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Helium Irradiation Induced Ultra-High Strength Nanotwinned Cu with Nanovoids

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Abstract: There are increasing studies that show nanotwinned (NT) metals have enhanced radiation tolerance. However, the mechanical deformability of irradiated nanotwinned metals is a largely under explored subject. Here we investigate the mechanical properties of He ion irradiated nanotwinned Cu with preexisting nanovoids. In comparison with coarse-grained Cu, nanovoid nanotwinned (NV-NT) Cu exhibits prominently improved radiation tolerance. Furthermore, in situ micropillar compression tests show that the irradiated NV-NT Cu has an ultrahigh yield strength of ~ 1.4 GPa with significant plasticity. Post radiation analyses show that twin boundaries are decorated with He bubbles and thick stacking faults. These stacking fault modified twin boundaries introduce significant strengthening in NT Cu. This study provides further insight into the design of high-strength, advanced radiation tolerant nanostructured materials for nuclear reactor applications.

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