Effects of He radiation on cavity distribution and hardness of bulk nanolayered Cu-Nb composites

L. X. Yang, S. J. Zheng, Y. T. Zhou, J. Zhang, Y. Q. Wang, C. B. Jiang, N. A. Mara, I. J. Beyerlein, X. L. Ma

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Interface engineering is an important strategy for developing radiation tolerant materials. In prior work, bulk nanolayered composites fabricated by accumulative roll bonding (ARB) showed outstanding radiation resistance. However, the effects of layer thickness and radiation conditions on damage distributions and their effect on hardness have not been explored. Here, we use transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and nanoindentation to investigate the effects of radiation on the distribution of radiation-induced cavities and post-radiation hardness in ARB nanolayered Cu-Nb composites. We show that whether the cavities cross the interface depends on layer thickness and temperature, and that, remarkably, radiation could generate softening, not always hardening. We posit that the softening mainly results from the recovery of dislocations stored in the crystal after the bulk forming ARB processing due to He radiation and this phenomenon offsets radiation-induced hardening as layers become finer and temperatures rise.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)311-316
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Nuclear Materials
StatePublished - Apr 15 2017

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
S. Z. gratefully acknowledges support for this research by ?Hundred Talents Project? of Chinese Academy of Sciences, ?Thousand Youth Talents Plan? of China, National Natural Science Foundation of China (grant number 51401208), and Shenyang National Laboratory for Materials Science (grant number 2015RP18). This work was performed, in part, at the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, an Office of Science User Facility operated for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science. Los Alamos National Laboratory, an affirmative action equal opportunity employer, is operated by Los Alamos National Security, LLC, for the National Nuclear Security Administration of the U.S. Department of Energy under contract DE-AC52-06NA25396.


  • Cavity
  • Interface
  • Nanolayered composite
  • Radiation
  • Softening

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