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Title: Current Status and Recent Research Achievements in SiC/SiC Composites

The development and maturation of the silicon carbide fiber-reinforced silicon carbide matrix (SiC/SiC) composite system for fusion applications has seen the evolution from fundamental development and understanding of the material system and its behavior in a hostile irradiation environment to the current effort which essentially is a broad-based program of technology, directed at moving this material class from a laboratory curiosity to an engineering material. This paper lays out the recent international scientific and technological achievements in the development of SiC/SiC composite material technologies for fusion application and will discuss future research directions. It also reviews the materials system in the larger context of progress to maturity as an engineering material for both the larger nuclear community and for general engineering applications.
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Journal Name: Journal of Nuclear Materials, 455(1-3):387-397
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Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
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United States
SiC; Composites; Fusion; Review