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Title: Atomic-level level dislocation dynamics in irradiated metals

Primary damage and microstructure evolution in structural nuclear materials operating under conditions of a high flux of energetic atomic particles and high temperature and stress lead to formation of a high concentration, non-homogeneous distribution of defect clusters in the form of dislocation loops, voids, gas-filled bubbles and radiation-induced precipitates of nanometer scale. They cause changes in many material properties. Being obstacles to dislocation glide, they strongly affect mechanical properties in particular. This gives rise to an increase in yield and flow stress and a reduction in ductility. Atomic-scale computer simulation can provide details of how these effects are influenced by obstacle structure, applied stress, strain rate and temperature. Processes such as obstacle cutting, transformation, absorption and drag are observed. Some recent results for body-centered and face-centered cubic metals are described in this review and, where appropriate, comparisons drawn with predictions based on elasticity theory of crystal defects.
 [1] ;  [2]
  1. ORNL
  2. University of Liverpool, UK
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Elsevier B.V., Amsterdam, Netherlands
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
Country of Publication:
United States
dislocations; plasticity; radiation effects; radiation damage