Surface erosion and modification of toughened, fine-grained, recrystallized tungsten exposed to TEXTOR edge plasma

Y. Ueda, M. Oya, Y. Hamaji, H. T. Lee, H. Kurishita, Y. Torikai, N. Yoshida, A. Kreter, J. W. Coenen, A. Litnovsky, V. Philipps

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In order to evaluate the applicability of toughened, fine-grained, recrystallized (TFGR)-W to tokamak edge plasma environment, two TFGR-W specimens (TFGR-W 1.1wt%TiC and TFGR-W 3.3wt%TaC) were exposed to 31 identical ohmic discharges in the TEXTOR tokamak by means of a limiter lock system. The highest surface temperature reached was about 1300 °C. Under these temperature conditions, the bulk microstructure and dispersoids distribution of both TFGR-W remained intact, suggesting that these TFGR-W tungsten materials have sufficient stability under these plasma loading conditions. The erosion of TiC dispersoids on the surface was enhanced by plasma exposure above 1150 °C, while such enhanced erosion was not observed for TaC dispersoids probably due to the higher melting temperature of Ta than Ti.

Original languageEnglish
Article number014038
JournalPhysica Scripta
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event14th International Conference on Plasma-Facing Materials and Components for Fusion Applications, PFMC 2013 - Julich, Germany
Duration: May 13 2013May 17 2013


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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