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Microscopic characterization of un-irradiated and irradiated steel shielding material of a nuclear power plant

Yassin, G.; Barkleit, A.; Brendler, V.

Nuclear power plants (NPPs) have been considered an important energy source in Europe over a long time. However, in Germany the government decided that NPPs must terminate their operation end of 2022 at the latest, due to their possible threats on humans and the environment. The question arises, how much the long term irradiation of an NPP poses safety risks, in particular, in the reactor pressure vessel (RPV), which is the main shielding barrier of the radioactive fuel. For this purpose, the microstructural features, the composition, and the radioactive inventory of the steel shielding material in the RPV are investigated.

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