STP955

    Comparison of Various Sink Strengths for Analyzing Radiation Creep, Growth, and Swelling

    Published: Jan 1987


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    Abstract

    The essential physics involved in the reaction-rate-theory analysis of radiation effects at temperatures where both vacancies and self interstitials are mobile is contained in the expressions used for the strengths of distributed point-defect sinks such as dislocations, cavities, and grain boundaries. These sink strengths have been obtained by various authors in distinctly different ways, thus giving rise to some possible confusion in comparing the various results. This is even more true with respect to the effect of interaction fields on these sink strengths, and the so-called bias factors or sink efficiencies have been defined in entirely different ways, thus rendering quantitative comparisons difficult. We present here a comparison of several procedures in the literature and attempt to make reasonable quantitative comparisons.

    Keywords:

    radiation, interstitials, vacancy, dislocations, cavities (voids), interaction fields, sink strengths, bias factor (sink efficiency), swelling, growth, creep


    Author Information:

    Nichols, FA
    Section manager and nuclear engineer, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL

    Liu, YY
    Section manager and nuclear engineer, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL


    Paper ID: STP33833S

    Committee/Subcommittee: E10.02

    DOI: 10.1520/STP33833S


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