Kinetics of Radiation-Induced Segregation in Ternary Alloys

    Published: Jan 1982

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    Model calculations of radiation-induced segregation in ternary alloys have been performed, using a simple theory. The theoretical model describes the coupling between the fluxes of radiation-induced defects and alloying elements in an alloy A-B-C by partitioning the defect fluxes into those occurring via A-, B-, and C-atoms, and the atom fluxes into those taking place via vacancies and interstitials. The defect and atom fluxes can be expressed in terms of concentrations and concentration gradients of all the species present. With reasonable simplifications, the radiation-induced segregation problem can be cast into a system of four coupled partial-differential equations, which can be solved numerically for appropriate initial and boundary conditions. Model calculations have been performed for ternary solid solutions intended to be representative of Fe-Cr-Ni and Ni-Al-Si alloys under various irradiation conditions. The dependence of segregation on both the alloy properties and the irradiation variables, e.g., temperature and displacement rate, was calculated. The sample calculations are in good qualitative agreement with the general trends of radiation-induced segregation observed experimentally.


    radiation effects, radiation-induced segregation, radiation-induced precipitation, phase instability, ternary alloys, computer modeling

    Author Information:

    Lam, NQ
    Materials Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL

    Kumar, A
    University of Missouri-Rolla, Rolla, M0

    Wiedersich, H
    Materials Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL

    Committee/Subcommittee: E10.07

    DOI: 10.1520/STP34393S

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