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  1. Tritium recovery from ceramic breeder blanket

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    It is known that chemical forms of tritium released from ceramic breeders are T2O and T2. Among issues relevant to the tritium chemical form, tritium inventory is one of the major criteria in the selection of breeder material. The primary purpose of this report is to study the dependence of tritium inventory in a blanket with ceramic solid breeder on the tritium chemical form. In this light, tritium inventory in a Li2O blanket has been evaluated as a function of tritium chemical form under the conditions of the Japanese Fusion Experimental Reactor (FER). It was shown that in a blanket with Li2O as a breeder, which has a strong affinity to water vapor, the inventory due to T2O adsorption becomes quite large. In order to reduce the T2O adsorption inventory, conversion of the tritium chemical form through an isotope exchange reaction with hydrogen added to the sweep gas (T2O + 2 H2 → H2O + 2 HT) has been proposed, and its advantages and problems have been examined. Lithium hydroxide formation and mass transfer, which are considered to be inherent in the Li2O-T2O system and to be critical issues for the feasibility of a Li2O blanket, have been also discussed. (author)

  2. Proceedings of the fifteenth international workshop on ceramic breeder blanket interactions

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    This report is the Proceedings of 'the Fifteenth International Workshop on Ceramic Breeder Blanket Interactions' which was held as a workshop on ceramic breeders Under the IEA Implementing Agreement on the Nuclear Technology of Fusion Reactors. This workshop was held in Sapporo, Japan on 3-4, Sept. 2009. Twenty six participants from EU, Japan, India, Russia and USA attended the workshop. The scope of the workshop included 1) evolutions in ceramic breeder blanket design, 2) progress in ceramic breeder material development, 3) irradiation testing, 4) breeder material properties, 5) out-of-pile pebble bed experiment, 6) modeling of the thermal, mechanical and tritium transfer behavior of pebble beds and 7) interfacing issues of solid breeder blanket development. By this workshop, advance of key technologies for solid breeder blanket development was shared among the participants. Also, desired direction of further investigation and development was recognized. The 20 of the presented papers are indexed individually. (J.P.N.)

  3. Proceedings of the sixth international workshop on ceramic breeder blanket interactions

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    This report is the Proceedings of ''the Sixth International Workshop on Ceramic Breeder Blanket Interactions'' which was held as a workshop on ceramic breeders under Annex II of IEA Implementing Agreement on a Programme of Research and Development on Fusion Materials, and Japan-US Workshop 97FT4-01. This workshop was held in Mito city, Japan on October 22-24, 1997. About forty experts from EU, Japan, USA, and Chile attended the workshop. The scope of the workshop included the following: 1) fabrication and characterization of ceramic breeders, 2) properties data for ceramic breeders, 3) tritium release characteristics, 4) modeling of tritium behavior, 5) irradiation effects on performance behavior, 6) blanket design and R and D requirements, 7) hydrogen behavior in materials, and 8) blanket system technology and structural materials. In the workshop, information exchange was performed for fabrication technology of ceramic breeder pebbles in EU and Japan, data of various properties of Li2TiO3, tritium release behavior of Li2TiO3 and Li2ZrO3 including tritium diffusion, modeling of tritium release from Li2ZrO3 in ITER condition, helium release behavior from Li2O, results of tritium release irradiation tests of Li4SiO4 pebbles in EXOTIC-7, R and D issues for ceramic breeders for ITER and DEMO blankets, etc. The 23 of the papers are indexed individually. (J.P.N.)

  4. Proceedings of the eleventh international workshop on ceramic breeder blanket interactions

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    This report is the Proceedings of 'the Eleventh International Workshop on Ceramic Breeder Blanket Interactions' which was held as a workshop on ceramic breeders Under the IEA Implementing Agreement on the Nuclear Technology of Fusion Reactors, and the Japan-US Fusion Collaboration Framework. This workshop was held in Tokyo, Japan on December 15-17, 2003. About thirty experts from China, EU, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Russia and USA attended the workshop. The scope of the workshop included 1) evolutions in ceramic breeder blanket design, 2) progress in ceramic breeder material development, 3) irradiation testing, 4) breeder material properties, 5) out-of-pile pebble bed experiment, 6) modeling of the thermal, mechanical and tritium transfer behavior of pebble beds and 7) interfacing issues of solid breeder blanket. In the workshop, information exchange was performed for designs of solid breeder blankets and test blankets in EU, Russia and Japan, recent results of irradiation tests, HICU, EXOTIC-8 and the irradiation tests by IVV-2M, modeling study on tritium release behavior of Li2TiO3 and so on, fabrication technology developments and characterization of the Li2TiO3 and Li4SiO4 pebbles, research on measurements and modeling of thermo-mechanical behaviors of Li2TiO3 and Li4SiO4 pebbles, and interfacing issues, such as, fabrication technology for blanket box structure, neutronics experiments of blanket mockups by fusion neutron source and tritium recovery system. The 26 of the presented papers are indexed individually. (J.P.N.)

  5. Proceedings of the sixth international workshop on ceramic breeder blanket interactions

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    Noda, Kenji [ed.

    1998-03-01

    This report is the Proceedings of `the Sixth International Workshop on Ceramic Breeder Blanket Interactions` which was held as a workshop on ceramic breeders under Annex II of IEA Implementing Agreement on a Programme of Research and Development on Fusion Materials, and Japan-US Workshop 97FT4-01. This workshop was held in Mito city, Japan on October 22-24, 1997. About forty experts from EU, Japan, USA, and Chile attended the workshop. The scope of the workshop included the following: (1) fabrication and characterization of ceramic breeders, (2) properties data for ceramic breeders, (3) tritium release characteristics, (4) modeling of tritium behavior, (5) irradiation effects on performance behavior, (6) blanket design and R and D requirements, (7) hydrogen behavior in materials, and (8) blanket system technology and structural materials. In the workshop, information exchange was performed for fabrication technology of ceramic breeder pebbles in EU and Japan, data of various properties of Li{sub 2}TiO{sub 3}, tritium release behavior of Li{sub 2}TiO{sub 3} and Li{sub 2}ZrO{sub 3} including tritium diffusion, modeling of tritium release from Li{sub 2}ZrO{sub 3} in ITER condition, helium release behavior from Li{sub 2}O, results of tritium release irradiation tests of Li{sub 4}SiO{sub 4} pebbles in EXOTIC-7, R and D issues for ceramic breeders for ITER and DEMO blankets, etc. The 23 of the papers are indexed individually. (J.P.N.)

