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Fusion materials science and technology research opportunities now and during the ITER era

Authors
Journal
Fusion Engineering and Design
0920-3796
Publisher
Elsevier
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.fusengdes.2014.02.048
Keywords
  • Plasma Facing Components
  • Reduced Activation Materials
  • Breeding Blankets
  • Tritium Systems
  • Demo

Abstract

Abstract Several high-priority near-term potential research activities to address fusion nuclear science challenges are summarized. General recommendations include: (1) Research should be preferentially focused on the most technologically advanced options (i.e., options that have been developed at least through the single-effects concept exploration stage, technology readiness levels >3), (2) Significant near-term progress can be achieved by modifying existing facilities and/or moderate investment in new medium-scale facilities, and (3) Computational modeling for fusion nuclear sciences is generally not yet sufficiently robust to enable truly predictive results to be obtained, but large reductions in risk, cost and schedule can be achieved by careful integration of experiment and modeling.

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