Small‐Scale Mechanical Testing of Nuclear Structural Materials
October 1-6, 2017
Material property changes due to harsh reactor environment conditions, such as neutron irradiation and high temperature, may limit the performance and the safe operating envelopes of all reactor types. Quantitative information on the material properties changes is needed to support ongoing life extension/ life management efforts of the existing global reactor fleet, as well as for design and development of future advanced reactor concepts. Testing of larger radioactive test specimens is challenging and expensive, as it requires their handling and testing in shielded facilities. Testing smaller sized specimens has an advantage in terms of their reduced activity that allows for safer handling and cost effective testing processes.
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Vineet Bhakhri, Colin Judge, Jaganathan Ulaganathan, Chris Dixon, Clinton Mayhew, Daniel Arnold, Heidi Nordin, Sterling St Lawrence, Peter Hosemann, and Cameron Howard, "Small‐Scale Mechanical Testing of Nuclear Structural Materials" in "Nanomechanical Testing in Materials Research and Development VI", Karsten Durst, Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany Eds, ECI Symposium Series, (2017). https://dc.engconfintl.org/nanomechtest_vi/11