Thermal properties of pure tungsten and its alloys for fusion applications

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Abstract

Tungsten is a promising candidate for plasma-facing materials in a fusion reactor, and several research studies have been conducted to improve the mechanical properties of pure W. However, the thermal properties are also important characteristics of plasma-facing materials. In this study, the thermal properties of pure W and its alloys were measured, and the effect of alloying on the thermal properties of pure W was investigated. Potassium-bubble (K-bubble) dispersion, which is one of the major methods utilized to improve the mechanical properties of W, did not affect the thermal diffusivity and conductivity of pure W. On the other hand, the presence of rhenium, which is major alloying element of W, affected the absolute values and the temperature dependence of thermal diffusivity and conductivity. The effect of alloying on specific heat and the anisotropy in thermal diffusivity of pure W and its alloys were also investigated. Measurements of the specific heat showed that K-bubble dispersion and Re addition had insignificant effects on the values obtained for pure W. Anisotropy in thermal diffusivity was not observed, and the effect of anisotropic grain structure and alloying was insignificant.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalFusion Engineering and Design
Volume132
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jul

Keywords

  • Specific heat
  • Thermal conductivity
  • Thermal diffusivity
  • Thermal properties
  • Tungsten
  • Tungsten alloy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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