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Self-Healing Behavior of Pores in Atmosphere Plasma Sprayed Tritium Permeation Barrier Coatings

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Jifeng Gao, Jinping Suo, Dan Zhang

Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei, China

Paper No. ICONE18-29534, pp. 547-552; 6 pages
  • 18th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering
  • 18th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering: Volume 6
  • Xi’an, China, May 17–21, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4934-7
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


Decrease of pores in tritium permeation barriers is one of the most important problems to be addressed for the proper functioning of the fusion reactor. In this paper, a self-healing composite coating composed of TiC+mixture (TiC/Al2 O3 ) +Al2 O3 was developed to solve this problem. The coating was deposited on martensitic steels by plasma spraying with a thickness of 100μm. After heat-treatment, the morphology and phase of the coating were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The corrosion resistance of the coating before and after heat treatment was examined by electrochemistry techniques. The results showed that the TiC+mixture (TiC/Al2 O3 )+Al2 O3 coating exhibited good adhesion to the substrate and a perfect self-healing ability with the porosity decreased by 90% after heat-treatment. The corrosion resistance of the coating increased evidently after the heat treatment. The oxidation/expansion of TiC in the coating played an important role in the sealing of pores.

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