Influence of plasma immersion titanium implantation on hydrogenation and mechanical properties of Zr-2.5Nb

E. B. Kashkarov, N. N. Nikitenkov, M. S. Syrtanov, A. N. Sutygina, I. A. Shulepov, A. M. Lider

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This paper describes the effect of plasma immersion ion implantation (PIII) of titanium on hydrogenation behavior and mechanical properties of Zr-2.5Nb alloy. Surface morphology and depth distribution of elements in the surface layer of the samples were analyzed by scanning electron (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM), and glow-discharge optical emission spectroscopy (GDOES). Hydrogenation was performed at 673 K temperature and 2 atm pressure. It was found that after titanium implantation a diffusion barrier is formed, accumulating hydrogen and preventing hydrogen penetration in the sample volume. The microdroplet content significantly influences the hydrogenation behavior of the zirconium alloy. Hydrogen sorption rate decreased 18.3 times and 4.3 times using filtered and unfiltered PIII, respectively. The mechanical properties of titanium-implanted zirconium layer were improved. The degradation of the mechanical properties after hydrogenation was revealed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)142-148
Number of pages7
JournalApplied Surface Science
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2016



  • Hydrogenation
  • Mechanical properties
  • Plasma immersion ion implantation
  • Titanium ion implantation
  • Zirconium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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