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Archaeologic analogues: microstructural changes by natural aging in carbon steels


Munoz, EB and Fernandez, JC and Arasanz, JG and Peces, RA and Criado, AJ and Dietz, C and Martinez, JA and Portal, AJC, Archaeologic analogues: microstructural changes by natural aging in carbon steels, Journal of Nuclear Materials, 349 pp. 1-5. ISSN 0022-3115 (2006) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2005 Elsevier B.V.

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.jnucmat.2005.06.022


When discussing the container material for highly active radionuclear waste, carbon steel is one of the materials most frequently proposed by the international scientific community. Evidently, security with respect to the container behaviour into deep geological deposits is fundamental. Among other parameters, knowledge about material mechanical properties is essential when designing the container. Time ageing of carbon steel, apart from possible alterations of the chemical composition (e.g. corrosion) involves important microstructural changes, at the scale of centuries and millenniums. The latter may cause variations of the mechanical properties of carbon steel storage containers, with the corresponding risk of possible leakage. In order to properly estimate such risk and to adjust the corresponding mathematical models to reality, the microstructural changes observed in this study on archaeologic samples are evaluated, comparing ancient and modern steels of similar chemical composition and fabrication processes.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:archaeological analogues, ageing, nuclear waste
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Resources engineering and extractive metallurgy
Research Field:Nuclear engineering (incl. fuel enrichment and waste processing and storage)
Objective Division:Energy
Objective Group:Environmentally sustainable energy activities
Objective Field:Management of solid waste from energy activities
UTAS Author:Dietz, C (Dr Christian Dietz)
ID Code:84833
Year Published:2006
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:Central Science Laboratory
Deposited On:2013-06-03
Last Modified:2015-07-29

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