Conference Paper

European standard on small punch testing of metallic materials



In the 1980s, studying the effect of neutron irradiation and temper embrittlement on structural materials for the fusion and fission programmes was a major challenge. In this context the development of small specimen test techniques began, allowing the characterization of structural materials for nuclear applications with small amounts of material. The small punch technique is of one these small specimen test approaches. It is widely used for the development and monitoring of structural materials, however there is currently no comprehensive international standard for small punch testing. An EN standard on small punch testing is currently being developed under the auspices of ECISS/TC101/WG1. Besides describing the apparatus, procedures, and specimens, it will include recommendations for the estimation of tensile, fracture and creep properties from small punch testing as well as machine readable formats for representing and transferring test data.

This paper describes the current status of the standard and highlights some of the changes with regard to the current CWA 15672 (2007).


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  • Year: 2018
  • Volume: 1 Issue: S1
  • Page/Article: 11
  • DOI: 10.5334/uproc.11
  • Published on 10 Sep 2018