Effect of high flux plasma exposure on the micro-structural and -mechanical properties of ITER specification tungsten

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  • UGent - Universiteit Gent
  • NRNU MePhi - National Research Nuclear University MEPhI
  • UCL - Université catholique de Louvain
  • IPP - Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik
  • Technische Universiteit Eindhoven - FOM Institute DIFFER
  • LMU Munich - Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen

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We have performed a combined study using transmission electron microscopy (TEM), nuclear reaction analysis (NRA) and nano-indentation (NI) techniques to reveal the impact of high flux plasma exposure on the properties of a sub-surface region of the commercially available pure tungsten fabricated following the ITER specification. TEM examination revealed the formation of a dense dislocation network and dislocation tangles, resulting in a strong increase in the dislocation density by at least one order of magnitude as compared to the bulk density. The plasma-induced dislocation microstructure vanishes within a depth of about 10–15 lm from the top of the exposed surface. Surface hardness after the plasma exposure was characterized by NI and was found to increase significantly in the sub-surface region of 1.5– 3 lm. That was attributed to the resistance of the plasma-induced dislocation networks and deuterium-induced defects, whose presence within a depth of 1 lm was unambiguously detected by the NRA measurements as well.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-159
Number of pages5
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms
Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 2017


  • high flux , plasma exposure , micro-structural , mechanical properties , ITER

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