STP1505

    Microstructure Evolution in Zr Alloys during Irradiation: Dose, Dose Rate, and Impurity Dependence

    Published: Jan 2009


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    Abstract

    The performance of zirconium alloys in BWR, PWR, and PHWR nuclear reactors is dependent on the microstructure. Accordingly, the characterization of the microstructure is an integral part of any study conducted to develop models for in-reactor performance. Although the as-fabricated microstructure (texture, grain size, dislocation density, and phase or precipitate distribution) determines the basic physical properties of a given component, there are changes that occur during irradiation that can have a significant effect on these properties. Microstructures that illustrate specific features of the radiation damage that forms in Zr alloys will be illustrated and discussed in terms of the dose, dose rate, and impurity factors that are applicable.

    Keywords:

    zirconium, irradiation, fast neutron flux, dpa, radiation damage, point defects, vacancy, interstitial, dislocation loops, cavities, climb


    Author Information:

    Griffiths, M.
    Senior Scientist, AECL, Chalk River Laboratories, Chalk River, Ontario


    Paper ID: STP48128S

    Committee/Subcommittee: B10.02

    DOI: 10.1520/STP48128S


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