Characterization of Au Irradiated Glassy Polymeric Carbon at 2,000°C for Nuclear Applications

Characterization of GPC After Ion Irradiation
  • M. Abunaemeh
  • M. Seif
  • A. Batra
  • A. Elsamadicy
  • Y. Yang
  • L. Wang
  • C. Muntele
  • D. Ila
Conference paper
Part of the NATO Science for Peace and Security Series A: Chemistry and Biology book series (NAPSA)

Abstract

The TRISO fuel has been used in some of the Generation IV nuclear reactor designs [1]. It consists of a fuel kernel of UOx coated with several layers of materials with different functions. Pyrolytic carbon (PyC) is one of the materials in the layers. In this study we investigate the possibility of using Glassy Polymeric Carbon (GPC) as an alternative to PyC. In this work, we are comparing the changes in physical and microstructure properties of GPC after exposure to irradiation fluence of 5 MeV Au equivalent to a 1 displacement per atom (dpa) for GPC prepared at 2,000°C. The GPC material is manufactured and tested at the Center for Irradiation Materials (CIM) at Alabama A&M University using Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and stopping range of ions in matter (SRIM) software.

Keywords

Transmission electron spectroscopy Glassy polymeric carbon 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This research was supported and funded by the AAMRI Center for Irradiation of Material, NSF Alabama GRSP EPSCOR, and DoE NERI-C project number DE-FG07-07ID14894. Acknowledgment also goes for Dr. Edwards, the Dean of the school of Arts and Sciences at Alabama A&M University for the travel support.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Abunaemeh
    • 1
    • 2
  • M. Seif
    • 3
  • A. Batra
    • 2
  • A. Elsamadicy
    • 4
  • Y. Yang
    • 5
  • L. Wang
    • 6
  • C. Muntele
    • 1
  • D. Ila
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Irradiation of MaterialsAlabama A&M UniversityNormalUSA
  2. 2.Physics DepartmentAlabama A&M UniversityNormalUSA
  3. 3.Mechanical Engineering DepartmentAlabama A&M UniversityNormalUSA
  4. 4.Department of PhysicsUniversity of AlabamaHuntsvilleUSA
  5. 5.Engineering Physics DepartmentUniversity of WisconsinMadisonUSA
  6. 6.Engineering Physics DepartmentUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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