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Abstract

Previous experiments have shown that tritium is produced in deuterated titanium. The data obtained are highly scattered and non-reproducible. In order to improve the definition of the phenomenon, a series of tests has been performed under different deuterating conditions. Sheets and shavings of titanium, zirconium, hafnium, tantalum, Zircaloy 2 and Ti-Zr 50% alloy have been tested. The tritium production is obtained as a difference of the tritium content in the deuterated metal and the initial content of tritium in the deuterium gas. The amount of tritium produced is low and reproducibility is rather poor. A statistical analysis shows that significant differences are obtained by varying the type of metal used. In general it appears that the tritium production increases with the increase of the atomic number of the metal. Moreover, significantly higher production of titanium is obtained using materials of technical purity (tantalum, Zircaloy 2 and Ti-Zr alloy).

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Authors: LANZA F, JRC Ispra (IT);BERTOLINI G, JRC Ispra (IT);VOCINO V, JRC Ispra (IT);PARNISARI E, JRC Ispra (IT);RONSECCO C, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 13908 EN (1992) 31 pp., MF, ECU 6
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Record Number: 199210366 / Last updated on: 1994-12-02
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en