Kinetics of the growth and restructuring of the oxide layer on stainless steel in a light water reactor coolant

Martin Bojinov, Petri Kinnunen

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    The oxide films formed on AISI 316L(NG) in the temperature range 150-300°C in a simulated light water reactor coolant have been characterised by impedance spectroscopy and ex-situ analysis using Auger electron spectroscopy. The results show that the nature of the barrier layer does not change drastically with temperature, although the growth mechanism of the oxide film is different at 150.300 C than at room temperature. The ability of the Mixed-Conduction Model for passive films to reproduce the experimental impedance data has been tested. A procedure for the calculation of the kinetic constants of the interfacial reactions, as well as the diffusion coefficients of ionic / electronic defects in the oxide has been developed. The effect of temperature on the parameters has been quantified, and their relevance for the corrosion behaviour of stainless steel in a high-temperature electrolyte is discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSAFIR, The Finnish Research Programme on Nuclear Power Plant Safety 2003 - 2006
    Subtitle of host publicationInterim Report
    Place of PublicationEspoo
    PublisherVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
    ISBN (Electronic)951-38-6516-9
    ISBN (Print)951-38-6515-0
    Publication statusPublished - 2004
    MoE publication typeD2 Article in professional manuals or guides or professional information systems or text book material

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    SeriesVTT Tiedotteita - Research Notes


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