SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1994

Degradation of Mechanical Properties of Stainless Steel Cladding Due to Neutron Irradiation and Thermal Aging


Thermal aging of three-wire series-arc stainless steel weld overlay cladding at 288°C for 1605 h resulted in an appreciable decrease (16%) in the Charpy V-notch (CVN) upper-shelf energy (USE), but the effect on the 41-J transition temperature shift was very small (3°C). The combined effect following neutron irradiation at 288°C to a fluence of 5 x 1019 neutrons/cm2 ( >1 MeV) was a 22% reduction in the USE and a 29°C shift in the 41-J transition temperature. The effect of thermal aging on tensile properties was very small. However, the combined effect of irradiation and aging was an increase in the yield strength (6 to 34% at test temperatures from 288 to -125°C) and no apparent change in ultimate tensile strength or total elongation. Neutron irradiation reduced the initiation fracture toughness (JIc) much more than did thermal aging alone. However, irradiation slightly decreased the tearing modulus but no reduction was caused by thermal aging alone. The effects of long-term thermal exposure times (20,000 and 50,000 h) will be investigated when the specimens become available. Also, long-term thermal exposure of the three-wire cladding as well as type 308 stainless steel weld materials at 343°C is in progress.

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Haggag, FM
Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN
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Developed by Committee: E10
Pages: 363–370
DOI: 10.1520/STP23947S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5262-5
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-1488-3