SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1996

Influence of Thermomechanical Treatment on Irradiation Microstructures in an ODS Ferritic Steel


The effects of thermomechanical treatment on microstructural changes and void swelling in a DT2203YO5-grade 13%Cr oxide-dispersion-strengthened (ODS) ferritic alloy have been studied following ion irradiations to a damage level of 50 dpa at 475°C with 600 appm helium gas implantation. Swelling in a solution treated and aged (STA) condition ranges from 0.07 to 0.24% due to cast-to-cast variations, whilst in a solution treated, cold-worked and aged (STCWA) condition the swelling decreases to 0.025%. Cavities are in general irregularly shaped, non-uniformly distributed and frequently attached to small yttria dispersoid particles.

The results confirm that this ODS ferritic steel exhibits low irradiation-induced swelling in the presence of high gas concentrations, as required for advanced fast and fusion reactor applications. The observed sensitivity of irradiation-induced swelling to compositional or processing variables implies that ODS ferritic alloys can be further optimized for high radiation resistance.

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Little, EA
University College, Swansea, United Kingdom
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Developed by Committee: E10
Pages: 739–752
DOI: 10.1520/STP16505S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5328-8
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-2016-7