Laser Applications Laboratory
Refractory Alloy Welding
Project description: Welding of refractory
metals such as vanadium alloys.
Category: internal R&D project
Working with the Fusion program at Argonne, the LAL is working on laser
welding techniques to use on special vanadium-rich alloys. These alloys are
being considered for use in building containment and cooling structures in
the next generation of fusion reactors. These alloys offer better materials
properties under neutron bombardment, but must be welded in an inert atmosphere.
Efforts are being made to satisfy this restriction in an efficient manner
that can be used for full-scale vessel manufacture.
Last Modified: Tue, September 14, 2010 6:17 PM