Understanding of Li evaporation properties is important because Li mass transfer decreases tritium breeding ratio and influences tritium behavior possibly. In QST, the pebbles of Li2TiO3 with excess Li were fabricated by the optimized sintering condition recently and it was confirmed that the pebbles have a good tritium release property. In this work, the weight reduction of the pebbles at elevated temperatures was investigated considering the releases of water vapor and CO2 from the pebbles. Furthermore the mechanism of Li mass loss from Li2TiO3 with excess Li pebbles was discussed by comparing the difference between the pebbles formed by the optimal fabrication method, Pebble210 and ones formed by the previous fabrication method, Pebble211. The release behaviors of water vapor from Pebble210 and Pebble211 were almost same except a small peak at 350 °C. A large amount of CO2 was released from Pebble211 at over 700 °C which is close to the melting point of Li2CO3. On the other hand, the release of CO2 from Pebble210 was not observed. The weight reduction excluding the contribution of water vapor for Pebble210 was smaller than that for Pebble211. The difference of weight reduction between Pebble210 and Pebble211 are caused by the presence of Li2CO3.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Civil and Structural Engineering
- Nuclear Energy and Engineering
- Materials Science(all)
- Mechanical Engineering