Overview and Critical Assessment of the Tensile Properties of unirradiated and irradiated EUROFER97

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Abstract

Material research represents a crucial issue for the assessment of fusion as a future viable source of energy. Structural materials, in particular, need to show a superior mechanical and chemical behaviour to guarantee the safe operation of the reactor during its whole lifetime, while retaining low activation characteristics to minimise the environmental impact of the produced waste. In this context, specific efforts have been focused for the last twenty years in Europe, Japan and the US, on developing suitable Reduced Activation Ferritic Martensitic (RAFM) steels as candidate structural materials. EUROFER97 has recently emerged in Europe as the reference material for the DEMO design. In the framework of the Long-Term Programme of EFDA (European Fusion Development Agreement), a coordinated effort has been launched aimed at providing a critical assessment of the mechanical and microstructural properties of EUROFER97 in the unirradiated and irradiated conditions, based on the results accumulated since the late 90's within numerous EFDA tasks.

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Original languageEnglish
PublisherSCK CEN
Number of pages59
Volume1
Edition1
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2007

Publication series

NameSCK•CEN Reports
PublisherStudiecentrum voor Kernenergie
No.BLG-1042

Keywords

  • Fusion research, reduced activation ferritic/martensitic (RAFM) steels, tensile properties, irradiation parameters, EUROFER97

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