  6. Neutronics Analysis of Water-Cooled Ceramic Breeder Blanket for CFETR

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    Zhu, Qingjun; Li, Jia; Liu, Songlin

    2016-07-01

    In order to investigate the nuclear response to the water-cooled ceramic breeder blanket models for CFETR, a detailed 3D neutronics model with 22.5° torus sector was developed based on the integrated geometry of CFETR, including heterogeneous WCCB blanket models, shield, divertor, vacuum vessel, toroidal and poloidal magnets, and ports. Using the Monte Carlo N-Particle Transport Code MCNP5 and IAEA Fusion Evaluated Nuclear Data Library FENDL2.1, the neutronics analyses were performed. The neutron wall loading, tritium breeding ratio, the nuclear heating, neutron-induced atomic displacement damage, and gas production were determined. The results indicate that the global TBR of no less than 1.2 will be a big challenge for the water-cooled ceramic breeder blanket for CFETR. supported by the National Magnetic Confinement Fusion Science Program of China (Nos. 2013GB108004, 2014GB122000, and 2014GB119000), and National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 11175207)

  7. Solid breeder blanket concepts

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    An investigation is made of a mechanical concept for the blanket with solid breeders in view of the possible adaptation to power reactor. A special arrangement of the multiplier and breeder materials is developed to permit a further neutronic optimisation

  8. Considerations on techniques for improving tritium confinement in helium-cooled ceramic breeder blankets

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    Tritium control issues such as the development of permeation barriers and the choice of the coolant and purge-gas chemistry are of crucial importance for solid breeder blankets. In order to quantify these problems for the helium-cooled ceramic breeder-inside-tube (BIT) blanket concept, the tritium leakage into the coolant was evaluated and the consequent tritium losses into the steam circuit were determined. The results indicate that under certain specified conditions the total tritium release from the coolant can be limited to approximately 10 Ci/d, but only on the assumption that experimental data for tritium permeation barriers can be attained under realistic operating conditions. An experimental study on the impact of the gas chemistry on tritium losses is proposed. (author) 8 refs.; 2 figs

  9. R and D status on Water Cooled Ceramic Breeder Blanket Technology

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    Enoeda, Mikio, E-mail: enoeda.mikio@jaea.go.jp; Tanigawa, Hisashi; Hirose, Takanori; Nakajima, Motoki; Sato, Satoshi; Ochiai, Kentaro; Konno, Chikara; Kawamura, Yoshinori; Hayashi, Takumi; Yamanishi, Toshihiko; Hoshino, Tsuyoshi; Nakamichi, Masaru; Tanigawa, Hiroyasu; Nishi, Hiroshi; Suzuki, Satoshi; Ezato, Koichiro; Seki, Yohji; Yokoyama, Kenji

    2014-10-15

    Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) is performing the development of a Water Cooled Ceramic Breeder (WCCB) Test Blanket Module (TBM) as one of the most important steps toward DEMO blanket. Regarding the blanket module fabrication technology development using F82H, the fabrication of a real scale mockup of the back wall of TBM was completed. In the design activity of the TBM, electromagnetic analysis under plasma disruption events and thermo-mechanical analysis under steady state and transient state of tokamak operation have been performed and showed bright prospect toward design justification. Regarding the development of advanced breeder and multiplier pebbles for DEMO blanket, fabrication technology development of Li rich Li{sub 2}TiO{sub 3} pebble and BeTi pebble was performed. Regarding the research activity on the evaluation of tritium generation performance, the evaluation of tritium production and recovery test using D-T neutron in the Fusion Neutronics Source (FNS) facility has been performed. This paper overviews the recent achievements of the development of the WCCB Blanket in JAEA.

  10. R and D status on Water Cooled Ceramic Breeder Blanket Technology

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    Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) is performing the development of a Water Cooled Ceramic Breeder (WCCB) Test Blanket Module (TBM) as one of the most important steps toward DEMO blanket. Regarding the blanket module fabrication technology development using F82H, the fabrication of a real scale mockup of the back wall of TBM was completed. In the design activity of the TBM, electromagnetic analysis under plasma disruption events and thermo-mechanical analysis under steady state and transient state of tokamak operation have been performed and showed bright prospect toward design justification. Regarding the development of advanced breeder and multiplier pebbles for DEMO blanket, fabrication technology development of Li rich Li2TiO3 pebble and BeTi pebble was performed. Regarding the research activity on the evaluation of tritium generation performance, the evaluation of tritium production and recovery test using D-T neutron in the Fusion Neutronics Source (FNS) facility has been performed. This paper overviews the recent achievements of the development of the WCCB Blanket in JAEA

  11. Analysis of Time-Dependent Tritium Breeding Capability of Water Cooled Ceramic Breeder Blanket for CFETR

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    Gao, Fangfang; Zhang, Xiaokang; Pu, Yong; Zhu, Qingjun; Liu, Songlin

    2016-08-01

    Attaining tritium self-sufficiency is an important mission for the Chinese Fusion Engineering Testing Reactor (CFETR) operating on a Deuterium-Tritium (D-T) fuel cycle. It is necessary to study the tritium breeding ratio (TBR) and breeding tritium inventory variation with operation time so as to provide an accurate data for dynamic modeling and analysis of the tritium fuel cycle. A water cooled ceramic breeder (WCCB) blanket is one candidate of blanket concepts for the CFETR. Based on the detailed 3D neutronics model of CFETR with the WCCB blanket, the time-dependent TBR and tritium surplus were evaluated by a coupling calculation of the Monte Carlo N-Particle Transport Code (MCNP) and the fusion activation code FISPACT-2007. The results indicated that the TBR and tritium surplus of the WCCB blanket were a function of operation time and fusion power due to the Li consumption in breeder and material activation. In addition, by comparison with the results calculated by using the 3D neutronics model and employing the transfer factor constant from 1D to 3D, it is noted that 1D analysis leads to an over-estimation for the time-dependent tritium breeding capability when fusion power is larger than 1000 MW. supported by the National Magnetic Confinement Fusion Science Program of China (Nos. 2013GB108004, 2015GB108002, and 2014GB119000), and by National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 11175207)

  12. Preliminary Design of a Helium-Cooled Ceramic Breeder Blanket for CFETR Based on the BIT Concept

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    CFETR is the “ITER-like” China fusion engineering test reactor. The design of the breeding blanket is one of the key issues in achieving the required tritium breeding radio for the self-sufficiency of tritium as a fuel. As one option, a BIT (breeder insider tube) type helium cooled ceramic breeder blanket (HCCB) was designed. This paper presents the design of the BIT—HCCB blanket configuration inside a reactor and its structure, along with neutronics, thermo-hydraulics and thermal stress analyses. Such preliminary performance analyses indicate that the design satisfies the requirements and the material allowable limits. (fusion engineering)

  13. Preliminary Design of a Helium-Cooled Ceramic Breeder Blanket for CFETR Based on the BIT Concept

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    Ma, Xuebin; Liu, Songlin; Li, Jia; Pu, Yong; Chen, Xiangcun

    2014-04-01

    CFETR is the “ITER-like” China fusion engineering test reactor. The design of the breeding blanket is one of the key issues in achieving the required tritium breeding radio for the self-sufficiency of tritium as a fuel. As one option, a BIT (breeder insider tube) type helium cooled ceramic breeder blanket (HCCB) was designed. This paper presents the design of the BIT—HCCB blanket configuration inside a reactor and its structure, along with neutronics, thermo-hydraulics and thermal stress analyses. Such preliminary performance analyses indicate that the design satisfies the requirements and the material allowable limits.

