Understanding the Role of Fabrication Method on Metal Alloys Used in Nuclear Power Plants

By Esteban Bautista1, Alexander Bullens2, Janelle P Wharry3

1. California State University, Northridge, CA 2. Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 3. Nuclear Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

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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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  • Esteban Bautista; Alexander Bullens; Janelle P Wharry (2017), "Understanding the Role of Fabrication Method on Metal Alloys Used in Nuclear Power Plants," http://nanohub.org/resources/26955.

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Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

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