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Evaluation of mechanical properties of oxide layers of fuel cladding material Zircaloy-4 and M5 oxidized under PWR condition using Nano indentation with spherical indenter

Shibata, Akira ; Wakui, Takashi ; Nakamura, Natsuki ; Futakawa, Masatoshi ; Maekawa, Katsuhiro*; Naka, Michihiro 

Nuclear reactor fuel cladding material has been gradually replaced from Zircaloy-4 to Zr-Nb alloys such as M5. To reveal the origin of good corrosion resistance of Zr-Nb alloys, evaluation on oxide layer of fuel cladding tube Zircaloy-4 and M5 was performed. Nano-indentation with spherical indenter was performed on oxide layer of those materials. Test results of the indentation were evaluated by the inverse analysis using Kalman filter and Finite Element Method. The results analysis shows that the oxide layer of M5 has more ductility compare from that of Zircaloy 4. Thus, oxide layer of Zircaloy4 could be injured by smaller strain compare from that of M5.

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