Interplay between intrinsic point defects and low-angle grain boundary in bcc tungsten: effects of local stress field

LL Niu and Y Zhang and XL Shu and S Jin and HB Zhou and F Gao and GH Lu, JOURNAL OF PHYSICS-CONDENSED MATTER, 27, 255007 (2015).

DOI: 10.1088/0953-8984/27/25/255007

We have used molecular statics in conjunction with an embedded atom method to explore the interplay between native point defects (vacancies and self-interstitials (SIAs)) and a low-angle grain boundary (GB) in bcc tungsten. The low-angle GB has biased absorption of SIAs over vacancies. We emphasize the significance of phenomena such as vacancy delocalization and SIA instant absorption around the GB dislocation cores in stabilizing the defect structures. Interstitial loading into the GB can dramatically enhance the interaction strength between the point defects and the GB due to SIA clustering (SIA cloud formation) or SIA vacancy recombination. We propose that the 'maximum atom displacement' can complement the 'vacancy formation energy' in evaluating unstable vacancy sites. Calculations of point defect migration barriers in the vicinity of GB dislocation cores show that vacancies and SIAs preferentially migrate along the pathways in the planes immediately above and below the core, respectively.

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