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ASTM Selected Technical Papers
Small Specimen Test Techniques Applied to Nuclear Reactor Vessel Thermal Annealing and Plant Life Extension
By
WR Corwin
WR Corwin
1
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
,
Oak Ridge, TN
;
symposium co-chairman and editor
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FM Haggag
FM Haggag
2
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
,
Oak Ridge, TN
;
symposium co-chairman and editor
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WL Server
WL Server
3
ATI Incorporated
,
San Ramos, CA
;
symposium co-chairman and editor
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ISBN-10:
0-8031-1869-4
ISBN:
978-0-8031-1869-0
No. of Pages:
471
Publisher:
ASTM International
Publication date:
1993

The impact properties of advanced metal matrix composites (MMCs) such as unidirectionally reinforced silicon carbide (SiC)/aluminum (Al) and C/Al have been investigated based on recent improvements in their mechanical properties. This paper details the effects of test temperature and neutron irradiation on the fracture toughness of these MMCs. The materials used were sheets of PCS-SiC/Al and PAN-C/Al. Miniaturized Charpy V-notched specimens were tested in an instrumented Charpy impact tester. Neutron irradiation was performed in the Japanese Materials Testing Reactor (JMTR), a light water reactor (LWR) at Oarai. The fracture energy increased with increasing test temperature and with neutron irradiation. SiC/Al was rather more insensitive to neutron fluence than C/Al, which was related to the difference in interfacial structure between the two systems.

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