Effect of neutron irradiation on rhenium cluster formation in tungsten and tungsten-rhenium alloys

Taehyun Hwang, Akira Hasegawa, Keiko Tomura, Naoki Ebisawa, Takeshi Toyama, Yasuyoshi Nagai, Makoto Fukuda, Takeshi Miyazawa, Teruya Tanaka, Shuhei Nogami

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To clarify the irradiation hardening behavior of neutron-irradiated tungsten(W), the formation behavior of rhenium(Re)-enriched cluster and W-Re precipitation with displacement damage in fission reactors environment was investigated by the atom probe tomography (APT) technique, and the results obtained by APT and microstructural observation by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) were compared. Neutron-irradiated pure W and W-10Re alloys were used for the analysis. These samples were irradiated to 0.96 dpa at 538 °C in a fast experimental reactor Joyo, and irradiated to 0.90 dpa at 500 °C in a mixed spectrum reactor HFIR. The chemical compositions of the matrix, Re clusters, and precipitates were determined by the AP analysis. The Joyo-irradiated samples contained lower levels of transmuted Re and Os, while the HFIR-irradiated samples contained higher levels of Re and Os. The Re-enriched clusters demonstrated characteristic spatial distribution related to defect cluster distribution in each irradiated specimen.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)78-86
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Nuclear Materials
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Aug 15


  • Atom probe tomography
  • Re clusters
  • Tungsten
  • Tungsten-rhenium alloys

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering


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