Coexistence of the α and δ phases in an as-cast uranium-rich U-Zr alloy

J. T. McKeown, S. Irukuvarghula, S. Ahn, M. A. Wall, L. L. Hsiung, S. McDeavitt, P. E A Turchi

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    Abstract

    Uranium-zirconium alloys are being investigated for use in ultrahigh burn-up, metallic inert matrix nuclear fuels. Characterization of these alloys in the transmission electron microscope with spatial resolutions that are inaccessible by other techniques shows that the orthorhombic α and hexagonal, intermetallic δ phases coexist in an as-cast uranium-rich U-10 wt.% Zr alloy. Analyses reveal the chemistries of and crystallographic relationship between the two phases.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)100-104
    Number of pages5
    JournalJournal of Nuclear Materials
    Volume436
    Issue number1-3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

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