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Materials (Basel). 2020 Feb 15;13(4). pii: E873. doi: 10.3390/ma13040873.

The Distribution of Li Ions in the Oxide Film Formed on Zircaloy-4 Corroded in Lithiated Water at 633 K.

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Institute of materials, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200072, China.


Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), second ion mass spectrum (SIMS) and atom probe tomography (APT) techniques are used to study the Li ion distribution in the oxide formed on the rolling surface (SN) of Zircaloy-4 corroded in lithiated water with 0.01 M LiOH at 633 K/18.6 MPa. The results showed that the Li ions segregated in the grain boundaries and subgrain boundaries in the oxide film, but nearly no Li ions were found in the oxide around the interface between the oxide and matrix. Finally, we discussed the mechanism of the LiOH influence on the corrosion resistance of Zircaloy-4.


Li ion segregation; Zircaloy-4; atom probe tomography; corrosion resistance; oxide grain boundary

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