The effect of thermal aging of homogenized Fe-Au and Fe-Au-W alloys, irradiated at room temperature with hydrogen ions, was studied for an aging treatment at 300 °C for aging times up to 100 h. The aging behavior of the Fe-based alloys is compared to the results for pure Fe. The precipitation behavior of Au-rich and W-rich precipitates and its correlation to the H+ irradiation-induced defects is investigated by variable energy positron annihilation spectroscopy (VEPAS). The formation of open-volume defects after irradiation is monitored by an increase in the S parameter, while the recovery of the vacancy-like defects and the formation of precipitates are signalled by an increase in the W parameter. Au-rich precipitation continuously develops during long-term aging, as indicated by the increase in the W parameter. The change of the W parameter in the Fe-Au-W alloy is not only due to the effect of solute W on the Au precipitates, but also because of the interface of W-rich Laves phase with matrix.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms|
|Publication status||Published - 2021|
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- Fe-based alloys
- Hydrogen ion irradiation
- Positron annihilation spectroscopy
- Thermal aging