Stability and mobility of small vacancy-solute complexes in Fe-MnNi and dilute Fe-X alloys: A kinetic Monte Carlo study
2015 (English)In: Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms, ISSN 0168-583X, Vol. 352, 61-66 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Manganese and nickel solute atoms in irradiated ferritic steels play a major role in the nanostructural evolution of reactor pressure vessels (RPV), as they are responsible for the formation of embrittling nanofeatures even in the absence of copper. The stability and mobility of small vacancy solute clusters is here studied with an atomistic kinetic Monte Carlo approach based on ab initio calculations, in order to investigate the influence of Mn and Ni on the early life of small radiation-induced vacancy clusters, and to provide the necessary parameters for advanced object kinetic Monte Carlo simulations of the RPV long-term nanostructural evolution. Migration barriers are obtained by direct ab initio calculations or through a binding energy model based on ab initio data. Our results show a clear immobilizing and stabilizing effect on vacancy clusters as the solute content is increased, whereas the only evident difference between the two solute species is a somewhat longer elongation of the cluster mean free path in the presence of a few Mn atoms.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2015. Vol. 352, 61-66 p.
Ferritic alloys, AKMC, Vacancy diffusion, Solute clusters
Condensed Matter Physics
Research subject Physics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-163932DOI: 10.1016/j.nimb.2014.12.032ISI: 000355053200015OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-163932DiVA: diva2:802780
FunderEU, FP7, Seventh Framework ProgrammeGöran Gustafsson Foundation for promotion of scientific research at Uppala University and Royal Institute of Technology
QC 2015504202015-04-132015-04-132015-11-23Bibliographically approved