The hydride precipitate fracture strength as a function of precipitate size and temperature (23-250 °C) in smooth tensile specimens of Zr-2.5Nb pressure tube material (nominal hydrogen content 100 ppm by weight) was studied using the acoustic emission technique. At room temperature, this strength is sensitive to hydride length when the average hydride length is short, and is insensitive to the hydride length when the average hydride length is longer than 25 μm. The hydride fracture strength decreases slightly with temperature, but a more rapid decrease in the yield strength offsets this decrease, resulting in a brittle-to-ductile transition at 120 °C to 140 °C in smooth tensile tests. The presence of hydrides causes a decrease in the ultimate tensile strength of the material at low temperatures, and has no effect at high temperatures for these smooth tensile specimens.
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- Nuclear and High Energy Physics
- Materials Science(all)
- Nuclear Energy and Engineering