Hydrogen absorption by Ti-implanted Zr-1Nb alloy

E. B. Kashkarov, N. N. Nikitenkov, A. N. Sutygina, A. Obrosov, A. Manakhov, J. Polčák, S. Weiß

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This paper describes the hydrogenation behavior of Zr-1Nb alloy Ti-implanted by plasma immersion ion implantation (PIII). Hydrogen sorption kinetics of the Ti-modified alloy was investigated under gas-phase hydrogenation at 400 °C for 1 h. The influence of implantation time on the protective properties of the modified layer was shown. The lowest hydrogen absorption as well as the highest hydrogen trapping efficiency was achieved after PIII for 30 min. The main contribution to the reduction of hydrogen permeation is the formation of an oxide layer consisting of mixed TiO2 and ZrO2 on the modified surface of the alloy. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) revealed that PIII titanium oxide exists on the surface in the form of TiO2, which transforms to mixed Ti2O3 and TiO2 after hydrogenation. The thickness of the modified layer increases with implantation time that improves the efficiency of hydrogen trapping. All the absorbed hydrogen is gradually distributed in the modified layer and no hydrides are formed after hydrogenation in Ti-modified Zr-1Nb for 15 and 30 min.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2484-2491
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jan 2018


  • Glow discharge optical emission spectroscopy
  • Hydrogenation
  • Titanium implantation
  • X-ray diffraction
  • X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy
  • Zirconium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

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