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Resistance spot weldability of 11Cr- ferritic/martensitic steel sheets

Uwaba, Tomoyuki ; Yano, Yasuhide  ; Ito, Masahiro*

Resistance spot welding of 11Cr-0.4Mo-2W,V,Nb ferritic/martensitic steel sheets with different thicknesses was examined to develop a manufacturing technology for a fast reactor fuel subassembly with an inner duct structure. In the spot welding, welding current, electrode force, welding time and holding time were varied as welding parameters to investigate the appropriate welding conditions. The formation of crack and void defects in the nugget could be suppressed by increasing the electrode force to 9.8 kN. It was also found that the electrode cap with a longer tip end length was effective for preventing weld defect formations. Strength of the spot welded joint was characterized from micro hardness and shear tension tests. In addition, the ductile-to-brittle transition temperature of the spot welded joint was measured by Charpy impact tests with specimens that had notches in the welded zone.

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