Using lifetime of point defects for dislocation bias in bcc Fe

JN Hao and L Casillas-Trujillo and HX Xu, CURRENT OPINION IN SOLID STATE & MATERIALS SCIENCE, 26, 101021 (2022).

DOI: 10.1016/j.cossms.2022.101021

The interaction between dislocations and point defects is key to deformation processes and microstructural evolution of structural materials. In this work, we compute the lifetime of point defects to describe their interaction with dislocations. This approach can accurately account for the effects of the dislocation core and anisotropic defect dynamics to accumulatively determine the capture efficiency, sink strength, and dislocation bias at different temperatures and dislocation densities. Particularly, the absorption of point defects by straight screw and edge dislocations in a model bcc iron system is studied. The maximum swelling rates based on the obtained bias factors are in close agreement with a variety of experimental measurements, including both neutron and ion-irradiation data, especially when considering the survival fraction for point defects from displacement cascades. This approach applies to many other processes and sinks, such as dislocation loops and interfaces, providing a powerful means to develop fundamental insights critical for improving radiation resis-tance and mechanical properties of structural materials through controlling defect interaction and evolution.

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