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Title: The Effect of Rolling As-Cast and Homogenized U-10Mo Samples on the Microstructure Development and Recovery Curves

Abstract

Over the past several years Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has been actively involved in supporting the U.S. Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration Office of Material Management and Minimization (formerly Global Threat Reduction Initiative). The U.S. High- Power Research Reactor (USHPRR) project is developing alternatives to existing highly enriched uranium alloy fuel to reduce the proliferation threat. One option for a high-density metal fuel is uranium alloyed with 10 wt% molybdenum (U-10Mo). Forming the U-10Mo fuel plates/foils via rolling is an effective technique and is actively being pursued as part of the baseline manufacturing process. The processing of these fuel plates requires systematic investigation/understanding of the pre- and post-rolling microstructure, end-state mechanical properties, residual stresses, and defects, their effect on the mill during processing, and eventually, their in-reactor performance. In the work documented herein, studies were conducted to determine the effect of cold and hot rolling the as-cast and homogenized U-10Mo on its microstructure and hardness. The samples were homogenized at 900°C for 48 h, then later annealed for several durations and temperatures to investigate the effect on the material’s microstructure and hardness. The rolling of the as-cast plate, both hot and cold, was observed to form amore » molybdenum-rich and -lean banded structure. The cold rolling was ineffective, and in some cases exacerbated the as-cast defects. The grains elongated along the rolling direction and formed a pancake shape, while the carbides fractured perpendicularly to the rolling direction and left porosity between fractured particles of UC. The subsequent annealing of these samples at sub-eutectoid temperatures led to rapid precipitation of the ' lamellar phase, mainly in the molybdenum-lean regions. Annealing the samples above the eutectoid temperature did not refine the grain size or the banded microstructure. However, annealing the samples led to quick recovery in hardness as evidenced by a drop in Vickers hardness of 20%. Hot rolling was performed at 650 and 800°C. The hot-rolling mill loads (load separation force) were approximately 40 to 50% less than the cold-rolling for the same reduction and thickness. It was observed that hot rolling the samples with 50% or more reduction in thickness were responsible for dynamic recrystallization in the hot-rolled samples and led to grain refinement. Unlike the cold-rolled samples, the hot-rolled samples did not fracture the carbides and appeared to heal the casting defects. The recovery phenomenon was similar to the cold-rolled samples above the eutectoid temperatures, but owing to the refined grain size, the precipitation of the lamellar phase was far more rapid in these samples and the hardness increased more rapidly than in the cold rolled sample when heated below the eutectoid temperature. The data generated from these rolling efforts has been used to make the process modeling efforts more robust and applicable to all USHPRR partner rolling mills. The flow stress for cold rolling the samples was determined to be between 170-190 ksi, with frictional forces between 0.2 and 0.4 for the PNNL mill. The measured roll separation forces and those simulated using finite element methods for hot and cold rolling for the PNNL rolling mill were in good agreement.« less

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [1];  [1]
  1. Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1339909
Report Number(s):
PNNL-25781
DN3001010
DOE Contract Number:  
AC05-76RL01830
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS

Citation Formats

Joshi, Vineet V., Paxton, Dean M., Lavender, Curt A., and Burkes, Douglas. The Effect of Rolling As-Cast and Homogenized U-10Mo Samples on the Microstructure Development and Recovery Curves. United States: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.2172/1339909.
Joshi, Vineet V., Paxton, Dean M., Lavender, Curt A., & Burkes, Douglas. The Effect of Rolling As-Cast and Homogenized U-10Mo Samples on the Microstructure Development and Recovery Curves. United States. doi:10.2172/1339909.
Joshi, Vineet V., Paxton, Dean M., Lavender, Curt A., and Burkes, Douglas. Sat . "The Effect of Rolling As-Cast and Homogenized U-10Mo Samples on the Microstructure Development and Recovery Curves". United States. doi:10.2172/1339909. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1339909.
@article{osti_1339909,
title = {The Effect of Rolling As-Cast and Homogenized U-10Mo Samples on the Microstructure Development and Recovery Curves},
author = {Joshi, Vineet V. and Paxton, Dean M. and Lavender, Curt A. and Burkes, Douglas},
abstractNote = {Over the past several years Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has been actively involved in supporting the U.S. Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration Office of Material Management and Minimization (formerly Global Threat Reduction Initiative). The U.S. High- Power Research Reactor (USHPRR) project is developing alternatives to existing highly enriched uranium alloy fuel to reduce the proliferation threat. One option for a high-density metal fuel is uranium alloyed with 10 wt% molybdenum (U-10Mo). Forming the U-10Mo fuel plates/foils via rolling is an effective technique and is actively being pursued as part of the baseline manufacturing process. The processing of these fuel plates requires systematic investigation/understanding of the pre- and post-rolling microstructure, end-state mechanical properties, residual stresses, and defects, their effect on the mill during processing, and eventually, their in-reactor performance. In the work documented herein, studies were conducted to determine the effect of cold and hot rolling the as-cast and homogenized U-10Mo on its microstructure and hardness. The samples were homogenized at 900°C for 48 h, then later annealed for several durations and temperatures to investigate the effect on the material’s microstructure and hardness. The rolling of the as-cast plate, both hot and cold, was observed to form a molybdenum-rich and -lean banded structure. The cold rolling was ineffective, and in some cases exacerbated the as-cast defects. The grains elongated along the rolling direction and formed a pancake shape, while the carbides fractured perpendicularly to the rolling direction and left porosity between fractured particles of UC. The subsequent annealing of these samples at sub-eutectoid temperatures led to rapid precipitation of the ' lamellar phase, mainly in the molybdenum-lean regions. Annealing the samples above the eutectoid temperature did not refine the grain size or the banded microstructure. However, annealing the samples led to quick recovery in hardness as evidenced by a drop in Vickers hardness of 20%. Hot rolling was performed at 650 and 800°C. The hot-rolling mill loads (load separation force) were approximately 40 to 50% less than the cold-rolling for the same reduction and thickness. It was observed that hot rolling the samples with 50% or more reduction in thickness were responsible for dynamic recrystallization in the hot-rolled samples and led to grain refinement. Unlike the cold-rolled samples, the hot-rolled samples did not fracture the carbides and appeared to heal the casting defects. The recovery phenomenon was similar to the cold-rolled samples above the eutectoid temperatures, but owing to the refined grain size, the precipitation of the lamellar phase was far more rapid in these samples and the hardness increased more rapidly than in the cold rolled sample when heated below the eutectoid temperature. The data generated from these rolling efforts has been used to make the process modeling efforts more robust and applicable to all USHPRR partner rolling mills. The flow stress for cold rolling the samples was determined to be between 170-190 ksi, with frictional forces between 0.2 and 0.4 for the PNNL mill. The measured roll separation forces and those simulated using finite element methods for hot and cold rolling for the PNNL rolling mill were in good agreement.},
doi = {10.2172/1339909},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {Sat Jul 30 00:00:00 EDT 2016},
month = {Sat Jul 30 00:00:00 EDT 2016}
}

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