To be used in a fusion reactor, structural materials, and in particular steels, has to be selected and optimised in their composition to achieve a reduction in the long-term radioactive waste. A reduction in the long-term radioactive inventory could be reached substituting elements like molybdenum, niobium and nickel with other ones like tantalum and tungsten which have the same functions as alloying elements and, if irradiated, do not produce long lived radioisotopes. The martensitic steel belonging to the family of 8-9% Cr Eurofer 97 is considered the reference structural steel for fusion application. However, only few information are available about its mechanical properties in the liquid eutectic alloy Pb-16%Li. Particularly, the problem of liquid metal embrittlement (LME) has not been studied in detail and the effect of neutron irradiation on LME has not been investigated at all so far. This work presents the results obtained irradiating tensile specimens of Eurofer 97 up to 5.9 dpa in lead lithium. Tensile tests of samples have been performed out of pile in the same alloy at the same temperature at which irradiation was carried out. © 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
Aiello, A., Benamati, G., Melder, R., & Povstyanko, A. (2008). Mechanical properties of Eurofer 97 in Pb-16Li and irradiation effect. Journal of Nuclear Materials, 376(3), 396 - 400. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jnucmat.2008.02.041