Preliminary Study of Corrosion Mechanisms of Actinides Alloys: Calibration of FT-IR Spectroscopy


In situ analyzes of gaseous atmospheres could be performed by FT-IR spectroscopy in order to study the corrosion reactions of actinides. Nevertheless experimental conditions and the nature of studied species have a strong effect on IR absorption laws. Thus a prior calibration of our set-up is required to obtain an accurate estimation of gas concentration. For this purpose, the behavior of several air pure gases has been investigated according to their concentration from IR spectra. Reproducible results revealed subsequent increases of the most significant peak areas with gas pressure and small deviations from Beer Lambert’s law. This preliminary work allowed to determine precise absorption laws for each studied pure gas in our in situ experimental conditions. Besides our FT-IR set-up was well suitable to quantitative analysis of gaseous atmosphere during corrosion reactions. Finally the effect of foreign gas will be investigated through more complex air mixtures to obtain a complete calibration network.

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Magnien, V., Cadignan, M., Faivret, O. et al. Preliminary Study of Corrosion Mechanisms of Actinides Alloys: Calibration of FT-IR Spectroscopy. MRS Online Proceedings Library 1104, 710 (2008).

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