Development of sub-miniaturised testing methodology for W/Cu joints extracted from the ITER-specification monoblock

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A testing methodology and a new “anchor” geometry for tensile samples were developed for evaluation of the W/Cu joint strength between the W monoblock and the CuCrZr cooling pipe joined via the Cu interlayer in the ITER-specification monoblock. The proposed samples can be machined from the ITER-specification monoblock. These monoblock tensile samples are designed for uniaxial tests allowing their remote manipulation for testing in hot cells after neutron irradiation, which is crucial for the assessment of the effect of this irradiation. For validation purposes, tensile tests with standard miniaturised dog-bone samples were performed using prototype block-to-block joints (W/CuCrZr) produced with the field-assisted sintering technique. The results are obtained from the conventional and the new tensile samples. Conventional samples were machined from the W/CuCrZr block-to-block joints, while the new “anchor” tensile samples were machined from the W/CuCrZr block-to-block joints and ITER monoblock containing the W block and Cu interlayer. A good agreement in the evaluation of the joint strength was obtained. The fracture surfaces and the joint interface were investigated with scanning electron microscopy. Micro-hardness was characterised across the joint interface.
Original languageEnglish
Article number113925
Number of pages8
JournalFusion Engineering & Design
StatePublished - Sep 2023

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