Corrosion behavior of austenitic steels in heavy liquid metal alloys

SCK•CEN Mentor

Stergar Erich,, +32 (0)14 33 31 80

Expert group

Structural Materials


For new generations of nuclear reactors heavy metal liquids such as lead or lead bismuth alloys are considered as promising heat transfer fluids. The compatibility of structural and functional materials with this environment plays a crucial role in the development of these new generation reactors. In this internship the student should analyze samples which have been exposed to heavy liquid metal for a very long time by using different microstructural techniques such as light optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The gained results will help to better understand the interplay of liquid metal environment and structural materials.


In this internship the student will contribute with his work to a better understanding of corrosion mechanisms in heavy liquid metal environment. The conducted work will also support ongoing research to identify key parameters and possible mitigation pathways for liquid metal corrosion.

The minimum diploma level of the candidate needs to be

A2: Upper secondary school (+7th year BSO) , Professional bachelor , Academic bachelor