Thermal Emissivity of Nuclear Graphite as a Function of Its Oxidation Degree (1) -Effects of Density, Porosity, and Microstructure- Seo, Seung-Kuk; Roh, Jae-Seung; Kim, Eung-Seon; Chi, Se-Hwan; Kim, Suk-Hwan; Lee, Sang-Woo;
Thermal emissivity of commercial nuclear graphites (IG-110, PCEA, IG-430 and NBG-18) following changes in oxidation degrees were examined. Specimens were oxidized to 0%, 5%, and 10% in air flow of 5l/min at using a furnace, and the thermal emissivities were measured using an infrared spectrum analyzer. The measuring temperatures for the thermal emissivity were , , , . Also density and porosity of the specimens were observed to compare with thermal emissivity. Results showed that emissivity increased with oxidation, and the 10% oxidized NBG-18 showed the highest emissivity (0.890) which value is larger for 24% than the value of as-received specimen. Investigation of factors affecting the emissivity revealed that increases in the surface roughness and porosity due to oxidation were responsible for the increase in emissivity after oxidation.