W0.5TaTiVCr-based composite reinforced with W-mesh for fusion plasma-facing applications

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We present research into tungsten (W) alloy-based composites reinforced with a W-mesh. Due to low activation and higher strength properties, W0.5TaTiVCr was used as a matrix material. Layers of W-mesh (Wmesh) were embedded in W0.5TaTiVCr for improving ductility and toughness. We employed elemental powder mixing and spark plasma sintering (SPS) at 1600 ◦C for sample preparation, which is a simpler method as compared to chemical vapor infiltration and hot isostatic pressing. The microstructural analysis shows a W-mesh that is well-bonded with the W0.5TaTiVCr matrix, which exhibits multiple phases and a BCC structure. The room temperature compressive fracture strain of W0.5TaTiVCr/Wmesh composites show an improvement from ~3.5% to ~15.8% due to increase in Wmesh concentration from 10 wt% to 50 wt%, whereas the compressive yield strength changes from ~1900 MPa to ~1700 MPa (at room temperature) and ~1200 MPa to ~950 MPa (at 1200 ◦C). The W0.5TaTiVCr matrix alone shows ~7.7 MPa m1/2 fracture strain, and the addition of 10 wt%Wmesh in W0.5TaTiVCr results in more than a two-fold increase in fracture toughness (up to ~20 MPa m1/2), which suggests a potential use of this material in fusion reactors.
Publisher
IOP PUBLISHING LTD
Issue Date
2020-03
Language
English
Article Type
Article
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FUNCTIONAL COMPOSITES AND STRUCTURES, v.2, no.1, pp.015004

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2631-6331
DOI
10.1088/2631-6331/ab7980
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http://hdl.handle.net/10203/280595
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NE-Journal Papers(저널논문)
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