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Use of miniature and standard specimens to evaluate effects of irradiation temperature on pressure vessel steels

Description: The effects of neutron irradiation on the steel reactor vessel for the modular high-temperature gas-cooled reactor (MHTGR) are being investigated, primarily because the operating temperatures are low (121 to 210{degrees}C (250--410{degrees}F)) compared to those for commercial light-water reactors (LWRs) ({approximately}288{degrees}C (550{degrees}F)). The need for design data on the reference temperature shift necessitated the irradiation at different temperatures of A 533 grade B class 1 plate. A 508 class 3 forging, and welds used for the vessel shell, vessel closure head, the vessel flange. This paper presents results from the first four irradiation capsules of this program. The four capsules were irradiated in the University of Buffalo Reactor to an effective fast fluence of 1 {times}10{sup 18} neutron/cm{sup 2} (0.68 {times} 10{sup 18} neutron/cm{sup 2} (>1 MeV)) at temperatures of 288, 204, 163, and 121{degrees}C (550, 400, 325, and 250{degrees}F), respectively. The yield and ultimate strengths of both steel plate materials of the MHTGR Program increased with decreasing irradiation temperature. Similarly, the 41-J Charpy V-notch (CVN) transition temperature shift increased with decreasing irradiation temperature (in agreement with the increase in yield strength). The miniature tensile and automated ball indentation (ABI) test results (yield strength and flow properties) were in good agreement with those from standard tensile specimens. The miniature tensile and ABI test results were also used in a model that utilizes the changes in yield strength to estimate the CVN ductile-to-brittle transition temperature shift due to irradiation. The model predictions were compared with CVN test results obtained here and in earlier work. 5 refs., 11 figs., 6 tabs.
Date: January 1, 1991
Creator: Haggag, F.M.; Nanstad, R.K. (Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)) & Byrne, S.T. (ABB/Combustion Engineering, Inc., Windsor, CT (United States))
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