Evaluation of radiation hardness of materials for nuclear fusion plants
With the increasing global demand for energy, a transition to clean sources is urgent and solar and wind power alone can not sustain it immediately, therefore other solutions must be pursued for “green” energy generation. An important role in this transition could be played by nuclear fusion. Fusion reactions are safe and abundant energy sources, they emit neither radioactive waste nor greenhouse gases and fusion reactors would take up relatively little space.
ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) is an international nuclear fusion research project that aims at building in Provence, France, the first reactor capable of producing more thermal power from the fusion process than it uses. Its continuation, DEMO (DEMOnstration Power Station), will be the first to also transform this thermal power into electricity. One of the main related challenges is to develop and test materials capable of enduring the extremely harsh conditions produced in the reactor.
In this frame, the theme “Evaluation of radiation hardness of materials for nuclear fusion plants" is clearly of fundamental importance and in the workshop some important topics regarding this vast issue will be presented and discussed