Pathways to Energy from Inertial Fusion: Materials Beyond Ignition

Closed for proposals

Project Type

Coordinated Research Project

Project Code

F13016

CRP

2035

Approved Date

08.07.2015

Status

4 - Closed

Start Date

13.11.2015

Expected End Date

31.03.2019

Completed Date

08.04.2019

Participating Countries

Chile
Estonia
France
India
Japan
Poland
Republic of Korea
Russian Federation
Serbia
Singapore
Spain
Ukraine
Uzbekistan

Description

Following 50 years of development of the physics and technology required for the initial demonstration of ignition and the recent construction and commissioning of the National Ignition Facility (NIF) in the USA, it is now timely to pursue more focused studies on the many issues associated with post ignition development of Inertial Fusion Energy (IFE) power plants. One key set of areas requiring substantial further study are the myriad issues surrounding the choice of materials to be used within the unique environment of a high temperature, high flux pulsed inertial fusion power plant. Whilst there has been much study into the materials required for advanced nuclear and magnetic fusion energy facilities there is a lack of data, modelling and understanding associated with pulsed operation and the extreme particle fluxes. This CRP seeks to coordinate and encourage focused effort in this area in readiness for inertial fusion plasma ignition.

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