This work describes a methodology for producing high quality metallic surfaces from uranium primarily for characterisation and investigations involving electron backscatter diffraction. Electrochemical measurements have been conducted to inform ideal polishing conditions to produce surfaces free from strain, induced by mechanical polishing. A commonly used solution for the electropolishing of uranium, consisting in part of phosphoric acid, was used to conduct the electrochemical experiments and polishing. X-ray diffraction techniques focusing on the surface show low stresses and strains are exhibited within the material. This is mirrored in good quality electron backscatter diffraction.
|Number of pages||8|
|Early online date||20 Oct 2019|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Dec 2019|