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Experimental investigation of the phase equilibria and thermodynamic assessment in the U-Ga and U-Al-Ga systems

Abstract : The phase relations in the binary U-Ga and ternary U-Al-Ga systems were established as an isopleth section and two isothermal sections at 900 K and 1150 K for the whole concentration range, respectively. They were experimentally determined by means of powder and single crystal XRD, SEM-EDS analyses on both as-cast and heat-treated samples and DTA measurements. Both systems were thermodynamically assessed using the Calphad method based on the available data, i.e. phase relations and thermodynamic properties. The new description of the U-Ga phase diagram improves the composition-temperature description for most of invariant reactions. The U-Al-Ga system is characterized by large ternary extensions of the binary phases and the absence of ternary intermediate phase at both 900 K and 1150 K. These experimental results are nicely reproduced by the Calphad assessment, allowing to extract the thermodynamic parameters further used to calculate the liquidus projection and the invariant reactions along with their temperature.
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C. Moussa, Alexandre Berche, J. Barbosa, M. Pasturel, B. Stepnik, et al.. Experimental investigation of the phase equilibria and thermodynamic assessment in the U-Ga and U-Al-Ga systems. Journal of Nuclear Materials, Elsevier, 2018, 499, pp.361-371. ⟨10.1016/j.jnucmat.2017.11.037⟩. ⟨hal-01671621⟩

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