Description: Phosphorous-containing austenitic alloys in the solution annealed condition were irradiated at 745--760/degree/K. The alloys were variations on Fe--13Cr--15Ni--0.05P with respective additions of 0.8 Si, 0.2 Ti, or 0.8 Si /plus/ 0.2 Ti; also included were low (0.01) and zero P compositions (all values in wt. %). The reference ternary and the two phosphorous-only variations contained little precipitation and numerous voids and swelled rapidly, while the three variants containing P with Si and/or Ti showed little or no void formation and profuse phosphide precipitation. Results indicate that phosphorous in solution alone does not have a major influence on void swelling, whereas fine-scale phosphide precipitation is quite effective at eliminating void formation. The principal mechanism restricting swelling is the effect of the dense precipitate microstructure. These precipitates foster profuse cavity nucleation which in turn dilutes the helium atoms (and more time) in order for individual cavities to surpass their critical size and number of gas atoms necessary for subsequent growth as voids. This mechanism for swelling suppression was not found to be particularly sensitive to moderate variations in either the dislocation or cavity densities; the mechanism is strongest at elevated temperature where the critical quantities are large and is less effective at lower temperatures where the critical quantities are small. 19 refs., 10 figs., 3 tabs.
Date: January 1, 1988
Creator: Lee, E.H. & Packan, N.H.
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