Fracture toughness assessment of ferritic–martensitic steel in liquid lead–bismuth eutectic

Joris Van den Bosch, Gunter Coen, Abderrahim Al Mazouzi, Joris Degrieck, Rik-Wouter Bosch

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    The presence of micro-cracks at the surface of a ferritic–martensitic steel is known to favour its embrittlement by liquid metals and thus decrease the mechanical properties of the structural materials. Unfortunately, conventional fracture mechanics methods cannot be applied to tests in liquid metal environment due to the opaque and conducting nature of the LBE. Therefore new methods based on the normalization technique for assessment of plain strain fracture toughness in LBE were examined. This paper discusses the assessment of the plain strain fracture toughness of T91 steel in liquid lead bismuth environment at 473 K, tested at a displacement rate of 0.25 mm/min and makes the comparison with results obtained in air at the same temperature and displacement rate. Although there is a decrease of the fracture toughness by 20–30% when tested in LBE, the toughness of the T91 steel remains sufficient under the tested conditions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)350-357
    JournalJournal of Nuclear Materials
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - 31 Mar 2009
    EventE-MRS 2008 Spring Meeting - Strasbourg
    Duration: 26 May 200830 May 2008

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