Testing of porous SiC with dense coating under relevant conditions for Flow Channel Insert application

N. Ordás, A. Bereciartu, C. García-Rosales, A. Moroño, M. Malo, E. R. Hodgson, J. Abellà, S. Colominas, L. Sedano

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Thermally and electrically insulating porous SiC ceramics are attractive candidates for Flow Channel Inserts (FCI) in dual-coolant blanket concepts thanks to its relatively inexpensive manufacturing route. To prevent tritium permeation and corrosion by Pb-15.7 a dense coating has to be applied on the porous SiC. Despite not having structural function, FCI must exhibit sufficient mechanical strength to withstand strong thermal gradients and thermo-electrical stresses during operation. This work summarizes the results on the development of coated porous SiC for FCI. Porous SiC was obtained following the sacrificial template technique, using Al2O3 and Y2O 3 as sintering additives and a carbonaceous phase as pore former. Sintering was performed in inert gas at 1850-1950 °C during 15 min to 3 h, followed by oxidation at 650 °C to eliminate the carbonaceous phase. The most promising bulk materials were coated with a ∼30 μm thick dense SiC by CVD. Results on porosity, bending tests, thermal and electrical conductivity are presented. The microstructure of the coating, its adhesion to the porous SiC and its corrosion behavior under Pb-17.5Li are also shown.

Idioma originalAnglès
Pàgines (de-a)1274-1279
Nombre de pàgines6
RevistaFusion Engineering and Design
Estat de la publicacióPublicada - d’oct. 2014


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