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An in situ study on Kr ion–irradiated crystalline Cu/amorphous-CuNb nanolaminates

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  04 March 2019

Zhe Fan*
Affiliation:
School of Materials Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907, USA
Cuncai Fan*
Affiliation:
School of Materials Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907, USA
Jin Li
Affiliation:
School of Materials Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907, USA
Zhongxia Shang
Affiliation:
School of Materials Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907, USA
Sichuang Xue
Affiliation:
School of Materials Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907, USA
Marquis A. Kirk
Affiliation:
Nuclear Engineering Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois 60439, USA
Meimei Li
Affiliation:
Nuclear Engineering Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois 60439, USA
Haiyan Wang
Affiliation:
School of Materials Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907, USA; and School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907, USA
Xinghang Zhang*
Affiliation:
School of Materials Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907, USA
*
a)Address all correspondence to these authors. e-mail: zfan.phd@gmail.com
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Abstract

Nanocrystalline and nanolaminated materials show enhanced radiation tolerance compared with their coarse-grained counterparts, since grain boundaries and layer interfaces act as effective defect sinks. Although the effects of layer interface and layer thickness on radiation tolerance of crystalline nanolaminates have been systematically studied, radiation response of crystalline/amorphous nanolaminates is rarely investigated. In this study, we show that irradiation can lead to formation of nanocrystals and nanotwins in amorphous CuNb layers in Cu/amorphous-CuNb nanolaminates. Substantial element segregation is observed in amorphous CuNb layers after irradiation. In Cu layers, both stationary and migrating grain boundaries effectively interact with defects. Furthermore, there is a clear size effect on irradiation-induced crystallization and grain coarsening. In situ studies also show that crystalline/amorphous interfaces can effectively absorb defects without drastic microstructural change, and defect absorption by grain boundary and crystalline/amorphous interface is compared and discussed. Our results show that tailoring layer thickness can enhance radiation tolerance of crystalline/amorphous nanolaminates and can provide insights for constructing crystalline/amorphous nanolaminates under radiation environment.

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These authors contributed equally to this work.

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