A study of the neutron irradiation effects on the susceptibility to embrittlement of A316L and T91 steels in lead–bismuth eutectic

Danislav Sapundjiev, Abderrahim Al Mazouzi, Steven Van Dyck, Vitaly Sobolev, Paul Schuurmans

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    The effects of neutron irradiation on the susceptibility to liquid metal embrittlement of two primary selected materials for MYRRHA project an accelerator driven system (ADS), was investigated by means of slow strain rate tests (SSRT). The latter were carried out at 200 C in nitrogen and in liquid Pb–Bi at a strain rate of 5 · 106 s1. The small tensile specimens were irradiated at the BR-2 reactor in the MISTRAL irradiation rig at 200 C for 3 reactor cycles to reach a dose of about 1.50 dpa. The SSR tests were carried out under poor and under dissolved oxygen conditions (1.5 · 1012 wt% dissolved oxygen) which at this temperature will favour formation of iron and chromium oxides. Although both materials differ in structure (fcc for A316L against bcc for T91), their flow behaviour in contact with liquid lead bismuth eutectic before and after irradiation is very similar. Under these testing conditions none of them was found susceptible to liquid metal embrittlement (LME).
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)229-236
    JournalJournal of Nuclear Materials
    Issue number1-3
    StatePublished - 8 Sep 2006

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