Mechanisms of hydrogen uptake in zirconium alloys
Research Project , 2012 – 2015

Zirconium alloys are used as fuel cladding materials in light water nuclear reactors. During service at high temperature and pressure oxidation in water takes place, and part of the released hydrogen finds its way to the metal, potentially embrittling the material. The project aims at understanding the mechanisms involved in hydrogen transport in primarily Zircaloy-2 (a Zr-Sn-Fe-Cr-Ni-O alloy) used in boiling water reactors. The oxide-metal interface region of both autoclave tested and irradiated material is studied by atom probe tomography (APT), and hydrogen transport and reduction is modeled using ab-initio methods (DFT). The function of transition metal atoms as sites for hydrogen reduction is studied.​​


Hans-Olof Andrén (contact)

Full Professor at Materials Microstructure


Imperial College London

London, United Kingdom

Pennsylvania State University

State college, USA


Stockholm, Sweden


Nyköping, Sweden

University of Manchester

Manchester, United Kingdom

University of Oxford

Oxford, United Kingdom


Stockholm, Sweden


Westinghouse Electric Sweden AB

Project ID: Beställningsnummer: 4500450432
Funding Chalmers participation during 2012–2015

Related Areas of Advance and Infrastructure

Sustainable development

Driving Forces

More information

Project Web Page at Chalmers

Latest update