Fusion Science and Technology / Volume 41 / Number 3P2 / May 2002 / Pages 929-933
Material Interaction and Permeation / Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Tritium Science and Technology Tsukuba, Japan November 12-16, 2001
The experimental setup is put in operation designed to study the phenomenon of the superpermeation of hydrogen isotopes, including tritium, through metals and to demonstrate the possibility of membrane pumping. The permeation of atomic hydrogen through the niobium membrane was shown to occur in the superpermeation regime. For the first time superpermeation of tritium through a metallic membrane was experimentally observed. The possibility of effective pumping, compression and recuperation of hydrogen isotopes by means of superpermeable membrane was demonstrated.