Fusion Science and Technology / Volume 60 / Number 3 / October 2011 / Pages 893-896
ICF / Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Tritium Science and Technology
To reduce the tritium permeation from the primary liquid metal loop to the secondary water loop, a heat exchanger concept that incorporates small diameter tubes containing an oxidizer was proposed. An inert gas containing a small amount of oxidizer flows in the small tubes oxiding tritium that comes from the primary liquid metal coolant. The tritiated water is sent to a tritium recovery system minimizing leakage to the secondary water loop. Our evaluation results indicated that the tritium leakage through the heat exchanger was reduced to 1/105 with an acceptable increase in the size of the heat exchanger.