Impact of chemical short-range order on radiation damage in Fe-Ni-Cr alloys

Hamdy Arkoub, Miaomiao Jin

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Chemical short-range order (CSRO), as a nanoscale atomic feature, has been found to significantly alter material properties in various alloys. Here, we use Fe-Ni-Cr alloys to demonstrate how CSRO affects defect properties and radiation behavior, based on extensive molecular dynamics simulations. Statistically significant results are obtained as a function of dose for three CSRO levels. The random solution as an energetically unfavorable state (negative stacking fault energy) shows the strongest tendency to enable diffusion, while a high CSRO degree scenario generally reduces the effective defect diffusivity due to trapping effects, leading to distinct defect dynamics. Notably, in the high-CSRO scenario, interstitial clusters are Cr-rich and interstitial loops preferentially reside in/near the Cr-rich CSRO domains. Also, CSRO is dynamically evolving in a decreasing or increasing manner upon irradiation, reaching a steady-state value. These new understandings suggest the importance of incorporating the effect of CSRO in investigating radiation-driven microstructural evolution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number115373
JournalScripta Materialia
StatePublished - May 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys

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