TOLLEY Alfredo Juan
The Influence of Microstructure on Blistering and Bubble Formation by He ion Irradiation in Al Alloys
S. SORIA; A. TOLLEY; E. SÁNCHEZ
JOURNAL OF NUCLEAR MATERIALS
ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
Lugar: Amsterdam; Año: 2015 vol. 457 p. 357 - 357
The influence of microstructure and composition on the effects of ion irradiation in Al alloys was studied combining Atomic Force Microscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy and Transmission Electron Microscopy. For this purpose, irradiation experiments with 20 keV He+ ions at room temperature were carried out in Al, an Al-4Cu (wt%) supersaturated solid solution, and an Al-5.6Cu-0.5Si-0.5Ge (wt.%) alloy with a very high density of precipitates, and the results Were compared. In Al and Al-4Cu, He bubbles were found with an average size in between 1 nm and 2 nm that was independent of fluence. The critical fluence for bubble formation was higher in Al-4Cu than in Al. He bubbles were also observed below the critical fluence after post irradiation annealing in Al-4Cu. The incoherent interfaces between the equilibrium phase and the Al matrix were found to be favourable sites for the formation of He bubbles. Instead, no bubbles were observed in the precipitate rich Al-5.6Cu-0.5Si-0.5Ge alloy. In all alloys, blistering was observed, leading to surface erosion by exfoliation. The blistering effects were more severe in the Al-5.6Cu-0.5Si-0.5Ge alloy, and they were enhanced by increasing the fluence rate.