Final report on in-reactor uniaxial tensile deformation of pure iron and Fe-Cr alloy

Publication: ResearchReport – Annual report year: 2007


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Traditionally, the effect of irradiation on mechanical properties of metals and alloys is determined using post-irradiation tests carried out on pre-irradiated specimens and in the absence of irradiation environment. The results of these tests may not be representative of deformation behaviour of materials used in the structural components of a fission or fusion reactor where the materials will be exposed concurrently to displacement damage and external and/or internal stresses. In an effort to evaluate and understand the dynamic response of materials under these conditions, we have recently performed a series of uniaxial tensile tests on Fe-Cr and pure iron specimens in the BR-2 reactor at Mol (Belgium). The present report first provides a brief description of the test facilities and the procedure used for performing the in-reactor tests. The results on the mechanical response of materials during these tests are presented in the form of stress-displacement dose and the conventional stress-strain curves. For comparison, the results of post-irradiation tests and tests carried out on unirradiated specimens are also presented. Results of microstructural investigations on the unirradiated and deformed, irradiated and undeformed, post-irradiation deformed and the in-reactor deformed specimens are also described. During the in-reactor tests the specimens of both Fe-Cr alloy and pure iron deform in a homogeneous manner and do not exhibit the phenomenon of yield drop. An increase in the pre-yield dose increases the yield stress but not the level of maximum flow stress during the in-reactor deformation of Fe-Cr alloy. Neither the in-reactor nor the post-irradiation deformed specimens of Fe-Cr alloy and pure iron showed any evidence of cleared channel formation. Both in Fe-Cr and pure iron, the in-reactor deformation leads to accumulation of dislocations in a homogeneous fashion and only to a modest density. No dislocation cells are formed during the in-reactor or post-irradiation deformation of Fe-Cr and pure iron. Furthermore, in both cases, the slip systems even in the planes with Schmid factor value of almost zero get activated during the in-reactor as well as post-irradiation deformation. The main implications of these results are briefly discussed.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherRisø National Laboratory
Number of pages51
ISBN (print)978-87-550-3620-8
StatePublished - 2007
SeriesDenmark. Forskningscenter Risoe. Risoe-R


  • Risø-R-1616, Risø-R-1616(EN)
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