  14. Tauro: a ceramic composite structural material self-cooled Pb-17Li breeder blanket concept

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    The use of a low-activation (LA) ceramic composite (CC) as structural material appears essential to demonstrate the potential of fusion power reactors for being inherently or, at least, passively safe. Tauro is a self-cooled Pb-17Li breeder blanket with a SiC/SiC composite as structure. This study determines the required improvements for existing industrial LA composites (mainly SiC/SiC) in order to render them acceptable for blanket operating conditions. 3D SiC/SiC CC, recently launched on the market, is a promising candidate. A preliminary evaluation of a possible joining technique for SiC/SiC is also described. (orig.)

  15. Considerations on techniques for improving tritium confinement in helium-cooled ceramic breeder blankets

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    Tritium control issues such as the development of permeation barriers and the choice of the coolant and purge-gas chemistry are of crucial importance for solid breeder blankets. In order to quantify these problems for the helium-cooled ceramic BIT blanket concept, the tritium leakage into the coolant was evaluated and the consequent tritium losses into the steam circuit were determined. Our results indicate that under certain specified conditions the total tritium release from the coolant can be limited to approximately 10 Ci/d, but only on the assumption that experimental data for tritium permeation barriers can be attained under realistic operating conditions. An experimental study on the impact of the gas chemistry on tritium losses is proposed. (orig.)

  16. Tritium permeation through helium-heated steam generators of ceramic breeder blankets for DEMO

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    The potential sources of tritium contamination of the helium coolant of ceramic breeder blankets have previously been evaluated for the specific case of the European BIT DEMO blanket. This confirmed that the control of tritium losses to the steam circuit is a critical issue which demands development concerning (a) permeation barriers, (b) tritium recovery processes maintaining a very low tritium activity in the coolant, and (c) control of the coolant chemistry. The specifications of these developments required the evaluation of the tritium losses through the steam generators, and includes the definition of their operating conditions by thermodynamic cycle calculations, and their thermal-hydraulic design. For both tasks, specific computer tools were developed. The geometry obtained, the surface area and the temperature profiles along the heat-exchanger tubes were then used to estimate the daily tritium permeation into the steam cycle. Steam-oxidized Incoloy 800 austenitic stainless steel was identified as the best-suited existing material. Our results indicate that in nominal steady-state operation the tritium escape into the steam cycle could be restricted to less than 10 Ci per day. The conditions for this are specified, but their feasibility demands, in particular, the resolution of certain gas chemistry problems, and their validation in the more stringent environment of an operating blanket. Tritium permeation during temperature and pressure transients in the steam generator (destruction and possible self-healing of the permeation barrier) was identified as bearing a large tritium release potential. The problems associated with such transients are discussed and possible solutions are proposed. (orig.)

  17. Thermal Hydraulic Design and Analysis of a Water-Cooled Ceramic Breeder Blanket with Superheated Steam for CFETR

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    Cheng, Xiaoman; Ma, Xuebin; Jiang, Kecheng; Chen, Lei; Huang, Kai; Liu, Songlin

    2015-09-01

    The water-cooled ceramic breeder blanket (WCCB) is one of the blanket candidates for China fusion engineering test reactor (CFETR). In order to improve power generation efficiency and tritium breeding ratio, WCCB with superheated steam is under development. The thermal-hydraulic design is the key to achieve the purpose of safe heat removal and efficient power generation under normal and partial loading operation conditions. In this paper, the coolant flow scheme was designed and one self-developed analytical program was developed, based on a theoretical heat transfer model and empirical correlations. Employing this program, the design and analysis of related thermal-hydraulic parameters were performed under different fusion power conditions. The results indicated that the superheated steam water-cooled blanket is feasible. supported by the National Special Project for Magnetic Confined Nuclear Fusion Energy of China (Nos. 2013GB108004, 2014GB122000 and 2014GB119000), and National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 11175207)

  18. European DEMO BOT solid breeder blanket

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    The BOT (Breeder Outside Tube) Solid Breeder Blanket for a fusion DEMO reactor is presented. This is one of the four blanket concepts under development in the frame of the European fusion technology program with the aim to select in 1995 the two most promising ones for further development. In the paper the reference blanket design and external loops are described as well as the results of the theoretical and experimental work in the fields of neutronics, thermohydraulics, mechanical stresses, tritium control and extraction, development and irradiation of the ceramic breeder material, beryllium development, ferromagnetic forces caused by disruptions, safety and reliability. An outlook is given on the remaining open questions and on the required R and D program. (orig.)

  19. Fusion breeder sphere - PAC blanket design

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    There is a considerable world-wide effort directed toward the production of materials for fusion reactors. Many ceramic fabrication groups are working on making lithium ceramics in a variety of forms, to be incorporated into the tritium breeding blanket which will surround the fusion reactor. Current blanket designs include ceramic in either monolithic or packed sphere bed (sphere-pac) forms. The major thrust at AECL is the production of lithium aluminate spheres to be incorporated in a sphere-pac bed. Contemporary studies on breeder blanket design offer little insight into the requirements on the sizes of the spheres. This study examined the parameters which determine the properties of pressure drop and coolant requirements. It was determined that an optimised sphere-pac bed would be composed of two diameters of spheres: 75 weight % at 3 mm and 25 weight % at 0.3 mm

  20. Current status of safety design and safety analysis for China ITER helium coolant ceramic breeder test blanket system long

