Dynamic Young's moduli of tungsten and tantalum at high temperature and stress

G. P. Škoro, J. R J Bennett, T. R. Edgecock, S. A. Gray, A. J. McFarland, C. N. Booth, K. J. Rodgers, J. J. Back

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Recently reported results of the long lifetime of the tungsten samples under high temperature and high stress conditions expected in the Neutrino Factory target have strengthened the case for a solid target option for the Neutrino Factory. In order to study in more detail the behaviour of the material properties of tungsten, a dynamic method has been used for measurement of Young's modulus at high stress, high-strain-rates (>1000 s-1) and very high temperatures (up to 2650 °C). The method is based on measurements of the surface vibration of thin wires, stressed by a pulsed current, using a Laser Doppler Vibrometer. The measured characteristic frequencies under the thermal excitation have been used to obtain Young's modulus as a function of applied stress and temperature. The same procedure has been used to measure Young's modulus of tantalum up to 2500 °C.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40-46
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Nuclear Materials
Issue number1
Early online date25 Dec 2010
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2011


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