Microstructure-specific hardening of ferritic-martensitic steels pre and post 15 dpa neutron irradiation at 330 °C: A dislocation dynamics study

Michael Mahler, Giacomo Po, Yinan Cui, Nasr Ghoniem, Jarir Aktaa

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Abstract

In this work, we used Dislocation Dynamics (DD) simulations to investigate the role of the hierarchical defects microstructure of ferritic-martensitic steel Eurofer97 in determining its hardening behavior. A Representative Volume Element (RVE) for DD simulation is identified based on the typical martensitic lath size. Material properties for DD simulations in b.c.c Eurofer97 are determined, including the dislocation mobility parameters. The dependence of material parameters on temperature is fitted to experimental yield strength measurements carried out at room temperature and 330 °C, respectively. Voids and precipitates observed in the microstructure, such as M23C6 and Tantalum-rich MX, are considered in our DD simulations as inclusions with realistic size distribution and volume density, while 〈1 1 1〉 -and 〈1 0 0〉 -type irradiation loops are included directly in the DD simulations. The lath structure, together with its typical precipitates arrangement and the different crystallographic orientation of the martensitic blocks can also be captured in the simulations. DD simulations are used to extract microstructure-specific hardening parameters, which can be used to simulate the properties of Eurofer97 at the engineering scale.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number100814
JournalNuclear Materials and Energy
Volume26
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2021

Keywords

  • Defect interaction
  • Dislocation dynamics
  • Eurofer
  • Ferritic-martensitic
  • Irradiation hardening

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science (miscellaneous)
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering

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