SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1990

Design of Low Activation Austenitic Steels by the d-Electron Concept


Low activation austenitic steels of Fe-Cr-Mn-Ni-C-N were designed using the d-electron concept, which was devised on the basis of the molecular orbital calculation of transition-metal based alloys. In this design two calculated parameters are mainly utilized. The one is the d-orbital energy level (Md) of alloying transition elements, and the other is the bond order (Bo) that is a measure of the covalent bond strength between atoms. Alloying effects on the microstructures and physical properties of steels are well understood using these parameters. The phase stability of various austenitic steels containing chromium, manganese, nickel, carbon, and nitrogen were examined experimentally. The results were interpreted using these parameters, and a new phase stability index diagram was proposed for the austenitic steels. In this diagram, the γ/γ + αM and the γ/γ + α(δ) phase boundaries are well represented for solution-treated alloys, and also the γ/γ + σ phase boundary is denned for aged alloys. Here, γ is the face centered cubic (fcc) matrix phase, and αM, α(δ) and σ are the martensite, ferrite, and sigma phases, respectively. Computer-aided design was performed so that the steel could contain the least amount of high activation elements such as nickel and nitrogen, and several alloys were selected as potential materials for fusion reactor.

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Yukawa, N
Toyohashi University of Technology, Toyohashi, Japan
Morinaga, M
Toyohashi University of Technology, Toyohashi, Japan
Nishiyama, K
Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan
Matsumoto, Y
Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan
Murata, Y
Toyohashi University of Technology, Toyohashi, Japan
Ezaki, H
Toyohashi University of Technology, Toyohashi, Japan
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Developed by Committee: E10
Pages: 30–46
DOI: 10.1520/STP24947S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5113-0
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-1267-4