Thermal diffusivities of W-Re alloys were examined before and after neutron irradiation by a laser-flash method. W and W-Re alloys (up to 25 mass% Re) were irradiated in the Japan materials test reactor (JMTR) reactor at 330 K to thermal and fast neutron fluences of 1.03 × 1020 and 3.37 × 1019 (E>1 MeV), respectively. After irradiation thermal diffusivities of W and W-5% Re decreased, while those of W-10% Re and 25% Re increased. In the unirradiated condition, though the diffusivities of W and W-5% Re decreased with an increase of temperature, those of W-10% Re and W-25% Re increased. These temperature dependencies were the same after the irradiation. After annealing at 973 K for 10 min, the thermal diffusivity was restored for W-5% Re at room temperature, while a difference still existed between those of the irradiated and unirradiated W and W-25% Re. The observed changes are discussed in terms of lattice constant measurements and precipitation behavior. ° 2000 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
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