STP1270

    Irradiation Behavior of Weldments of Austenitic Stainless Steel Made by Various Welding Techniques

    Published: Jan 1996


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    Abstract

    An austenitic stainless steel, 316F, irradiated in the High Flux Isotope Reactor to doses of about 8 to 33 dpa at 400° and 500°C was investigated. Electron beam (EB) welding and metal inert gas (MIG) welding techniques were used to make weldment specimens. Weldment specimens were made from their weld metal or weld joint (including heat affected zone) regions of the weldments. Base metal was also studied for comparison. Microstructures of these specimens were observed by TEM.

    Tensile tests were carried out at the nominal irradiation temperature in vacuum. Solution annealed 316F showed the large irradiation hardening at 400°C, while the change in yield stress observed at 500°C was not so large. Weldments specimens had the same temperature and dose dependence as the base metal. The differences between EB and MIG after irradiation were small, compared to the differences before irradiation, except for the slight less ductility of MIG weldments. The defect microstructures of weldments were the same as base metal.

    Keywords:

    Austenitic stainless steel, Weldments, HFIR irradiation, Tensile properties, Electron beam welding, Metal inert gas welding


    Author Information:

    Shiba, K
    Engineer, senior engineer, senior engineer and group leader, Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute, Tokai-mura, Ibaraki-ken

    Sawai, T
    Engineer, senior engineer, senior engineer and group leader, Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute, Tokai-mura, Ibaraki-ken

    Jitsukawa, S
    Engineer, senior engineer, senior engineer and group leader, Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute, Tokai-mura, Ibaraki-ken

    Hishinuma, A
    Engineer, senior engineer, senior engineer and group leader, Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute, Tokai-mura, Ibaraki-ken

    Pawel, JE
    Research staff member, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN


    Paper ID: STP16519S

    Committee/Subcommittee: E10.08

    DOI: 10.1520/STP16519S


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