Radiation response of nanotwinned Cu under multiple-collision cascades

LP Wu and WS Yu and SL Hu and SP Shen, JOURNAL OF NUCLEAR MATERIALS, 505, 183-192 (2018).

DOI: 10.1016/j.jnucmat.2018.04.020

In this paper, multiple collision cascades (MCC) of nanotwinned (nt) Cu with three different twin spacings are performed to model the response of nt Cu upon a radiation dose of 1 displacements per atom (dpa). Considering the defects developed with high randomness in the material during a MCC process, each MCC in a nt Cu is conducted for eight times. This enables us to analyze some average properties of defect clusters in the radiated nt Cu with different twin spacings at the different radiation doses. We also analyze the microstructural evolution in the nt Cu during the MCC. Smaller size of defect clusters and lower defect density are seen in the nt Cu with smaller twin spacing. In addition, a number of defect clusters could be removed via their frequent interactions with the coherent twin boundaries (CTBs) during the MCC. This induces either the migration of CTBs or the healing of CTBs. Moreover, the potential formation and elimination mechanisms of stacking fault are found to be due to the climb of Frank partial dislocation and glide of Shockley partial dislocations. This study provides further evidence on the irradiation tolerance of CTBs and the self-healing capability of CTBs in response to radiation. (C) 2018 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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