Hydrogen distribution induced screw dislocation core spreading in tungsten

YN Wang and XY Wang and XY Wu and QL Li and CL Li and GG Shu and B Xu and W Liu, JOURNAL OF NUCLEAR MATERIALS, 523, 71-79 (2019).

DOI: 10.1016/j.jnucmat.2019.05.038

The underlying physical mechanisms of the retention and self-clustering of hydrogen(H) in tungsten(W) are important in understanding the radiation damage and plasma trapping of W-based components in divertors, in which the influence of dislocations has not been sufficiently addressed. For this purpose, quantum mechanics/molecular dynamics(QM/MD) simulations are performed to investigate the distribution of hydrogen(H) clusters along screw dislocation lines in W, where the spreading of the screw dislocation core is first observed introduced by the H clusters. This core spreading constitutes an essential factor that could account for the hydrogen embrittlement phenomenon. (C) 2019 Published by Elsevier B.V.

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