This paper describes the methods and results of analytical TEM examinations and autoclave testing of two highly-irradiated flux thimble tube materials harvested from a commercial pressurized water reactor. The materials are cold-worked 316L, and accumulated 65 dpa and 100 dpa of radiation dose. To set the baseline for a broader study, the materials were examined in the as-irradiated condition and tested as O-ring specimens at relatively high constant loads in simulated PWR water conditions. Tests were also conducted with elevated hydrogen. For a given load, more rapid cracking was associated with higher radiation dose, and with the elevated hydrogen.
- autoclave test