Response of nanoclusters in a 9Cr ODS steel to 1 dpa, 525 °c proton irradiation


Ferritic-martensitic (F/M) alloys are expected to play an important role as cladding or structural components in Generation IV and other advanced nuclear systems operating in the temperature range 350-700 °C and to doses up to 200 displacements per atom (dpa). Oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) F/M steels have been developed to operate at higher temperatures than traditional F/M steels. These steels contain nanometer-sized Y-Ti-O nanoclusters for additional strengthening. A proton irradiation to 1 dpa at 525 °C has been performed on a 9Cr ODS steel to determine the nanocluster stability at low dose. The evolution of the nanocluster population and the composition at the nanocluster-matrix interface were studied using electron microscopy and atom probe tomography. The data from this study are contrasted to those from a previous study on heavy-ion irradiated 9Cr ODS steel. \textcopyright 2010 Published by Elsevier B.V.

In: Journal of Nuclear Materials, (407), 1, pp. 2–9,