Plasma Exposed Materials for Nuclear Fusion Devices

  1. Prof. Dr. P. Neumann3,
  2. Dr. D. Allen4 and
  3. Prof. Dr. E. Teuckhoff5
  1. H. Bolt1,
  2. J. Linke2,
  3. M. Rödig2,
  4. J. Roth1 and
  5. J.-H. You1

Published Online: 5 JAN 2006

DOI: 10.1002/3527606181.ch69

Steels and Materials for Power Plants, Volume 7

Steels and Materials for Power Plants, Volume 7

How to Cite

Bolt, H., Linke, J., Rödig, M., Roth, J. and You, J.-H. (2000) Plasma Exposed Materials for Nuclear Fusion Devices, in Steels and Materials for Power Plants, Volume 7 (eds P. Neumann, D. Allen and E. Teuckhoff), Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, FRG. doi: 10.1002/3527606181.ch69

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung, Max-Planck-Str. 1, 40237 Düsseldorf, Germany

  2. 4

    ABB Asltom Power UK Ltd., Cambridge Road, Whetstone, Leicester LE9 GLH, United Kingdom

  3. 5

    Siemens AG, Postfach 3240, 91050 Erlangen, Germany

Author Information

  1. 1

    Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik, EURATOM-Association, D-85748 Garching, Germany

  2. 2

    Forschungszentrum Jiilich, EURATOM-Association, D-52425 Jülich, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 JAN 2006
  2. Published Print: 27 JUN 2000

Book Series:

  1. EUROMAT 99

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527301959

Online ISBN: 9783527606184



  • steels for power plants;
  • materials for power plant;
  • plasma exposed materials;
  • nuclear fusion devices


Fusion energy has a very attractive potential as an alternative energy resource in future due to some favorable properties: economic fuel cost, inherent safety, low impact on environment and large scale power generation.

The R&D of materials play a key role in the development of large fusion machines such as International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) due to the fact that materials engineering for fusion applications faces a new and tougher environment than experienced by any previous power plant technology. The materials selection for application to plasma-facing components (PFCs), such as first wall and divertor, might be one of the critical issues, since the plasma performance and thus reactor design option are strongly affected by plasma-surface interaction and thermomechanical properties of these materials. Materials development for PFCs has been a main part of the overall R&D process, as fusion operational condition requires materials that withstand the incidence of energetic hydrogen particles, high surface heat flux and intense neutron irradiation.

In the following some important aspects of materials engineering in the development of PFCs are reviewed.