Development of tritium permeation barriers on A1 base in Europe

G. Benamati, C. Chabrol, A. Perujo, E. Rigal, H. Glasbrenner

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The development of the water cooled lithium lead (WCLL) DEMO fusion reactor requires the production of a material capable of acting as a tritium permeation barrier (TPB). In the DEMO blanket reactor permeation barriers on the structural material are required to reduce the tritium permeation from the Pb-17Li or the plasma into the cooling water to acceptable levels (<1 g/d). Because of experimental work previously performed, one of the most promising TPB candidates is Al base coatings. Within the EU a large R&D programme is in progress to develop a TPB fabrication technique, compatible with the structural materials requirements and capable of producing coatings with acceptable performances. The research is focused on chemical vapour deposition (CVD), hot dipping, hot isostatic pressing (HIP) technology and spray (this one developed also for repair) deposition techniques. The final goal is to select a reference technique to be used in the blanket of the DEMO reactor and in the ITER test module fabrication. The activities performed in four European laboratories are summarised here. © 1999 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)391 - 395
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Nuclear Materials
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)

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Benamati, G., Chabrol, C., Perujo, A., Rigal, E., & Glasbrenner, H. (1999). Development of tritium permeation barriers on A1 base in Europe. Journal of Nuclear Materials, 271-272, 391 - 395.