Demonstration of tritium extraction from tritiated methane in helium by utilizing plasma decomposition

Kazunari Katayama, Satoshi Fukada, Masabumi Nishikawa

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In the tritium recovery system of a fusion reactor, tritium extraction processing from tritiated hydrocarbon is needed. In the present study, a flow-type plasma reactor utilizing capacitively coupled plasma followed by the double tube permeator of Pd-Ag was developed and tritium extraction from tritiated methane in helium was demonstrated. When the helium gas containing tritiated methane was passed through plasma, it was observed that the concentration of tritiated methane decreased and the concentration of HT increased. However, the apparent decomposition rate of tritiated methane was considerably smaller than that of methane. Moreover, the amount of extracted tritium by Pd-Ag was smaller than expected.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1379-1382
Number of pages4
JournalFusion Science and Technology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2011


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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

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