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    Helium Coolant Ceramic Breeder (HCCB) Test Blanket System (TBS) designed by China are planned to be tested in ITER to validate key technologies, including demonstration of nuclear safety, for future fusion reactor breeding blankets. Furthermore, in order to be operated in ITER, a nuclear facility (INB) recognized by French nuclear safety authority, safety design and safety analysis of the TBS are mandatory for the licensing procedures. This paper summarizes the status at current design phase with following main elements: The main radiological source terms in the system are tritium and activation products. Nuclear and tritium analysis are performed to identify their inventories and distributions in system. Multiple confinement barriers are considered to be the most essential safety feature. French regulation for pressure equipment and nuclear equipment (ESP/ESPN regulations) will be followed to ensure the system integrities. ALARA principle is kept in mind during the whole safety design phases. Protective actions including choice of advanced materials, improvement of shielding, optimization of operation and maintenance activities, usage of remote handling operations, zoning and access control have been considered. Passive safety is emphasized in the system design, only minimal active safety functions including call for fusion plasma shutdown and isolation of TBM from ex-vessel ancillary systems. High reliability and redundancies are required for components related to these functions. Several accidents have been identified and analyzed. Consider the limited inventories in the system and the intrinsic safety of fusion device, positive conclusions have been obtained. (author)

  1. ITER solid breeder blanket materials database

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    Billone, M.C. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States); Dienst, W. [Kernforschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH (Germany). Inst. fuer Material- und Festkoerperforschung; Flament, T. [CEA Centre d`Etudes de Fontenay-aux-Roses (France). Commissariat A L`Energie Atomique; Lorenzetto, P. [NET Team, Garching (Germany); Noda, K. [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Takai, Ibaraki, (Japan); Roux, N. [CEA Centre d`Etudes et de Recherches Les Materiaux (France). Commissariat a L`Energie Atomique

    1993-11-01

    The databases for solid breeder ceramics (Li{sub 2},O, Li{sub 4}SiO{sub 4}, Li{sub 2}ZrO{sub 3} and LiAlO{sub 2}) and beryllium multiplier material are critically reviewed and evaluated. Emphasis is placed on physical, thermal, mechanical, chemical stability/compatibility, tritium, and radiation stability properties which are needed to assess the performance of these materials in a fusion reactor environment. Correlations are selected for design analysis and compared to the database. Areas for future research and development in blanket materials technology are highlighted and prioritized.

  2. Comparison analysis of fusion breeder blanket concepts

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    Based on the wide survey, the development status and key issues of fusion breeder blanket concepts are summarized. Two types of blanket concepts, i.e. solid and liquid breeder blanket, were compared and assessed in terms of engineering feasibility, tritium recovery and control, economic and safety aspects, etc. The advantages and disadvantages of the two types of blanket concepts were clarified from the viewpoint of technology realization and development potential. This study may act as a valuable reference for fusion blanket concept selection and design. (authors)

  3. Development of Solid Breeder Blanket at JAERI

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    Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (JAERI) has been performing blanket development based on the long-term research program of fusion blankets in Japan, which was approved by the Fusion Council of Japan in 1999. The blanket development consists of out-pile R and D, In-pile R and D, TBM Neutronics and TPR Tests and Tritium Recovery System R and D. Based on the achievements of element technology development, the R and D program is now stepping to the engineering testing phase, in which scalable mockup tests will be performed for obtaining engineering data unique to the specific structure of the components, with the objective to define the fabrication specification of test blanket modules for ITER. This paper presents the major achievements of the element technology development of solid breeder blanket in JAERI

  4. A review of fusion breeder blanket technology, part 1

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    This report presents the results of a study of fusion breeder blanket technology. It reviews the role of the breeder blanket, the current understanding of the scientific and engineering bases of liquid metal and solid breeder blankets and the programs now underway internationally to resolve the uncertainities in current knowledge. In view of existing national expertise and experience, a solid breeder R and D program for Canada is recommended

  5. Solid breeder blanket design and tritium breeding

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    Thermonuclear D-T power plants will have to be tritium self-sufficient. In addition to recovering the energy carried by the fusion neutrons (about 80% of the fusion energy), the blanket of the reactor will thus have to breed tritium to replace that burnt in the fusion process. This paper is an attempt to cover in a concise way the questions of tritium breeding, and the influence of this issue on the design of, and the material selection for, power reactor blanket relying on the use of solid breeder materials. Tritium breeding requirements - to breed one tritium per fusion neutron - are shown to be quite demanding. To meet them, the blanket must incorporate, in addition to a tritium breeding lithium compound, a neutron multiplier so as to compensate for neutron losses. Presently prefered lithium compounds are Li2O, LiAlO2, Li2ZrO3, Li4SiO4. The neutron multiplier considered in most design concepts is beryllium. Furthermore, the blanket must be designed with a view to minimizing these neutron losses (search for compactness and high coverage ratio of the plasma while minimizing the amount of structures and coolant). The design guidelines are justified and the technological problems which limit their implementation are discussed and illustrated with typical designs of solid breeder blanket. (orig.)

  6. Conceptual design of a water cooled breeder blanket for CFETR

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    Liu, Songlin, E-mail: slliu@ipp.ac.cn [Institute of Plasma Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei, Anhui 230031 (China); Pu, Yong; Cheng, Xiaoman [Institute of Plasma Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei, Anhui 230031 (China); Li, Jia; Peng, ChangHong [School of Nuclear Science and Technology, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230027 (China); Ma, Xuebing [Institute of Plasma Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei, Anhui 230031 (China); Chen, Lei [School of Nuclear Science and Technology, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230027 (China)

    2014-10-15

    Highlights: • We proposed a water cooled ceramic breeder blanket with superheated steam. • Superheated steam is generated at the first wall and the front part of breeder zone. • Superheated steam has negligible impact on neutron absorption by coolant in FW and improves TBR. • The superheated steam at higher temperature can improve thermal efficiency. - Abstract: China Fusion Engineering Test Reactor (CFETR) is an ITER-like superconducting tokamak reactor. Its major radius is 5.7 m, minor radius is 1.6 m and elongation ratio is 1.8. Its mission is to achieve 50–200 MW of fusion power, 30–50% of duty time factor, and tritium breeding ratio not less than 1.2 to ensure the self-sufficiency. As one of the breeding blanket candidates for CFETR, a water cooled breeder blanket with superheated steam is proposed and its conceptual design is being carried out. In this design, sub-cooling water at 265 °C under the pressure of 7 MPa is fed into cooling plates in breeding zone and is heated up to 285 °C with saturated steam generated, and then this steam is pre-superheated up to 310 °C in first wall (FW), final, the pre-superheated steam coming from several blankets is fed into the other one blanket to superheat again up to 517 °C. Due to low density of superheated steam, it has negligible impact on neutron absorption by coolant in FW so that the high energy neutrons entering into breeder zone moderated by water in cooling plate help enhance tritium breeding by {sup 6}Li(n,α)T reaction. Li{sub 2}TiO{sub 3} pebbles and Be{sub 12}Ti pebbles are chosen as tritium breeder and neutron multiplier respectively, because Li{sub 2}TiO{sub 3} and Be{sub 12}Ti are expected to have better chemical stability and compatibility with water in high temperature. However, Be{sub 12}Ti may lead to a reduction in tritium breeding ratio (TBR). Furthermore, a spot of sintered Be plate is used to improve neutron multiplying capacity in a multi-layer structure. As one alternative option

