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Characterization of irradiated fuel rods using pulsed eddy current techniques

Description: A number of irradiated fuel rods and unfueled zircaloy cladding tubes (''water tubes'') were obtained from the Saxton reactor through arrangements with the Westinghouse Electric Corporation for use in subsequent irradiation effects and fuel behavior programs. A comprehensive nondestructive and corroborative destructive characterization program was undertaken on these fuel rods and tubes by ANC to provide baseline data on their characteristics prior to further testing and for comparison against post-post data. This report deals primarily with one portion of the NDT program performed remotely in the hot cells. The portion of interest in this paper is the pulsed eddy current inspection used in the nondestructive phase of the work. 6 references. (auth)
Date: November 1, 1975
Creator: Martin, M.R. & Francis, W.C.
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Heat treatment versus properties studies associated with the Inconel 718 PBF acoustic filters

Description: PBF acoustic filter Unit No. 1 cracked when heat treatment was attempted. The effects of prior thermal cycling, solution anneal temperature, and cooling rate from solution anneals were investigated. The investigations concerned influences of the above variables upon both 1400$sup 0$F stress rupture solution- annealed properties and room temperature age-hardened properties. 1400$sup 0$F stress rupture properties were of interest to assist the prevention of cracking during heat treatments. Room temperature age-hardened properties were needed to ensure that design requirement would be provided. Prior thermal cycling was investigated to determine if extra thermal cycles would be detrimental to the repaired filter. Slow furnace cools were considered as a means of reducing thermal stresses. Effects of solution annealing at 2000 and 1900$sup 0$F were also determined. Test results showed that slow cooling rates would not only reduce thermal stresses but also improve 1400$sup 0$F ductility. A modified aging treatment was established which provided the required 145 ksi room temperature yield strength for the slowly cooled material. Prior cooling did not degrade final age-hardened room temperature tensile or impact properties. (auth)
Date: February 24, 1975
Creator: Smolik, G.R. & Reuter, W.G.
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