Mechanical properties and microstructure of neutron irradiated cold worked Al-6063 alloy

A. Munitz, A. Shtechman, C. Cotler, M. Talianker, S. Dahan

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The impact of neutron irradiation on the mechanical properties and fracture morphology of cold worked Al-6063 were studied, using scanning and transmission electron microscopy, and tensile measurements. Specimens (50 mm long and 6 mm wide gauge sections) were punched out from an Al-6063 23% cold worked tubes, which had been exposed to prolonged neutron irradiation of up to 4.5 × 1025 thermal neutrons/m2 (E < 0.625 eV). The temperature ranged between 41 and 52°C. The tensile specimens were then tensioned till fracture in an Instron tensiometer with strain rate of 2 × 10-3 s-1. The uniform elongation and the ultimate tensile strength increase as functions of fluence. Metallographic examination and fractography reveal a decrease in the local area reduction of the final fracture necking. This reduction is accompanied with a morphology transition from ductile transgranular shear rupture to a combination of transgranular shear with intergranular dimpled rupture. The intergranular rupture area increases with fluence. No voids could be observed up to the maximum fluence. The dislocation density of cold worked Al decreases with the thermal neutron fluence. Prolonged annealing of unirradiated cold worked Al-6063 at 52°C revealed similar results. It thus appears that under our irradiation conditions the temperature during irradiation is the major factor influencing the mechanical properties and the microstructure during irradiation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-88
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Nuclear Materials
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • General Materials Science
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering


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