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Bubble Formation in Zr Alloys Under Heavy Ion Implantation

  • Luciano Pagano (a1), Arthur T. Motta (a1) and Robert C. Birtcher (a2)


We report here the results of a study conducted to examine the effect of Kr ion irradiation on bubble formation in Zr alloys. We used the HVEM/Tandem facility at Argonne National Laboratory to irradiate several Zr alloys, including Zircaloy-2 and Zircaloy-4, at temperatures from 300 to 800 C and to doses up to 2 ×−2. Both in-situ irradiation of thin foils as well as irradiation of bulk samples with an ion implanter were used in this study. For the thin foil irradiations, a distribution of small bubbles in the range of 30-100 Å was found, at all temperatures with the exception of the Cr-rich Valloy where bubbles of 130 Å were found. The irradiation of bulk samples at high temperature (700–800 C) produced large faceted bubbles (up to 300 Å) after irradiation to 2 ×−2. The results are examined in the context of existing models for bubble formation and growth in other metals.



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