Austenitic 21Cr32Ni model alloy thin foils, previously irradiated with 5 MeV Fe++ ions in bulk to create voids, were re-irradiated in-situ in the Intermediate Voltage Electron Microscope Facility (IVEM). The voids which had been formed under bulk-ion irradiation shrank and disappeared after in-situ Kr ion irradiation in the temperature range 50 K-713 K to an additional dose of 1 dpa. The voids were unaffected by eithersuccessive thermal annealing to 673 K and by prolonged exposure to the 200 keV electron beam at the irradiation temperature. The high void shrinkage rate observed did not change significantly for irradiation temperatures between 50 K and 713 K, suggesting that the void shrinkage process in thin foils during in-situ heavy-ion irradiation results from the interactions of displacement cascades with the voids. Possible void shrinkage mechanisms under thin foil irradiation are discussed in this study.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics
- Materials Science(all)
- Nuclear Energy and Engineering