SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1957

Will ASTM Standards be Influenced by Radiation Effects in Metals?


Materials in nuclear reactors are subjected to conditions and environments that are new in scope and magnitude, and the designer must consider a number of unique factors such as neutron cross-section, radiation heating, and unusual corrosive media. In addition, as numerous recent papers (1–12) have pointed out, neutron irradiation is capable of causing substantial changes in the engineering properties of metals. Because metals are generally less sensitive to radiation effects than other classes of engineering materials, only the metals in the high flux parts of a nuclear reactor will be exposed to enough radiation to cause property changes of significance. Therefore if special ASTM standards are ever written to take into account the effects of irradiation, they need only apply to a very small part of a nuclear power plant.

Author Information

Wilson, J., C.
Solid State Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tenn
Berggren, R., G.
Solid State Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tenn
Price: $25.00
Contact Sales
Reprints and Permissions
Reprints and copyright permissions can be requested through the
Copyright Clearance Center
Developed by Committee: E10
Pages: 175–182
DOI: 10.1520/STP44174S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5944-0
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-6098-9