Materials and Nanoscience, Nebraska Center for (NCMN)



Qing Su

Date of this Version



Crystals 2019, 9, 147


© 2019 by the authors. Open access doi:10.3390/cryst9030147


The management of irradiation defects is one of key challenges for structural materials in current and future reactor systems. To develop radiation tolerant alloys for service in extreme irradiation environments, the Fe self-ion radiation response of nanocomposites composed of amorphous silicon oxycarbide (SiOC) and crystalline Fe(Cr) were examined at 10, 20, and 50 displacements per atom damage levels. Grain growth in width direction was observed to increase with increasing irradiation dose in both Fe(Cr) films and Fe(Cr) layers in the nanocomposite after irradiation at room temperature. However, compared to the Fe(Cr) film, the Fe(Cr) layers in the nanocomposite exhibited ~50% less grain growth at the same damage levels, suggesting that interfaces in the nanocomposite were defect sinks. Moreover, the addition of Cr to α-Fe was shown to suppress its grain growth under irradiation for both the composite and non-composite case, consistent with earlier molecular dynamic (MD) modeling studies.