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Influence of heat treatment in {beta} and {gamma} phases on the microscopic structure of uranium; Influence des traitements thermiques en phases {beta} et {gamma} sur la structure micrographique de l'uranium

Abstract

A new method of microscopic examination of uranium is described. Electrolytic polishing and etching are carried out in an acetic acid-chromic acid bath. Atmospheric or anodic oxidation of the polished surface produces films which follow exactly changes in the structure of the underlying metal. This method is very sensitive to small variations of orientation in polygonized crystals. Using this method of examination of uranium, it was found that annealing U in the {gamma} phase followed by a cooling at a rate dependent of the annealing temperature, causes the formation of substructures different from those due to the polygonization of {alpha}-U. The substructures are indicated by the concentration of impurities on the dislocations induced by the stresses accompanying the allotropic transformation {gamma} {yields} {beta}. Similar treatment of the U-1.4% Cr alloy in which the {beta} phase is stabilized at room temperature, confirms this explanation. In addition to the polygonization substructures, sharp discontinuities can be observed in the network of sub- boundaries as a fine white edging. The comparison of these with the structure revealed by thermal etching in vacuum suggest that there are traces of the grain boundaries of the {gamma} phase. The method of etching followed by oxidation shows a  More>>
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Publication Date:
Jun 02, 1958
Product Type:
Thesis/Dissertation
Report Number:
CEA-1057
Resource Relation:
Other Information: TH: These docteur es sciences physiques; 23 refs; PBD: 2 Jun 1958
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; ANNEALING; CHEMICAL POLISHING; CRYSTAL-PHASE TRANSFORMATIONS; DISLOCATIONS; EPITAXY; ETCHING; GRAIN BOUNDARIES; OXIDATION; PASSIVATION; TEMPERATURE DEPENDENCE; TENSILE PROPERTIES; URANIUM ALLOYS; URANIUM HYDRIDES; URANIUM-ALPHA; URANIUM-BETA; URANIUM-GAMMA
OSTI ID:
20468433
Research Organizations:
Paris univ., Faculte des sciences, 75 - Paris (France)
Country of Origin:
France
Language:
French
Other Identifying Numbers:
TRN: FR04A1057044143
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Available from INIS in electronic form
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[46] pages
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Citation Formats

Robillard, A. Influence of heat treatment in {beta} and {gamma} phases on the microscopic structure of uranium; Influence des traitements thermiques en phases {beta} et {gamma} sur la structure micrographique de l'uranium. France: N. p., 1958. Web.
Robillard, A. Influence of heat treatment in {beta} and {gamma} phases on the microscopic structure of uranium; Influence des traitements thermiques en phases {beta} et {gamma} sur la structure micrographique de l'uranium. France.
Robillard, A. 1958. "Influence of heat treatment in {beta} and {gamma} phases on the microscopic structure of uranium; Influence des traitements thermiques en phases {beta} et {gamma} sur la structure micrographique de l'uranium." France.
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title = {Influence of heat treatment in {beta} and {gamma} phases on the microscopic structure of uranium; Influence des traitements thermiques en phases {beta} et {gamma} sur la structure micrographique de l'uranium}
author = {Robillard, A}
abstractNote = {A new method of microscopic examination of uranium is described. Electrolytic polishing and etching are carried out in an acetic acid-chromic acid bath. Atmospheric or anodic oxidation of the polished surface produces films which follow exactly changes in the structure of the underlying metal. This method is very sensitive to small variations of orientation in polygonized crystals. Using this method of examination of uranium, it was found that annealing U in the {gamma} phase followed by a cooling at a rate dependent of the annealing temperature, causes the formation of substructures different from those due to the polygonization of {alpha}-U. The substructures are indicated by the concentration of impurities on the dislocations induced by the stresses accompanying the allotropic transformation {gamma} {yields} {beta}. Similar treatment of the U-1.4% Cr alloy in which the {beta} phase is stabilized at room temperature, confirms this explanation. In addition to the polygonization substructures, sharp discontinuities can be observed in the network of sub- boundaries as a fine white edging. The comparison of these with the structure revealed by thermal etching in vacuum suggest that there are traces of the grain boundaries of the {gamma} phase. The method of etching followed by oxidation shows a haloed phase identified as UH{sub 3}. The conditions of appearance and disappearance of this phase are studied. The sensitivity of this method of detecting the last traces of H in U is very high. The dependence of the hydrogen content on the tensile properties of uranium metal was also studied. (author) [French] Une methode nouvelle d'examen micrographique de l'uranium a ete mise au point. Le polissage electrolytique et le 'gravage' sont effectues dans un bain acide acetique-acide chromique. L'oxydation atmospherique ou anodique de la surface polie conduit a la formation de couches epitaxiques d'oxyde. Cette methode est particulierement sensible aux faibles variations d'orientation den structures polygonisees. En utilisant cette technique d'examen on a montre l'existence de sous-structures, differentes de celles dues a la polygonisation de la phase {alpha}, dans l'uranium traite en phase {gamma} et refroidi a une vitesse qui depend de la temperature de maintien en {gamma}. ces sous-structures sont materialisees par la precipitation d'impuretes sur les dislocations induites par les tensions qui accompagnent la transformation {gamma} {yields} {beta}. Des traitements analogues sur un alliage U-Cr 1,4 % ou la phase {beta} peut etre retenue a la temperature ambiante, confirme cette explication. En plus de ces sous-structures, on observe dans le reseau des discontinuites formant un reseau de 'joints blancs'. La comparaison avec les structures revelees par attaque thermique indique qu'il s'agit des traces des joints de la phase {gamma}. La methode d''attaque-oxydation' a permis la mise en evidence d'une phase 'aureolee' identifiee comme etant UH{sub 3}. Les conditions d'apparition et de disparition de cette phase sont etudiees. La sensibilite de la methode a detecter les traces ultimes d'H dans U est tres grande. On a enfin etudie l'influence de la teneur en hydrogene sur les proprietes mecaniques du metal uranium. (auteur)}
place = {France}
year = {1958}
month = {Jun}
}