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An exploration of grain growth & deformation in zirconium

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Zirconium is a critical engineering material inside water based nuclear reactors. Within the experimental micromechanics group at Imperial College we have been following the growth of very large, so called ‘blocky alpha’ titanium, and established mechanisms to grow very large grains (>1.5mm) with controlled crystallographic texture. We are using this blocky alpha to understand micromechanical deformation, and the role of interfaces on hydriding. Finally, we are also developing new methods to understand deformation in zirconium alloys, including the interpretation of long range misorientations in commercially pure zirconium deformed at high rates using a split Hopkinson bar. These topics will be discussed in the context of applying fundamental understanding of materials physics to the application of materials used in industrial applications.

This talk is part of the Physics and Chemistry of Solids Group series.

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