Congratulations to our PhD candidate Mi Li for winning the award for the best oral presentation at the NACE southern Ontario student section.
Mi is studying the effect of γ-radiation on the corrosion of carbon steel (CS, SA36) - stainless steel (SS, Type 304L) welds under different pH and temperature conditions. These types of welds are used in CANDU nuclear reactors in regions that are exposed to water under a constant flux of γ-radiation. When exposed to ionizing radiation, water decomposes into some highly redox-active species which might affect the corrosion behaviour of metals. These factors, as well as possible changes in the temperature, can affect the rate of corrosion.