaCl to NaCl-NaNO$$_3$$. NO$$_3$$$$^-$$ led to complete repassivation. Repassivation of the crevice corrosion was found to take place in two steps. In the first step, the estimated current density inside the crevice gradually decreased from ca. 5 mA cm$$^{-2}$$ to ca. 5 $$mu$$A cm$$^{-2}$$. After that, the current density suddenly decreased to less than 0.1 $$mu$$A cm$$^{-2}$$. From the potentiodynamic polarization in acidic solutions simulated inside the crevice (pH 0.2) and in situ observations of the crevice corrosion morphology, the first step was thought to be generated by the suppression of active dissolution by NO$$_3$$$$^{-}$$. It would appear that the generation of NH$$_{4}^{+}$$ results in a pH increase and the further suppression of active dissolution, and then repassivation occurs.

Journal Articles

IV. Electrochemical measurements in various environments; Nuclear power plant I (Electrochemical measurement in nuclear power plant)

Ueno, Fumiyoshi

Zairyo To Kankyo, 68(1), p.2 - 8, 2019/01

It is important to control the cooling water of light water reactors (boiling water reactor and pressurized water reactor) to suitable quality in order to reduce corrosion of structural materials and generation of radioactive corrosion products. For that purpose, monitoring of water quality using electrochemical measurement method is necessary. In this article, the application of ECP measurement to BWR is mainly focused, I describe the water quality of light water reactors and the necessity of electrochemical measurement.

Journal Articles

Burial environment of bronze artifacts and behavior of bronze metal components at Yanagisawa archaeological site in Nagano Prefecture

Mitsui, Seiichiro; Murakami, Ryu*; Ueda, Norio*; Hirabayashi, Akira*; Hirota, Kazuho*

Bunkazai Kagaku, (77), p.1 - 14, 2018/10

Well-preserved bronze artifacts comprising five bells and eight halberds from the Yayoi Period were excavated at the Yanagisawa archaeological site in Nakano City, Nagano Prefecture in 2007. Comprehensive analysis of soil and groundwater samples at the site was carried out and geochemical calculations were made to better understand the local conditions that led to the artifacts being so well preserved. Analysis of the soil surface adjacent to the bronze artifacts identified cuprite (Cu$$_{2}$$O) as the main corrosion product. Migration behavior of the bronze metal components, copper, tin, and lead, both inside and outside of the burial pit, was also investigated. Copper and lead had migrated 2 m from the burial pit, whereas tin was confined to the immediate vicinity of the bronze artifacts. The difference in migration behavior of these elements can be explained in terms of the chemical stability of the solid phases. The main factor contributing to the well-preserved state of the bronze artifacts was the tin content, which is thought to have formed a protective layer of cassiterite (SnO$$_{2}$$) on the outer surface of the bronze artifacts.

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