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Effect of heavy ion irradiation dose rate and temperature on α′ precipitation in high purity Fe-18%Cr alloy

Abstract : Cr-rich alpha prime precipitates (CrRP) induce hardening and embrittlement of FeCr alloys, but the ki- netics of CrRP formation due to particle irradiation are not well understood. In this study, Fe18wt.%Cr alloy in solid solution state and pre-aged to produce relatively coarse CrRP was irradiated with 8 MeV Fe ions. The irradiation conditions involved two midrange doses of 0.37 and 3.7 displacements per atom (dpa), a wide range of dose rates (10 −5 –10 −3 dpa/s) and temperatures (300–450 °C). The distributions of CrRP after irradiation were studied with atom probe tomography (APT). The critical irradiation conditions to suppress CrRP formation were identified as 300 °C and 10 −3 dpa/s; CrRP formation occurred readily at lower dose rates or higher temperatures. From 0.37 to 3.7 dpa, CrRP were observed to slightly grow at 350 °C and strongly coarsen at 450 °C. Specimens with pre-existing CrRP evolved into a similar pre- cipitate distribution as detected after ion irradiation on solution annealed specimens at 300–350 °C to 0.37 dpa, indicating that the precipitate microstructure approaches a quasi-equilibrium for doses < 1 dpa. Limited shrinking of pre-existing CrRP was observed after irradiation at 450 °C to 0.37 dpa, indicating a higher recovery rate at this temperature. The evolution of CrRP is quantitatively explained by employ- ing corrections to the historic Nelson-Hudson-Mazey precipitate stability model, and a radiation modified precipitation mechanism is proposed to account for the competition between radiation enhanced diffu- sion and ballistic dissolution which results in the modifications on both size and solute concentration of CrRP.
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Yajie Zhao, Arunodaya Bhattacharya, Cristelle Pareige, Caleb Massey, Pengcheng Zhu, et al.. Effect of heavy ion irradiation dose rate and temperature on α′ precipitation in high purity Fe-18%Cr alloy. Acta Materialia, Elsevier, 2022, 231, pp.117888. ⟨10.1016/j.actamat.2022.117888⟩. ⟨hal-03639200⟩

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