Release of tritium, protium and helium from neutron-irradiated Li-Al alloy

H. Sugai, K. Kushita, M. Tanase

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Abstract

Release of hydrogen gases (H2, HT, T2) and helium from highly neutron-irradiated Li-Al alloy on heating was investigated as functions of 6Li burnup and temperature. Tritium gas (T2, HT) was released abruptly from the alloy at about 650 K. H2 gradually above about 670 K, and He near the melting point of the alloy. The fraction of T2 increased with 6Li burnup. The highest specific activity of tritium in the gases obtained for the alloy of 65% 6Li burnup was 1.98 PBq mol 1, which nearly equals to a specific activity of pure tritium gas (2.14 PBq mol-1). The abrupt release of tritium at about 650 K may be owing to recovery of defects accompanied by recrystallization of the alloy. Negligible release of He below the melting point of the alloy is likely attributed to trapping of He at vacancies of the alloy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)248-252
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Nuclear Materials
Volume139
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1986 Jul

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering

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