Multi-scale Modeling of Radiation Damage: Large Scale Data Analysis

M Warrier and U Bhardwaj and S Bukkuru, XXVII IUPAP CONFERENCE ON COMPUTATIONAL PHYSICS (CCP2015), 759, 012078 (2016).

DOI: 10.1088/1742-6596/759/1/012078

Modification of materials in nuclear reactors due to neutron irradiation is a multi-scale problem. These neutrons pass through materials creating several energetic primary knock-on atoms (PKA) which cause localized collision cascades creating damage tracks, defects (interstitials and vacancies) and defect clusters depending on the energy of the PKA. These defects diffuse and recombine throughout the whole duration of operation of the reactor, thereby changing the micro-structure of the material and its properties. It is therefore desirable to develop predictive computational tools to simulate the micro-structural changes of irradiated materials. In this paper we describe how statistical averages of the collision cascades from thousands of MD simulations are used to provide inputs to Kinetic Monte Carlo (KMC) simulations which can handle larger sizes, more defects and longer time durations. Use of unsupervised learning and graph optimization in handling and analyzing large scale MD data will be highlighted.

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