Irradiation Assisted Stress Corrosion Cracking (IASCC) is a complex phenomenon occurring in structural components of nuclear reactor cores. It assumes a greater importance for the selection of suitable materials for fusion wall applications. This paper reviews the available data on the effect of irradiation damage on the environmental cracking behavior of austenitic and ferritic steels. It is shown that the changes in microstructures of the materials and the environmental changes due to irradiation have been widely investigated. However, further research is required to study the behavior of initiation and propagation of stress corrosion cracks, considering these as two separate events, for austenitic and ferritic steels under irradiation.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics
- Materials Science(all)
- Nuclear Energy and Engineering