The effect of screw dislocation on Helium Bubble growth in Tungsten: molecular dynamic simulation study

ZX Wang and HX Xie and GH Lu, COMPUTATIONAL MATERIALS SCIENCE, 230, 112457 (2023).

DOI: 10.1016/j.commatsci.2023.112457

The effect of a 1/2111 screw dislocation on the growth of helium bubble in tungsten is investigated by molecular dynamics simulation method. When helium bubble grows at sites less than 3 nm away from the dislocation, tungsten self-interstitial atoms (SIAs) pushed out by the growing bubble are absorbed by and then migrate rapidly along the dislocation line, inducing the screw dislocation to evolve into a helical configuration. The existence of screw dislocation can facilitate the growth of helium bubble. The interaction energies between the screw dislocation and point defects (helium, SIA and vacancy) are calculated. The interaction energies are all negative, indicating that the screw dislocation can attract and serve as a sink for these point defects. Further investigation shows that the interactions between the screw dislocation and these point defects are local, and stem from the special stress distribution pattern of the screw dislocation.

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