Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis


Nuclear Engineering

First Advisor

Djamel Kaoumi


Haynes 230 and Inconel 617 are austenitic nickel based superalloys, which are candidate structural materials for next generation high temperature nuclear reactors. High temperature deformation behavior of Haynes 230 and Inconel 617 have been investigated at the microstructural level in order to gain a better understanding of mechanical properties. Tensile tests were performed at strain rates ranging from 10-3-10-5 s-1 at room temperature, 600 °C, 800 °C and 950 °C. Subsequent microstructural analysis, including Scanning Electron Microscopy, Transmission Electron Microscopy, Energy-Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy, and X-Ray Diffraction were used to relate the microstructural evolution at high temperatures to that of room temperature samples. Grain sizes and precipitate morphologies were used to determine high temperature behavior and fracture mechanics.

Serrated flow was observed at intermediate and high temperatures as a result of discontinuous slip and dynamic recrystallization. The amplitude of serration increased with a decrease in the strain rate and increase in the temperature. Dynamic strain ageing was responsible for serrations at intermediate temperatures by means of a locking and unlocking phenomenon between dislocations and solute atoms. Dynamic recrystallization nucleated by grain and twin bulging resulting in a refinement of grain size. Existing models found in the literature were discussed to explain both of these phenomena.