  7. Conceptual design of a water cooled breeder blanket for CFETR

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    Highlights: • We proposed a water cooled ceramic breeder blanket with superheated steam. • Superheated steam is generated at the first wall and the front part of breeder zone. • Superheated steam has negligible impact on neutron absorption by coolant in FW and improves TBR. • The superheated steam at higher temperature can improve thermal efficiency. - Abstract: China Fusion Engineering Test Reactor (CFETR) is an ITER-like superconducting tokamak reactor. Its major radius is 5.7 m, minor radius is 1.6 m and elongation ratio is 1.8. Its mission is to achieve 50–200 MW of fusion power, 30–50% of duty time factor, and tritium breeding ratio not less than 1.2 to ensure the self-sufficiency. As one of the breeding blanket candidates for CFETR, a water cooled breeder blanket with superheated steam is proposed and its conceptual design is being carried out. In this design, sub-cooling water at 265 °C under the pressure of 7 MPa is fed into cooling plates in breeding zone and is heated up to 285 °C with saturated steam generated, and then this steam is pre-superheated up to 310 °C in first wall (FW), final, the pre-superheated steam coming from several blankets is fed into the other one blanket to superheat again up to 517 °C. Due to low density of superheated steam, it has negligible impact on neutron absorption by coolant in FW so that the high energy neutrons entering into breeder zone moderated by water in cooling plate help enhance tritium breeding by 6Li(n,α)T reaction. Li2TiO3 pebbles and Be12Ti pebbles are chosen as tritium breeder and neutron multiplier respectively, because Li2TiO3 and Be12Ti are expected to have better chemical stability and compatibility with water in high temperature. However, Be12Ti may lead to a reduction in tritium breeding ratio (TBR). Furthermore, a spot of sintered Be plate is used to improve neutron multiplying capacity in a multi-layer structure. As one alternative option, in spite of lower TBR, Pb is taken into

  8. Research and development status of ceramic breeder materials

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    The breeding blanket is a key component of the fusion reactor because it directly involves tritium breeding and energy extraction, both of which are critical to development of fusion power. The lithium ceramics continue to show promise as candidate breeder materials. This promise was also recognized by the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) design team in its selection of ceramics as the first option breeder material. Blanket design studies have indicated areas in the properties data base that need further investigation. Current studies are focusing on issues such as tritium release behavior at high burnup, changes in thermophysical properties with burnup, compatibility between ceramic breeder and beryllium multiplier, and phase changes with burnup. Laboratory and in-reactor tests are underway, some as part of an international collaboration for development of ceramic breeder materials. 36 refs

  9. Neutronic optimization of solid breeder blankets for STARFIRE design

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    Extensive neutronic tradeoff studies were carried out to define and optimize the neutronic performance of the different solid breeder options for the STARFIRE blanket design. A set of criteria were employed to select the potential blanket materials. The basic criteria include the neutronic performance, tritium-release characteristics, material compatibility, and chemical stability. Three blanket options were analyzed. The first option is based on separate zones for each basic blanket function where the neutron multiplier is kept in a separate zone. The second option is a heterogeneous blanket type with two tritium breeder zones. In the first zone the tritium breeder is assembled in a neutron multiplier matrix behind the first wall while the second zone has a neutron moderator matrix instead of the neutron multiplier. The third blanket option is similar to the second concept except the tritium breeder and the neutron multiplier form a homogeneous mixture

  10. Fast-Breeder-Blanket Project: FBBF. Final report

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    This report is the final report for DOE contract DE-AC02-76ET37237 with the Purdue Fast Breeder Blanket Project. The Project was initiated to investigate the uncertainties in Fast Breeder Reactor blanket calculations. Absolute measurements of key neutron reaction rates, neutron spectra, and gamma-ray energy depositions were made in simulated FBF blankets in the Fast Breeder Blanket Facility (FBBF), a Cf-252 driven subcritical facility. Calculation of the spectra and integral reaction rates were made using methods, computer codes, and cross section data typical of those currently used in the design of FBR's. Comparisons of calculated to experimental integral neutron reaction rates give good agreement at the inner portions of the blanket by diverge to C/E ratios of about 0.65 at the outer edge of the blanket for reactions sensitive to the neutron density

  11. Blanket management method for liquid metal fast breeder reactors

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    A method for reducing thermal striping in liquid metal fast breeder reactors by reducing temperature gradients between adjacent fuel and blanket assemblies by shuffling blanket assemblies at each refueling outage so as to progressively shuffle the blanket assemblies to the core periphery through multiple moves and to generally locate fresh blanket assemblies adjacent to exposed fuel assemblies and exposed blanket assemblies adjacent to fresh fuel. Additionally, assembly orificing is altered to provide less flow to blanket assemblies needing less flow due to an otherwise decreased temperature gradient and providing additional flow to fuel assemblies which need more flow to sufficiently reduce temperature gradients to prevent thermal striping. (author)

  12. Progress in tritium retention and release modeling for ceramic breeders

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    Tritium behavior in ceramic breeder blankets is a key design issue for this class of blanket because of its impact on safety and fuel self-sufficiency. Over the past 10-15 years, substantial theoretical and experimental efforts have been dedicated world-wide to develop a better understanding of tritium transport in ceramic breeders. Models that are available today seem to cover reasonably well all the key physical transport and trapping mechanisms. They have allowed for reasonable interpretation and reproduction of experimental data and have helped in pointing out deficiencies in material property data base, in providing guidance for future experiments, and in analyzing blanket tritium behavior. This paper highlights the progress in tritium modeling over the last decade. Key tritium transport mechanisms are briefly described along with the more recent and sophisticated models developed to help understand them. Recent experimental data are highlighted and model calibration and validation discussed. Finally, example applications to blanket cases are shown as illustration of progress in the prediction of ceramic breeder blanket tritium inventory

  13. Progress in tritium retention and release modeling for ceramic breeders

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    Tritium behavior in ceramic breeder blankets is a key design issue for this class of blanket because of its impact on safety and fuel self-sufficiency. Over the past 10-15 years, substantial theoretical and experimental effort has been dedicated worldwide to the development of a better understanding of tritium transport in ceramic breeders. The models available today seem to cover reasonably well all of the key physical transport and trapping mechanisms. They allow for reasonable interpretation and reproduction of experimental data, help to point out deficiencies in the material property database, provide guidance for future experiments and aid in the analysis of blanket tritium behavior.This paper highlights the progress in tritium modeling over the last decade. Key tritium transport mechanisms are briefly described, together with the more recent, sophisticated models which have been developed to help understand them. Recent experimental data are highlighted and model calibration and validation are discussed. Finally, example applications to blanket cases are shown as an illustration of the progress in the prediction of ceramic breeder blanket tritium inventory. (orig.)

