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Rapid and precision mass replication of inertial fusion energy targets with multiphase microfluidics

Li, Jin and Barrow, David 2014. Rapid and precision mass replication of inertial fusion energy targets with multiphase microfluidics. Presented at: The 18th International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences (MicroTAS 2014), Cardiff, 26 - 30 October 2014. 18th International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences. USA: Chemical and Biological Microsystems Society, pp. 1253-1255.
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Abstract

We report here the generation of polymeric, fuel target shells, for fusion energy production using PTFE microfluidic manifold systems. We show that target shells can be fabricated at rates (15Hz) compatible with requirements to service a single future reactor, using three-phase immiscible flows on chip. Additions of functionalised, multi-wall, carbon nanotubes to the uncured monomer, were found to improve the Young’s modulus of the hybrid material when photocured. The extreme sphericity and concentricity requirements of the resultant shells were shown to be very good, and further work needs to improve these parameters by a factor of ~x15.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Publisher: Chemical and Biological Microsystems Society
ISBN: 978-1-63439-697-4
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 25 July 2022
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2022 11:15
URI: https://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/151128

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