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Testing and qualification of molybdenum subcapsule welds for MiniFuel experiments

by Richard H Howard, David E Bryant, Zane G Wallen, Caleb P Massey
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ORNL Report
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This report documents the testing and qualification efforts for welding molybdenum components to support MiniFuel irradiation campaigns. Other details such as general weld parameters, weld joint geometries, and performance limits are also provided in this report. The American Welding Society’s specifications were used to select the nondestructive and destructive tests, which include: gross and fine leak testing, internal pressure proof testing, and creating metallographic mounts of welds. Leak testing and metallographic mounts provide qualitative information about the weld integrity, while the proof testing indicated pressure/usage limits of the molybdenum subcapsule. Based on the testing results provided in the is report, the capsule can be exposed to an internal pressure of at least 20.7 MPa (3000 psi). A sealed capsules is also capable of withstanding the 3.2 MPa (468 psi) external hydrostatic operating pressure of the High Flux Isotope Reactor.