Understanding the Subsurface Microstructure and Thermal Behavior of Model Oxide Dispersion Strengthened Alloys Through FIB_SEM and TEM

K. G. Raghavendra, M. Sivakumar, Pradyumna Kumar Parida, Arup Dasgupta

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Abstract

A potential but an underexplored application of FIB_SEM is its ability to image the subsurface microstructure and capability for an associated chemical analysis. In this article, agglomerated microstructures of two model oxide dispersion strengthened alloy systems, consisting of ZrO2 and Y2O3 dispersions, are evaluated to understand its elevated temperature behaviors. The systems under evaluation are relevant as candidate nuclear structural materials for next-generation fast breeder reactors, and FIB_SEM technique is effectively used along with TEM and EDS for a comprehensive understanding of the material microstructure, and the results are discussed. Distinct microstructures are observed for the two systems with a difference in crystallite size distribution and presence of micron-sized dispersoids in Y2O3. The varied behavior of dispersoids is discussed in terms of its pre-annealing microstructures, and the superiority of ZrO2 over Y2O3 as a dispersoid for ODS alloys is emphasized.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)86-95
Number of pages10
JournalMetallography, Microstructure, and Analysis
Volume13
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2024

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Metals and Alloys

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