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Title: Method and device for secure, high-density tritium bonded with carbon

Abstract

A method and device for producing secure, high-density tritium bonded with carbon. A substrate comprising carbon is provided. A precursor is intercalated between carbon in the substrate. The precursor intercalated in the substrate is irradiated until at least a portion of the precursor, preferably a majority of the precursor, is transmutated into tritium and bonds with carbon of the substrate forming bonded tritium. The resulting bonded tritium, tritium bonded with carbon, produces electrons via beta decay. The substrate is preferably a substrate from the list of substrates consisting of highly-ordered pyrolytic graphite, carbon fibers, carbon nanotunes, buckministerfullerenes, and combinations thereof. The precursor is preferably boron-10, more preferably lithium-6. Preferably, thermal neutrons are used to irradiate the precursor. The resulting bonded tritium is preferably used to generate electricity either directly or indirectly.

Inventors:
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Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1245414
Patent Number(s):
9,305,674
Application Number:
13/427,165
Assignee:
U.S. Department of Energy (Washington, DC)
DOE Contract Number:  
AC07-05ID14517
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2012 Mar 22
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; 30 DIRECT ENERGY CONVERSION; 25 ENERGY STORAGE

Citation Formats

Wertsching, Alan Kevin, Trantor, Troy Joseph, Ebner, Matthias Anthony, and Norby, Brad Curtis. Method and device for secure, high-density tritium bonded with carbon. United States: N. p., 2016. Web.
Wertsching, Alan Kevin, Trantor, Troy Joseph, Ebner, Matthias Anthony, & Norby, Brad Curtis. Method and device for secure, high-density tritium bonded with carbon. United States.
Wertsching, Alan Kevin, Trantor, Troy Joseph, Ebner, Matthias Anthony, and Norby, Brad Curtis. Tue . "Method and device for secure, high-density tritium bonded with carbon". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1245414.
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abstractNote = {A method and device for producing secure, high-density tritium bonded with carbon. A substrate comprising carbon is provided. A precursor is intercalated between carbon in the substrate. The precursor intercalated in the substrate is irradiated until at least a portion of the precursor, preferably a majority of the precursor, is transmutated into tritium and bonds with carbon of the substrate forming bonded tritium. The resulting bonded tritium, tritium bonded with carbon, produces electrons via beta decay. The substrate is preferably a substrate from the list of substrates consisting of highly-ordered pyrolytic graphite, carbon fibers, carbon nanotunes, buckministerfullerenes, and combinations thereof. The precursor is preferably boron-10, more preferably lithium-6. Preferably, thermal neutrons are used to irradiate the precursor. The resulting bonded tritium is preferably used to generate electricity either directly or indirectly.},
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