Application of a three-feature dispersed-barrier hardening model to neutron-irradiated Fe–Cr model alloy

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  • Frank Bergner
  • Cristelle Pareige
  • Mercedes Hernandez Mayoral
  • Lorenzo Malerba
  • Cornelia Heintze

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An attempt is made to quantify the contributions of different types of defect-solute clusters to the total irradiation-induced yield stress increase in neutron-irradiated (300 C, 0.6 dpa), industrial-purity Fe–Cr model alloys (target Cr contents of 2.5, 5, 9 and 12 at.% Cr). Former work based on the application of transmission electron microscopy, atom probe tomography, and small-angle neutron scattering revealed the formation of dislocation loops, NiSiPCr-enriched clusters and a0-phase particles, which act as obstacles to dislocation glide. The values of the dimensionless obstacle strength are estimated in the framework of a three-feature dispersed-barrier hardening model. Special attention is paid to the effect of measuring errors, experimental details and model details on the estimates. The three families of obstacles and the hardening model are well capable of reproducing the observed yield stress increase as a function of Cr content, suggesting that the nanostructural features identified experimentally are the main, if not the only, causes of irradiation hardening in these model alloys.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)96-102
JournalJournal of Nuclear Materials
Publication statusPublished - May 2014


  • radiation hardening, Fe-Cr alloys

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