SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1994

Isotopic Tailoring with Ni to Study Helium Generation Rates and Their Effect on Tensile Properties of Neutron-Irradiated Fe-Cr-Ni Alloys


Tensile testing on three model Fe-Cr-Ni alloys removed from four discharges of the 59Ni isotopic doping experiment in FFTF-MOTA indicates that helium/dpa ratios typical of fusion reactors do not produce changes in the yield strength or elongation that are significantly different from those at much lower helium generation rates. It also appears that tensile properties approach a saturation level that is dependent only on the final irradiation temperature, but not prior temperature history or thermomechanical starting condition. The saturation in mechanical properties reflects a similar saturation in microstructure that is independent of starting condition.

The successful conduct of an isotopic doping experiment was found to require post-irradiation measurement of the helium levels in order to compensate for uncertainties in the cross sections for burn-out and burn-in of 59Ni and for uncertainties in neutron flux and spectra in the vicinity of the edge of the core.

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Garner, FA
Pacific Northwest Laboratory, Richland, WA
Hamilton, ML
Pacific Northwest Laboratory, Richland, WA
Greenwood, LR
Pacific Northwest Laboratory, Richland, WA
Stubbins, JF
University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
Oliver, BM
Rockwell International, Canoga Park, CA
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Developed by Committee: E10
Pages: 921–939
DOI: 10.1520/STP23980S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5262-5
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-1488-3