Evolution of stress fields and phase content in corroded zirconium cladding materials

Kok Boon Chong, Michael E. Fitzpatrick

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    In this study, the evolution of stress fields and structural phase composition have been studied using Raman spectroscopy pre- and post-transition in the oxide layer of re-crystallised ZIRLO and recrystallised zircaloy-4 (Zr-4) after corrosion exposure in a static autoclave. The structural phase composition analysis showed that the proportion of the tetragonal zirconia phase on the surface decreased with increasing corrosion time. High compressive stresses were found in the thin oxide, increasing with corrosion time, reaching a maximum in the transition period and decreasing slightly after that. The results show the relationship between the crystallographic phase and the residual stresses developed in the oxide.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)140-145
    Number of pages6
    JournalSurface and Coatings Technology
    Early online date25 May 2017
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Sept 2017

    Bibliographical note

    Publisher Statement: NOTICE: this is theauthor’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Surface and Coatings Technology. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Surface and Coatings Technology, [(in press), (2017)]DOI: 10.1016/j.surfcoat.2017.05.072



    • Phase content
    • Raman spectroscopy
    • Stress fields
    • Zr corrosion

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Chemistry(all)
    • Condensed Matter Physics
    • Surfaces and Interfaces
    • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
    • Materials Chemistry


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