Standardization of accelerator irradiation procedures for simulation of neutron induced damage in reactor structural materials

L Shao and J Gigax and D Chen and H Kim and FA Garner and J Wang and MB Toloczko, NUCLEAR INSTRUMENTS & METHODS IN PHYSICS RESEARCH SECTION B-BEAM INTERACTIONS WITH MATERIALS AND ATOMS, 409, 251-254 (2017).

DOI: 10.1016/j.nimb.2017.05.026

Self-ion irradiation is widely used as a method to simulate neutron damage in reactor structural' materials. Accelerator-based simulation of void swelling, however, introduces a number of neutron-atypical features which require careful data extraction and, in some cases, introduction of innovative irradiation techniques to alleviate these issues. We briefly summarize three such atypical features: defect imbalance effects, pulsed beam effects, and carbon contamination. The latter issue has just been recently recognized as being relevant to simulation of void swelling and is discussed here in greater detail. It is shown that carbon ions are entrained in the ion beam by Coulomb force drag and accelerated toward the target surface. Beam-contaminant interactions are modeled using molecular dynamics simulation. By applying a multiple beam deflection technique, carbon and other contaminants can be effectively filtered out, as demonstrated in an irradiation of HT-9 alloy by 3.5 MeV Fe ions. (C) 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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