The influence of the long-term heating under H2 atmosphere on the tritium release behavior from the neutron-irradiated Li2TiO3

Akito Ipponsugi, Kazunari Katayama, Tsuyoshi Hoshino

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Solid tritium breeding materials are expected to be used in high-temperature conditions for a long time in a fusion DEMO reactor. Thus, it is important to understand how bred tritium releases from the long-term heated material under the environment as close to a DEMO condition as possible to establish a tritium fuel cycle and keep it safe. In this work, the tritium release behavior from the irradiated Li2TiO3 pebbles that was preheated for 720 h at most was observed by heating at 1000 °C under 1000 Pa H2/Ar gas flow. The release peaks of HTO and HT were observed around 300 °C due to the desorption of the chemisorbed water. Also, the broad HTO peak was observed in a higher temperature region despite purging H2/Ar gas. This result suggests that this tritium was released without exchanging with H2 but with combining with oxygen in the pebbles. Moreover, the released tritium amount decreased as the pre-heating time. Finally, the amount of tritium that could not be released by the heating experiment was quantified by dissolving samples with an acid solution. Besides, the total tritium release ratio was discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number112495
JournalFusion Engineering and Design
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


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