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Development of PRW welding technology for 9Cr-ODS cladding tube

Seki, Masayuki; Kihara, Yoshiyuki; Kaito, Takeji ; Tsukada, Tatsuya*; Motoki, Kazuhiko*; Hirako, Kazuhito*

Oxide Dispersion Strengthened (ODS) steel has been developed as an advanced fuel cladding tube for sodium cooled fast reactors in Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) to attain the target burn up of 150 GWd/t in the bundle average because of its excellent swelling resistance and high mechanical strength in high temperature. If conventional TIG welding is applied to the ODS welding, it is difficult to obtain necessary mechanical strength at the weld zone because of the formation of porosity. It is formed by the argon bubbles which initially dissolve in the matrix and grow up under the high temperature during welding. Therefore JAEA has been conducted the development of pressurized resistance welding (PRW) technology for ODS cladding tube, which is one of the solid state welding methods. This paper describes in the development of PRW technology, an ultrasonic test method for detecting weld defects, the result of machine strength measurement examination in weld part and the result of fuel pin irradiation examination using nuclear reactor.



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