Water chemistry control for the target/blanket region of the accelerator production of tritium

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High-energy particle interactions in the various components of the target/blanket region of the Accelerator Production of Tritium lead to heat generation and deposition. Heavy-water and light-water systems are used to cool the target/blanket system and associated equipment. Structural materials include Inconel alloy 718, aluminum-clad lead rods, aluminum tubes containing helium-3 and tritium gas, and stainless steel components. Proper coolant chemistry is required to maximize neutron production, minimize corrosion of components, and minimize activity buildup. Corrosion-related phenomena and development of coolant and moderator corrosion control for both power and defense fission reactors has been studied extensively over the past 50 years. Less is known, however, about cooling systems for accelerators where a variety of transient chemical species and spallation products may be formed. The following provides a discussion on the issues that need to be addressed for proper water chemistry control for the APT system.

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Chandler, G. T., Iyer, N. C., & Louthan, M. R. (1999). Water chemistry control for the target/blanket region of the accelerator production of tritium. Materials Characterization, 43(2), 125–134. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1044-5803(99)00033-9

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