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- 1.Development of Advanced Ceramic-Based Composites
Fiber-reinforced ceramic matrix composites have been expected to be used as the components for nuclear and fusion power applications, high temperature gas turbines and aerospace industries. Novel fabrication process of ceramic-based fiber-reinforced composites, their properties, and advanced ceramic matrix composites with unique morphology have been studied.
SEM micrograph of silicon carbide fiber-reinforced silicon carbide matrix
- 2.Development of High-Performance Porous Ceramics
Application of porous ceramics has been considered to be effective to reduce environmental load and to save resources and energy. We have uniquely proposed porous ceramics with in-situ grain growth and grain orientation for the surface functionalization (Fig.2). We have been developing high-performance porous ceramics based on microstructure control in nano-, micro- and macro-scales. Furthermore, porous ceramics for purifying radioactively contaminated water and immobilizing radioactive nuclides have been studied.
SEM micrograph of porous silicon carbide (SiC) ceramics with in-situ grain
- 3.Development of Severe Environment Resistant Ceramics
Changes in properties and microstructure of ceramics exposed under severe environment such as high temperatures, high thermal gradient, corrosive and oxidizing atmosphere, radiation and particles irradiation have been studied, and we have been developing severe environment resistant ceramics.. In consideration of nuclear and fusion applications, novel ceramics for accident tolerant fuels, high-performance neutron absorbing ceramic pellets for fast reactors, and inert ceramic matrix for the transmutation of long-lived fission products into short-lived or stable nuclides in nuclear reactors or accelerators,Xbased on microstructure control, have been studied.