The thesis was an investigation into the mechanism of precipitation
from solid solution in an Aluminum-0.7% Magnesium-0.6%
Silicon alloy containing iron impurities. Laue x-ray diffraction patterns
were obtained from solution heat treated and aged single crystal
specimens in various crystallographic orientations. Precipitation
related streaking was detected on some of the...
Oxide growth is a common phenomenon on aluminum alloy cladding surfaces in nuclear research and test reactors. Without better understanding of oxide growth, excessive oxide build up on the cladding surface reduces heat transfer capability from fuel to coolant and causes safety concerns due to the potential cladding rupture or...