ORNL study examines tungsten in extreme environments to improve fusion materials

(DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory) ‘We’re trying to determine the fundamental behavior of plasma-facing materials with the goal of better understanding degradation mechanisms so we can engineer robust, new materials,’ said materials scientist Chad Parish of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He is senior author of a study in the journal Scientific Reports that explored degradation of tungsten under reactor-relevant conditions. Learning about how energetic atomic bombardment affects tungsten microscopically helps engineers improve nuclear materials.

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