STP955: In-Situ Electron Microscopy Observation of Dislocation Motion in 600-MeV Proton Irradiated Aluminum

    Gavillet, D
    Research assistant and senior research officers, Swiss Federal Research Institute (EIR), Würenlingen,

    Green, WV
    Research assistant and senior research officers, Swiss Federal Research Institute (EIR), Würenlingen,

    Victoria, M
    Research assistant and senior research officers, Swiss Federal Research Institute (EIR), Würenlingen,

    Gotthardt, R
    Research associate and professor, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale (EPFL), Lausanne,

    Martin, J-L
    Research associate and professor, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale (EPFL), Lausanne,

    Pages: 8    Published: Jan 1987


    Abstract

    In-situ deformation experiments have been performed in a 100-keV transmission electron microscope on aluminum which had been preirradiated with 600-MeV protons to a damage level of 1 to 5 dpa. The proton irradiation also produced helium and spallation product impurities. The intent was to determine which feature present in the irradiated microstructure produced the radiation strengthening observed earlier. The microstructure features resolved before deformation included small helium bubbles and dislocations. In-situ stressing produced dislocation motion. In observations performed during stress relaxation, local dislocation curvature indicated local strengthening. The strongest type of dislocation barrier was a presumed submicroscopic cluster defect; the helium filled bubbles were less effective obstacles to dislocation motion.

    Keywords:

    aluminum, radiation defects, electron microscopy, dislocation, helium bubble, hardening, transmutation atoms


    Paper ID: STP33838S

    Committee/Subcommittee: E10.07

    DOI: 10.1520/STP33838S


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