The accumulation of hydrogen and defects in the E-125 zirconium alloy (Zr-2.5% Nb) is investigated. The hydrogen concentration is maximum on the surface of zirconium alloy samples after electrolytic hydrogenation. The hydrogen concentration decreases at a depth of about 0.5 μm and then gradually grows with increasing depth. The surface of the zirconium alloy is strengthened and becomes more fragile after hydrogenation. A plastic deformation of the zirconium alloy gives rise to traps with different binding energies of hydrogen. The primary type of traps, the binding energy, and the amount of hydrogen captured by traps depend on the deformation magnitude and the sequence of deformation and hydrogenation processes. High mobility of hydrogen in plastically deformed samples is observed under bombardment of the surface of the zirconium alloy by a helium ion beam with an energy of 2.34 MeV. The variation of the hydrogen concentration in the near-surface region of zirconium under ion bombardment depends on the extent of deformation: upon bombardment by helium ions, the hydrogen concentration in the near-surface region of the metal increases for deformations from 1 to 3% and decreases for deformations of 4 and 5%.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films