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Influence of microstructure on IASCC growth behavior of neutron irradiated type 304 austenitic stainless steels in simulated BWR condition

Kaji, Yoshiyuki ; Miwa, Yukio*; Shibata, Akira ; Nakano, Junichi; Tsukada, Takashi ; Takakura, Kenichi*; Nakata, Kiyotomo*

Crack growth rate (CGR) tests have been conducted with neutron irradiated compact tension (CT) specimens. The specimens were irradiated in the core region of the Japan Materials Testing Reactor (JMTR) in simulated BWR water environments at 288 $$^{circ}$$C from 0.37 to 5.55$$times$$10$$^{25}$$ n/m$$^{2}$$ (E$$>$$ 1 MeV) (0.62 to 9.2 dpa). The CGRs of base metals in high electrochemical corrosion potential (ECP) condition with 10 $$<$$ stress intensity factor, K $$<$$ 30 MPam$$^{1/2}$$, increased with increasing neutron fluence until 2 dpa and the CGRs were almost the same from 2 to 10 dpa. We investigated the influence of microstructure on CGR by microstructure observation and local strain measurement around the precipitate. This paper will discuss the relationship between CGR and microstructure, radiation hardening, radiation induced segregation.

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