Concentrated alloys under irradiation can be modelled as a collection of atoms which exchange lattice sites according to two mechanisms occurring in parallel: thermally activated jumps of point defects and forced jumps imposed by the replacement collisions or cascade core mixing. Several techniques are presented for handling such a model: in particular, stochastic potentials which play a role similar to the free energy can be computed in simple cases; dynamical-equilibrium phase diagrams can be constructed, and the evolution of the precipitate morphology for varying irradiation conditions can be modelled. The basic techniques are briefly introduced and some successful applications of the model are exemplified: they deal with the inversion of phase stability in Ni4Mo, the existence of capillarity-like effects, the various dissolution modes of ordered precipitates and the effects of cascade size and density on two-phase equilibria under irradiation.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics
- Materials Science(all)
- Nuclear Energy and Engineering