Nucleation of Cr precipitates in Fe–Cr alloy under irradiation

Y. Dai, L. Ao, Q.Q. Sun, L. Yang, J.L. Nie, Pengfei Shi, Dmitry Terentyev, &. All

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    The nucleation of Cr precipitates induced by overlapping of displacement cascades in Fe–Cr alloys has been investigated using the combination of molecular dynamics (MD) and Metropolis Monte Carlo (MMC) simulations. The results reveal that the number of Frenkel pairs increases with the increasing of overlapped cascades. Overlapping cascades could promote the formation of Cr precipitates in Fe–Cr alloys, as analyzed using short range order (SRO) parameters to quantify the degree of ordering and clustering of Cr atoms. In addition, the simulations using MMC approach show that the presence of small Cr clusters and vacancy clusters formed within cascade overlapped region enhance the nucleation of Cr precipitates, leading to the formation of large Cr dilute precipitates.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)293-300
    Number of pages7
    JournalComputational Materials Science
    StatePublished - 24 Feb 2015

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