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Tritium measurements for $$^{6}$$Li-enriched Li$$_{2}$$TiO$$_{3}$$ breeding blanket experiments with D-T neutrons

Klix, A.; Ochiai, Kentaro; Terada, Yasuaki; Morimoto, Yuichi*; Yamauchi, Michinori*; Hori, Junichi; Nishitani, Takeo

$$^{6}$$Li-enriched Li$$_{2}$$TiO$$_{3}$$ is one of the candidate materials for the breeding blanket of the fusion DEMO reactor. Therefore, it is necessary to measure the tritium production performance and estimate the accuracy of the measurement method. The JAERI Fusion Neutronics Source (FNS) group has carried out experiments with breeding blanket mock-ups composed of layers of beryllium, ferritic steel F82H and enriched Li$$_{2}$$TiO$$_{3}$$. Pellets of enriched Li$$_{2}$$TiO$$_{3}$$ with a diameter of 12mm and a thickness of 2mm were used as detectors inside the tritium breeding layer. After irradiation, the pellets were dissolved and the tritium activity in the sample solution was measured by liquid scintillation counting. The experimentally obtained tritium production profile in the lithium titanate layer agreed well with MCNP calculations within the estimated error of the measured values (10%). The calculation-experiment ratio was close to one for all samples. Tritium loss from the pellet during storage time (a few days) was experimentally found to be negligible.



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