Development and Application of Ion Beam Techniques for Materials Irradiation and Characterization relevant to Fusion Technology

Open for proposals

Project Type

Coordinated Research Project

Project Code

F11023

CRP

2251

Approved Date

24 December 2019

Status

3 - Active - Ongoing

Start Date

26 November 2020

Expected End Date

31 December 2025

Participating Countries

Brazil
Croatia
Germany
Greece
Portugal
Romania
Slovenia
South Africa
Sweden
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Description

Fusion energy is one of the promising energy sources for the future. The physical conditions dominating in fusion are extreme and most demanding for the materials to be employed in the operation of fusion energy systems. As a result, there is a worldwide continuously increasing effort to investigate the physical processes altering their properties and composition under the extreme physical conditions expected in future fusion energy systems. Ion Beam Analysis (IBA) has been proved as one of the principal methods to investigate and provide useful information about those processes due to its unique analytical potential. This CRP will assist the international IBA community to coordinate research efforts in understanding aspects of ion-induced radiation damage in materials relevant to fusion energy as well as their analysis and interpretation. The work plan includes experiments to determine original new nuclear data, the development of international standards and protocols for credible measurements and analysis procedures, the selection or production of reference samples for calibration and data analysis purposes and a round robin test to evaluate the performance of IBA laboratories worlwide.

Specific objectives

To facilitate scientists from IAEA Member States to acquire knowledge and develop skills in irradiation and analysis of materials by accelerator-based techniques for fusion related applications.

To provide a platform for the establishment of efficient collaborations and transfer of knowledge between scientists from developing and developed Member States focus on the use of accelerator-based techniques for fusion related technologies.

To develop standards for measurements and analysis procedures.

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Workplan

The CRP’s workplan includes three major work packages:

  • Work Package 1: Experiments to determine original new nuclear data relevant to the scientific goals of the CRP. These include measurements and/or validation of new/existing reaction cross sections as well as measurements of stopping powers,
  • Work Package 2: Round Robin exercise to evaluate the performance of IBA laboratories world-wide for experiments of ion-induced radiation damage in materials relevant to fusion energy, including post irradiation analysis.
  • Work Package 3: Development of international good practices and procedures necessary for the standardization of IBA techniques for Materials Irradiation and Characterization Relevant to Fusion Technology.

Researchers from Member States interested in applying for a research or technical contact or a research agreement are advised to consult the guidelines for proposers that can be downloaded here.

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