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Title: Thin film Palladium-Ytrium membranes for hydrogen separation
Author: Fletcher, Sean
ISNI:       0000 0004 2686 4317
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2010
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The permeability of hydrogen in thin film Pd-Y composite membranes has been investigated for the first time. Thin (5 µm) Pd-Y films were deposited onto macroporous 316L stainless steel substrates by magnetron sputtering. Prior to deposition, a novel laser melting technique was employed in an attempt to reduce the surface roughness and pore size, thus facilitating the deposition of defect-free films. The active hydrogen transport mechanisms of each layer have been determined and the observed hydrogen permeability was analysed using a series resistance type model. The porous substrate was found to contribute significantly to the total transport resistance, and was the predominant source of the non diffusion limited permeation. After correcting for the substrate effects, the permeability of thin film Pd-Y closely matched that in bulk Pd-Y alloys.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: TN Mining engineering. Metallurgy