Current nuclear reactor components consist of forged or casted Iron-based or Nickel-based alloys. Both these fabrication techniques present challenges in long-term performance and structural integrity. A possible alternative investigated in this research includes Powder Metallurgy (PM) combined with Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP). Contributions to the research consisted of polishing, etching, and measuring the hardness and grain structures of the samples investigated.
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Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN