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Title: How relative defect migration energies drive contrasting temperature-dependent microstructural evolution in irradiated ceramics

Abstract

Ceramic materials have become widely used in various fields of material science, and ceramic oxides such as cubic zirconia (c- ZrO 2) and magnesia (MgO) are candidate materials for nuclear energy applications. For the corresponding in-service conditions of these materials, there is a crucial need in studies at moderate or high temperatures of the physical phenomena underlying the damage buildup under irradiation. Here in the present work, we show, using x-ray diffraction, that these two materials exhibit a similar damage accumulation process under ion irradiation at fixed temperature. However, they display an unexpected opposite damaging rate to changes in the irradiation temperature. In fact, as the temperature is increased, the final damage state is reached earlier in c- ZrO 2 while it is delayed in MgO. Rate equation cluster dynamics simulations show that defect clustering is favored over defect recombination in c- ZrO 2, but the situation is reversed for MgO, explaining the observed opposite response to temperature of the two materials. This contrasting behavior can be rationalized in terms of nonequivalent interstitial versus vacancy defect migration energies in MgO. We finally demonstrate that these results allow for a qualitative prediction of the evolution of the experimental irradiation-induced disorder withmore » temperature, henceforth potentially reducing the cost in selecting and developing ad hoc materials.« less

Authors:
 [1];  [2];  [3]; ORCiD logo [4]; ORCiD logo [4];  [5];  [5];  [5];  [5];  [6]
  1. Univ. of Paris-Sud, Orsay (France). Centre for Nuclear Science and Matter Sciences (CSNSM); Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), Gif-sur-Yvette (France)
  2. Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), Gif-sur-Yvette (France). Service de Recherche de Métallurgie Physique (SRMP)
  3. Centre Europeen de la Ceramique, Limoges (France). Inst. de Recherche sur les Céramiques (IRCer)
  4. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
  5. Univ. of Paris-Sud, Orsay (France). Centre for Nuclear Science and Matter Sciences (CSNSM)
  6. Univ. Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil). Inst. de Física
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22); USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
OSTI Identifier:
1471359
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1464577
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-18-20961
Journal ID: ISSN 2475-9953; PRMHAR
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC52-06NA25396
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physical Review Materials
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 2; Journal Issue: 8; Journal ID: ISSN 2475-9953
Publisher:
American Physical Society (APS)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; 36 MATERIALS SCIENCE

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Debelle, Aurelien, Crocombette, Jean-Paul, Boulle, Alexandre, Martinez Saez, Enrique, Uberuaga, Blas P., Bachiller-Perea, Diana, Haddad, Yara, Garrido, Frederico, Thome, Lionel, and Behar, Moni. How relative defect migration energies drive contrasting temperature-dependent microstructural evolution in irradiated ceramics. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.1103/PhysRevMaterials.2.083605.
Debelle, Aurelien, Crocombette, Jean-Paul, Boulle, Alexandre, Martinez Saez, Enrique, Uberuaga, Blas P., Bachiller-Perea, Diana, Haddad, Yara, Garrido, Frederico, Thome, Lionel, & Behar, Moni. How relative defect migration energies drive contrasting temperature-dependent microstructural evolution in irradiated ceramics. United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevMaterials.2.083605.
Debelle, Aurelien, Crocombette, Jean-Paul, Boulle, Alexandre, Martinez Saez, Enrique, Uberuaga, Blas P., Bachiller-Perea, Diana, Haddad, Yara, Garrido, Frederico, Thome, Lionel, and Behar, Moni. Wed . "How relative defect migration energies drive contrasting temperature-dependent microstructural evolution in irradiated ceramics". United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevMaterials.2.083605. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1471359.
@article{osti_1471359,
title = {How relative defect migration energies drive contrasting temperature-dependent microstructural evolution in irradiated ceramics},
author = {Debelle, Aurelien and Crocombette, Jean-Paul and Boulle, Alexandre and Martinez Saez, Enrique and Uberuaga, Blas P. and Bachiller-Perea, Diana and Haddad, Yara and Garrido, Frederico and Thome, Lionel and Behar, Moni},
abstractNote = {Ceramic materials have become widely used in various fields of material science, and ceramic oxides such as cubic zirconia (c- ZrO2) and magnesia (MgO) are candidate materials for nuclear energy applications. For the corresponding in-service conditions of these materials, there is a crucial need in studies at moderate or high temperatures of the physical phenomena underlying the damage buildup under irradiation. Here in the present work, we show, using x-ray diffraction, that these two materials exhibit a similar damage accumulation process under ion irradiation at fixed temperature. However, they display an unexpected opposite damaging rate to changes in the irradiation temperature. In fact, as the temperature is increased, the final damage state is reached earlier in c- ZrO2 while it is delayed in MgO. Rate equation cluster dynamics simulations show that defect clustering is favored over defect recombination in c- ZrO2, but the situation is reversed for MgO, explaining the observed opposite response to temperature of the two materials. This contrasting behavior can be rationalized in terms of nonequivalent interstitial versus vacancy defect migration energies in MgO. We finally demonstrate that these results allow for a qualitative prediction of the evolution of the experimental irradiation-induced disorder with temperature, henceforth potentially reducing the cost in selecting and developing ad hoc materials.},
doi = {10.1103/PhysRevMaterials.2.083605},
journal = {Physical Review Materials},
number = 8,
volume = 2,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {8}
}

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