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Metals 2017, 7(4), 144; doi:10.3390/met7040144

New Low-Sn Zr Cladding Alloys with Excellent Autoclave Corrosion Resistance and High Strength

Science and Technology on Reactor Fuel and Materials Laboratory, Nuclear Power Institute of China, Chengdu 610213, China
Key Laboratory of Materials Modification by Laser, Ion and Electron Beams (Ministry of Education), School of Materials Science and Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024, China
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Academic Editor: Laichang Zhang
Received: 21 March 2017 / Revised: 12 April 2017 / Accepted: 17 April 2017 / Published: 19 April 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Zirconium Alloys)
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It is expected that low-Sn Zr alloys are a good candidate to improve the corrosion resistance of Zr cladding alloys in nuclear reactors, presenting excellent corrosion resistance and high strength. The present work developed a new alloy series of Zr-0.25Sn-0.36Fe-0.11Cr-xNb (x = 0.4~1.2 wt %) to investigate the effect of Nb on autoclave corrosion resistance. Alloy ingots were prepared by non-consumable arc-melting, solid-solutioned, and then rolled into thin plates with a thickness of 0.7 mm. It was found that the designed low-Sn Zr alloys exhibit excellent corrosion resistances in three out of pile autoclave environments (distilled water at 633 K/18.6 MPa, 70 ppm LiOH solution at 633 K/18.6 MPa, and superheated water steam at 673 K/10.3 MPa), as demonstrated by the fact of the Zr-0.25Sn-0.36Fe-0.11Cr-0.6Nb alloy shows a corrosion weight gain ΔG = 46.3 mg/dm2 and a tensile strength of σUTS = 461 MPa following 100 days of exposure in water steam. The strength of the low-Sn Zr alloy with a higher Nb content (x = 1.2 wt %) is enhanced up to 499 MPa, comparable to that of the reference high-Sn N36 alloy (Zr-1.0Sn-1.0Nb-0.25Fe, wt %). Although the strength improvement is at a slight expense of corrosion resistance with the increase of Nb, the corrosion resistance of the high-Nb alloy with x = 1.2 (ΔG = 90.4 mg/dm2 for 100-day exposure in the water steam) is still better than that of N36 (ΔG = 103.4 mg/dm2). View Full-Text
Keywords: low-Sn Zr cladding materials; Zr-Sn-Fe-Cr-Nb alloys; mechanical property; corrosion resistance low-Sn Zr cladding materials; Zr-Sn-Fe-Cr-Nb alloys; mechanical property; corrosion resistance

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Zhang, R.; Jiang, B.; Pang, C.; Dai, X.; Sun, Y.; Liao, W.; Wang, Q.; Dong, C. New Low-Sn Zr Cladding Alloys with Excellent Autoclave Corrosion Resistance and High Strength. Metals 2017, 7, 144.

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