Effects of Neutron and Ion Irradiation on Nuclear Materials

A special issue of Crystals (ISSN 2073-4352). This special issue belongs to the section "Inorganic Crystalline Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 424

Special Issue Editors

School of Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an 710072, China
Interests: nuclear materials; neutron and ion irradiation; radiation

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Guest Editor
School of Nuclear Science and Technology, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an 710049, China
Interests: nuclear fuels; Irradiation damage; nuclear waste disposal

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Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 200050, China
Interests: structural ceramics; microstructural analysis; TEM; irradiation damage; behavior of defects

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Irradiation damage is a critical issue for nuclear materials. Neutrons react with material to form various fission and transmutation products, which can seriously affect the performance of materials, such as the thermal properties, mechanical properties, corrosion resistance and other properties. In addition, ion irradiation is widely used to simulate neutron irradiation to study the irradiation behavior of materials. Considering the importance of the fundamental research on the effects of ion irradiation on crystalline materials, we are putting forward this Special Issue on “Effects of Neutron and Ion Irradiation on Nuclear Materials”.

This Special Issue aims to publish research on the various defects and microstructure evolution induced by neutron and ion irradiation (e.g., voids, dislocation loops, He bubbles, phase change) in different kinds of materials in nuclear systems (e.g., fuels, cladding, core structures, pressure vessels and control components for fission reactors, and the first walls for fusion reactors) and evaluate the effects of these microstructure changes on the macroscopic properties of crystalline materials. Both original research papers and review articles summarizing recent progress in this field are welcome.

Dr. Chao Ye
Dr. Penghui Lei
Dr. Weichao Bao
Guest Editors

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  • nuclear materials
  • neutron and ion irradiation
  • irradiation damage and effects
  • microstructure and defect evolution
  • synergistic effect between irradiation and corrosion

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