L.T. Belkacemi-Rebrab, E. Meslin, J-P. Crocombette, B. Radiguet, F. Leprêtre, B. Décamps

Journal of Nuclear Materials, January 2021, 152807

The evolution of radiation damage in steels is a major issue for the safe operation of nuclear power plants. Mn and Ni contribution to the formation and evolution of microstructural features remains a controversial issue. The present study aims at investigating their effects on microstructure by irradiating undersaturated BCC Fe-3.3at.%Ni and Fe-2.8at.%Mn model alloys. Two different ion irradiation conditions have been applied to study the effect of irradiation dose rate in both of these Fe-based alloys at a temperature of 673 K. In all cases, irradiation promotes the formation of dislocation loops. In the FeNi alloy, radiation-induced segregation is observed on loops, leading to precipitation of a FCC phase in the low dose rate irradiation condition only. In the case of FeMn, even if no precipitation was revealed, highly enriched decorated dislocation loops are observed, with a higher Mn segregation at radiation defects than Ni.

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