Predicting radiation damage

A predictive model could help materials scientists understand the effects of radiation on the microstructure of iron and other materials, according to results published in the January issue of Nature Materials. Radiation-induced defects affect directly the microstructure of a material and so change its mechanical properties. The nuclear industry is keen to understand the kinetics of such changes, now that might be possible, thanks to the model developed by a team at the Nuclear Energy Division of the French Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique.