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Keywords:

  • Hydrogen in metals;
  • Hydrogen-clusters

Abstract

We show that a simple diffusion controlled growth, with subsequent aggregation, mean field theory accounts numerically for the growth of hydrogen clusters in certain metals (e.g. V, Nb, Zr, etc.). We also calculate the percolation threshold for the formation of an “infinite” aggregate both analytically and by a Monte Carlo simulation in a cubic lattice. The results are comparable and seem to correspond to the observed physical behavior.