Special Issue "Corrosion and Materials Degradation under Irradiation: From Understanding to Mitigation…"

A special issue of Corrosion and Materials Degradation (ISSN 2624-5558).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 March 2021.
Publication date of regular contributions: 24 April 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Bernard Normand
Guest Editor
INSA Lyon, University of Lyon, MATEIS Laboratory, 7 av. Jean Capelle, F-69 621 Villeurbanne Cedex, Lyon, France
Interests: corrosion science; coatings; electrochemistry; tribocorrosion

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

You are invited to submit papers presenting your scientific and technological contributions concerning one of the biggest materials’ issue for nuclear plant structural integrity assessment and life extension.

Due to its complexity, corrosion is a fascinating scientific discipline. The economic stakes involved are enormous. Each Awareness Corrosion Day on April 24th, proposed by the World Corrosion Organization (WCO), is there to remind us of this. It concerns all areas of human activities. Considering the field of nuclear energy, we must also bear in mind the safety of people and infrastructure. This shows how crucial the involvement of corrosionists in the nuclear industry is. In fact, it has never been more crucial at a time when the energy transition makes it necessary to extend the operating life of power plants until the level of renewable energy necessary for humanity’s better living has been brought into service.

Today, the most operational decarbonized energy on the planet remains nuclear energy, whatever one may say.

Thus, it is natural that a journal such as Corrosion and Degradation of Materials should devote a Special Issue dedicated to highlighting the complexity of understanding, mastering and developing new knowledge in the field of corrosion under irradiation and the means to control it. The specificity of this mode of degradation does not consist in considering a specific corrosion mode only, but in considering a systemic approach which consists in identifying the synergy effects between the different damage factors. It is therefore not a question of characterizing the maintenance of the structural properties of a material or understanding the type of corrosion involved, but of quantifying the aggravating factor that contributes to the outburst of the degradation phenomenon exacerbated by irradiation.

In this Special Issue, the most committed specialists in the field have agreed to share their experience with us by illustrating with their work all the advances on the various points of the subject. Thus, this Special Issue will start with a paper detailing the effect of simultaneous irradiation and corrosion across several material/coolant systems proposed by Gary Was et al. (University of Michigan-USA). Damien Féron et al. (CEA-France) will develop the effects of irradiation on changes in solution chemistry, linked to the effects of radiolysis (to be confirmed). Digby D. Macdonald et al. (University of California-USA) will prolong the presentation of the effect of radiolysis on the passivity. Tetsuo Shoji et al. (Tohoku University-Japan) will consider the role of hydrogen on the oxidation of metal. Passive materials are widely used in the nuclear field; however, the behaviour of steels under gamma-ray irradiation in the nuclear field should not be underestimated. This topic will be discussed by Yutaka Watanabe et al. (Tohoku University-Japan). Beyond the work to understand the mechanisms of damage under irradiation, Tom Devine et al. (University of California-USA) will present their original work on how to inhibit the incorporation of irradiation product into passive film by adding aqueous zinc ions to PWR water. Because considering irradiation corrosion studies without addressing the issue of waste management would make this Special Issue an unfinished job, Fraser King et al. (Integrity Corrosion Consulting Ltd.-Canada) will develop the issue of radiation effects on nuclear waste canister materials.

You are invited to complete the list of these subjects. Many topics also have to be developed in term of methodology, ballistic effect of irradiations, IASCC, strategy of prevention or monitoring, etc. Thank you for letting us discover your recent work.

Prof. Dr. Bernard Normand
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

1. Zihao WANG*, Zhanpeng LU** and Tetsuo SHOJI*, Role of Hydrogen in Metal Oxidation - Implication to irradiation enhanced corrosion of stainless steels in high temperature water - Tohoku University and ** Shanghai University

2. Hiroshi ABE, Tomomichi ARIGA, and Yutaka WATANABE, Corrosion of carbon steel in neutral aqueous solution under gamma-ray irradiation - Tohoku University

3. Fraser KING°, Mehran BEHAZIN*, Review of radiation effects on container materials for the disposal of high-level radioactive waste-°Integrity Corrosion Consulting Ltd., *Nuclear Waste Management Organization

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