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U.S. reactor technologies to be featured at IAEA conference
A virtual side event at the 64th General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency will spotlight U.S. reactor technologies. The free event, US Reactor Technologies: Flexible Energy Security for Real-World Challenges, will be held this Thursday, September 24, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (EDT).
The event will highlight the capabilities of small modular reactors and other innovative reactors for addressing countries’ current needs. It will also examine anticipated challenges in the future, as well as underscore the need to act now.
The event is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy. Advanced registration is required.
L. Begrambekov, A. Gordeev, Y. Ma, G. Vayakis, P. Shigin, Ya Sadovsky, A. Zakharov, M. Walsh
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 76 | Number 1 | January 2020 | Pages 1-12
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.1080/15361055.2019.1589206
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High-quality tungsten coating deposition on sintered aluminum nitride ceramic substrates (both of thin flat chips and structural boxes) was realized using an adapted plasma-aided coating deposition rig. The tungsten coating produced using this technique and the accompanying apparatus setup are of high-purity, strong adhesion, and controlled three-dimensional uniformity (<20% thickness variations). The coating also exhibits well-structured and smooth (Ra < 1.0 µm) microscopic surface landscape with densely clustered tungsten granulations. The coated samples were tested under load conditions expected during ITER operation, including thermal cycling and superheated (up to 500°C) steam. Exposure to thermal cycles and hot steam made no apparent changes to the coating’s microscopic structure with no sign of cracks, blistering, or exfoliation seen under electron microscopy. These successes validated the microwave shield design for the ITER high-frequency magnetic sensor, which is based on this concept, and laid a solid foundation for the production of this component in the forthcoming procurement phase. Besides, a failure test was conducted for the tungsten coating in the temperature range of 500°C to 1500°C. Surface smoothing, pores, delamination, and mass loss in substrate were observed when temperature exceeded 1000°C, possibly due to the evaporation of aluminum atoms. These findings unveiled the changes of tungsten coating properties under extreme conditions that are of both academic and practical values.