Progress and Challenges in Materials Modelling for Fusion

Wall Forum

  • Date: May 5, 2021
  • Time: 15:30 - 16:30
  • Speaker: Max Boleininger
  • Culham Centre for Fusion Energy | CCFE · Department of Theory and Modelling
  • Location: Zoom
  • Host: IPP
Structural components in commercial fusion reactor designs will be subjected to unprecedented heat and neutron fluxes, potentially leading to severe degradation of their performance. The key challenge of materials modelling is therefore the prediction of thermomechanical properties of structural components over their operational lifetime. I will present recent progress on simulating irradiated microstructure in the Materials Modelling Group at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE), and how statistical physics plays a surprising role in the phenomenon of irradiation embrittlement of components.
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