  14. Tritium transport and release from lithium ceramic breeder materials

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    In an operating fusion reactor,, the tritium breeding blanket will reach a condition in which the tritium release rate equals the production rate. The tritium release rate must be fast enough that the tritium inventory in the blanket does not become excessive. Slow tritium release will result in a large tritium inventory, which is unacceptable from both economic and safety viewpoints As a consequence, considerable effort has been devoted to understanding the tritium release mechanism from ceramic breeders and beryllium neutron multipliers through theoretical, laboratory, and in-reactor studies. This information is being applied to the development of models for predicting tritium release for various blanket operating conditions

  15. Neutronics Experiment on A HCPB Breeder Blanket Mock-Up

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    A neutronics experiment has been performed in the frame of European Fusion Technology Program on a mock-up of the EU Test Blanket Module (TBM), Helium Cooled Pebble Bed (HCPB) concept, with the objective to validate the capability of nuclear data to predict nuclear responses, such as the tritium production rate (TPR), with qualified uncertainties. The experiment has been carried out at the FNG 14-MeV neutron source in collaboration between ENEA, Technische Universitaet Dresden, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, J. Stefan Institute Ljubljana and with the participation of JAEA. The mock-up, designed in such a way to replicate all relevant nuclear features of the TBM-HCPB, consisted of a steel box containing beryllium block and two intermediate steel cassettes, filled with of Li2CO3 powder, replicating the breeder insert main characteristics: radial thickness, distance between ceramic layers, thickness of ceramic layers and of steel walls. In the experiment, the TPR has been measured using Li2CO3 pellets at various depths at two symmetrical positions at each depth, one in the upper and one in the lower cassette. Twelve pellets were used at each position to determine the TPR profile through the cassette. Three independent measurements were performed by ENEA, TUD/VKTA and JAEA. The neutron flux in the beryllium layer was measured as well using activation foils. The measured tritium production in the TBM (E) was compared with the same quantity (C) calculated by the MCNP.4c using a very detailed model of the experimental set up, and using neutron cross sections from the European Fusion File (EFF ver.3.1) and from the Fusion Evaluated Nuclear Data Library (FENDL ver. 2.1, ITER reference neutron library). C/E ratios were obtained with a total uncertainty on the C/E comparison less than 9% (2 s). A sensitivity and uncertainty analysis has also been performed to evaluate the calculation uncertainty due to the uncertainty on neutron cross sections. The results of such analysis

  16. Neutronics R and D efforts in support of the European breeder blanket development programme

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    The EU fusion technology programme considers two blanket development lines, the Helium-Cooled Pebble Bed (HCPB) blanket with Lithium ceramics pebbles as breeder material and beryllium pebbles as neutron multiplier, and the Helium-Cooled Lithium-Lead (HCLL) blanket with the Pb-Li eutectic alloy acting both as breeder and neutron multiplier. The long-term strategy aims at providing validated engineering designs of breeder blankets for a fusion power demonstration reactor (DEMO). As an important intermediate step, the breeder blankets need to be tested in a real fusion environment as provided by ITER. HCPB and HCLL Test Blanket Modules (TBM) have been accordingly designed for tests in dedicated ITER blanket ports. The nuclear design and performance of the breeder blanket modules rely on the results provided by neutronics design calculations. Validated computational tools and qualified nuclear data are required for high prediction accuracies including reliable uncertainty assessments. Complementary to the application of established standard tools and data for design analysis, a dedicated neutronics R and D effort is therefore conducted in the EU. This includes the development of dedicated computational tools, the generation of high quality nuclear data and their validation through integral experiments. The recent neutronic design efforts have been devoted to the European DEMO reactor study comprising (i) Monte Carlo based pre-analysis for the dimensioning of the shielding system, (ii) the generation of a generic CAD based Monte Carlo geometry model, and (iii) performance analysis for HCLL and HCPB based DEMO variants. The recent focus of the validation effort is on neutronics TBM mock-up experiments. The first experiment of this kind was performed on a TBM mock-up of the HCPB breeder blanket. The follow-up experiment on a neutronics HCLL TBM mock-up is currently under preparation. Computational pre-analysis were performed to optimise the design of the mock

  17. Neutron irradiation of candidate ceramic breeder materials of fusion reactors

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    In the context of the European programs for the future fusion reactors, the Process Chemistry Department of ENEA, Casaccia Center (Rome), has been involved in preparing ceramic blanket materials as tritium breeders; a special consideration has been addressed to the nuclear characterization of LiAlO2 and Li2ZrO3. In this paper are reported neutron irradiation of ceramic specimens in TRIGA reactor and γ-spectrometric measurements for INAA purposes; and isothermal annealing of the irradiated samples and tritium extraction, by using an 'out of pile' system. (author) 3 refs.; 4 figs.; 4 tabs

  18. Degrading the Plutonium Produced in Fast Breeder Reactor Blankets

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    Choi, Jor-Shan; Kuno, Yusuke [Tokyo University, 7-3-1, Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, 113-8656 (Japan)

