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Electron microscope study of irradiated beryllium oxide; Etude au microscope electronique de l'oxyde de beryllium irradie

Abstract

The beryllium oxide is studied first by fractography, before and after irradiation, using sintered samples. The fractures are examined under different aspects. The higher density sintered samples, with transgranular fractures are the most interesting for a microscopic study. It is possible to mark the difference between the 'pores' left by the sintering process and the 'bubbles' of gases that can be produced by former thermal treatments. After irradiation, the grain boundaries are very much weakened. By annealing, it is possible to observe the evolution of the gases produced by the reaction (n, 2n) and (n. {alpha}) and gathered on the grain boundaries. The irradiated beryllium oxide is afterwards studied by transmission. For that, a simple method has been used: little chips of the crushed material are examined. Clusters of point defects produced by neutrons are thus detected in crystals irradiated at the three following doses: 6 x 10{sup 19}, 9 x 10{sup 19} and 2 x 10{sup 20} n{sub f} cm{sup -2} at a temperature below 100 deg. C. For the irradiation at 6 x 10{sup 19} n{sub f} cm{sup -2}, the defects are merely visible, but at 2 x l0{sup 20} n{sub f} cm{sup -2} the crystals an crowded  More>>
Authors:
Bisson, A A [1] 
  1. Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique, Saclay (France). Centre d'Etudes Nucleaires
Publication Date:
Jun 01, 1965
Product Type:
Thesis/Dissertation
Report Number:
CEA-R-2963
Resource Relation:
Other Information: TH: These sciences; PBD: Jun 1965
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; ACTIVATION ENERGY; ANNEALING; BERYLLIUM OXIDES; BURGERS VECTOR; CRYSTAL STRUCTURE; DISLOCATIONS; ELECTRON MICROSCOPES; ENERGY RANGE; EV RANGE 01-10; FRACTURES; IRRADIATION; KIKUCHI LINES; SINTERED MATERIALS; TEMPERATURE RANGE 0400-1000 K
OSTI ID:
20621962
Research Organizations:
CEA Saclay, 91 - Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Faculte des Sciences de l'Universite de Paris, 75 (France)
Country of Origin:
France
Language:
French
Other Identifying Numbers:
TRN: FR05R2963065613
Availability:
Available from INIS in electronic form
Submitting Site:
FRN
Size:
[62] pages
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Citation Formats

Bisson, A A. Electron microscope study of irradiated beryllium oxide; Etude au microscope electronique de l'oxyde de beryllium irradie. France: N. p., 1965. Web.
Bisson, A A. Electron microscope study of irradiated beryllium oxide; Etude au microscope electronique de l'oxyde de beryllium irradie. France.
Bisson, A A. 1965. "Electron microscope study of irradiated beryllium oxide; Etude au microscope electronique de l'oxyde de beryllium irradie." France.
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title = {Electron microscope study of irradiated beryllium oxide; Etude au microscope electronique de l'oxyde de beryllium irradie}
author = {Bisson, A A}
abstractNote = {The beryllium oxide is studied first by fractography, before and after irradiation, using sintered samples. The fractures are examined under different aspects. The higher density sintered samples, with transgranular fractures are the most interesting for a microscopic study. It is possible to mark the difference between the 'pores' left by the sintering process and the 'bubbles' of gases that can be produced by former thermal treatments. After irradiation, the grain boundaries are very much weakened. By annealing, it is possible to observe the evolution of the gases produced by the reaction (n, 2n) and (n. {alpha}) and gathered on the grain boundaries. The irradiated beryllium oxide is afterwards studied by transmission. For that, a simple method has been used: little chips of the crushed material are examined. Clusters of point defects produced by neutrons are thus detected in crystals irradiated at the three following doses: 6 x 10{sup 19}, 9 x 10{sup 19} and 2 x 10{sup 20} n{sub f} cm{sup -2} at a temperature below 100 deg. C. For the irradiation at 6 x 10{sup 19} n{sub f} cm{sup -2}, the defects are merely visible, but at 2 x l0{sup 20} n{sub f} cm{sup -2} the crystals an crowded with clusters and the Kikuchi lines have disappeared from the micro-diffraction diagrams. The evolution of the clusters into dislocation loops is studied by a series of annealings. The activation energy (0,37 eV) calculated from the annealing curves suggests that it must be interstitials that condense into dislocation loops. Samples irradiated at high temperatures (650, 900 and 1100 deg. C) are also studied. In those specimens the size of the loops is not the same as the equilibrium size obtained after out of pile annealing at the same temperature. Those former loops are more specifically studied and their Burgers vector is determined by micro-diffraction. (author) [French] L'oxyde de beryllium est d'abord etudie, par une methode fractographique, avant et apres irradiation, en utilisant des echantillons frittes. Les fractures sont examinees sous differents aspects. Ce sont les frittes les plus denses a fractures intragranulaires qui sont les plus interessants pour l'etude microscopique. Le 'pore' resultant du frittage est differencie de la 'bulle' qui peut se former au cours de traitements thermiques ulterieurs par suite de reactions donnant naissance a des gaz. Apres irradiation, la fragilisation intergranulaire est importante. Par recuit, on suit l'evolution des gaz, produits par les reactions (n. 2n) et (n, {alpha}), qui s'accumulent aux joints de grains. L oxyde de beryllium irradie est ensuite etudie par transmission. Pour cela, une methode simple a ete mise au point; elle consiste a examiner les eclats de cristaux broyes. Les amas de defauts ponctuels, formes par les neutrons, sont ainsi mis en evidence dans les cristaux irradies aux trois doses suivantes: 6.10{sup 19}, 9.10{sup 19} et 2.10{sup 20} n{sub r}.cm{sup -2} a une temperature inferieure a 100 deg. C. Pour l'irradiation a 6.10{sup 19} n{sub r}.cm{sup -2} les defauts sont a peine visibles mais a 2.10{sup 20} n{sub r}.cm{sup -2} les cristaux sont cribles d'amas alors que les lignes de Kikuchi ont disparu des diagrammes de microdiffraction. L'evolution des amas de defauts en boucles de dislocation est etudiee par des recuits successifs. L'energie d'activation de 0.37 eV, calculee a partir des courbes de recuits, incite a penser que ce sont les defauts interstitiels qui se condensent en boucles de dislocation. Des echantillons irradies a haute temperature sont egalement etudies (650, 900 et 1100 deg. C). Dans ceux-ci les boucles de dislocation atteignent un etat d'equilibre different de celui des precedentes. Ces dernieres boucles de dislocation sont etudiees plus specialement et leur vecteur de Burgers est determine par microdiffraction. (auteur)}
place = {France}
year = {1965}
month = {Jun}
}