Grain boundary segregation in neutron-irradiated 304 stainless steel studied by atom probe tomography

T. Toyama, Y. Nozawa, W. Van Renterghem, Y. Matsukawa, M. Hatakeyama, Y. Nagai, A. Al Mazouzi, S. Van Dyck

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    Radiation-induced segregation (RIS) of solute atoms at a grain boundary (GB) in 304 stainless steel (SS), neutron-irradiated to a dose of 24 dpa at 300°C in the fuel wrapper plates of a commercial pressurized water reactor, was investigated using laser-assisted atom probe tomography (APT). Ni, Si, and P enrichment and Cr and Fe depletion at the GB were evident. The full-width at half-maximum of the RIS region was ∼3 nm for the concentration profile peaks of Ni and Si. The atomic percentages of Ni, Si, and Cr at the GB were ∼19%, ∼7%, and ∼14%, respectively, in agreement with previously-reported values for neutron-irradiated SS. A high number density of intra-granular Ni-Si rich precipitates formed in the matrix. A precipitate-denuded zone with a width of ∼10 nm appeared on both sides of the GB.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)71-75
    Number of pages5
    JournalJournal of Nuclear Materials
    Issue number1-3
    StatePublished - Jun 2012

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
    • General Materials Science
    • Nuclear Energy and Engineering

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