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Regular Paper (Invited) Vol.5 No.3 (2013) p.175 - p.184

Influence of Hydrogen in Steel on Oxidation Behavior of Low Carbon Austenitic Stainless Steel in High Temperature Water

Motoki NAKAJIMA1*, Shin-ichi KOMAZAKI1 and Tetsuo SHOJI2
1Division of Mechanical Engineering, Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Kagoshima University, Kagoshima 890-0065, Japan
2 Frontier Research Initiative, New Industry Creation Hatchery Center, Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8579, Japan
The influence of hydrogen in steel on the high temperature water oxidation behavior of low carbon austenitic stainless steel Type F316L was investigated in order to clarify the mechanism of SCC initiation in the BWR environment, which is closely associated with the localized oxidation and its acceleration. The steel was charged with hydrogen by means of cathodic electrolysis. And then, the solution-treated (non-charged) and hydrogen-charged steels were subjected to the oxidation test in simulated BWR environment. Experimental results revealed that the size of outer oxide particle increased with increasing hydrogen content, resulting in the hydrogen accelerated oxidation (HAO). Additionally, the oxide of the hydrogen-charged steel was mainly NiFe2O4, whereas Fe3O4was predominantly formed on the non-charged one. From the result of the small punch test in the BWR environment, it was also indicated that the effect of hydrogen on the oxidation might be almost equivalent to that of applied stress.
Oxidation, Low carbon austenitic stainless steel, High temperature water, Hydrogen, Stress corrosion cracking, Hydrogen accelerated oxidation
Full Paper: PDF EJAM Vol.5No.3 pp.175-184 "Influence of Hydrogen in Steel on Oxidation Behavior of Low Carbon Austenitic Stainless Steel in High Temperature Water"

Article Information
Article history:
Received 31 July 2013
Accepted 12 November 2013