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Effect of Nano-Oxide Particle Size on Radiation Resistance of Ironechromium Alloys
Journal of Nuclear Materials
  • Weizong Xu, North Carolina State University at Raleigh
  • Lulu Li, North Carolina State University at Raleigh
  • James A. Valdez, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Mostafa Saber, Portland State University
  • Yuntian Zhu, North Carolina State University at Raleigh
  • Carl C. Koch, North Carolina State University at Raleigh
  • Ronald O. Scattergood, North Carolina State University at Raleigh
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Radiation resistance of Fe-14Cr alloys under 200 keV He irradiation at 500 ­*C was systematically investigated with varying sizes of nano oxide Zr, Hf and Cr particles. It is found that these nano oxide particles acted as effective sites for He bubble formation. By statistically analyzing 700-1500 He bubbles at the depth of about 150-700 nm from a series of HRTEM images for each sample, we established the variation of average He bubble size, He bubble density, and swelling percentage along the depth, and found them to be consistent with the He concentration profile calculated from the SIRM program. Oxide particles with sizes less than 3.5e4 nm are found most effective for enhancing radiation resistance in the studied alloy systems.

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Xu, W., Li, L., Valdez, J. A., Saber, M., Zhu, Y., Koch, C. C., & Scattergood, R. O. (2016). Effect of nano-oxide particle size on radiation resistance of iron–chromium alloys. Journal of Nuclear Materials, 469, 72–81.