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Title: Development of Austenitic ODS Strengthened Alloys for Very High Temperature Applications

This “Blue Sky” project was directed at exploring the opportunities that would be gained by developing Oxide Dispersion Strengthened (ODS) alloys based on the Fe-Cr-Ni austenitic alloy system. A great deal of research effort has been directed toward ferritic and ferritic/martensitic ODS alloys which has resulted in reasonable advances in alloy properties. Similar gains should be possible with austenitic alloy which would also take advantage of other superior properties of that alloy system. The research effort was aimed at the developing an in-depth understanding of the microstructural-level strengthening effects of ODS particles in austentic alloys. This was accomplished on a variety of alloy compositions with the main focus on 304SS and 316SS compositions. A further goal was to develop an understanding other the role of ODS particles on crack propagation and creep performance. Since these later two properties require bulk alloy material which was not available, this work was carried out on promising austentic alloy systems which could later be enhanced with ODS strengthening. The research relied on a large variety of micro-analytical techniques, many of which were available through various scientific user facilities. Access to these facilities throughout the course of this work was instrumental in gathering complimentary datamore » from various analysis techniques to form a well-rounded picture of the processes which control austenitic ODS alloy performance. Micromechanical testing of the austenitic ODS alloys confirmed their highly superior mechanical properties at elevated temperature from the enhanced strengthening effects. The study analyzed the microstructural mechanisms that provide this enhanced high temperature performance. The findings confirm that the smallest size ODS particles provide the most potent strengthening component. Larger particles and other thermally- driven precipitate structures were less effective contributors and, in some cases, limited overall properties. With this understanding, the major materials development challenge is to provide a high uniformly distributed population of very fine ODS particles to be able to realize the full promise of dispersion strengthening. This should be a major goal of future work. This program had the further goal to develop graduate student researcher with the experience and capabilities to move this field forward. The support in this program was used for graduate student support and for research expenses; none of the program funds directly supported the faculty in the program. In this sense, the program was successful in supporting several very promising graduate researchers. Four of the graduate students supported here will complete their PhDs in 2015.« less
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  1. Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL (United States)
  2. Kyushu Univ. (Japan)
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Technical Report
Research Org:
Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC, Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
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USDOE Office of Nuclear Energy (NE)
Country of Publication:
United States