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A Study of Thermal Aging Effects on Microstructures of Dissimilar Metal Weldment

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Kyoung Joon Choi, Jong Jin Kim, Ji Hyun Kim

Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), Ulsan, Korea

Paper No. ICONE21-15851, pp. V001T02A026; 7 pages
  • 2013 21st International Conference on Nuclear Engineering
  • Volume 1: Plant Operations, Maintenance, Engineering, Modifications, Life Cycle and Balance of Plant; Nuclear Fuel and Materials; Radiation Protection and Nuclear Technology Applications
  • Chengdu, China, July 29–August 2, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5578-2
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


Characterizations of microstructure and mechanical property were conducted to investigate the effect of long-term thermal aging on the microstructural evolution in the fusion boundary region between weld metal and low alloy steel in dissimilar metal welds. A representative dissimilar weld mock-up made of Alloy 690-Alloy 152-A533 Gr. B was fabricated and aged at 450°C for 5,500 hours. It was observed that the region near the fusion boundary was generally divided into several regions including dilution zone in the Ni-base alloy weld metal, fusion boundary, and heat-affected zone in the low alloy steel. A steep gradient was shown in the chemical composition profile across the interface between A533 Gr. B and Alloy 152. The precipitation of carbides was also observed along and near the fusion boundary of aged dissimilar metal joints. It was also found that the precipitation of Cr carbides was enhanced by the thermal aging near the fusion boundary.

Copyright © 2013 by ASME
Topics: Metals



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