Effects of 50/degree/C surveillance and test reactor irradiations on ferritic pressure vessel steel embrittlement

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The results of surveillance tests on the High-Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) pressure vessel at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory revealed that a greater than expected embrittlement had taken place after about 17.5 effective full-power years of operation and an operational assessment program was undertaken to fully evaluate the vessel condition and recommend conditions under which operation could be resumed. A research program was undertaken that included irradiating specimens in the Oak Ridge Research Reactor. Specimens of the A212 grade B vessel shell material were included, along with specimens from a nozzle qualification weld and a submerged-arc weld fabricated at ORNL ... continued below

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Nanstad, R.K.; Iskander, S.K.; Rowcliffe, A.F.; Corwin, W.R. & Odette, G.R. January 1, 1988.

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The results of surveillance tests on the High-Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) pressure vessel at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory revealed that a greater than expected embrittlement had taken place after about 17.5 effective full-power years of operation and an operational assessment program was undertaken to fully evaluate the vessel condition and recommend conditions under which operation could be resumed. A research program was undertaken that included irradiating specimens in the Oak Ridge Research Reactor. Specimens of the A212 grade B vessel shell material were included, along with specimens from a nozzle qualification weld and a submerged-arc weld fabricated at ORNL to reproduce the vessel seam weld. The results of the surveillance program and the materials research program performed in support of the evaluation of the HFIR pressure vessel are presented and show the welds to be more radiation resistant than the A212B. Results of irradiated tensile and annealing experiments are described as well as a discussion of mechanisms which may be responsible for enhanced hardening at low damage rates. 20 refs., 22 figs., 5 tabs.

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NTIS, PC A04/MF A01 - OSTI; 1.

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  • 14. international symposium on effects of radiation on materials, Andover, MA, USA, 27 Jun 1988

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  • Other: DE89010370
  • Report No.: CONF-880613-30
  • Grant Number: AC05-84OR21400
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 6298527
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1110414

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Nanstad, R.K.; Iskander, S.K.; Rowcliffe, A.F.; Corwin, W.R. & Odette, G.R. Effects of 50/degree/C surveillance and test reactor irradiations on ferritic pressure vessel steel embrittlement, article, January 1, 1988; Tennessee. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1110414/: accessed October 15, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.