Electrical properties of ceramics during reactor irradiation

T. Shikama, S. J. Zinkle, K. Shiiyama, L. L. Snead, E. H. Farnum

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Twelve different types of polycrystal and single crystal Al2O3 (alumina and sapphire) specimens of varying grades of purity were irradiated for three reactor cycles in a removable beryllium position in a High Flux Isotopes Reactor (HFIR) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory at a temperature of 720-760 K up to a maximum dose of 3 dpa while a dc electric field of 200 V/mm was applied. The recently completed Temperature Regulated In Situ Test (TRIST) facility in the HFIR was used to perform in situ measurements of electrical conductivity. In addition, three Al2O3 specimens were simultaneously irradiated without a continuously applied dc electric field. In situ electrical conductivity measurements were performed on the specimens before, during and following each irradiation cycle. Behavior of electrical conduction in Al2O3 was studied, with special emphasis on detection of any long-term increase of the electrical conductivity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1867-1872
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Nuclear Materials
Issue numberPART 2 B
Publication statusPublished - 1998 Oct

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering

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