Vapor grown carbon fiber (VGCF) has been shown to have the highest thermal conductivity of all carbon fiber currently available. This property holds potential of increasing the thickness and longevity of fusion reactor plasma-facing materials. The use of VGCF as a reinforcement in carbon/carbon composites has been explored, as well as methods of joining these plasma-facing materials to copper alloy heat pipes. In extensive study of VGCF/carbon matrix composites, the influence of fiber volume fraction, density, densification method, and heat treatment on composite properties were investigated. Joining of VGCF/carbon composites to copper and beryllium to copper using a novel alloying method was studied. The joint interface was examined by RBS analysis and thermal conductance.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics
- Materials Science(all)
- Nuclear Energy and Engineering