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University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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The goal of the proposed research project is to provide basic understanding of the protective oxide layer behaviors and to develop oxide layer growth models of steels in non-isothermal lead-alloys (lead or lead-bismuth eutectic) coolant systems. It is widely recognized that the corrosiveness of the lead-alloys is a critical obstacle and challenge for which it can be safely used or applied in the nuclear coolant systems. Active oxygen control technique can promote the formation of the “self-healing” oxide films on the structural material surface, drastically reducing steel corrosion and coolant contamination. Many experiments of steels exposed to flowing lead-alloys have been carried out to study the protective oxide layer behaviors. However, the experimental data are still very incomplete at present and can not provide the dependence of the oxide behaviors on the system operating temperature, temperature profiles along the lead-alloys loop, oxygen concentration, flow velocity, etc. In addition, oxygen distribution in a nonisothermal lead-alloys coolant system is not well understood. Precise studies and simulations of all hydrodynamics with thermal conditions encountered in practical coolant loop systems by use of different flowing conditions in the laboratory are difficult and expensive, if not impossible. Therefore it is important and necessary to develop theoretical models to predict the protective oxide layer behaviors at the design stage of a practical lead-alloys coolant system, to properly interpret and apply experimental results from test loops, and to provide guidance for optimization in lead-alloys nuclear coolant systems. The research project, therefore, is aimed at filling the gaps of protective oxide layer growth and the oxygen concentration level before lead-alloys nuclear coolant is ready for programmatic implementations and industrial applications.


Corrosion and anti-corrosives; Eutectic alloys; Lead-bismuth alloys; Metals — Oxidation; Nuclear reactors — Materials — Testing; Oxide coating; Steel — Corrosion

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Corrosion and anti-corrosives--Testing; Eutectic alloys; Nuclear reactors--Materials--Testing


Materials Science and Engineering | Metallurgy | Nuclear Engineering | Oil, Gas, and Energy

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