Irradiation creep is known to be an important process for structural materials in nuclear environments, potentially leading to creep failure at temperatures where thermal creep is generally negligible. While there is a great deal of data for irradiation creep in steels and zirconium alloys in light water reactor conditions, much less is known for first wall materials under fusion energy conditions. Lacking suitable fusion neutron sources for detailed experimentation, modeling, and simulation can help bridge the dose-rate and spectral-effects gap and produce quantifiable expectations for creep deformation of first wall materials under standard fusion conditions. In this paper, we develop a comprehensive model for irradiation creep created from merging a crystal plasticity representation of the dislocation microstructure and a defect evolution simulator that accounts for the entire cluster dimensionality space. Both approaches are linked by way of a climb velocity that captures dislocation-biased defect absorption and a dislocation strengthening term that reflects the accumulation of defect clusters in the system. We carry out our study in Fe under first wall fusion reactor conditions, characterized by a fusion neutron spectrum with average recoil energies of 20 keV and a damage dose rate of dpa/s at temperatures between 300 and 800 K.
Physics-based model of irradiation creep for ferritic materials under fusion energy operation conditions
Note: This paper is part of the Special Topic on Radiation Effects in Materials.
Qianran Yu, Giacomo Po, Jaime Marian; Physics-based model of irradiation creep for ferritic materials under fusion energy operation conditions. J. Appl. Phys. 14 December 2022; 132 (22): 225101. https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0101561
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