2023 journal article

A machine learning microstructurally predictive framework for the failure of hydrided zirconium alloys

Npj Materials Degradation.

co-author countries: United States of America πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
Source: ORCID
Added: March 31, 2023

Abstract Hydride precipitation within zirconium alloys affects ductility and fracture behavior. The complex distribution of hydrides and their interaction with defects, such as dislocations, have a significant role in crack nucleation and failure. Hence, there is substantial variability in the microstructural behavior of hydrided zirconium. A deterministic fracture model coupled to a dislocation-density based crystalline plasticity approach was used to predict failure. Deterministic simulations were used to develop a database of crack initiation for representative microstructural characteristics, such as texture, crystalline structure, hydride orientations and spacing, and hydride geometry. The machine learning (ML) analysis is based on Extreme Value Theory (EVT) and a Bayesian based Gaussian Process Regression (GPR). Fracture probability is significantly influenced by hydride orientation and dislocation-density interactions. Furthermore, surrogate reduced order models (ROM) models were used to predict the likelihood of failure. This approach provides a ML framework to predict failure at different physical scales.