SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1975

Effect of Irradiation Parameters on Nickel-Ion Damage in Nickel


Void and dislocation structures have been studied in high-purity nickel which had been irradiated with 2.8 MeV38 Ni+ ions. The irradiation conditions included specimen temperatures between 325 and 725°C, calculated peak damage densities from 4 to 130 displacements per atom (dpa), and calculated peak displacement rates of 7 × 10-2 dpa/s and 7 × 10-4 dpa/s. For the irradiations at 7 × 10-2 dpa/s, voids were formed in specimens irradiated between 525 and 725°C. The maximum swelling at a damage level of 13 dpa was ΔV/V = 1.2 percent, observed in a specimen irradiated at 625°C. Irradiation of the same material to 13 dpa at 7 × 10-4 dpa/s shifted the void formation temperatures approximately 100°C lower and produced a maximum swelling of 2.3 percent at 550°C. For specimens irradiated at a displacement rate of 7 × 10-2 and a irradiation temperature of 575°C, the material was found to swell at a relatively rapid rate to a value of ΔV/V = 0.9 percent at 13 dpa. Above 13 dpa, the swelling rate was lower, and a value of ΔV/V = 2.2 percent was reached at 130 dpa. The results of analyses of these data by void nucleation and growth models are discussed.

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Sprague, JA
Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D. C.
Westmoreland, JE
Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D. C.
Smidt, FA
Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D. C.
Malmberg, PR
Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D. C.
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Developed by Committee: E10
Pages: 505–524
DOI: 10.1520/STP33711S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-4653-2
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-0539-3