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Effect of Tensile Strength on the Microstructure of Graphite Impregnated with Salt Revealed by In Situ Synchrotron-Based Two-Dimensional X-ray Diffraction.
ACS Omega ; 4(2): 4304-4311, 2019 Feb 28.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31459635
ABSTRACT
Owing to the inhomogeneous distribution of FLiNaK salt impregnated into graphite which is observed by scanning electron microscopy and an element probe micro-analyzer, a map scan of in situ real-time tensile synchrotron-based two-dimensional X-ray diffraction (2D-XRD) at several fixed external forces was implemented to reveal the local microstructure evolution of graphite and FLiNaK salt. Notably, a stress concentration area (SCA), that is, the main interaction area between graphite and salt, was found and then transformed from one region to another region because of the unbalanced squeeze interaction between graphite and FLiNaK salt with the increase of external force. During the external stress load process, a smaller grain size, poorer crystallinity of graphite and a larger grain size, better crystallinity of FLiNaK salt appear in the SCA; meanwhile, the changes of crystallographic preferred orientation of FLiNaK salt domains in SCA imply that the external load force makes better the ordered stacking of the larger crystal grains of the FLiNaK salt impregnated into graphite. Most importantly, we have found for the first time that the fracture position of graphite impregnated with FLiNaK salt always occurs near the SCA rather than at a fixed region under the external stress load. Thus, the present study not only helps to reveal the interaction mechanism between graphite and FLiNaK salt under the external stress load but also contributes to accurately predict and analyze the stress state of components, which would have an effective impact on the design of a molten salt reactor and the reliability of the component safety assessment.

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Texto completo: Disponível Coleções: Bases de dados internacionais Base de dados: MEDLINE Aspecto clínico: Predição / Prognóstico Idioma: Inglês Revista: ACS Omega Ano de publicação: 2019 Tipo de documento: Artigo País de afiliação: China