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High radiation tolerance of an ultrastrong nanostructured NiCoCr alloy with stable dispersed nanooxides and fine grain struct...

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Journal of Nuclear Materials
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153316 to 8

The present paper reports the irradiation behavior of nanostructured NiCoCr medium entropy alloy enhanced by Y-Hf-O nanooxides and fine grains produced by powder metallurgy. Ion beam irradiation to a peak dose of 130 dpa at 580°C produced neither detectable void swelling nor irradiation-induced hardening, in contrast to significant void swelling and property degradation of single phase NiCoCr concentrated solid-solution alloy under the similar irradiation condition. The dispersed nanooxides and high density of grain boundaries act as defect sinks that effectively annihilate irradiation-induced interstitials and vacancies. Furthermore, high-density nanooxides maintain their crystalline structures and stabilize the grain boundaries during irradiation.