Electrochemistry in Light Water Reactors

Reference Electrodes, Measurement, Corrosion and Tribocorrosion Issues


  • R-W Bosch, Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK-CEN), Belgium
  • D Féron, CEA-Saclay, France
  • J-P Celis, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

There has long been a need for effective methods of measuring corrosion within light water nuclear reactors. This important volume discusses key issues surrounding the development of high temperature reference electrodes and other electrochemical techniques. The book is divided into three parts with part one reviewing the latest developments in the use of reference electrode technology in both pressurised water and boiling water reactors. Parts two and three cover different types of corrosion and tribocorrosion and ways they can be measured using such techniques as electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. Topics covered across the book include in-pile testing, modelling techniques and the tribocorrosion behaviour of stainless steel under reactor conditions.

Electrochemistry in light water reactors is a valuable reference for all those concerned with corrosion problems in this key technology for the power industry.
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All those concerned with corrosion problems in this key technology for the power industry


Book information

  • Published: April 2007
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-84569-240-7

Table of Contents

Part 1 Measurements and reference electrodes: Current state-of-the-art in reference electrode technology for use in high subcritical and super critical aqueous systems; LIRES: A European sponsored research project to develop light water reactor reference electrodes; In-plant corrosion potential measurements in light water reactor environments; High temperature reference electrodes: A comparative analysis. Part 2 Electrochemistry and corrosion issues: The influence of corrosion potential on SCC of stainless steels in PWR primary coolant environment; High temperature electrochemical impedance spectroscopy of metals related to light water reactor corrosion; High temperature corrosion of zircaloy-4 followed by in-situ impedance spectroscopy and chronoamperometry. Effect of an polarization; Electrochemical Corrosion Study of Magnox Al80 and Natural Uranium. Part 3 Electrochemistry and tribocorrosion issues: Analysis of mechanisms induced by sliding and corrosion: Dedicated apparatus for PWR environments; Tribocorrosion in PWR environment: Room temperature results and finite element modeling; Tribocorrosion of stellite 6 alloy: Mechanism of electrochemical reactions.