A quantitative phase field model for hydride precipitation in zirconium alloys: Part I. Development of quantitative free energy functional

San-Qiang Shi, Zhihua Xiao

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A temperature dependent, quantitative free energy functional was developed for the modeling of hydride precipitation in zirconium alloys within a phase field scheme. The model takes into account crystallographic variants of hydrides, interfacial energy between hydride and matrix, interfacial energy between hydrides, elastoplastic hydride precipitation and interaction with externally applied stress. The model is fully quantitative in real time and real length scale, and simulation results were compared with limited experimental data available in the literature with a reasonable agreement. The work calls for experimental and/or theoretical investigations of some of the key material properties that are not yet available in the literature.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)323-329
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Nuclear Materials
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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