AbstractNickel-based alloys offer exceptional mechanical properties and corrosion resistance for various applications in extreme environments such as high neutron flux, temperature, and stress. Precipitates, resulting from thermal treatments, increase the strength and creep resistance of these alloys. In this study, heavy ion irradiation is shown to destabilize the ?’ and ?’’ precipitates in Inconel 718 nickel-based alloy by disordering and dissolution processes. Transmission electron microscopy and atom probe tomography reveal that the disordering and dissolution rates of the precipitates are proportional to both irradiation dose and dose rate. Irradiation induced disordering occurs at a higher rate than the dissolution. From analyzing the hardening contributions, microscale mechanical results suggest radiation-induced disordering is responsible for the majority of the softening response at low dose. In addition, low dose radiation-induced disordering results in strain localization and is believed to be the primary cause for the drastic degradation of uniform elongation and toughness in irradiated Inconel 718.
Published: May 5, 2023