Microstructural investigation of low-dose neutron irradiation effects in martensitic steels for nuclear application by means of small-angle neutron scattering

Roberto Coppola, Rainer Lindau, Roland P. May, Anton Möslang, Monica Valli

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The microstructural effect of low-dose neutron irradiation and subsequent high-temperature tempering in the reduced activation ferritic/martensitic steel F82H-mod. (7.73 Cr, 0.09 C, 0.08 Mn, 0.19 V, 2.06 W, 0.02 Ta, wt%, bal. Fe) has been studied using small-angle neutron scattering (SANS). The investigated samples were irradiated with thermal neutrons at 523 K, to dose levels of 2.4 displacements per atom then tempered for 2 h at 1043 K. The SANS measurements were carried out at the D22 instrument of the High Flux Reactor at the Institut Max von Laue-Paul Langevin, Grenoble, France. The differences observed in nuclear and magnetic small-angle neutron scattering cross-sections after subtraction of the reference sample from the irradiated one suggest that the irradiation and the subsequent post-irradiation tempering produce the growth of non-magnetic precipitates; the results are also compared with those obtained on other ferritic/martensitic steels, with different chemical composition, irradiated under the same conditions. © International Union of Crystallography 2007.
Original languageEnglish
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JournalJournal of Applied Crystallography
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2007
Externally publishedYes


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