Simulation of the nanostructure evolution under irradiation in Fe–C alloys

Ville Jansson, Lorenzo Malerba

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    Neutron irradiation induces in steels nanostructural changes, which are at the origin of the mechanical degradation that these materials experience during operation in nuclear power plants. Some of these effects can be studied by using as model alloy the iron–carbon system. The Object Kinetic Monte Carlo technique has proven capable of simulating in a realistic and quantitatively reliable way a whole irradiation process. We have developed a model for simulating Fe–C systems using a physical description of the properties of vacancy and self-interstitial atom (SIA) clusters, based on a selection of the latest data from atomistic studies and other available experimental and theoretical work from the literature. Based on these data, the effect of carbon on radiation defect evolution has been largely understood in terms of formation of immobile complexes with vacancies that in turn act as traps for SIA clusters. It is found that this effect can be introduced using generic traps for SIA and vacancy clusters, with a binding energy that depends on the size of the clusters, also chosen on the basis on previously performed atomistic studies.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)274-285
    JournalJournal of Nuclear Materials
    Issue number1-3
    StatePublished - 26 Jul 2013

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