Orientation relationship formed during irradiation induced precipitation of W in Cu

Kaiping Tai, Robert S. Averback, Pascal Bellon, Nhon Vo, Yinon Ashkenazy, Shen J. Dillon*

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Irradiation of dilute Cu-W alloys with 1.8 MeV Kr+ between 300 K and 573 K is found to induce nucleation of a high density of W nano-precipitates. HRTEM and aberration-corrected STEM reveal that the ∼3 nm precipitates have a preferred orientation relationship with the matrix. A variant of the Bain relationship exists with preferred alignment occurring along Cu〈2 2 0〉|| W〈010〉, with small angular differences amongst the particles, which is compensated by interfacial dislocations or strain. The formation mechanism for such an orientation relationship is rationalized on the basis that small W clusters form within the local melt of an energetic displacements cascade, resulting in the partial alignment of the nanoprecipitates with the Cu lattice as the Cu solidifies.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)126-129
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Nuclear Materials
Issue number1-3
StatePublished - 19 Aug 2014

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This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences , under Award # DEFG02-05ER46217 . It was carried out, in part, in the Materials Research Laboratory Central Facilities at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


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