Effect of α-Recoil Damage on the Elastic Moduli of Zircon and Tourmaline
The elastic moduli of natural radiation-damaged zircons and thermal neutron irradiated tourmalines have been studied. A systematic and very marked decrease of the elastic moduli with radiation damage has been observed. The bulk moduli obtained for the damaged zircons and tourmalines were compared with the theoretical estimates of bulk moduli for irradiated materials containing spherical and nonspherical distributions of defects, displacement cascades, voids and cracks.
KeywordsElastic Modulus Bulk Modulus Radiation Damage Shear Wave Velocity Shear Modulo
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