On the correlation between self-interstitial cluster diffusivity and irradiation-induced swelling in Fe-Cr alloys

Dmitry Terentyev, Lorenzo Malerba, Enrico Lucon

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    It is shown that the dependence of self-interstitial cluster diffusivity in Fe–Cr alloys on Cr concentration correlates with that of swelling in these alloys under neutron irradiation; namely, with increasing chromium concentration the cluster diffusivity first decreases and then increases. The origin of such behaviour lies in a relatively long-ranged, 1 nm, attractive interaction between Cr atoms and crowdions. The minimum diffusivity is realized for 11 at.% Cr, where all crowdions constituting the cluster interact with Cr atoms, but the interaction fields of different Cr atoms do not overlap.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)587-594
    JournalPhilosophical Magazine Letters
    Issue number11
    StatePublished - 1 Nov 2005

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