Influence of the manufacturing heat cycles on the CuCrZr properties

M. Merola, A. Orsini, E. Visca, S. Libera, L.F. Moreschi, S. Storai, B. Panella, E. Campagnoli, G. Ruscica, C. Bosco

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The use of CuCrZr in the proper aged condition is hindered by the manufacturing process of components, which may involve several high temperature steps, which could then degrade the thermo-mechanical properties. To address this issue the European ITER Party have carried out a R&D programme aimed at assessing the effects of different bonding heat cycles. To this aim, CuCrZr in the solution-annealed-water quench condition was subjected to different heat treatments at various temperatures and holding times. The main outcome was that aging temperatures up to 550 °C could still guarantee a tensile strength of 300 MPa. Higher joining temperatures (up to 600-650 °C) require a certain amount of cold work after the annealing process and prior to the joining cycle in order to achieve an acceptable strength. Up to these temperatures the thermal conductivity is not degraded. © 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)677 - 680
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Nuclear Materials
Issue number1 SUPPL.
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2002
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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

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Merola, M., Orsini, A., Visca, E., Libera, S., Moreschi, L. F., Storai, S., ... Bosco, C. (2002). Influence of the manufacturing heat cycles on the CuCrZr properties. Journal of Nuclear Materials, 307-311(1 SUPPL.), 677 - 680.