Mechanical properties of tungsten: Recent research on modified tungsten materials in Japan

Shuhei Nogami, Akira Hasegawa, Makoto Fukuda, Michael Rieth, Jens Reiser, Gerald Pintsuk

研究成果: Article査読

31 被引用数 (Scopus)


There remain some drawbacks of mechanical properties of W materials as a plasma facing material (PFM) for fusion reactor divertors, which are low temperature brittleness, high ductile-to-brittle transition temperature (DBTT), and recrystallization-induced embrittlement. To solve these issues, development of W materials with improved thermo-mechanical properties, neutron irradiation tolerance, and possibility of mass-production with microstructural uniformity has been advanced for the last decade under the collaboration R&D by universities in Japan. In this paper, the effects of grain refining, K-doping, dispersion strengthening by La2O3 particles, and alloying by Re are discussed from the viewpoints of both short- and long-term material properties and phenomena, including effects of neutron irradiation and high heat loads, which should be considered under the actual fusion reactor environments. Through this R&D, K-doping and Re-addition showed several positive effects. Among the materials developed in this R&D, K-doped W-3%Re hot-rolled plate could be a better solution for PFM, which demonstrated superior properties from several perspectives. However, materials alloyed by Re have an intrinsic concern of higher irradiation hardening caused by neutron irradiation up to higher doses. Therefore, it is pointed out that investigations of thermo-mechanical properties under higher dose neutron irradiation are significantly required to realize long-term structural reliability and lifetime of fusion reactors.

ジャーナルJournal of Nuclear Materials
出版ステータスPublished - 2021 1月

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 核物理学および高エネルギー物理学
  • 材料科学(全般)
  • 原子力エネルギーおよび原子力工学


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