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Atom Probe Study of Irradiation-Enhanced α′ Precipitation in Neutron-Irradiated Fe–Cr Model Alloys
Journal of Nuclear Materials
  • Yaqiao Wu, Boise State University
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Atom probe tomography (APT) was performed to study the effects of Cr concentrations, irradiation doses and irradiation temperatures on α′ phase formation in Fe–Cr model alloys (10–16 at.%) irradiated at 300 and 450 °C to 0.01, 0.1 and 1 dpa. For 1 dpa specimens, α′ precipitates with an average radius of 1.0–1.3 nm were observed. The precipitate density varied significantly from 1.1 × 1023 to 2.7 × 1024 1/m3, depending on Cr concentrations and irradiation temperatures. The volume fraction of α′ phase in 1 dpa specimens qualitatively agreed with the phase diagram prediction. For 0.01 dpa and 0.1 dpa, frequency distribution analysis detected slight Cr segregation in high-Cr specimens, but not in Fe–10Cr specimens. Proximity histogram analysis showed that the radial Cr concentration was highest at the center of α′ precipitates. For most precipitates, the Cr contents were significantly lower than that predicted by the phase diagram. The Cr concentration at precipitate center increased with increasing precipitate size.


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Erratum in: Journal of Nuclear Materials (2015), volume 467, Part 1, p. 392. "The authors regret that in Fig 9 the data points cited from ref. [38] should be removed. In ref. [38], microvoids (not α′ precipitates) were suggested to be the defects responsible for increasing the scattering cross section of the irradiated specimens." doi: 10.1016/j.jnucmat.2015.08.005

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Wu, Yaqiao. (2015). "Atom Probe Study of Irradiation-Enhanced α′ Precipitation in Neutron-Irradiated Fe-Cr Model Alloys". Journal of Nuclear Materials, 462, 242-249. http://dx.doi.org10.1016/j.jnucmat.2015.04.005