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Micromechanics, microstructure and formation of zirconium hydrides in nuclear fission applications

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Hydride formation in zirconium based nuclear fuel cladding can lead to reduction of ductility and fracture toughness. This detrimental effect of hydrogen embrittlement is critically dependent on the morphology of hydrides in microscale and the Zr/hydride dual-phase microstructure. In this work Zr hydride thin film samples were prepared for microstructural and micromechanical characterisation. The microstructure near the Zr/hydride interface was examined with the use of scanning electron micro...

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MPLS
Department:
Materials
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University of Oxford
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MPLS
Department:
Materials
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Materials
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Supervisor
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Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Funder identifier:
http://dx.doi.org/10.13039/501100000266
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Roberts, S
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EP/I003274/1
Programme:
Performance and Reliability of Metallic Materials for Nuclear Fission Power Generation
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
University of Oxford

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