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Compatibility of Low Activation Ferritic Steels with Liquid Lithium

Qi Xu, T. Nagasaka, T. Muroga

Fusion Science and Technology / Volume 52 / Number 3 / Pages 609-612

October 2007

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Fe-Cr-W based low activation ferritic steels are widely regarded as promising blanket structural materials for fusion reactors, while liquid lithium breeder/coolant concept provides an attractive option for high efficiency and simplicity of blanket system. However, past compatibility tests of ferritic steels with liquid lithium were almost limited to conventional Fe-Cr-Mo steels. In this study, the corrosion behavior of the candidate reduced activation ferritic steel, JLF-1(Fe-9Cr-2W-0.1C) in lithium was investigated. Static immersion tests were carried out using coupon specimens (16 × 4 × 0.25 mm) at 873K and 973K for 100hr. At 973K, the phase transformation from martensite to ferrite resulted in decrease in hardness from 250 to 140Hv. This seemed to be caused by depletion of C. Examinations of binary Fe-Cr and pure iron were also carried out for comparison with JLF-1.

 
 
 
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