Influence of hydrogen addition to a sweep gas on tritium behavior in a blanket module containing Li2TiO3 pebbles

K. Katayama, Y. Someya, K. Tobita, S. Fukada, Y. Hatano, T. Chikada

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Hydrogen addition to a sweep gas of a solid breeder blanket module has been proposed to enhance tritium recovery from the surface of the breeders. However, the influence of hydrogen addition on the bred tritium behavior is not understood completely. Tritium behavior in the simplified blanket module of Li2TiO3 pebbles was numerically calculated considering diffusion in the grain bulk, surface reactions on the grain surface and permeation through the cooling pipe. Although a partial pressure of T2 increases with increasing a partial pressure of H2 in the sweep gas, it was estimated that tritium permeation rate to the cooling water decreases. Additionally, the release duration of water vapor generated by the reaction of the pebbles and hydrogen is shortened with increasing a partial pressure of H2. Tritium inventory in the grain bulk and the grain surface occupies 99.6 % of total tritium inventory in the blanket module.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)221-226
Number of pages6
JournalFusion Engineering and Design
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes


  • Isotope exchange
  • LiTiO
  • Permeation
  • Tritium
  • Water formation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanical Engineering


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