Investigation of AISI Steel Vickers Hardness and Nitrogen Ion Beam Energy of a 3 kJ Plasma Focus

  

Arwinder Singh1, Teh Thiam Oun1, Manmeshpal Singh1, Saw Sor Heoh2,3 and Lee Sing1,3,4

  

1Faculty of Engineering and Quantity Surveying, INTI International University

2Plasma Radiation Source Laboratory, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

3Institute for Plasma Focus Studies, Australia

4University of Malaya, Malaysia

 

Corresponding author: arwinders.jigiris@newinti.edu.my


AbstractINTI 3kJ Plasma Focus which produces dense hot plasmas with intense multi-radiations including x-rays, beam ions, relativistic electrons and powerful plasma streams is discussed in this paper. This device is a table top sized nuclear fusion machine producing fusion neutrons when operated in deuterium. It has many applications including energy, medical and materials. Current work on materials hardening conducted at the INTI plasma focus laboratory using nitrogen gas is briefly discussed. The methodology of the research is briefly presented as is our unique advantageous approach in integrating the laboratory measurements with analysis using the Lee code, which INTI Centre of Plasma Research plays a big role in its continuing development. An example is discussed. The beam energy obtained from the Lee codes is plotted against the average hardness obtained from the Vickers Hardness test and reveals the correlation between the energy released by the plasma beam and the hardness of the material.

Keywords: INTI dense plasma focus; Nitriding; Lee model code; Machine performance

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