Response of Isotopically Tailored Titanium Diboride to Neutron Irradiation
The response of polycrystalline TiB2 to neutron irradiation was investigated. The material was fabricated using isotopically enriched 11B powders to minimize helium production via the 10B(n, α)7Li reaction. Neutron irradiation was conducted at temperatures of ~200°C and ~600°C to a fast fluence of 2.4 x 1025n/m2 ( > 0.1 MeV). The material exhibited some swelling, but less swelling at the higher irradiation temperature. No macroscopic damage was observed in the irradiated material, although moderate irradiation-induced micro-cracking was found in the irradiated TiB2. This study demonstrated improved radiation resistance of isotopically tailored TiB2 compared with natural boron TiB2, which exhibited macroscopic fracture by irradiation.
T. Koyanagi et al., "Response of Isotopically Tailored Titanium Diboride to Neutron Irradiation," Journal of the American Ceramic Society, Blackwell Publishing Inc., Jan 2018.
The definitive version is available at https://doi.org/10.1111/jace.16036
Materials Science and Engineering
Keywords and Phrases
Boron Compounds; Neutrons; Radiation; Titanium; Titanium Compounds, Helium Production; Irradiated Materials; Irradiation Temperature; Isotopically Enriched; Macroscopic Damage; Macroscopic Fractures; Radiation Resistance; Titanium Diboride, Neutron Irradiation
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