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Texture evolution in Oxide Dispersion Strengthened (ODS) steel tubes during pilgering process

Abstract : Oxide Dispersion Strengthened (ODS) steels are foreseen as fuel cladding material in the coming generation of Sodium Fast Reactors (SFR). Cladding tubes are manufactured by hot extrusion and subsequent cold forming steps. In this study, a 9 wt% Cr ODS steel exhibiting α-γ phase transformation at high temperature is cold formed under industrial conditions with a large section reduction in two pilgering steps. The influence of pilgering process parameters and intermediate heat treatment on the microstructure evolution is studied experimentally using Electron Backscattering Diffraction (EBSD) and X-ray Diffraction (XRD) methods. Pilgered samples show elongated grains and a high texture formation with a preferential orientation along the rolling direction. During the heat treatment, grain morphology is recovered from elongated grains to almost equiaxed ones, while the well-known α-fiber texture presents an unexpected increase in intensity. The remarkable temperature stability of this fiber is attributed to a crystallographic structure memory effect during phase transformations.
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Elena Vakhitova, Denis Sornin, F. Barcelo, Manuel François. Texture evolution in Oxide Dispersion Strengthened (ODS) steel tubes during pilgering process. Journal of Nuclear Materials, Elsevier, 2017, 494, pp.20-28. ⟨10.1016/j.jnucmat.2017.07.002⟩. ⟨hal-02283013⟩



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