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Liquid-Metal Corrosion

Omesh K. Chopra, Dale L. Smith, Peter F. Tortorelli, Jackson H. DeVan, Dai Kai Sze

Fusion Science and Technology

Volume 8 / Number 2P1 / September 1985 / Pages 1956-1969


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A review of corrosion and environmental effects on the mechanical properties of candidate structural alloys for use with liquid metals infusion reactors is presented. The corrosion/mass transfer behavior of austenitic and ferritic steels and vanadium-base alloys is evaluated to determine the preliminary operating temperature limits for circulating and static liquid-lithium and Pb-17Li systems. The influence of liquid-metal environment on the mechanical properties of structural materials is discussed. Corrosion effects of nitrate and fluoride salts are presented. Requirements for additional data are identified.

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