Corrosion remains one of the key issues affecting the performance and availability of nuclear power plants. Therefore, reliable in-plant corrosion monitoring methods are essential both for the future operation of existing plants and to ensure the safety of future nuclear waste disposal systems.
In two parts, this book was stimulated by a workshop organised by EFC Working Party 4 on Nuclear Corrosion and the European Cooperative Group on Corrosion Monitoring of Nuclear Materials (EGC-COMON). The first part deals mainly with research into the detection of stress corrosion crack initiation in nuclear power plant environments (essentially high temperature water at around 300 °C) by various methods, particularly the electrochemical noise technique but also including the electrochemical impedance, acoustic emission and direct current potential drop methods. The second part addresses the goal to develop in-situ techniques and includes examples of the application of electrochemical corrosion potential monitoring.
This book will be of particular interest to scientists and engineers concerned with the mitigation of corrosion in nuclear systems.
1. Corrosion monitoring - what's the point? 2. Introduction to different electrochemical corrosion monitoring techniques 2. Electrochemical noise generated during stress corrosion cracking in high-temperature water and its relationship to repassivation kinetics 2. Detection of stress corrosion cracking in a simulated BWR environment by combined electrochemical potential noise and direct current potential drop measurements 2. Electrochemical noise measurements of stainless steel in high-temperature water 2. Stochastic approach to electrochemical noise analysis of SCC of Alloy 600 SG tube in caustic environments at high temperature 2. In-situ electrochemical impedance and noise measurements of corroding stainless steel in high-temperature water 2. Monitoring of stress corrosion cracking of sensitised 304H stainless steel by electrochemical methods and acoustic emission 2. Corrosion monitoring of carbon steel in pasty clayey mixture as a function of temperature 2. Corrosion monitoring applications in nuclear power plants - a review 2. In-core corrosion monitoring in the Halden test reactor 2. Corrosion monitoring applications in Taiwan's nuclear power plants 2. A new technique for in-plant high mass transfer rate ECP monitoring 2. Precipitation and transformation of iron species in the presence of oxygen and hydrazine in a simulated stainless steel feed water system 2. An electrochemical sensor array for in-situ measurements of hydrogen peroxide concentration in high-temperature water