Hydrogen diffusion along grain boundaries in erbium oxide coatings

W Mao and T Chikada and A Suzuki and T Terai, JOURNAL OF NUCLEAR MATERIALS, 455, 360-365 (2014).

DOI: 10.1016/j.jnucmat.2014.06.063

Diffusion of interstitial atomic hydrogen in erbium oxide (Er2O3) was investigated using density functional theory (DFT) and molecular dynamics (MD) methods. Hydrogen diffusivity in bulk, on (0 01) surface, and along Sigma 13 (4-3-1)/111 symmetric tilt grain boundaries (GBs) were evaluated in a temperature range of 673-1073 K, as well as hydrogen diffusion barriers. It was found that H diffusion shows the faster on (0 0 1) surface than along GBs and in bulk. Also, energy barrier of H diffusion in bulk estimated by DFT and MD methods is somewhat higher than that along GBs evaluated in the experiments. This suggests that H diffusion in Er2O3 coatings depends on GBs rather than bulk. In addition, with a correction of GB density, the simulated diffusivity along GBs in MD simulations is in good agreement with the experimental data within one order of magnitude. The discrepancy of H diffusivity between the experiments and the simulations should be reduced by considering H concentration, H diffusion direction, deviations of the initial configuration, vacancy defects, etc. (C) 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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