A model of phase-separation kinetics in systems exposed to energetic particle irradiation has been extended to include the effects of mobile dislocations. It is shown that when dislocations are allowed to participate in the decomposition reaction, phase separation can occur at temperatures above the coherent spinodal, which is in agreement with several experiments on irradiated alloys. A linear stability analysis of the governing kinetic equations is performed and three regimes of microstructural evolution are identified within the parameter space of damage cascade size vs incident flux: complete phase separation, solid-solution behavior, and compositional patterning. In addition, numerical simulations of the evolving dislocation density and composition fields are performed. The numerical results provide the amplitude and wavelength of the stable patterns that can form under irradiation and elucidate the role of misfit dislocations in reducing the coherency strain due to atomic size mismatch.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|State||Published - May 11 2011|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics