Alloy 617, a high-temperature creep-resistant, nickel-based alloy, is being considered for the primary heat exchanger for the next generation nuclear plant, which is highly influenced by thermal creep. The main objective of this study is to inspect the crept grain boundaries under its imitated working condition, and to determine which boundaries are susceptible to damage and which are more resistant, in order to help improve its creep resistance in future manufacturing. Electron backscatter diffraction was used to measure the proportions of each boundary by observing and analyzing these crept microstructures. The grain-boundary distribution can be expressed in terms of five parameters including three parameters of lattice misorientation and two parameters of the grain-boundary plane normal. Three conditions were analyzed: the original material, metal that was annealed without stress, and ones that were crept at 1000ºC at 19 MPa and 25 MPa for various times. Though observation, it is found that the voids seldom occur at low angle grain boundaries, and coherent twin boundaries are also resist to creep damage.
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