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Title: The role of ternary alloying elements in eutectoid transformation of U10Mo alloy part I. Microstructure evolution during arc melting and subsequent homogenization annealing in U9.8Mo0.2 X alloy ( X = Cr, Ni, Co)

This paper describes the microstructural evolution in an alloy of uranium with 10 wt.% molybdenum (U10Mo), with minor addition of a third alloying element, namely, Cr, Ni, or Co, at 0.2 wt.%. The microstructures of arc-melted buttons in the as-cast condition show significant Mo segregation. The segregation behavior of Cr, Ni, and Co was investigated through detailed scanning electron microscope imaging. A homogenization heat treatment at 900°C for 48 h results in uniform Mo distribution and associated grain growth in all of the four alloys that were fabricated. Further, formation of multiple phases was noted in U-9.8 wt.% Mo-0.2 wt.% Ni and U-9.8 wt.% Mo-0.2 wt.% Co alloys after the homogenization annealing step. The greatest grain-boundary-initiated eutectoid transformation as measured by % volume fraction was observed when the homogenized U-9.8 wt.% Mo-0.2 wt.% Ni alloy was aged at 500°C for 20 h. The least eutectoid transformation occurred in U10Mo.
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  1. Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
  2. Univ. of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 0022-3115; PII: S0022311518303829
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of Nuclear Materials
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: Journal of Nuclear Materials; Journal ID: ISSN 0022-3115
Research Org:
Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation (NA-20)
Country of Publication:
United States
11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; UMo alloys; Phase transformation; Solidification; Heat treatment
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