Properties and structural state of the surface layer in a zirconium alloy modified by a pulsed electron beam and saturated by hydrogen

I. P. Chernov, S. V. Ivanova, Hans Michael Kroening, N. Koval', V. V. Larionov, A. M. Lider, N. S. Pushilina, Ekaterina Nikolaevna Stepanova, O. M. Stepanova, Yu P. Cherdantsev

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A pulsed action of an electron beam on a Zr-1% Nb zirconium alloy is studied. Alloy samples are irradiated by three 50-μs pulses at an energy density of 15-25 J/cm 2, a power of (3-6) × 10 4 W/cm 2, a current density of 10-50 A/cm 2, and an electron energy of 18 keV. This method of processing is found to modify the surface layer of the alloy without changing the structure-phase state of its volume. This surface modification increases the hydrogen saturation resistance of the alloy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)392-398
Number of pages7
JournalTechnical Physics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012


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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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