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Title: Probing long-range ordering in nickel-base alloys with proton irradiation

In this paper, twelve commercial-grade austenitic alloys based on the Ni-Cr-Mo-Fe quaternary system were irradiated using 2 MeV protons at 360 °C to a damage level of 2.5 displacements per atom (dpa). Long-range ordered (Pt 2Mo-type) precipitation under proton irradiation was observed, for the first time, in alloys C22, 625, 625P, 625D, 725, and 690. No relevant short-range ordering was observed. These irradiation-enhanced long-range ordered precipitates are coherent with the matrix despite their irregular shape. Of the potential influences on long-range ordering (Ni:Cr, and Ni:(Cr + Mo) ratios, Mo, and iron concentration), Fe content was the strongest by far. The volume fraction of LRO decreases with increasing Fe content by virtue of its role as a stabilizer of the disordered FCC phase, thus reducing the energy savings from ordering. The observed effects of Fe on long-range ordering show qualitative agreement with predictions from thermodynamic modeling. Although solid state diffusion kinetics dominate long-range ordering under purely thermal conditions, ordering under irradiation here (~ 2.5dpa) is controlled by the thermodynamic driving force. Finally, proton irradiation thus offers a unique approach for studying the low temperature phase transformation in a thermodynamically favored, but kinetically constrained condition.
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  1. Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (United States). Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences
  2. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States). Materials Science and Technology Division
Publication Date:
Grant/Contract Number:
AC05-00OR22725; 10002164; 10002154
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Acta Materialia
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 156; Journal ID: ISSN 1359-6454
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Nuclear Energy (NE), Nuclear Reactor Technologies (NE-7); Electric Power Research Inst. (EPRI) (United States)
Country of Publication:
United States
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; long-range ordering (LRO); Ni2Cr; precipitation; irradiation effect; proton irradiation; nickel-base alloy
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