Effects of Oxide Additions on the Corrosion Behaviour of Cr2O3 Based Ceramics in High Temperature Supercritical Water Environment

  • Author / Creator
    Wang, Renfei
  • This investigation is aimed at developing ceramic materials applied in supercritical water, which is being considered as coolant for one of the next generation nuclear reactors. Cr2O3, a primary protective film on stainless steels, was found to be unstable in SCW due to the formation of soluble Cr6+ species, which can be severed by increasing the oxygen content in SCW or by reducing the ceramic’s grain size. To enhance the stability of Cr2O3 in SCW, various amounts of other oxides including MgO, CeO2 and SiO2 additives were added into Cr2O3 and these ceramics were exposed to an SCW environment at 650°C/25 MPa for up to 600 hours. The results showed that adding a proper amount (less than 5 wt. %) of CeO2 and MgO into Cr2O3 can increase the corrosion resistance of Cr2O3 based ceramics in SCW environments, whereas high additions content can deteriorate the stability of Cr2O3 based ceramics.

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    Fall 2012
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    Master of Science
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