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Lithium based tritium breeder materials for solid and liquid fusion reactor blanket concepts have been tested in-pile in the High Flux Reactor (HFR) Petten with in-situ tritium release measurements since 1985 within the European Fusion Technology Programme and the BEATRIX I programme. Ceramic breeder materials are tested for the EXOTIC and COMPLIMENT experimental programmes. The liquid breeder material, Pb-17Li, is tested in the LIBRETTO experimental programme. The in-pile experiments are performed with irradiation facilities developed by JRC Petten. The irradiation vehicles are multi-channel rigs. The sample holders consist of independent, fully instrumented and triple contained capsules. The out-of-pile experimental equipment consists of twelve independent circuits for on-line tritium release and tritium permeation measurements and eight independent circuits for temperature control. The experimental achievements obtained so far contribute to the selection of candidate tritium breeder materials for blanket concepts of near future machines such as NET, ITER and DEMO.

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Authors: CONRAD R, JRC, Petten (NL);DEBARBERIS L, JRC, Petten (NL)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: ICFRM-4, Kyoto (JP), Dec. 4-8, 1989
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 35039 ORA
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