In situ HVEM investigation of catastrophic swelling in uranium intermetallic fuels [electronic resource].
- Argonne, Ill. : Argonne National Laboratory, 1988.
Oak Ridge, Tenn. : Distributed by the Office of Scientific and Technical Information, U.S. Dept. of Energy.
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- Argonne National Laboratory
United States. Department of Energy. Office of Scientific and Technical Information
- The swelling of intermetallic materials depends upon the crystalline or amorphous state of the material. When U/sub 3/Si is irradiated at temperatures above its amorphization limit, it remains crystalline and does not suffer extraordinary swelling. However, when it is irradiated at temperatures below its amorphization limit, body forces associated with the irradiation cause any internal free volume to suffer a rapid growth, and the material swells at an anomalously fast rate. As has been previously noted, fission-gas bubbles are not directly responsible for this swelling; however, once formed, the bubble volume, as any interior volume, may increase rapidly. An unusual and important result is that once U/sub 3/Si has been irradiated to a high fluence, (above 2 /times/ 10/sup 20/ Kr m/sup /minus/2/), the irradiation behavior appropriate for the initial irradiation temperature is locked in, at least temporarily, and that behavior persists even at irradiation temperatures that normally result in the opposite behavior. For example, after a 620/degree/K irradiation, the crystalline state is retained during subsequent irradiation at 420/degree/K to more than ten times the fluence required to amorphize unirradiated material at 420/degree/K. 19 refs., 3 figs.
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14. international symposium on effects of radiation on materials, Andover, MA, USA, 27 Jun 1988.
Allen, C.W.; Hofman, G.L.; Birtcher, R.C.; Rehn, L.E.
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