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Mechanical properties of fluorite-related oxides subjected to swift ion irradiation: Pyrochlore and zirconia

Abstract : The modifications of the mechanical properties of related-fluorite oxides (cubic zirconia [c-ZrO(2)] and pyrochlores [Gd(2)(Ti(1-x)Zr(x))(2)O(7) with x = 0.5 and x = 1]) induced by swift heavy ion irradiation are investigated. Polycrystalline pellets of both materials were irradiated at room temperature with 940 MeV Pb or 870 MeV Xe ions at the GANIL accelerator in Caen at fluences ranging from 2 x 10(11) to 10(13) cm(-2). Residual macroscopic stresses induced by irradiation were determined using X-ray diffraction and the sin(2)psi method. The microhardness and the fracture toughness of irradiated samples were studied by Vickers micro-indentation. Amorphization occurs in Gd(2)TiZrO(7) and not in Gd(2)Zr(2)O(7) and c-ZrO(2). The mechanical behavior of materials is found to be closely related to the residual stresses induced in the surface layer by irradiation. Compressive stresses are generated in c-ZrO(2) and Gd(2)TiZrO(7) (leading to an increase of fracture toughness), whereas tensile stresses (inducing a large decrease of fracture toughness) are observed in Gd(2)Zr(2)O(7) due to the lattice contraction related to a pyrochlore fluorite -> transition. (c) 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
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G. Sattonnay, S. Moll, V. Desbrosses, V. M. Bekale, C. Legros, et al.. Mechanical properties of fluorite-related oxides subjected to swift ion irradiation: Pyrochlore and zirconia. 15th International Conference of the Radiation Effects in Insulators, Aug 2009, Padova, Italy. pp.3040-3043, ⟨10.1016/j.nimb.2010.05.035⟩. ⟨in2p3-00667308⟩

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