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Jul 21 – 25, 2019
Connecticut Convention Center, Level 6
US/Eastern timezone

M1Or2C-03: Tensile Properties and Fracture Toughness of New Stainless-Steel Plate at Cryogenic Temperatures

Jul 22, 2019, 11:30 AM
Level 6, Room 15-16

Level 6, Room 15-16

Contributed Oral Presentation M1Or2C - Metals & Composites


Arata Nishimura (National Institute for Fusion Science)


The Joint Special Design Team for a fusion demonstration reactor (DEMO) was organized in 2015 to enhance Japan’ s DEMO design activity and coordinate relevant research and development (R&D) toward DEMO. The fundamental concept of DEMO and its key components were already reported with main arguments on the design strategy [1]. Development of cryogenic materials with higher strength for toroidal field coils is one of major challenges on the magnet in this activity. The requirement to 0.2% proof stress of the material is over 1200 MPa at 4.2 K. HRX19TM comprises of its own unique materials with the optimized chemical composition and production process to further increase strength and improve hydrogen embrittlement resistance in a component range of ASME standard XM-19 (22%Cr-13%Ni-5%Mn-2%Mo-Nb, V) [2]. In the previous work, cryogenic mechanical properties of XM-19 were investigated and the 0.2% proof stress of this steel exceeded 1200 MPa at 4.2 K in several conditions [3]. Therefore, HRX19TM could also be a candidate material to achieve higher yield strength at cryogenic temperatures.
In this research, tensile properties and fracture toughness of a 30 mm-thickness plate of HRX19TM were investigated at 4.2 K. The results will be presented with microstructural and fractographical information and compared with the data of the steels reported in the literature.

The authors would like to express their gratitude to Nippon Steel for providing the valuable material. This work was supported by the framework of the Joint Special Design Team for Fusion DEMO contract research program of National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology, Japan in the 2017 and 2018 fiscal years.

[1] Tobita K, et al., Design strategy and recent design activity on Japan’s DEMO, Fusion Sci. Technol. 72 (2017) 537–545.
[3] McRae DM, et al., Fatigue and fracture of three austenitic stainless steels at cryogenic temperatures, IOP Conf. Series: Materials Science and Engineering 279 (2017) 012001 doi:10.1088/1757-899X/279/1/012001

Primary authors

Yoshinori Ono (National Institute for Materials Science) Prof. Osamu Umezawa (Yokohama National University) Arata Nishimura (National Institute for Fusion Science) Dr Susumu Kumagai (National Institute of Technology, Sendai College) Dr Tetsumi Yuri (National Institute for Materials Science) Mr Masayuki Komatsu (National Institute for Materials Science)

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