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A development of low-activation material for the first wall in future fusion reactor

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
2.04.00  Engineering sciences and technologies  Materials science and technology   

Code Science Field
T140  Technological sciences  Energy research 
T150  Technological sciences  Material technology 
fusion reactor, blanket, activation, SiC/SiC(f), infiltration, electrophoretic deposition, sintering
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Researchers (10)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  19029  PhD Nina Daneu  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2005 - 2008  428 
2.  02556  PhD Goran Dražić  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2005 - 2008  1,046 
3.  25652  PhD Tea Kapun  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Junior researcher  2005 - 2008  119 
4.  04355  PhD Spomenka Kobe  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2005 - 2008  767 
5.  04292  PhD Saša Novak Krmpotič  Materials science and technology  Head  2005 - 2008  669 
6.  05097  PhD Matjaž Ravnik  Energy engineering  Researcher  2005 - 2008  439 
7.  24271  Petra Rogan  Energy engineering  Researcher  2008  20 
8.  15597  PhD Zoran Samardžija  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2008  583 
9.  27819  PhD Luka Snoj  Energy engineering  Researcher  2008  1,889 
10.  18276  PhD Tomaž Žagar  Energy engineering  Researcher  2005 - 2007  279 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0106  Jožef Stefan Institute  Ljubljana  5051606000  91,921 
The aim of the proposed project is a development of SiC(f)/SiC composite for the first wall blanket in future fusion reactor. In reactor ITER steel will be used, since in this stage other materials do not meet the requirements yet, however, they are proposed to be achieved till the next stage of development of fusion reactor. In our investigation the objective is a composite based on 3-D SiC textile. Using a technique of electrophoretic infiltration of the textile perform with a slurry of fine SiC powder, we will try to prepare a composite, that will meet the requirements for use in fusion reactor, i.e. appropriate mechanical properties at approximately 1000 °C, impermeability for He and in particular low neutron activation. Since the electrophoretic infiltration, proposed as the technique for the preparation of composites, is not well understood yet and is still under development, a part of the study will be focused in deposition mechanisms and investigations of the key parameters. The main problem that has to be solved is densification at temperatures below 1500 °C. In order to achieve this goal, we will use powders with nano-sized particles as well as alternative additives that form transient melt (eutectic) in the required temperature range and that at the same time, will be significantly less activated that the conventional additives (B, C, Y2O3, Al2O3, AlN). Accordingly, we will study the radioactive behaviour of particular alternative elements and analyse the prepared samples after irradiation in reactor TRIGA. The samples will be also analysed for their structural, mechanical and thermal properties.
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