Refine your search:     
Report No.

Mechanical and thermal properties of Zr-B and Fe-B alloys

Sun, Y.*; Abe, Yuta ; Muta, Hiroaki*; Oishi, Yuji*

After the core meltdown in the Fukushima Daiichi (1F) nuclear power plant, various compounds in metal boride systems could potentially form as a result of the reactions between B$$_{4}$$C (control material) and Fe, Zr alloys (control-blade sheaths, zircaloy claddings, channel box, etc.). Some previous studies have focused on the properties of intermetallic compounds of the Zr-B and Fe-B systems, such as ZrB$$_{2}$$, FeB, and Fe$$_{2}$$B. However, during the solidification of fuel debris, composites of these intermetallics rather than large chunks of single-phase intermetallics will form. This situation makes the understanding of the composition dependence of the mechanical and thermal properties of these metal borides a major task before debris retrieval takes place. In this study, we first investigated the temperature-dependent thermal conductivity of Fe-B and Zr-B eutectics from room temperature up to 900 $$^{circ}$$C. We were then able to evaluate the composition-dependent indentation hardness of these metal borides at room temperature. Based on our experimental data, we concluded that the hardness and thermal conductivity of the Fe-B, Zr-B composites can be well estimated using the properties of the composites' corresponding components, with Rule of Mixtures and Effective Medium Theory (EMT) calculations, respectively.



- Accesses




Category:Nuclear Science & Technology



[CLARIVATE ANALYTICS], [WEB OF SCIENCE], [HIGHLY CITED PAPER & CUP LOGO] and [HOT PAPER & FIRE LOGO] are trademarks of Clarivate Analytics, and/or its affiliated company or companies, and used herein by permission and/or license.