Enhancement of irradiation hardening by nickel addition in the reduced-activation 9Cr-2W martensitic steel

R. Kasada, A. Kimura, H. Matsui, M. Narui

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Reduced-activation martensitic (RAM) steels with and without an addition of 1% Ni were irradiated in a so called multisection-multidivision controlled irradiation capsule in the JMTR at 220°C up to 0.15 dpa. The 1/4 power dependence of the irradiation hardening on neutron dose was observed for the specimens irradiated in the controlled capsule. A part of the specimens were simultaneously irradiated in the capsule out of the reactor core where the irradiation temperature was considered to be lower than 170°C. The out of-reactor core irradiation induced a tremendous irradiation hardening as much as 350 MPa in the Ni added RAM steel but only 120 MPa of the hardening in the unadded RAM steel. The tremendous irradiation hardening was never observed following the irradiation at 220°C. As for the results of positron annihilation measurements, no significant effect of the Ni addition was observed in the life time spectrum. Post-irradiation annealing studies indicate that the irradiation hardening observed in the Ni added RAM steel begins to recover at 190°C and diminishes after the annealing at 250°C.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1199-1203
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Nuclear Materials
Issue numberPART 2 B
Publication statusPublished - 1998 Oct
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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