Recent progress of tungsten R&D for fusion application in Japan

Y. Ueda, H. T. Lee, N. Ohno, S. Kajita, A. Kimura, R. Kasada, T. Nagasaka, Y. Hatano, A. Hasegawa, H. Kurishita, Y. Oya

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The status of ongoing research projects of tungsten R&D in Japan is summarized in this paper. For tungsten material development, a new improved fabrication technique, the so-called superplasticity-based microstructural modification, is described. This technique successfully improved fracture strength and ductility at room temperature. Recent results on vacuum plasma spray W coating and W brazing on ferritic steels and vanadium alloys are explained. Feasibility of these techniques for the manufacture of the blanket is successfully demonstrated. The latest findings on the effect of neutron damage in tungsten on T retention and on the change in mechanical and electrical properties are described. Retention characteristics for neutron-damaged W were different compared to those for ion-damaged W. Upon neutron irradiation, tungsten alloys containing transmutation elements of W (Re and Os) show changes in properties that are different compared with those shown by pure W. The effects of mixed plasma exposure (D/He/C) are described. Both D/He and D/C mixed ion irradiations significantly affect ion-driven permeation in W. He bubble dynamics play a key role in nano-structure formation on the W surface.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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