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22-27 October 2018
Mahatma Mandir Conference Centre
Asia/Kolkata timezone

Progress on Lithium Ceramic breeder materials development, Characterization and R&D activities in IPR

23 Oct 2018, 08:30
Mahatma Mandir Conference Centre

Mahatma Mandir Conference Centre

Gandhinagar (nearest Airport: Ahmedabad), India
Poster FIP - Fusion Engineering, Integration and Power Plant Design P1 Posters


Dr Paritosh Chaudhuri (Institute for Plasma Research)


Several materials have been developed and being investigated for reliable and sustainable breeder candidate material. Lithium meta-titanate (Li2TiO3) and Lithium ortho-silicate(Li4SiO4) are the prominent among the suitable candidate materials for breeders. India has proposed lithium meta-titanate (Li2TiO3) as the tritium breeder materials in the form of pebble bed for LLCB TBM. Li2TiO3 power was prepared by solid state reaction using LiCO3 and TiO2 followed by ball-milling and calcination. Li2TiO3 pellets and pebbles are prepared from this powder followed by high temperature sintering. Effect of sintering time and temperature on the properties of pebbles has been studied. At every stage of preparation, extensive characterizations are being carried out to meet the desired properties of these materials.The geometry and loading conditions of the breeder blankets makes the analysis complex. For a robust design of blankets requires a thorough understanding of the thermo-mechanical response of the breeder materials at different loading conditions. In this context, the material characterization plays a vital role in determining the breeder response.It is essential to measure the mechanical and thermo-mechanical properties of pebble bed. Experimental set ups have been built indigenously at IPR for the measurement of effective thermal conductivity of pebble bed using steady state-axial heat flow and transient hot wire methods. The effective thermal conductivity (keff) of pebble beds is an important parameter for the design and analysis for a fusion tritium breeder blanket. The keff of Li2TiO3 pebble bed is measured as a function of average bed temperature from RT to 500 °C in different environment (vacuum, helium gas etc.).Initial results obtained from these experiments will be discussed in this paper. Details of lithium ceramic breeder material development, their characterizations and related R&D activities will be discussed in this paper.
Paper Number FIP/P1-24
Country or International Organization India

Primary author

Dr Paritosh Chaudhuri (Institute for Plasma Research)


Mr Aroh Shrivastava (Institute for Plasma Research) Mr Maulik Panchal (Institute for Plasma Research) Mr Mayank Makwana (Institute for Plasma Reseach)

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