Galvanic Corrosion between Carbon Steel 1018 and Alloy 600 in Crevice with Boric Acid Solution

  • Kim, Dong Jin (Nuclear Material Technology Development Division, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute(KAERI)) ;
  • Macdonald, Digby D. (Department of Materials Science and Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University) ;
  • Kim, Hong Pyo (Nuclear Material Technology Development Division, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute(KAERI)) ;
  • Kim, Joung Soo (Nuclear Material Technology Development Division, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute(KAERI))
  • Published : 2005.06.01

Abstract

This work dealt with the evaluation of galvanic corrosion rate in a corrosion cell having annular gap of 0.5 mm between carbon steel 1018 and alloy 600 as a function of temperature and boron concentration. Temperature and boron concentration were ranged from 110 to 300 $^{\circ}C$ and 2000~10000 ppm, respectively. After the operating temperature of the corrosion cell where the electrolyte was injected was attained at setting temperature, galvanic coupling was made and at the same time galvanic current was measured. The galvanic corrosion rate decreased with time, which was described by corrosion product such as protective film as well as boric acid deposit formed on the carbon steel with time. From the galvanic current obtained as a function of temperature and boron concentration, it was found that the galvanic corrosion rate decreased with temperaturewhilethe corrosionrate increasedwith boronconcentration. The experimental resultsobtained from galvanic corrosion measurement were explained by adhesive property of corrosion product such as protective film, boric acid deposit formed on the carbon steel wall and dehydration of boric acid to be slightlysolubleboric acid phase.Moreoverthe galvaniccorrosionrate calculatedusing initialgalvaniccoupling current instead of steady state coupling current was remarked, which could give us relatively closer galvanic corrosion rate to real pressurized water reactor.

Acknowledgement

Supported by : Korea Science & Engineering Foundation(KOSEF)

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