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The influence of relative humidity on iron corrosion under proton irradiation

Abstract : With regard to the storage for high-level radioactive waste and the reversible period of a geological repository, the influence of proton irradiation on the indoor atmospheric corrosion of iron has been investigated in relation to the relative humidity (RH) in the atmosphere. Irradiation experiments were performed using a 3-MeV extracted proton beam. Relative humidity varies from 0% to 85%. Before and after each irradiation, the surfaces of the sample were characterised by Rutherford backscattering spectrometry in order to determine oxygen concentrations in the metal. The maximum oxidation rate was observed for 45% RH in air under proton irradiation and was compared with literature data without irradiation where the maximum oxidation rate was observed at 95% RH. The experimental results are discussed on the basis of the Langmuir–Hinshelwood (LH) model: they are explained by the contrast between the adsorption of O2 and H2O species on the active cathodic sites of the iron surface and by the formation of H+(H2O)n.
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S. Lapuerta, N. Bérerd, N. Moncoffre, N. Millard-Pinard, H. Jaffrézic, et al.. The influence of relative humidity on iron corrosion under proton irradiation. Journal of Nuclear Materials, Elsevier, 2008, 375, pp.80-85. ⟨10.1016/j.jnucmat.2007.10.011⟩. ⟨in2p3-00321596⟩



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