Materials Design Division

Nuclear Materials Engineering


Prof.Ryuta KASADA

  • Asso. Prof. Sosuke KONDO
  • Assist. Prof. Yoshitaka MATSUKAWA
  • Assist. Prof. Hao YU

Materials Resistant to Extreme Environments Open the Door to the Next Generation Base Load Power Plants

High-temperatures in furnace, low-temperatures at Antarctica, vacuum and radiation in space, high pressure under the deep sea..., these are distinguished extreme environments that cannot be tolerated by living human beings. Human beings have made it possible to explore and utilize these extreme environments by creating new materials resistant to the extreme conditions that will serve as barriers to separate the extreme environments from human activities. It is not exaggeration to say that the extreme environment is exactly the frontier of humankind and the invention of extreme environment resistant materials has led the development of human civilization.
One of the frontiers of living human beings is the development of new energy sources. Various unutilized energy sources have been proposed so far, and among them, "fusion reactor" is expected as a base load energy source supporting human civilization for a long time. However, complex extreme environment in the nuclear fusion reactor which overlaps with high temperature, high pressure, and radiation is a barrier to its realization. Our laboratory is pursuing research and development on materials resistant to extreme environments that are key to the realization of next generation energy sources such as fusion reactors or advanced fission nuclear power systems.

fusion reactor materials, nuclear materials, irradiation effect, environemental effect
CREATE materials resistant to extreme conditions

"Nano-oxide particle dispersion strengthened (ODS) alloy” exhibits superior performance even in fusion reactor conditions.

EVALUATE materials under extreme environments

EVALUATE materials under extreme environments

The distribution of boron compounds in a model control rod of Fukushima Daiichi NPP.

UNDERSTAND mechanisms of materials degradation
UNDERSTAND mechanisms of materials degradation

Corrosion enhancement in a unique manner were found for ceramic materials under severe conditions.

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