The microstructure in the Zr-Nb alloys have crucial impact on the material performance in-reactor. The microstructure is a function of material chemistry and the manufacturing process. This report provides an overview of Zr alloy manufacturing process and relationship between fabrication, microstructure and in-pile performance.
The report covers the impact of manufacturing on microstructure and in-reactor performance of Zr-Nb alloys. The report was co-authored by Russian scientists involved in the development of the Russian Alloys E110, E635 and E125.
The overall objective of this Special Topic Report (STR) is to provide the knowledge of how the reactor environment (fast neutron flux, temperature, water chemistry, etc.) and the Zr-alloy microstructure, which is a function of material chemistry and manufacturing process, impacts fuel performance during normal operations, transients, design basis accidents and interim dry storage.