The response of polycrystalline TiB 2 to neutron irradiation was investigated. The material was fabricated using isotopically enriched 11B powders to minimize helium production via the 10B(n, α) 7Li reaction. Neutron irradiation was conducted at temperatures of ~200°C and ~600°C to a fast fluence of 2.4 × 10 25 n/m 2 (>0.1 MeV). The material exhibited some swelling, but less swelling at the higher irradiation temperature. No macroscopic damage was observed in the irradiated material, although moderate irradiation–induced micro–cracking was found in the irradiated TiB 2. Furthermore, this study demonstrated improved radiation resistance of isotopically tailored TiB 2 compared withmore »
Phase stability, swelling, microstructure and strength of Ti 3SiC 2-TiC ceramics after low dose neutron irradiationIn this study, M n+1AX n (MAX) phase Ti 3SiC 2 materials were neutron irradiated at ~400, ~630, and 700 °C to a fluence of ~2 × 10 25 n/m 2 (E > 0.1 MeV). After irradiation at ~400 °C, anisotropic c-axis dilation of ~1.5% was observed. Room temperature strength was reduced from 445 ± 29 MPa to 315 ± 33 MPa and the fracture surfaces showed flat facets and transgranular cracks instead of typical kink-band deformation and bridging ligaments. XRD phase analysis indicated an increase of 10–15 wt% TiC. After irradiation at ~700 °C there were no lattice parametermore »
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