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Evaluation of Conditions for Hydrogen Induced Degradation of Zirconium Alloys during Fuel Operation and Storage

Final Report of a Coordinated Research Project 2011-2015

IAEA TECDOC No. 1781
English IAEA-TECDOC-1781 978-92-0-110715-2
84 47 18.00 2015

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This publication summarizes the research work undertaken as part of an IAEA coordinated research project (CRP) on evaluation of conditions for hydrogen-induced degradation of zirconium alloys during fuel operation and storage, and includes details of the experimental procedures to evaluate the threshold condition for delayed hydride cracking that led to a set of data for these materials. Besides the goal to transfer the technology of the testing techniques from experienced laboratories to those unfamiliar with the methods, the CRP was set up to develop experimental procedures to produce consistent sets of data, both within a single laboratory and between different laboratories.

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Keywords

Fuel Fabrication and Performance, Hydrogen Embrittlement, Spent Reactor Fuels, Nuclear Fuel, Cladding, Evaluation, Degradation of Zirconium, Alloys, Fuel, Operation and Storage, Hydride Cracking, Pressurized Water Reactor, Zircaloy-4, E635M

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