High temperature steam corrosion of cladding for nuclear applications: Experimental

Kevin M. McHugh, John E. Garnier, Sergey Rashkeev, Michael V. Glazoff, George W. Griffith, Shannon M. Bragg-Sitton

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Abstract

Stability of cladding materials under off-normal conditions is an important issue for the safe operation of light water nuclear reactors. Metals, ceramics, and metal/ceramic composites are being investigated as substitutes for traditional zirconium-based cladding. To support down-selection of these advanced materials and designs, a test apparatus was constructed to study the onset and evolution of cladding oxidation, and deformation behavior of cladding materials, under loss-of-coolant accident scenarios. Preliminary oxidation tests were conducted in dry oxygen and in saturated steam/air environments at 1000°C. Tube samples of Zr-702, Zr-702 reinforced with 1 ply of a β-SiC CMC overbraid, and sintered β-SiC were tested. Samples were induction heated by coupling to a molybdenum susceptor inside the tubes. The deformation behavior of Hepressurized tubes of Zr-702 and SiC CMC-reinforced Zr-702, heated to rupture, was also examined.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCeramic Materials for Energy Applications III - A Collection of Papers Presented at the 37th International Conference on Advanced Ceramics and Composites, ICACC 2013
Pages149-160
Number of pages12
Edition9
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2014
EventCeramic Materials for Energy Applications III - 37th International Conference on Advanced Ceramics and Composites, ICACC 2013 - Daytona Beach, FL, United States
Duration: 27 Jan 20131 Feb 2013

Publication series

NameCeramic Engineering and Science Proceedings
Number9
Volume34
ISSN (Print)0196-6219

Other

OtherCeramic Materials for Energy Applications III - 37th International Conference on Advanced Ceramics and Composites, ICACC 2013
CountryUnited States
CityDaytona Beach, FL
Period27/1/131/2/13

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Materials Chemistry

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McHugh, K. M., Garnier, J. E., Rashkeev, S., Glazoff, M. V., Griffith, G. W., & Bragg-Sitton, S. M. (2014). High temperature steam corrosion of cladding for nuclear applications: Experimental. In Ceramic Materials for Energy Applications III - A Collection of Papers Presented at the 37th International Conference on Advanced Ceramics and Composites, ICACC 2013 (9 ed., pp. 149-160). (Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings; Vol. 34, No. 9).