Title: Integrated analysis of WWER-440 RPV weld re-embrittlement after annealing
Authors: KRYUKOV ALEXANDERDEBARBERIS LuigiBALLESTEROS AVILA ANTONIOKRSJAK VLADIMIRBURCL RudolfROGOZHKIN S.v.NIKITIN AleksandrALEEV AndreyZALUZHNYI AlexanderGRAFUTIN V.ILYUKHINA O. V.FUNTIKOV Yu.ZEMAN Andrej
Citation: JOURNAL OF NUCLEAR MATERIALS vol. 429 no. 1-3 p. 190–200
Publisher: ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
Publication Year: 2012
JRC Publication N°: JRC68767
ISSN: 0022-3115
URI: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S002231151200284X
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC68767
DOI: 10.1016/j.jnucmat.2012.06.005
Type: Articles in Journals
Abstract: The analysis of WWER-440 RPV welds mechanical properties and behaviour of nanoscale structural features under primary irradiation, thermal annealing and re-irradiation has been performed in the framework of the international research project PRIMAVERA. The weld material of WWER-440 with three different levels of phosphorus contents, specifically 0.025, 0.030 and 0.040 wt % were investigated in the framework of the project. It has been demonstrated that the copper atoms create under irradiation small clusters (d ~ 1-2 nm) surrounded by P, Si or Mn atoms. The phosphorus atoms segregate on Cu –clusters, dislocations and form P –clusters and atmospheres. These mechanisms lead to the embrittlement of RPV steel, which is revealed by the increasing of yield stress and transition temperature shift after irradiation. Due to thermal annealing a substantial part of irradiation induced copper and phosphorus clusters will be dissolved. Moreover dissolution of Cu clusters occurs simultaneously with the growth of the Cu precipitates. Both steel tensile properties and transition temperature recover due to thermal annealing. A substantial phosphorus effect on ductile-to-brittle transition temperature shift occurs under re-irradiation. Because in the annealed steel a substantial part of the Cu atoms is in the precipitates, the material embrittlement under re-irradiation does not depend so much on Cu, and the Tk shift under re-irradiation is less as compared with primary irradiation. Considering the vacancy type defects, the PAS experiments show that basically three different processes play a role in the microstructure evolution: irradiation induced creation of point defects, thermal induced annealing of these defects and thermal/irradiation induced coarsening of defects. Although, the influence of the vacancy type defects on the mechanical properties was found to be little in comparison to the effect of the Cu-P clusters, the presence of these defects in the irradiated and annealed materials were observed in large number - significantly more than in an equilibrium state.
JRC Institute:Institute for Energy and Transport

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