Corrosion and Mechanics of Materials
Programs of the Corrosion and Mechanics of Materials Section address specific concerns related to corrosion and the effects of various environments on the mechanical behavior of materials used in several types of energy systems. The research is sponsored by various branches of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) that include the Office of Fusion Science, the Office of Fossil Energy, and the Office of Industrial Technologies. In addition, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) supports light water reactor (LWR) research, which includes studies of effects of reactor environments on low-cycle fatigue and crack propagation in reactor structural alloys, irradiation-induced susceptibility to stress corrosion cracking, cladding criteria for high-burnup fuel, air oxidation kinetics for Zr-based alloys, and effects of impurities in helium on scaling and mechanical properties. Highlighted below is our research into aging degradation of light water reactors, corrosion in advanced combustion power systems, design criteria for materials subject to neutron embrittlement in fusion reactors, and metal dusting in various industrial processes.
- A list of selected publications is also available.
In the Press
Coming Back To Nuclear Energy A resurgence of interest in new
power plants is driving discovery of advanced materials
Chemical & Engineering News (Aug. 24, 2009)
- Corrosion-resistant alloys add luster to Argonne research
Chicago Tribune (09/15/08)
- Allaying Structural-Alloy Corrosion - Advanced Photon Source Highlights (07/30/08)
- Argonne scientists discover networks of metal nanoparticles are culprits in alloy corrosion New alloy composition could cut costs for petrochemical industry - Argonne News Releases (08/04/08)
- Increasing the corrosion-resistance of metal alloys - Metalworker (10/24/08)
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