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Smart N.,Technical Consulting Services | Rance A.,Technical Consulting Services | Reddy B.,Technical Consulting Services | Lydmark S.,Microbial Analytics AB | And 2 more authors.
Corrosion Engineering Science and Technology | Year: 2011

To ensure the safe disposal of spent fuel in Sweden, SKB is planning to use the copper-iron canister in a granitic deep geological repository, surrounded by a compacted bentonite engineered barrier. In order to develop a deeper understanding of the internal corrosion behaviour of the design should a leak occur in the outer copper canister, a set of model canisters was set up in the Äspöunderground laboratory in contact with bentonite with a range of densities. The environmental conditions and electrochemical corrosion behaviour were monitored using a range of techniques. Water analysis and electrochemical measurements indicated an increase in the corrosion rate of both iron and copper in contact with low density bentonite, and of iron only in experiments with no bentonite present. This behaviour may be attributable to microbial activity. The measured corrosion rate depends on the technique used and it will be necessary to confirm the measurements by removal and examination of weight loss coupons. © 2011 Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. Source


Smart N.,Serco | Rance A.,Serco | Reddy B.,Serco | Lydmark S.,Microbial Analytics AB | And 2 more authors.
Energy Materials: Materials Science and Engineering for Energy Systems | Year: 2012

To ensure the safe disposal of spent fuel in Sweden, SKB is planning to use the copper-iron canister in a granitic deep geological repository, surrounded by a compacted bentonite engineered barrier. In order to develop a deeper understanding of the internal corrosion behaviour of the design should a leak occur in the outer copper canister, a set of model canisters was set up in the Äspö underground laboratory in contact with bentonite with a range of densities. The environmental conditions and electrochemical corrosion behaviour were monitored using a range of techniques. Water analysis and electrochemical measurements indicated an increase in the corrosion rate of both iron and copper in contact with low density bentonite, and of iron only in experiments with no bentonite present. This behaviour may be attributable to microbial activity. The measured corrosion rate depends on the technique used and it will be necessary to confirm the measurements by removal and examination of weight loss coupons. © 2011 Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining Published by Maney on behalf of the Institute. Source

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