Neutron Irradiation Hardening of Fe-Based Binary Alloys
We investigated mechanical properties of neutron irradiated Fe based binary alloys in order to extract roles of each alloying element in reactor pressure vessel (RPV) steels on irradiation hardening and annealing recovery behavior. Materials used were Pure-Fe, Fe-1Cr, Fe-1Mn, Fe-1Ni, Fe-1Cu and Fe-1Mo in at.%. Neutron irradiations were carried out at various irradiation doses from 0.3 to 8.5 × 1019 n/cm2 ( > 1.0 MeV) at 290 °C. Irradiation hardening of Fe-1Cu showed a tendency of saturation at a low dose. Irradiation hardening of Pure-Fe and the other binary alloys increased with increasing in irradiation dose. Especially, Fe-1Mn irradiated over 4.3 × 1019 n/cm2 showed significant irradiation hardening which is comparable to Fe-1Cu. However, the post-irradiation annealing recovery behavior of the irradiation hardening in Fe-Mn showed one-stage recovery at around 450 °C, which was completely different from the two-stages recovery behavior of Fe-1Cu.
Jian-Feng Nie and Allan Morton
K. Yabuuchi et al., "Neutron Irradiation Hardening of Fe-Based Binary Alloys", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 654-656, pp. 2911-2914, 2010