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    Plutonium quality, defined as the plutonium isotopic composition, is an important measure for proliferation-resistance (PR) of a nuclear energy system. The quality of the plutonium produced in the blanket assemblies of a fast breeder reactor could be as good as or better than the weapons-grade (WG). The presence of such good quality plutonium is a proliferation concern. There are various options to degrade the plutonium produced in the breeder blanket. The obvious one is to blend the blanket plutonium with those produced from the reactor core during reprocessing. Other options try to prevent the generation of good quality plutonium (Pu). The Protected Plutonium Production (P{sup 3}) Project proposed by Tokyo Institute of Technology (TIT)1,2,3 advocates the doping of certain amount of neptunium (Np), or americium (Am) in fresh blanket fuel for irradiation. The increased production of {sup 238}Pu, {sup 240}Pu and {sup 242}Pu by neutron capture in {sup 237}Np and Am would degrade the blanket plutonium. However, as {sup 237}Np is a controlled material according to IAEA, its use as doping material in fresh blanket fuel presents a concern for nuclear proliferation. In addition, the fabrication of fresh blanket fuel with inclusion of americium would be complicated due to the emission of intense low-energy gamma radiation from {sup 241}Am. Am is normally accompanied by Cm since the separation of those 2 elements is very difficult. Fuel containing both Am and Cm may make Safeguards measurement difficult. A variation would be doping the fresh blanket fuel with minor actinide (e.g., a group of neptunium, americium, and curium), or with separated reactor-grade (RG) plutonium. The drawback of such schemes would be the need for glove boxes in fresh blanket fuel fabrication. It is possible to fuel the breeder blankets with recycled (reprocessed) uranium oxide. The recycled uranium, recovered from reprocessing, contains {sup 236}U, which when irradiated in the blanket would

  19. Modeling of tritium transport in a pin-type solid breeder blanket

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    This section of the pin-type solid breeder blanket study is the first detailed attempt at modeling tritium inventory and release within a fusion reactor blanket based on actual tritium generation and thermal hydraulic profiles, rather, than a simple average unit cell extrapolation or some assumed exponential profiles. The DIFFUSE 83 code was found to give inventory results consistent with previous modeling efforts and with the general spherical grain model. The inventories for this blanket design calculated using DIFFUSE were found to be very satisfactory, less than 14 g at steady-state for a 129,000 kg LiAlO2 blanket. This result is reasonable compared with a BCSS LiALO2 blanket inventory calculated by GA Technologies. DIFFUSE was found to be very useful in approximating tritium inventories during transient startup/shutdown modes. The evaluations of transient inventories in this study appear to be the most detailed to date. The results suggest the need for controlling coolant flow during start-up to maintain high breeder temperatures and low tritium inventory, and the use of pre-heated coolant to bake out tritium inventory after shut-down. DIFFUSE modeling of breeder pins of 100% theoretical density indicates very limited tritium release from the LiAlO2 ceramic, suggesting batch processing of the pins for tritium extraction at the end of blanket lifetime. Preliminary analysis of other surface and radiative trapping effects shows DIFFUSE to be potentially a very useful tool in approximating and evaluating experimental results. Additional DIFFUSE analysis of these effects given the available experimental data is warranted

  20. Fast breeder reactor blanket management: comparison of LMFBR and GCFR blankets

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    The economic performance of the fast breeder reactor blanket, considering different fuel management schemes was studied. To perform this, the investigation started with a standard reactor physics calculation. Then, two economic models for evaluation of the economic performance of the radial blanket were developed. These models formed the basis of a computer code, ECOBLAN, which computes the net economic gain and the levelized fuel cost due to the radial blanket. The net gain in terms of dollars and $/kgHM-y and the levelized fuel cost in mills/kWhe were obtained as a function of blanket thickness and a residence time of the fuel in the blanket. A LMFBR and a GCFR were the reactor models considered in this study. The optimum radial blanket of a GCFR consists of two rows, that of a LMFBR consists of three rows. Regarding the different fuel management schemes, the fixed blanket was found to be more favorable than reshuffled blanket. Out-in and in-out reshuffled blanket offer almost the same net gain. In all the cases, the burnup calculated for the fuel was found to be less than the acceptable limit. There is an optimum residence time for the fuel in the blanket which depends on the position of the fuel in the blanket and the fuel management scheme studied. As expected, except for very short residence times (less than 2.5 years), the radial blanket is a net income producer. There is no significant difference between the economic performance of the blanket of a LMFBR and a GCFR

  1. Canadian fusion breeder blanket program: Irradiation facilities at chalk river*1

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    Hastings, I. J.; Burton, D. G.; Celli, A.; Delaney, R. D.; Fehrenbach, P. J.; Howe, L. M.; Larson, L. L.; MacEwen, S. R.; Miller, J. M.; Naeem, T. A.; Sawicki, J. A.; Swanson, M. L.; Verrall, R. A.; Zee, R. H.

    1986-11-01

    The major irradiation facility at Chalk River Nuclear Laboratories (CRNL) is the NRU research reactor. Both unvented and vented capsule experiments on candidate blanket ceramics can be performed. In the unvented tests, tritium release data (HT-to-HTO ratio, tritium retention) are obtained by post-irradiation heating of the breeder ceramic in the presence of a sweep gas. Four tests have been completed on Li 2O and LiAlO 2. Effects of sweep gas composition, extraction vessel material and ceramic properties have been determined. Two unvented irradiations under the BEATRIX international breeder exchange program have been completed; analysis is underway. The vented tests involve long-term irradiation of candidate blanket materials. CRITIC-I, scheduled for mid-1986 under BEATRIX, will examine ANL-fabricated Li 2O in a six-month irradiation at 700-1200 K, varying sweep gas composition, with on-line HT/HTO measurement. Additionally, accelerator simulation techniques are available, using 70 kV and 2.0 MV mass separators, a 2.5 MV Van de Graaff accelerator and a tandem accelerator super-conducting cyclotron, the latter allowing irradiation with protons, deuterons or helium at 18-20 MeV.

  2. Conceptual design of solid breeder blanket system cooled by supercritical water

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    Enoeda, Mikio; Akiba, Masato [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Naka, Ibaraki (Japan). Naka Fusion Research Establishment; Ohara, Yoshihiro [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Takasaki, Gunma (Japan). Takasaki Radiation Chemistry Research Establishment] [and others

    2001-12-01

    This report is a summary of the design works, which was discussed in the design workshop held in 2000 for the demonstration (DEMO) blanket aimed to strengthen the commercial competitiveness and technical feasibility simultaneously. The discussion of the Fusion Council in 1999 updated the assessment of the mission of DEMO blanket. Updated mission of the DEMO blanket is to be the prototype of the commercially competitive power plant. The DEMO blanket must supply the feasibility and experience of the total design of the power plant and the materials. From such standing point, the conceptual design study was performed to determine the updated strategy and goal of the R and D of the DEMO blanket which applies the supercritical water cooling proposed in A-SSTR, taking into account the recent progress of the plasma research and reactor engineering technology. The DEMO blanket applies the solid breeder materials and supercritical water cooling. The product tritium is purged out by helium gas stream in the breeder region. In the breeder region, the pebble bed concept was applied to withstand instable cracking of the breeder and multiplier materials in high neutron irradiation and high temperature operation. Inlet temperature of the coolant is planned to be 280degC and final outlet temperature is 510degC to obtain high energy conversion efficiency up to 43%. Reduced activation ferritic steel, F82H and ODS ferritic steel were selected as the structural material. Lithium ceramics, Li{sub 2}TiO{sub 3} or Li{sub 2}O were selected as the breeder materials. Beryllium or its inter-metallic compound Be12Ti was selected as the neutron multiplier materials. Basic module structure was selected as the box type structure which enables the remote handling replacement of the module from in-vessel access. Dimension of the box is limited to 2 m x 2 m, or smaller, due to the dimension of the replacement port. In the supercritical water cooling, the high coolant temperature is the merit for

