The initial kinetics of uranium hydride formation studied by a hot-stage microscope technique☆ Academic Article uri icon


  • Abstract The initial stages of the formation of uranium trihydride on the surface of uranium samples reacted with gaseous hydrogen (about 1.5 atm) were studied utilizing a hot-stage microscope. The nucleation and growth processes of the product hydride were continuously monitored with a television camera and were recorded on a videotape. The formation kinetics and the morphological characteristics of the developing hydride phase are discussed. A comparison with the kinetic results obtained in the more advanced bulk hydriding stage is made.

publication date

  • January 1, 1984