Measurement of gas solutions in small samples of intermetallic alloys
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This article describes a measuring system that was proposed so as to enable measurement of the content of dissolved gas in samples, whose shape is determined by the specific requirements of the simultaneous measurements and cannot be modified to satisfy the requirements on solubility measurements. The apparatus — a dynamic UHV vacuum system — consists of a measuring chamber fitted with a heater based on electron bombardment, which permits a change in the sample temperature according to the selected schedule. The design of the heater permits reduction of additional heating in the actual measuring chamber, so that the increase in pressure caused by the action of the heater can be neglected. The measuring part of the system permits recording of changes in the overall pressure and partial pressures of selected gases in the measuring chamber. The lowest detectable amount of dissolved gas is less than 10−5 Pa m3.
The results of measurement of the solubility of hydrogen in Ti and Fe aluminides in samples that are simultaneously used to measure the electrical conductivity are given as an example of the suitability of the apparatus for such measurements.
PACS07.30 81.20 81.70
Key wordsmeasurement of the dissolved gas concentration solubility of hydrogen in intermetallics
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