In recent years, the problem of void swelling has been treated within the framework of production bias model (PBM). The model considers the intracascade clustering of vacancies and self-interstitial atoms (SIAs), their thermal stability and the resulting asymmetry in the production of free and mobile vacancies and SIAs. The model also considers the influence of one-dimensional diffusional transport of glissile clusters of SIAs on damage accumulation in the form of voids and defect clusters.One of the major predictions of the PBM is that at a given irradiation temperature and damage rate, the void swelling should sensitively depend on the recoil energy since it affects strongly the intracascade clustering of SIAs and vacancies, particularly at lower recoil energies. In order to test the validity of this prediction directly by experiments, pure and annealed copper specimens were irradiated with 2.5 MeV electrons, 3 MeV protons and fission neutrons at about 520K. All three sets of irradiation experiments were carried out with a similar damage rate (of the order of 10-8 NRT dpa/s). Post-irradiation defect microstructures were investigated using electrical resistivity, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS). The accumulation of defects in the form of planar clusters as well as voids is found to increase substantially with increasing recoil energy. This is in good accord with the predictions of the PBM.
|Journal||Philosophical Magazine B|
|Publication status||Published - 2000|