Engineered Tungsten Surfaces for IFE Dry Chamber Walls

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Department of Energy
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Phase II
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Small Business Information
Muons, Inc.
552 N. Batavia Avenue, Batavia, IL, 60510
Hubzone Owned:
Minority Owned:
Woman Owned:
Principal Investigator:
Scott O'Dell
(856) 851-7653
Business Contact:
Linda Even
(757) 930-1463
Research Institution:
University of California, San Diego

University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, CA, 92093

Nonprofit college or university
72762B03-I In the generation of inertial fusion energy (IFE), ion bombardment of the chamber wall armor can result in ion accumulation, namely He, in the armor material, leading to fracture and failure of the armor. This is of particular concern for tungsten armor, in which helium migration is slow. Thus, a means of enhancing helium transport in the tungsten armor is needed. This project will develop engineered tungsten armor that solves the He entrapment problem, by providing a short bulk transport path for helium migration through the grain to the grain boundaries and an open nano-structure where helium transport is faster. At the same time, the engineered tungsten surfaces will be designed to withstand cyclic energy deposition. Phase I will develop novel fabrication techniques for the production of engineered tungsten surfaces with short transport paths for helium migration. A model will be developed to assess the performances of the engineered tungsten armor under IFE conditions. Then, experiments will be conducted to verify both the helium migration through the engineered tungsten surfaces and the robustness of the armor. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by awardee: Potential commercial applications include ballistic and tactical missiles, gun barrel liners, arc-jet thrusters, heat exchangers, welding electrodes, plasma facing components for nuclear reactors, integral oxidation protection for burners, gas turbines, automobile engines, incinerators, thermal control coatings, oxidation protective coatings, coatings for composite parts and structures, thermal barrier coatings, structural jackets on tubular combustors and nozzles, and storage vessels.

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