Volume 8, Issue 1 (January 2011)

    In Situ Studies of Variant Selection During the α-β-α Phase Transformation in Zr-2.5Nb

    (Received 7 March 2010; accepted 1 October 2010)

    Published Online: 2010

    CODEN: JAIOAD

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    Abstract

    In situ phase transformation experiments have been carried out using neutron and synchrotron X-ray diffraction to monitor the texture evolution and establish the criteria for variant selection during the αβα phase transformation in Zr-2.5Nb. There is clear evidence of a strong variant selection occurring during the αβ transformation and a weaker variant selection during the βα transformation. Further, comparing hot-worked specimens with those that have received additional cold-work revealed that cold-work introduced microstructural characteristics that inhibited the full development of the transformed texture seen in the hot-worked samples. A study of the effect of external biasing stresses during transformation was conducted. An external biasing stress was applied along the hoop axis during different components of the αβα transformation. An external stress during heating does not appear to significantly influence variant selection, at least for the stress magnitudes tested here, while an external stress during cooling did have some influence on the resultant texture.


    Author Information:

    Mosbrucker, P.
    Dept. of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Queen’s Univ., Kingston, ON

    Daymond, M. R.
    Dept. of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Queen’s Univ., Kingston, ON

    Holt, R. A.
    Dept. of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Queen’s Univ., Kingston, ON


    Stock #: JAI103066

    ISSN: 1546-962X

    DOI: 10.1520/JAI103066

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    Title In Situ Studies of Variant Selection During the α-β-α Phase Transformation in Zr-2.5Nb
    Symposium 16th International Symposium on Zirconium in the Nuclear Industry, 2010-05-13
    Committee B10