Membrane integrated system in the fusion reactor fuel cycle

A. Basile, V. Violante, F. Santella, E. Drioli

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The future fusion reactor fuel will be a mixture of deuterium and tritium. Deuterium is produced using traditional separation technology. Tritium must be produced by means of a nuclear reaction between neutrons and lithium atoms within the reactor breeder which, in this study, is supposed to be a ceramic lithiated material. The tritium produced in the breeder needs a proper extraction process to reach the required purity level. A conceptual modified version of the tritium recovery plant for the considered ceramic breeder, working with two membrane reactors, each acting as a reaction/separation unit, is studied in this work. The first considered membrane unit is a catalytic ceramic membrane reactor to remove, via oxidation, the hydrogen isotopes from the purge gas (He). The second one is a tritiated water-gas shift reaction. In the latter process unit, the effect of selective hydrogen permeation on the conversion is studied. A detailed description of the experimental equipment, of the material used and some experimental results are presented. © 1995.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)321 - 326
Number of pages6
JournalCatalysis Today
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 28 Aug 1995
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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Basile, A., Violante, V., Santella, F., & Drioli, E. (1995). Membrane integrated system in the fusion reactor fuel cycle. Catalysis Today, 25(3-4), 321 - 326.