MSE-600 / 2 credits

Teacher(s): Bertsch Johannes, Dai Yong, Pouchon Manuel Alexandre, Schäublin Robin, Seifert Hans-Peter, Spätig Philippe

Language: English

Remark: Next time: Fall 2023


Every 2 years


The purpose of this course is to provide the necessary background to understand the effects of irradiation on pure metals and on alloys used in the nuclear industry. The relation between the radiation-induced defects and the evolution of the mechanical properties is highlighted.


1. Fundamentals of radiation damage


  • Defect production
  • Defect accumulation
  • Irradiation modes (electrons, ions, neutrons)


    2. Investigation tools


  • Numerical tools (molecular dynamics, kinetic rate theory, Monte Carlo methods, dislocation dynamics)
  • Experimental tools (transmission electron microscopy, small angle neutron scattering, positron annihilation spectrometry, field ion microscopy, internal friction)


    3.Materials for fission reactors


    4.Materials for thermonuclear fusion reactors


Radiation, mechanical properties, fission reactors, fusion reactors, nuclear reactors, irradiated materials

Learning Prerequisites

Recommended courses

Theory of point defects and dislocations

In the programs

  • Exam form: Oral (session free)
  • Subject examined: Effects of radiation on materials
  • Lecture: 28 Hour(s)
  • Type: optional

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