Mechanical properties of two improved eurofer ODS steels before and after low dose neutron irradiation at 300 °C

Enrico Lucon

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    Within the European Fusion Development Agreement (EFDA) Long Term Programme activities on Material Research, several versions of EUROFER ODS (Oxide-Dispersion Strengthened) have been produced and characterized. The most promising ones to date are the so-called "2nd generation" ODS (HIPped, hot rolled and thermomechanically treated) and the "EU batch" (produced by Plansee in the form of hot rolled plates and extruded bars). These two materials have been mechanically characterized in the unirradiated condition at SCK•CEN in collaboration with other European institutes by means of tensile, impact and fracture toughness tests. The same characterization has been performed at SCK•CEN on the two materials after low dose irradiation at 300 °C in the BR2 test reactor (1.5-1.7 dpa). The results are compared with available data from early versions of EUROFER ODS and conventional (i.e. non-ODS) EUROFER, unirradiated and irradiated under similar conditions. It is confirmed that even the most advanced ODS steels show higher tensile strength than the base material, but also significantly worse fracture toughness properties. On the other hand, the "EU batch" irradiated to 1.52 dpa shows comparatively limited irradiation sensitivity.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)289-294
    Number of pages6
    JournalFusion Science and Technology
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - Jul 2009
    Event18th Topical Meeting on the Technology of Fusion Energy (TOFE18) - American Nuclear Society (ANS), San Francisco
    Duration: 28 Sep 20082 Oct 2008

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Civil and Structural Engineering
    • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
    • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
    • General Materials Science
    • Mechanical Engineering

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