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Calculation of Oxygen Diffusion Coefficients in Oxide Films Formed on Low-Temperature Annealed Zr Alloys and Their Related Corrosion Behavior

School of Science, Jiangsu University of Science and Technology, Zhenjiang 212003, China
School of Engineering, Edith Cowan University, 270 Joondalup Drive, Joondalup, Perth 6027, WA, Australia
Guangxi Key Laboratory of Processing for Non-ferrous Metals and Featured Materials, Nanning 530004, China
School of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering, The University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Highway, Perth 6009, WA, Australia
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Metals 2019, 9(8), 850;
Received: 10 July 2019 / Revised: 27 July 2019 / Accepted: 31 July 2019 / Published: 2 August 2019
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The growth of oxide film, which results from the inward oxygen diffusion from a corrosive environment, is a critical consideration for the corrosion resistance of zirconium alloys. This work calculates the oxygen diffusion coefficients in the oxide films formed on zirconium alloys annealed at 400~500 °C and investigates the related corrosion behavior. The annealed samples have a close size for the second-phase particles but a distinctive hardness, indicating the difference in substrate conditions. The weight gain of all samples highly follows parabolic laws. The weight gain of the sample annealed at 400 °C has the fastest increase rate at the very beginning of the corrosion test, but its oxide film has the slowest growth rate as the corrosion proceeds. By contrast, the sample annealed at 500 °C shows the lowest weight gain but the highest corrosion rate constant. Such a corrosion behavior is attributed to the amount of defects existing in the oxide film formed on the annealed samples; fewer defects would provide a lower fraction of short-circuit diffusion in total diffusion, resulting in a lower diffusion coefficient of oxygen in the oxide film, thereby producing better corrosion resistance. This is consistent with the calculated diffusion coefficients of oxygen in the oxide films: 3.252 × 10−11 cm2/s, 3.464 × 10−11 cm2/s and 3.740 × 10−11 cm2/s for the samples annealed at 400 °C, 450 °C, and 500 °C, respectively. View Full-Text
Keywords: Zirconium alloy; corrosion; oxide; diffusion coefficient; annealing Zirconium alloy; corrosion; oxide; diffusion coefficient; annealing

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Zhang, L.; Chen, L.-Y.; Zhao, C.; Liu, Y.; Zhang, L.-C. Calculation of Oxygen Diffusion Coefficients in Oxide Films Formed on Low-Temperature Annealed Zr Alloys and Their Related Corrosion Behavior. Metals 2019, 9, 850.

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