Elevated temperature tribology of Ni alloys under helium environment for nuclear reactor applications
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© 2018 Elsevier Ltd The current study investigates the friction and wear behavior of two primary candidate materials, Inconel 617 and alloy 800HT for high-temperature gas cooled nuclear reactors/very-high-temperature reactors. Using a custom-built high temperature tribometer, helium cooled reactor environment was simulated at room and 800 °C temperatures. Microscopy and chemical analyses were carried out to explain the tribological performance of the alloys. At elevated temperatures, both alloys show higher friction in helium, compared to air environment. Both alloys exhibit high wear resistance in all experimental conditions, except at high temperature helium environment. The formation of glazed and mechanically mixed layers of oxides were found to be important causes for the lower friction and wear in high temperature air atmosphere.
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Rahman, S., Ding, J., Beheshti, A., Zhang, X., & Polycarpou, A. A.