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Stability of γ′ Precipitates in Nickel Based Oxide Dispersion-Strengthened Superalloys under High-Temperature and Heavy Irradiation Conditions
Azusa KonnoNaoko H. OonoShigeharu UkaiSosuke KondoOkinobu HashitomiAkihiko Kimura
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2019 Volume 60 Issue 11 Pages 2260-2266

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The stability of cuboidal γ′ precipitates under heavy irradiation was studied for newly developed Ni-based Oxide Dispersion-Strengthened (ODS) superalloys, to explore the suitability of these as core structural materials in Very High-temperature Reactors (VHTR) or Gas-cooled Fast Reactors (GFR). Ion irradiation was applied at a dose level of 100 dpa at 873 K, 1073 K and 1273 K. Under these conditions, γ′ precipitates retained their cuboidal shape at 873 K, were deformed somewhat at 1073 K (as predicted by the Nelson-Hudson-Mazey (NHM) model), and were massively deformed and agglomerated at 1273 K. This deformation-agglomeration process is attributed to cascade collision, whereby the increased Gibbs free energy of the disordered phase induces a change in element distribution inside the irradiated area. Ordered, cuboidal γ′ precipitates were reproduced from the disordered state after cooling and the cessation of ion irradiation.

Fig. 8 The picture arranged the sequential phenomenon at the irradiated area at 1273 K. Fullsize Image
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