Nano-scale chemical evolution in a proton-and neutron-irradiated Zr alloy

Allan Harte, Matthew Topping, Philipp Frankel, D Jädernäs, J Romero, L Hallstadius, Edward C. Darby, Michael Preuss

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    Proton-and neutron-irradiated Zircaloy-2 are compared in terms of the nano-scale chemical evolution within second phase particles (SPPs) Zr(Fe,Cr)2 and Zr2(Fe,Ni). This is accomplished through ultra-high spatial resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy and the use of energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopic methods. Fe-depletion is observed from both SPP types after irradiation with both irradiative species, but is heterogeneous in the case of Zr(Fe,Cr)2, predominantly from the edge region, and homogeneously in the case of Zr2(Fe,Ni). Further, there is evidence of a delay in the dissolution of the Zr2(Fe,Ni) SPP with respect to the Zr(Fe,Cr)2. As such, SPP dissolution results in matrix supersaturation with solute under both irradiative species and proton irradiation is considered well suited to emulate the effects of neutron irradiation in this context. The mechanisms of solute redistribution processes from SPPs and the consequences for irradiation-induced growth phenomena are discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)30–42
    JournalJournal of Nuclear Materials
    Early online date1 Feb 2017
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2017


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