Aims/Description: This module describes the science and engineering of reactor materials, and the factors that influence the lifetime of these materials, including corrosion, environmentally¿assisted fracture, and irradiation embrittlement. Other topics covered in this module include fracture mechanics and structural integrity, non¿destructive evaluation techniques, as well as plant monitoring and lifetime issues. Also considered are materials specifications and fabrication processes for materials used in nuclear power systems. On completion, students should be able to: Have an understanding/appreciation of the materials science structure/property relationships of key reactor materials, and how these are affected by corrosion and the environment (Light Water Reactors, AGRs). An understanding of the methods of structural integrity assessment of reactor pressure vessels. The ability to perform basic structural integrity assessment using the R6 code. An appreciation of the methods of non¿destructive testing and plant monitoring with real-life examples. An appreciation of the factors which limit the lifetime of reactor components, such as radiation damage and stress corrosion cracking. An appreciation of the specifications and methods of material fabrication/joining for reliable performance in nuclear power system environments.

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