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PhD Defense by Kevin J Chan

THE SCHOOL OF MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING

 

GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

 

Under the provisions of the regulations for the degree

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY

on Thursday, January 30, 2020

1:00 PM
in Love 210

 

will be held the

 

DISSERTATION DEFENSE

for

 

Kevin J. Chan

 

"Effects of Carbon on Corrosion in Molten Fluoride Salt”

 

Committee Members:

 

Prof. Preet M. Singh, Advisor, MSE

Prof. Chaitanya S. Deo, NRE/MSE

Prof. Joshua P. Kacher, MSE

Prof. Hamid Garmestani, MSE

James R. Keiser, Ph.D., Oak Ridge National Laboratory

 

Abstract:

 

The fluoride salt-cooled high temperature reactor (FHR) is a Generation IV reactor concept that uses molten fluoride salt as the primary coolant to enable breakthrough improvements in economics and safety over the current generation. However, graphite fuel elements and other carbon components present large surface area to the coolant salt, and can degrade structural alloys by driving carburization or by forming metal carbides with corrosion products. A thorough understanding of the interactions between environmental carbon and structural alloys is necessary for the successful development and deployment of FHRs. Key knowledge gaps of carbon-alloy interactions in molten fluorides were addressed in this work. Simultaneous chromium depletion and carburization behavior of several alloys were studied in multi-duration exposure tests. Pre-carburization experiments evaluated the beneficial and detrimental effects of carburization related to corrosion. Most importantly, the mechanism of carbon transport was investigated in support of future designs of carburization control measures.

Event Details

Date/Time:

  • Thursday, January 30, 2020
    1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Love 210

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