Spherical nanoindentation stress-strain analysis of ion-irradiated tungsten

Siddhartha Pathak, Jordan S. Weaver, Cheng Sun, Yongqiang Wang, Surya R. Kalidindi, Nathan A. Mara

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This paper discusses applications of spherical nanoindentation stress-strain curves in characterizing the local mechanical behavior of materials with modified surfaces. Using ion-irradiated tungsten as a specific example, this paper demonstrates that a simple variation of the indenter size (radius) can identify the depth of the radiation-induced-damage zone, as well as quantify the behavior of the damaged zone itself. Using corresponding local structure information from electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) we look at (a) the elastic response, elasto-plastic transition, and onset of plasticity in ion-irradiated tungsten, zirconium and 304 stainless steel under indentation, and compare their relative mechanical behavior to the unirradiated state, (b) correlating these changes to the different grain orientations as a function of (c) irradiation from different sources (such as He, W, and He+W for tungsten samples).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMinerals, Metals and Materials Series
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)9783030046385, 9783030046392, 9783319515403, 9783319651354, 9783319728520, 9783319950211
StatePublished - 2019
Event18th International Conference on Environmental Degradation of Materials in Nuclear Power Systems – Water Reactors 2019 - Boston, United States
Duration: Aug 18 2019Aug 22 2019

Publication series

NameMinerals, Metals and Materials Series
ISSN (Print)2367-1181
ISSN (Electronic)2367-1696


Conference18th International Conference on Environmental Degradation of Materials in Nuclear Power Systems – Water Reactors 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors acknowledge funding from Department of Energy, Nuclear Engineering Enabling Technologies (DOE-NEET)—Reactor Materials program # DE-FOA-0000799, and University of California Office of the President (UCOP) under Award Number 12—LR237801 for this work. 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. SP gratefully acknowledges funding from the Los Alamos National Laboratory Director’s Postdoctoral Fellowship and University of Nevada, Reno start-up faculty funds for this work.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019, The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society.


  • Electron back-scattered diffraction
  • Nanoindentation stress-strain
  • Radiation damage gradient
  • Stress saturation
  • Transmission electron microscopy


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