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Title: Experimental Investigation of Ternary Alloys for Fusion Breeding Blankets

Future fusion power plants based on the deuterium-tritium (DT) fuel cycle will be required to breed the T fuel via neutron reactions with lithium, which will be incorporated in a breeding blanket that surrounds the fusion source. Recent work by LLNL proposed the used of liquid Li as the breeder in an inertial fusion energy (IFE) power plant. Subsequently, an LDRD was initiated to develop alternatives ternary alloy liquid metal breeders that have reduced chemical reactivity with water and air compared to pure Li. Part of the work plan was to experimentally investigate the phase diagrams of ternary alloys. Of particular interest was measurement of the melt temperature, which must be low enough to be compatible with the temperature limits of the steel used in the construction of the chamber and heat transfer system.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [1]
  1. Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1239212
Report Number(s):
LLNL--TR-678413
TRN: US1600558
DOE Contract Number:
AC52-07NA27344
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Research Org:
Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; 70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; MELTING POINTS; TERNARY ALLOY SYSTEMS; LIQUID METALS; LITHIUM; BREEDING BLANKETS; LAWRENCE LIVERMORE NATIONAL LABORATORY; NEUTRON REACTIONS; STEELS; TRITIUM; LITHIUM 7 TARGET; INERTIAL CONFINEMENT; PHASE DIAGRAMS; AIR; HEAT TRANSFER; ICF DEVICES; WATER; D-T REACTORS; ACTIVATION ENERGY