Atomistic simulations to study the effect of helium nanobubble on the shear deformation of nickel crystal

AK Sharma and SS Sharma and SK Singh and A Parashar, JOURNAL OF NUCLEAR MATERIALS, 557, 153245 (2021).

DOI: 10.1016/j.jnucmat.2021.153245

So far, many theoretical and experimental studies have investigated the detrimental effect of helium nanobubble on the mechanical properties of nuclear structural materials. In this article, effort s have been made to study the effect of helium nanobubble on the onset of plastic deformation in a single crystal Ni. The onset of plastic deformation has been quantified as a function of the orientation of slip planes with shear force and configuration of helium nanobubbles. Two configurations were generated for he-lium nanobubble, one with radius fixed where the He to Ni vacancy ratio was varied. In contrast, the ratio was kept constant in another configuration, and the nanobubble radius was varied. From the sim-ulation, it was predicted that irrespective of the orientation of Ni crystal with respect to shear forces, helium nanobubble has a detrimental effect on the mechanical properties of the single-crystal Ni. Com-pared to the size of helium nanobubble, the higher concentration of helium atoms in the nanobubble has a more detrimental effect on mechanical strength. The focus of nuclear scientists is to develop future generation nuclear reactors and predict the safe life cycle of existing nuclear structures, which are in use for a long time. Helium nanobubbles change the mechanical behavior of underlying nuclear material in an effective manner. The results presented in this article will help in developing a better understanding of the deformation in irradiated Ni crystal. (c) 2021 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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