Operating at a high level of fuel efficiency, safety, proliferation-resistance, sustainability and cost, generation IV nuclear reactors promise enhanced features to an energy resource which is already seen as an outstanding source of reliable base load power. The performance and reliability of materials when subjected to the higher neutron doses and extremely corrosive higher temperature environments that will be found in generation IV nuclear reactors are essential areas of study, as key considerations for the successful development of generation IV reactors are suitable structural materials for both in-core and out-of-core applications. Structural Materials for Generation IV Nuclear Reactors explores the current state-of-the art in these areas. Part One reviews the materials, requirements and challenges in generation IV systems. Part Two presents the core materials with chapters on irradiation resistant austenitic steels, ODS/FM steels and refractory metals amongst others. Part Three looks at out-of-core materials.
Structural Materials for Generation IV Nuclear Reactors is an essential reference text for professional scientists, engineers and postgraduate researchers involved in the development of generation IV nuclear reactors.
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1. Introduction to Generation IV nuclear reactors
2. Corrosion phenomena induced by liquid metals in Generation IV reactors
3. Corrosion phenomena induced by gases in Generation IV nuclear reactors
4. Corrosion phenomena induced by supercritical water in Generation IV nuclear reactors
5. Corrosion phenomena induced by molten salts in Generation IV nuclear reactors
6. Mechanical behavior of structural materials for Generation IV reactors
7. Irradiation effects in Generation IV nuclear reactor materials
8. Irradiation-resistant austenitic steels as core materials for Generation IV nuclear reactors
9. Irradiation-resistant ferritic and martensitic steels as core materials for Generation IV nuclear reactors
10. Oxide dispersion-strengthened/ferrite-martensite steels as core materials for Generation IV nuclear reactors
11. Refractory metals as core materials for Generation IV nuclear reactors
12. SiCf/SiC composites as core materials for Generation IV nuclear reactors
13. Carbon/carbon materials for Generation IV nuclear reactors
14. Graphite as a core material for Generation IV nuclear reactors
15. Absorber materials for Generation IV reactors
16. Advanced irradiation-resistant materials for Generation IV nuclear reactors
17. Conventional austenitic steels as out-of-core materials for Generation IV nuclear reactors
18. Conventional ferritic and martensitic steels as out-of-core materials for Generation IV nuclear reactors
Pascal Yvon graduated in 1984 from Ecole Centrale Paris (France). He subsequently obtained a Master in Materials Science in 1986 and a PhD in Applied Physics from the California Institute of Technology (USA) for his work on pressure induced crystal to amorphous transformation in the Al-Ge system. After working as a research assistant at the Center for Material Science at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (USA), he worked at the Institute for Advanced Materials in Petten (The Netherlands), before joining CEA in 1996, where he was in charge of studies on the behavior under irradiation of zirconium alloys. Then he held several management positions in the Department of Materials for Nuclear applications, before becoming in 2006 program manager for high temperature reactors, hydrogen production and non-electric applications. Since 2009, Pascal YVON has been the head of the Department of Materials for Nuclear applications of the Nuclear Energy Division of CEA.