Hydrogen concentration dependence of tritium tracer diffusion coefficient in alpha phase of niobium

Kan Sakamoto, Kenichi Hashizume, Masayasu Sugisaki

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    In order to examine influences of coexistent hydrogen isotopes on diffusion behavior of tritium in niobium, tracer diffusion coefficients Dtof tritium in alpha phase of hydrogenated and deuterized niobium (α-NbHxTyand α-NbDxTy(x<0,8, y<<x)) have been measured at 473 K, 493 K and 553 K. The data on Dtshow typical hydrogen concentration dependence: Dtof tritium for both α-NbHxTy, and α-NbDxTy, decreases with hydrogen concentration under all experimental conditions. The obtained concentration dependence of Dtof tritium differs from that of Dtof protium in α-NbHxor of deuterium in α-NbHxTy. On the other hand, no appreciable differences in the concentration dependence of Dtof tritium between α-NbHxTy, and α-NbDxTy, are observed: there are no definite isotope effects due to the coexisting hydrogen isotopes. This result suggests that Dtof tritium for a tritiated niobium (α-NbTx) is not very different from that for α-NbHxTyand α-NbDxTy. The chemical diffusion coefficient D* of tritium is also evaluated on the basis of the obtained Dtof tritium and of a literature value of a thermodynamic factor F for Nb-H and Nb-D systems.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)811-815
    Number of pages5
    Journaljournal of nuclear science and technology
    Issue number7
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2006

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
    • Nuclear Energy and Engineering


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