SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1996

Electron Microscopy and Small Angle Neutron Scattering Study of Precipitation in Low Alloy Steel Submerged-Arc Welds


In previous studies, submerged-arc welds with a range of compositions were irradiated in test reactors over a range of dose and dose-rates. The effect of irradiation was measured by Charpy V-notch and hardness tests, and an irradiation response model was developed. In this paper we report the results of a combined electron m icroscopy and small angle neutron scattering (SANS) study on material from some of the Charpy specimens. The results have been interpreted in terms of the Russell and Brown modulus hardening model. In general they have confirmed the predictions of the irradiation response model, and shown that the copper precipitation contribution to the observed macroscopic hardening is strongly dependent on nickel, dose and dose-rate.

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Williams, TJ
Rolls-Royce and Associates Limited, Raynesway, Derby, United Kingdom
Phythian, WJ
AEA Reactor Services, Harwell Laboratory, Didcot, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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Developed by Committee: E10
Pages: 191–205
DOI: 10.1520/STP16473S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5328-8
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-2016-7