Modeling of irradiation hardening of polycrystalline materials

Dongsheng Li, Hussein Zbib, Hamid Garmestani, Xin Sun, Mohammad Khaleel

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High energy particle irradiation of structural polycrystalline materials usually produces irradiation hardening and embrittlement. The development of predictive capability for the influence of irradiation on mechanical behavior is very important in materials design for next-generation reactors. A multiscale approach was implemented in this work to predict irradiation hardening of iron based structural materials. In the microscale, dislocation dynamics models were used to predict the critical resolved shear stress from the evolution of local dislocation and defects. In the macroscale, a viscoplastic self-consistent model was applied to predict the irradiation hardening in samples with changes in texture. The effects of defect density and texture were investigated. Simulated evolution of yield strength with irradiation agrees well with the experimental data of irradiation strengthening of stainless steel 304L, 316L and T91. This multiscale modeling can provide a guidance tool in performance evaluation of structural materials for next-generation nuclear reactors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2496-2501
Number of pages6
JournalComputational Materials Science
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2011


  • Defect density
  • Irradiation hardening
  • Multiscale modeling
  • Polycrystalline materials
  • Texture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Computational Mathematics

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