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Investigations of Resistance Variations in Electrically Heated Canisters for Deep Repository

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 February 2011

Baohua Zhu
Affiliation:
Studsvik Nuclear AB, SE-611 82 Nyköping, Sweden
Hans-Peter Hermansson
Affiliation:
Studsvik Nuclear AB, SE-611 82 Nyköping, Sweden
Rolf Sjöblom
Affiliation:
Tekedo AB, Spinnarvägen 10, SE- 611 37 Nyköping, Sweden
Gunnar Ramqvist
Affiliation:
Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Co, Äspö Hard Rock Laboratory, SE-572 95, Figeholm, Sweden
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Abstract

At the end of 2001, measurements indicated that the resistance between the conductors had fallen in SKB's (Svensk Kärnbränslehantering AB) electrically heated test canisters. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) was employed together with chemical analysis of gas compositions and corrosion products to investigate the causes of the resistance decrease inside the canister. The measured system is complicated and the evaluation not straightforward. However, it seems that the plug connecting the external electrical power supply to the heaters in the canister is a critical component and that a moisture film around the electrical contacts of the plug may explain the resistance decrease. It is suggested to continue to monitor the EIS spectra with time to gain more information about the cause of the resistance drop.

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Copyright © Materials Research Society 2004

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1. Epelboin, I, Gabrielli, C., Keddam, M. and Takenouti, H., The Study of the Passivation Process by the Electrode Impedance Analysis (Chapter 3), Comprehensive Treatise of Electrochemistry, Vol. 4, Plenum Press, New York, 1981 Google Scholar

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