Investigating the atomic-scale irradiation damage in an Inconel 617 superalloy

Inconel 617 nickel-based alloy is a candidate material for components with a variety of applications in Gen IV fission reactors. However, significant research is still required to characterise this alloy’s microstructural response, and hence degradation in mechanical properties, when subject to a combination of irradiation and elevated temperatures.  This project, in collaboration with the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), will implement atom probe tomography (APT) for atomic-scale characterisation of Inconel 617 microstructure evolution when systematically subjected to a combination of heat treatments, high pressure torsion and ion irradiation.  

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