Journal of Applied Physics
The permeation of oxygen through Ag0.05Zr over the temperature range of 300-650°C under glow-discharge conditions has been studied and compared to the permeation of thermally dissociated molecular oxygen. A low-energy dc glow-discharge in O2 has been employed which produced approximately 10% atoms. The permeation rate during the glow discharge was found to be much higher (a factor of ∼10) than without the glow discharge. The small fraction of oxygen atoms generated appears to dominate the permeation because of much higher solution probabilities. Below 500°C, the activation energy for the permeation with glow discharge was found to be 15.5 kcal/mol compared to 22.0 kcal/mol without glow discharge (molecular oxygen). Above 500°C, the enhanced permeation with glow discharge gradually diminishes with increasing temperature and approaches that observed without the glow discharge at high temperature; the reason for this is primarily because of the thermal instability of the supersaturated high-pressure interface where atoms recombine and desorb back into the gas phase.
Original Publication Citation
Wu, D., Outlaw, R. A., & Ash, R. L. (1993). Glow-discharge enhanced permeation of oxygen through silver. Journal of Applied Physics, 74(8), 4990-4994. doi:10.1063/1.354304
Wu, D.; Outlaw, R. A.; and Ash, Robert L., "Glow-Discharge Enhanced Permeation of Oxygen Through Silver" (1993). Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Faculty Publications. 19.