Description: As part of an effort by the Office of Fusion Energy to evaluate the irradiation behavior of ferritic steels, a 9 Cr-1 MoVNb alloy was irradiated in HFIR to a dose of approx. 36 dpa at temperatures of 300, 400, 500, and 600/sup 0/C. In addition to the displacement damage produced during irradiation, a transmutation reaction of nickel during HFIR irradiation resulted in the simultaneous production of approx. 30 at. ppM He. Electron microscopy disks in the normalized and tempered condition were irradiated, and the microstructures were evaluated as a function of irradiation temperature. A few small cavities were observed after irradiation at 300, 500, and 600/sup 0/C. However, a pronounced cavity microstructure was found after irradiation at 400/sup 0/C. At this temperature, the cavities had a volume-averaged diameter of 15 nm and a concentration of 1.1 x 10/sup 21/ m/sup -3/, resulting in a void-swelling contribution of 0.19%. The cavities at 400/sup 0/C were homogeneously distributed throughout the tempered martensite matrix, and showed no preference for lath boundaries or precipitate interfaces. The results are compared to those recently reported on a similarly irradiated 12 Cr-1 MoVW ferritic steel.
Date: January 1, 1983
Creator: Vitek, J.M. & Klueh, R.L.
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