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Progress in SiC-Based Ceramic Composites for Fusion Applications

Yutai Katoh, Akira Kohyama, Tatsuya Hinoki, Lance L. Snead

Fusion Science and Technology

Volume 44 / Number 1 / July 2003 / Pages 155-162


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Silicon carbide (SiC) fiber-reinforced SiC-matrix ceramic composite (SiC/SiC composite) is an attractive material for blanket/first wall structures in fusion power devices. Recent extensive materials R&D efforts are producing advanced SiC/SiC composites substantially different from conventional materials in terms of baseline properties as well as irradiation stability. This paper provides a summary of the recent fusion-relevant progress in development and irradiation effect studies of SiC/SiC composites achieved through Japanese programs and Japan/US collaborative JUPITER(-II) program for fusion materials and blanket engineering.

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