Neutron irradiation effects on the tensile properties of Pure W, K-doped W, W–3%Re, and K-doped W–3%Re were examined under the US-Japan collaboration project PHENIX. The fission neutron irradiation experiments were carried out up to 0.74 dpa at 600 °C and 800 °C. Pure W (SR) showed irradiation hardening and loss of ductility after irradiation at 600 °C and 800 °C. K-doped W–3%Re (SR) also exhibited irradiation hardening but was ductile after irradiation. Characteristic points of the K-doped W–3%Re (SR) are small grain size and layered structure. The stress-relief treatment and the layered structure may improve the ductility of powder-metallurgy W alloys after neutron irradiation, so a combination of K-doping and Re addition would be beneficial to improve irradiation resistance.
- Neutron irradiation
- Tensile properties
- Thermal neutron shield
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics
- Materials Science(all)
- Nuclear Energy and Engineering