Corrosion Testing of Stainless Steel-Zirconium:Metal Waste Forms Academic Article uri icon


  • AbstractStainless steel-zirconium (SS-Zr) alloys have been developed as waste forms for the disposal of metallic waste generated during the electrometallurgical treatment of spent nuclear fuel. The waste forms incorporate irradiated cladding hulls, components of the alloy fuel, noble metal fission products, and actinide elements. The baseline waste form is a stainless steel- 15 wt% zirconium (SS-15Zr) alloy. This article presents microstructures and some of the corrosion studies being conducted on the waste form alloys. Electrochemical corrosio n, immersion corrosion, and vapor hydration tests have been performed on various alloy compositions to evaluate corrosion behavior and resistance to selective leaching of simulated fission products. The SS-Zr waste forms immobilize and retain fission products very effectively and show potential for acceptance as high-level nuclear waste forms.

author list (cited authors)

  • Abraham, D. P., Simpson, L. J., Devries, M. J., & Mcdeavitt, S. M.

complete list of authors

  • Abraham, DP||Simpson, LJ||Devries, MJ||Mcdeavitt, SM

publication date

  • January 1, 1999 11:11 AM