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Accelerated radiation damage test facility using a 5 MV tandem ion accelerator

Wady, P.T., Draude, A., Shubeita, S.M., Smith, A.D., Mason, Nigel, Pimblott, S.M., Jimenez-Melero, E. (2016) Accelerated radiation damage test facility using a 5 MV tandem ion accelerator. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment, 806 . pp. 109-116. ISSN 0168-9002. (doi:10.1016/j.nima.2015.09.088) (KAR id:74678)

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Abstract

We have developed a new irradiation facility that allows to perform accelerated damage tests of nuclear reactor materials at temperatures up to 400�C using the intense proton (<100 μA) and heavy ion (≈10 μA) beams produced by a 5 MV tandem ion accelerator. The dedicated beam line for radiation damage studies comprises: (1) beam diagnosis and focusing optical components, (2) a scanning and slit system that allows uniform irradiation of a sample area of 0.5-6 cm 2 , and (3) a sample stage designed to be able to monitor in-situ the sample temperature, current deposited on the sample, and the gamma spectrum of potential radio-active nuclides produced during the sample irradiation. The beam line capabilities have been tested by irradiating a 20Cr-25Ni-Nb stabilised stainless steel with a 3 MeV proton beam to a dose level of 3 dpa. The irradiation temperature was 356�C, with a maximum range in temperature values of �6�C within the first 24 h of continuous irradiation. The sample stage is connected to ground through an electrometer to measure accurately the charge deposited on the sample. The charge can be integrated in hardware during irradiation, and this methodology removes uncertainties due to fluctuations in beam current. The measured gamma spectrum allowed the identification of the main radioactive nuclides produced during the proton bombardment from the lifetimes and gamma emissions. This dedicated radiation damage beam line is hosted by the Dalton Cumbrian Facility of the University of Manchester.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.nima.2015.09.088
Uncontrolled keywords: Gamma spectrometry, Ion accelerator, Ion-solid interactions, Nuclear reactor materials, Radiation damage, Gamma ray spectrometers, Heavy ions, Irradiation, Isotopes, Linear accelerators, Nuclear reactors, Particle accelerators, Radiation damage, Stages, Stainless steel, Accelerated radiation damage, Gamma spectrometry, Ion accelerator, Ion-solid interactions, Irradiation facilities, Irradiation temperature, Reactor materials, University of Manchester, Radiation
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > School of Physical Sciences
Depositing User: Nigel Mason
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2019 15:47 UTC
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2019 15:48 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/74678 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Mason, Nigel: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4468-8324
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