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Published September 2019 | Accepted Version + Submitted
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Constriction Percolation Model for Coupled Diffusion-Reaction Corrosion of Zirconium in PWR


We develop a new constriction-based percolation paradigm, using cellular automata to predict the transport of oxygen through a stochastically-cracked Zr oxide layer within a real-time coupled diffusion-reaction framework We simulate such branching trees by generating a series of porosity-controlled media. Furthermore, we develop an analytical criterion based on compressive yielding for bridging the transition state in corrosion regime, where the percolation threshold has been achieved. Consequently, our model predicts the arrival rate of oxygen ions at the oxide interface during the so-called post-transition regime, where the bulk diffusion is no longer the rate-limiting factor.

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© 2019 Elsevier Ltd. Received 10 April 2019, Revised 11 June 2019, Accepted 17 June 2019, Available online 21 June 2019. This research was supported by the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of LightWater Reactors (CASL), an Energy Innovation Hub for Modeling and Simulation of Nuclear Reactors under U.S. Department of Energy Contract No. DE-AC05-00OR22725. The authors also acknowledge providing the sample experimental image from Dr. Joe Rachid at Pacific Northwest National Lab (PNNL).

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