Twin Astir: An irradiation experiment in liquid Pb–Bi eutectic environment

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The Twin Astir irradiation program, currently under irradiation in the BR2 reactor at SCK.CEN is aimed at determining the separate and possibly synergetic effects of a liquid lead bismuth eutectic (LBE) environment and neutron irradiation. It will lead to a parameterisation of the key influencing factors on the mechanical properties of the candidate materials for the future experimental accelerator driven system (ADS). The experiment consists of six capsules containing mainly mini tensile samples and one capsule containing mini DCT’s (disc shaped compact tension specimens). Three of the tensile containing capsules and half of the DCT containing capsule are filled each with approximately 20 ml of low oxygen LBE. . The other three tensile containing capsules are subjected to PWR water conditions, in order to discriminate the effect of PbBi under irradiation from the effect of the irradiation itself. To extract the effect of the PbBi corrosion itself on the material properties, one of the capsules is undergoing the thermal cycles of the BR2 reactor without being subjected to irradiation. Here we will present the detailed concept and the status of the Twin Astir project, describe the materials under irradiation and report on our experience with the licensing of the experiment.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)206-212
JournalJournal of Nuclear Materials
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2008
EventIWSMT-8 - Los Alamos, National Laboratory, Taos, New Mexico, United States
Duration: 16 Oct 200620 Oct 2006


  • BR2, neutron irradiation, lead bismuth eutectic environment.

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