The corrosion of structural materials is a major concern for the use of lead-bismuth eutectic (LBE) systems for nuclear applications such as in transmuter targets or fast reactors. Corrosion in liquid metal systems can occur through various processes, including, for example, dissolution, formation of inter-metallic compounds at the interface, and penetration of liquid metal along grain boundaries. Predicting the rate of these processes depends on numerous system operational factors: temperature, system geometry, thermal gradients, solid and liquid compositions, and velocity of the liquid metal, to name a few. Corrosion, along with mechanical and/or hydraulic factors, often contributes to component failure.
The goal of this project is to develop a corrosion model that combines the chemical kinetics and hydrodynamics in the system to predict corrosion rates. In this effort, these models will be developed for the Delta test loop at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and a theoretical LBE accelerator target system. The resulting models will be predictive tools that can be validated with corrosion test data and used to systematically design tests, interpret the results, and provide guidance for optimization in LBE system designs.
Chemical kinetics; Cavitation erosion; Computational fluid dynamics; Corrosion and anti-corrosives; Eutectic alloys; Hydrodynamics; Lead-bismuth alloys; Lead-bismuth eutectic; Metals — Oxidation; Nuclear reactors — Materials — Testing; Oxygen; Steel — Corrosion
Materials Chemistry | Materials Science and Engineering | Metallurgy | Nuclear Engineering | Oil, Gas, and Energy
Modeling Corrosion in Oxygen Controlled LBE Systems with Coupling of Chemical Kinetics and Hydrodynamics.
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