Recrystallization behaviour of high-flux hydrogen plasma exposed tungsten

Varun Shah, J.T.S. Beune, Yu Li, Thorsten Loewenhoff, Marius Wirtz, Thomas W. Morgan, J.A.W. (Hans) van Dommelen (Corresponding author)

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Abstract

Knowledge of a material’s thermal stability under extreme synergistic particle and heat loads is crucial for developing high performance reactor materials. In this work, the recrystallization behaviour of tungsten under the influence of hydrogen is investigated by low energy high flux hydrogen plasma exposure for various lengths of time. The microstructural changes following exposure are probed by micro-indentation, electron back-scatter diffraction measurements and the characteristic time for recrystallization is assessed using the Johnson–Mehl–Avrami–Kolmogorov (JMAK) model. A recrystallization activation energy in the range of 425 to 440 kJ.mol-1 is determined, identical to that of oven annealed samples, thereby indicating an insignificant influence of hydrogen plasma on the recrystallization kinetics of tungsten.
Original languageEnglish
Article number152748
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Nuclear Materials
Volume545
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2021

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