SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1960

Test Methods Used for Zirconium and Zirconium Alloy in the Naval Reactor Program


In order to determine whether zirconium or zirconium alloy is suitable for use in the Naval Reactor Program, the material is subjected to a variety of tests. Chemical analyses for twenty elements are required, as well as the determination of the tensile properties, hardness, corrosion resistance in high-temperature water or steam, radiography, and sonic testing. A discussion of the various methods currently in use for these tests will be given which will include a critical review of the analytical methods, both chemical and spectrographic.

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Kall, Harold
The Carborundum Metals Co., Akron, N. Y.
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Developed by Committee: B02
Pages: 116–123
DOI: 10.1520/STP46333S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-6780-3
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-6577-9