Two sensors, an on-line corrosion sensor based on the wire-resistance probe design and a reference electrode which are applicable in repository conditions are introduced. Both sensors have been tested in simulated repository conditions in bentonite saturated with highly saline groundwater at 80 °C temperature and 14 MPa pressure up to 150 h exposure. In addition, it has been demonstrated that after an initial transient period of ca. 5–8 h, Cu corrosion in highly saline groundwater filled with bentonite becomes undetectably low probably because of the anoxic conditions reached in the free groundwater. At the same time, the measured corrosion potential of Cu is still in the active corrosion region. Furthermore, redox potentials in the wetted bentonite remain significantly higher than in the free groundwater. This may mean that the decomposition of oxygen contained in the pores of the bentonite is a process occurring in a time scale larger than that of the present experiments.
|Series||MRS Online Proceedings |
|Conference||27th MRS Symposium on the Scientific Basis for Nuclear Waste Management|
|Period||15/06/03 → 19/06/03|