Recrystallization and Grain Growth Simulations for Multiple-pass Rolling and Annealing of U-10Mo
A simulation model of recrystallization and grain growth has been developed to investigate grain structure evolution during deformation and heat treatment in polycrystalline U-10wt% Mo (U-10Mo) fuel. Experimentally obtained U-10Mo microstructures were used as input for closed loop simulations of multiple rolling, intermediate heating and final annealing process. FEM calculations of deformation and Potts Model simulations of recrystallization and grain growth were used to iteratively inform each subsequent stage of simulation. The model was then applied to predict the grain structure evolution during multiple-pass hot rolling of U-10Mo, and benchmarked against experimentally observed U-10Mo recrystallization behavior. The results showed that our model was able to capture the coupling between deformation and recrystallization as a function of microstructure, including particle stimulated nucleation and recrystallization nucleation on grain boundaries. Additionally, we have achieved reasonable quantitative agreement with U-10Mo recrystallization and grain growth behavior.