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Meeting 2023 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition
Symposium Transmutation Effects in Fusion Reactor Materials: Critical Challenges & Path Forward
Sponsorship TMS Structural Materials Division
TMS: Nuclear Materials Committee
Organizer(s) Arunodaya Bhattacharya, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Steven J. Zinkle, University of Tennessee
Philip Edmondson, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Aurelie Gentils, Université Paris-Saclay
David Sprouster, Stony Brook University
Takashi Nozawa, National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology (QST)
Martin Freer, University of Birmingham
Scope Realization of fusion energy on Earth requires high-performance radiation-tolerant structural and functional materials that can withstand extreme operating conditions envisaged for the fusion first-wall/blanket and plasma-facing components. A major technical gap in the fundamental understanding of fusion-specific radiation damage is due to the high transmutation product generation rates by the fusion neutron spectra, as compared to fission neutrons. Therefore, severe performance degradation due to the synergies between neutron damage and transmutation products is expected for numerous candidate materials for a variety of applications in fusion concepts like the Demonstration Power Plant (DEMO) in EU/Japan or the Fusion Neutron Science Facility (FNSF) in the US. Specific examples include reduced activation ferritic-martensitic (RAFM) steels or oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) steels for the first-wall/blanket, tungsten alloys for divertor, Cu alloys for high-heat flux components or radio-frequency launchers, SiC/SiC ceramic composites for coolant channels, Li based oxides for solid breeders, to name a few. Until a fusion prototypic neutron source becomes available, grassroot research that can simulate the effect of transmutation products for future validation with 14 MeV neutrons is required using fission neutrons, spallation neutron sources and accelerator based energetic ions.

This symposium is targeting state-of-the-art investigations and technologies on understanding transmutation effects in fusion reactor materials. Investigations involving neutron irradiations, innovative techniques of experimentally simulating transmutation effects and novel facilities to study transmutation related damage situations, especially under the application of thermo-mechanical stresses, are strongly encouraged. This symposium also calls for modelling studies related to transmutation damage and on inventory build-up calculations for future fusion devices.
The topics of interest include the following key aspects, but not limited to:
• Helium and hydrogen effect in first-wall/blanket structural materials (FM steels/FeCr alloys, ODS steels, W alloys, Cu alloys, SiC/SiC): Thermo-mechanical properties degradation
• Transmutation and irradiation damage in tungsten, with specific attention to the effect of Re and Os generation
• Synergistic transmutation and radiation damage in structural and functional non-metals
• Performance degradation of solid breeders by loss of Li due to tritium and helium generation, and including neutron multipliers
• Effect of applied stress on transmutation product migration and clustering
• Modelling of point-defects and transmutation product interactions
• Interaction of transmutation products with microstructural sinks and extended defects
• Evaluation of irradiation spectrum transmutation effects on material behavior in fission, fusion, and spallation neutron environments: novel experiments using existing facilities, inventory build-up calculations.

Abstracts Due 07/01/2022
Proceedings Plan Undecided
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