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Costa D.,Lille University of Science and Technology | Costa D.,Electricite de France | Costa D.,Laboratory Communications Etude et Modelisation des Microstructures Pour le Vieillissement des Materiaux | Adjanor G.,Electricite de France | And 8 more authors.
Journal of Nuclear Materials | Year: 2014

The first step towards the understanding and the modelling of the Fe-Cr alloy kinetic properties consists in estimating the migration energies related to the processes that drive the microstructure evolution. The vacancy's migration barrier is expected to depend on the vacancy-migrating atom pair atomic environment as pointed out by Nguyen-Manh et al. or Bonny et al. In this paper, we address the issue of the dependence on the vacancy's local atomic environment of both the vacancy migration energy and the configurational energy change ΔE that occurs when the vacancy jumps towards one of its nearest neighbour sites. A DFT approach is used to determine the ground state energy associated to a given configuration of the system. The results are interpreted in the light of the chromium-chromium and chromium-vacancy binding energies as well as the substitutional chromium atoms magnetic properties. © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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