Copper precipitate hardening of irradiated RPV materials and implications on the superposition law and re-irradiation kinetics

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Copper is known to play an important role in irradiation hardening and embrittlement of RPV materials. This is particularly true for old vessels where Cu, present as a residual element, was not well controlled. Indeed, while Cu-content is low (

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-74
JournalJournal of Nuclear Materials
Volume345
Issue number1
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Publication statusPublished - Oct 2005

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  • copper-rich precipitate, matrix damage, irradiation hardening, re-irradiation, superposition law, modeling, RPV materials, annealing

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