Accession Number : AD0285268

Title :   SURVEILLANCE OF CRITICAL REACTOR COMPONENTS TO ASSESS RADIATION DAMAGE

Descriptive Note : Interim rept.

Corporate Author : NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON D C

Personal Author(s) : STEELE,L.E. ; HAWTHORNE,J.R.

Report Date : 07 SEP 1962

Pagination or Media Count : 12

Abstract : The assessment of radiation damage to power reactor structural components currently can only be made by extrapolation of data from test reactor experiments. In order to verify such extrapolations, representative metallurgical specimens were recently placed in operating nuclear power reactors for long-term irradiation at points typical of the operating nuclear environment. These irradiation efforts, termed ''surveillance,'' were undertaken in most of the United States nuclear power reactors. The extent of current and planned surveillance programs along with a more specific review of the program for the Army SM1A Reactor is described. The features of typical and idealized surveillance programs as well as the anticipated technological benefits of these efforts are also reviewed with emphasis upon nuclear environmental factors. (Author)

Descriptors :   *NEUTRON REACTIONS, *ELECTRIC POWER PRODUCTION, *NUCLEAR REACTORS, *DAMAGE, *RADIATION EFFECTS, *STEEL, METALLURGY

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE