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IIHCC Playdate - Experimental Investigation of Chloride-Induced Stress Corrosion Cracking

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The development of a human-centered society must include a reliable source of energy capable of delivering clean energy in a sustainable and safe manner. Nuclear power is considered a zero-emission energy source that is crucial to meet the global demand to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In the U.S., spent nuclear fuel has been stored at nuclear power plant sites in dry storage casks (DSCs). These sites are often located close to the marine environment, which increases the concentration of salts in the atmosphere leading to aggressive chemistry that could lead to a specific corrosion mechanism: chloride-induced stress corrosion cracking (CISCC). To contribute to the nuclear energy development in the area of waste management, we are investigating CISCC using accelerated laboratory experiments. The results will lead to a better understanding of the long-term usage of DSCs.

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Speakers: Juliana Duarte, Abdulsalam Shakhatreh, Rebecca Cai and Sonja Schmid
Date: March 5, 2021
Time: 9am est