Report on status of PhD research: Advanced experimental techniques for the comprehension of hardening and embrittlement mechanisms in RPV steels

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The hardening and embrittlement of Reactor Pressure Vessel (RPV)-steels is of great concern in the actual nuclear power plant life assessment. This embrittlement is caused by irradiation-induced damage, like vacancies, interstitials, solutes and their clusters. An established and accepted understanding of the mechanisms responsible for this phenomenon is required. The aim of this project is to develop predictive tools, by combination of advanced experimental techniques and computer simulations.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDay of the PhD's
Place of PublicationMol, Belgium
Publication statusPublished - 21 Oct 2008
Event2008 - PhD day - SCK.CEN, Mol, Belgium
Duration: 21 Oct 200821 Oct 2008


Conference2008 - PhD day


  • RPV-steels, irradiation-induced hardening, experimental techniques

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