Ultrasonic NDE of radiation damage

Bernhard R. Tittmann

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Irradiation degrades the fracture toughness of reactor pressure vessel steels. To date no satisfactory method has been developed to nondestructively measure the loss of fracture toughness. Metal embrittlement is often associated with impurity pinning of dislocations. A review is presented of the interaction of dislocations with ultrasonic waves to give rise to attenuation or internal friction. The emphasis is on amplitude dependent attenuation due to dislocation breakaway from pinning points. Recommendations for future work are provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)183-192
Number of pages10
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998
EventProceedings of the 1997 MRS Fall Meeting - Boston, MA, USA
Duration: Dec 1 1997Dec 4 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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