Fracture strength of hydride precipitates in Zr-2.5Nb alloys

San-Qiang Shi, M. P. Puls

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)312-317
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Nuclear Materials
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • General Materials Science
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering


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