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Title: A review: applications of the phase field method in predicting microstructure and property evolution of irradiated nuclear materials

Abstract

Complex microstructure changes occur in nuclear fuel and structural materials due to the extreme environments of intense irradiation and high temperature. This paper evaluates the role of the phase field (PF) method in predicting the microstructure evolution of irradiated nuclear materials and the impact on their mechanical, thermal, and magnetic properties. The paper starts with an overview of the important physical mechanisms of defect evolution and the significant gaps in simulating microstructure evolution in irradiated nuclear materials. Then, the PF method is introduced as a powerful and predictive tool and its applications to microstructure and property evolution in irradiated nuclear materials are reviewed. The review shows that 1) FP models can correctly describe important phenomena such as spatial dependent generation, migration, and recombination of defects, radiation-induced dissolution, the Soret effect, strong interfacial energy anisotropy, and elastic interaction; 2) The PF method can qualitatively and quantitatively simulate 2-D and 3-D microstructure evolution, including radiation-induced segregation, second phase nucleation, void migration, void and gas bubble superlattice formation, interstitial loop evolution, hydrate formation, and grain growth, and 3) The FP method correctly predicts the relationships between microstructures and properties. The final section is dedicated to a discussion of the strengths and limitations ofmore » the PF method, as applied to irradiation effects in nuclear materials.« less

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1371978
Report Number(s):
PNNL-SA-123902
Journal ID: ISSN 2057-3960
DOE Contract Number:  
AC05-76RL01830
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
npj Computational Materials
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 3; Journal Issue: 1; Journal ID: ISSN 2057-3960
Publisher:
Nature Publishing Group
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; review; phase field method; microstructure; nuclear materials

Citation Formats

Li, Yulan, Hu, Shenyang, Sun, Xin, and Stan, Marius. A review: applications of the phase field method in predicting microstructure and property evolution of irradiated nuclear materials. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1038/s41524-017-0018-y.
Li, Yulan, Hu, Shenyang, Sun, Xin, & Stan, Marius. A review: applications of the phase field method in predicting microstructure and property evolution of irradiated nuclear materials. United States. doi:10.1038/s41524-017-0018-y.
Li, Yulan, Hu, Shenyang, Sun, Xin, and Stan, Marius. Fri . "A review: applications of the phase field method in predicting microstructure and property evolution of irradiated nuclear materials". United States. doi:10.1038/s41524-017-0018-y.
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title = {A review: applications of the phase field method in predicting microstructure and property evolution of irradiated nuclear materials},
author = {Li, Yulan and Hu, Shenyang and Sun, Xin and Stan, Marius},
abstractNote = {Complex microstructure changes occur in nuclear fuel and structural materials due to the extreme environments of intense irradiation and high temperature. This paper evaluates the role of the phase field (PF) method in predicting the microstructure evolution of irradiated nuclear materials and the impact on their mechanical, thermal, and magnetic properties. The paper starts with an overview of the important physical mechanisms of defect evolution and the significant gaps in simulating microstructure evolution in irradiated nuclear materials. Then, the PF method is introduced as a powerful and predictive tool and its applications to microstructure and property evolution in irradiated nuclear materials are reviewed. The review shows that 1) FP models can correctly describe important phenomena such as spatial dependent generation, migration, and recombination of defects, radiation-induced dissolution, the Soret effect, strong interfacial energy anisotropy, and elastic interaction; 2) The PF method can qualitatively and quantitatively simulate 2-D and 3-D microstructure evolution, including radiation-induced segregation, second phase nucleation, void migration, void and gas bubble superlattice formation, interstitial loop evolution, hydrate formation, and grain growth, and 3) The FP method correctly predicts the relationships between microstructures and properties. The final section is dedicated to a discussion of the strengths and limitations of the PF method, as applied to irradiation effects in nuclear materials.},
doi = {10.1038/s41524-017-0018-y},
journal = {npj Computational Materials},
issn = {2057-3960},
number = 1,
volume = 3,
place = {United States},
year = {2017},
month = {4}
}

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