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The effect of ion irradiation on evolution of microstructure and hardening of beryllium with different impurity levels was investigated using TEM and nanoindentation. High purity S-65 grade and less-pure S-200-F grade were implanted by helium ions at temperatures of 50°C and 200°C. 11 different energies were used, so as to create a quasi-homog…

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Operations in extreme and hostile environments such as offshore oil and gas, nuclear decommissioning, nuclear facilities maintenance, deep mining, space exploration, and subsea applications require the execution of sophisticated tasks. In nuclear environments, robotic systems have advanced significantly over the past years but still suffer from t…


Only limited data exist on the effect of neutron irradiation on the brittle to ductile transition (BDT) in tungsten. This work investigates the increase in brittle to ductile transition temperature (BDTT) following neutron irradiation to 1.67 displacements per atom, using four-point bend tests over a range of temperatures (623 – 1173 K) and strai…

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Four industrial beryllium grades were tested via nanoindentation. An extremely high variation of hardness was observed in all samples. Analysis of the nanoindentation data in combination with SEM/EBSD measurements demonstrated that the crystallographic orientation of the indented grain was the major source of the wide variation in hardness, which w…

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Tungsten samples were heat-treated to achieve partial recrystallization and exposed to high ion flux deuterium plasma at different temperatures and fluences. Continuous stiffness nanoindentation measurements of near-surface hardness were performed in the grains of specific annealing states and of specific crystallographic orientation, determined by…

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Helium bubble production in tungsten has been studied combining transmission electron microscopy and in situ irradiations with 10 keV He+ ions. The irradiations were carried out at four temperatures (773 K, 1073 K, 1273 K, 1473 K), and were held at intervals of (0.45; 0.9; 1.2; 1.5) × 1020 He+/m2 for each temperature. Based on detailed analyses of…

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