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Corrosion: Environments and Industries

Edited by
S.D. Cramer
S.D. Cramer
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B.S. Covino, Jr.
B.S. Covino, Jr.
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ASM International
Volume
13C
ISBN electronic:
978-1-62708-184-9
Publication date:
2006
Book Chapter

Corrosion of Zirconium Alloy Components in Light Water Reactors

By
Clément Lemaignan
Clément Lemaignan
CEA France
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Published:
2006
Page range:
415 - 420
Publication history
September 28, 2006

Abstract

The components used in light water reactors (LWR) often remain in contact with the primary coolant, whose typical temperatures and pressures are highly aggressive, therefore, initiating corrosion in most of the alloys. This article focuses on the corrosion behavior of the zirconium alloys in water and heat flow conditions that causes irradiation on the zirconium alloy assemblies. It discusses the effect of irradiation on the microstructure and morphology of cladded linings. The article describes the impact of metallurgical parameters on the oxidation resistance of zirconium alloys. It concludes with a discussion on LWR coolant chemistry and corrosion of fuel rods in reactors.

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Clément Lemaignan, 2006. "Corrosion of Zirconium Alloy Components in Light Water Reactors", Corrosion: Environments and Industries, S.D. Cramer, B.S. Covino, Jr.

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