Title: On Ductility Variation of Ductile Cast iron for Spent Nuclear Fuel Packages and its Correlation with Casting Defects and Material Microstructure
Citation: Packaging, Transport, Storage & Security of Radioactive Materials vol. 19 no. 2 p. 107-115
Publisher: W.S. Maney & Son Ltd
Publication Year: 2008
JRC N°: JRC42233
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC42233
DOI: 10.1179/174651008X309097
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: This paper describes a study to correlate the variation in ductility in ductile cast iron to casting defects and the cast iron's microstructure. A large set of tensile and fracture specimens taken from three inserts for the Swedish KBS-3 programme were tested. About half the tensile specimens were analysed by metallography and fractography to identify and size defects and microstructural variations. It was found that the elongation at fracture was reduced by casting defects in the form of magnesium-oxide films and to a lesser extent by the graphite properties. An elastic-plastic probabilistic fracture mechanics model that relates the variation in ductility to the size and shape of casting defects is presented. The agreement between computed and measured results is quite good.
JRC Directorate:Energy, Transport and Climate

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