Ivan Romanov, Vasily Borzenko, Alexey Eronin, Alexey Kazakov
The effect of the electrostatic field on hydrogen absorption is experimentally studied for the case of AB5-type intermetallic compound LaNi4.4Al0.3Fe0.3 with low equilibrium pressure. Experimental facility contained control and measurement system for PCT-isotherms and a non-conductive polymer vessel immersed in a bath of a thermostat with transformer oil. The test sample with 100 g of the activated alloy powder was used. Electrostatic field
was created between a copper tube, which simultaneously served as a hydrogen inlet, connected to a high voltage source and a grounded nickel plate rolled in the form of a cylinder around the outer wall of the vessel. The electrodes were arranged coaxially, the maximum voltage on the internal electrode was 15 kV. The high voltage source also allowed changing the polarity on the internal electrode. It was found that the electrostatic field had no effect on the already established equilibrium in the hydrogen-alloy system at a voltage at the electrode up to 15 kV, regardless of the polarity. However, the process of hydrogen absorption is noticeably slowed down when a voltage of up to 15 kV with negative polarity is applied to the internal electrode, and the effect increases with increasing voltage. At a voltage of 15 kV and the positive polarity of the internal electrode, there was no noticeable effect on the hydrogen absorption process.
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