  3. Conceptual design of solid breeder blanket system cooled by supercritical water

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    This report is a summary of the design works, which was discussed in the design workshop held in 2000 for the demonstration (DEMO) blanket aimed to strengthen the commercial competitiveness and technical feasibility simultaneously. The discussion of the Fusion Council in 1999 updated the assessment of the mission of DEMO blanket. Updated mission of the DEMO blanket is to be the prototype of the commercially competitive power plant. The DEMO blanket must supply the feasibility and experience of the total design of the power plant and the materials. From such standing point, the conceptual design study was performed to determine the updated strategy and goal of the R and D of the DEMO blanket which applies the supercritical water cooling proposed in A-SSTR, taking into account the recent progress of the plasma research and reactor engineering technology. The DEMO blanket applies the solid breeder materials and supercritical water cooling. The product tritium is purged out by helium gas stream in the breeder region. In the breeder region, the pebble bed concept was applied to withstand instable cracking of the breeder and multiplier materials in high neutron irradiation and high temperature operation. Inlet temperature of the coolant is planned to be 280degC and final outlet temperature is 510degC to obtain high energy conversion efficiency up to 43%. Reduced activation ferritic steel, F82H and ODS ferritic steel were selected as the structural material. Lithium ceramics, Li2TiO3 or Li2O were selected as the breeder materials. Beryllium or its inter-metallic compound Be12Ti was selected as the neutron multiplier materials. Basic module structure was selected as the box type structure which enables the remote handling replacement of the module from in-vessel access. Dimension of the box is limited to 2 m x 2 m, or smaller, due to the dimension of the replacement port. In the supercritical water cooling, the high coolant temperature is the merit for the energy

  4. Development of advanced blanket materials for solid breeder blanket of fusion reactor

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    The design of advanced solid breeding blanket in the DEMO reactor requires the tritium breeder and neutron multiplier that can withstand the high temperature and high fluence, and the development of such as advanced blanket materials has been carried out by the cooperation activities among JAERI, universities and industries in Japan. The Li2TiO3 pebble fabricated by wet process is a reference material as a tritium breeder, but the stability on high temperature has to be improved for application to DEMO blanket. As one of such the improved materials, TiO2-doped Li2TiO3 pebbles were successfully fabricated and TiO2-doped Li2TiO3 has been studied. For the advanced neutron multiplier, the beryllides that have high melting point and good chemical stability have been studied. Some characterization of Be12Ti was conducted, and it became clear that Be12Ti had lower swelling and tritium inventory than that of beryllium metal. The pebble fabrication study for Be12Ti was also performed and Be12Ti pebbles were successfully fabricated. From these activities, the bright prospect was obtained to realize the DEMO blanket by the application of TiO2-doped Li2TiO3 and beryllides. (author)

  5. Further adaptation of the European ceramic-B.I.T. blanket conceptual design to updated Demo specifications

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    This paper presents the recent development studies on the adaptation of the European Ceramic Solid Breeder Inside Tube (BIT) Blanket to updated DEMO specifications. The adaptation work is in progress, since 1990, when a detailed comparison between two existing designs lead to the selection of an unique concept. The main new developments concern the separation in two parts of the inboard blanket segments at the level of the lower divertor, the consequent improvement of the blanket coverage, the simplification of maintenance operations, and finally the increased compactness of the blanket because of the inclusion of the shielding into the breeder assembly

  6. Ferritic steels for the first generation of breeder blankets

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    Materials development in nuclear fusion for in-vessel components, i.e. for breeder blankets and divertors, has a history of more than two decades. It is the specific in-service and loading conditions and the consequentially required properties in combination with safety standards and social-economic demands that create a unique set of specifications. Objectives of Fusion for Energy (F4E) include: 1) To provide Europe's contribution to the ITER international fusion energy project; 2) To implement the Broader Approach agreement between Euratom and Japan; 3) To prepare for the construction and demonstration of fusion reactors (DEMO). Consequently, activities in F4E focus on structural materials for the first generations of breeder blankets, i.e. ITER Test Blanket Modules (TBM) and DEMO, whereas a Fusion Materials Topical Group implemented under EFDA coordinates R and D on physically based modelling of irradiation effects and R and D in the longer term (new and /or higher risk materials). The paper focuses on martensitic-ferritic steels and (i) reviews briefly the challenges and the rationales for the decisions taken in the past, (ii) analyses the status of the main activities of development and qualification, (iii) indicates unresolved issues, and (iv) outlines future strategies and needs and their implications. Due to the exposure to intense high energy neutron flux, the main issue for breeder materials is high radiation resistance. The First Wall of a breeder blanket should survive 3-5 full power years or, respectively in terms of irradiation damage, typically 50-70 dpa for DEMO and double figures for a power plant. Even though the objective is to have the materials and key fabrication technologies needed for DEMO fully developed and qualified within the next two decades, a major part of the task has to be completed much earlier. Tritium breeding test blanket modules will be installed in ITER with the objective to test DEMO relevant technologies in fusion

  7. New progress on design and R and D for solid breeder test blanket module in China

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    Feng, K.M., E-mail: fengkm@swip.ac.cn; Zhang, G.S.; Hu, G.; Chen, Y.J.; Feng, Y.J.; Li, Z.X.; Wang, P.H.; Zhao, Z.; Ye, X.F.; Xiang, B.; Zhang, L.; Wang, Q.J.; Cao, Q.X.; Zhao, F.C.; Wang, F.; Liu, Y.; Zhang, M.C.

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    Highlights: • The new progress on design and R and D of Chinese solid breeder TBM are introduced. • The mock-up fabrication and component tests for Chinese HCCB TBM have being developed. • The neutron multiplier Be pebbles, tritium breeder Li{sub 4}SiO{sub 4} pebbles, and structure material CFL-1 are being prepared. • The fabrication of 1/3 sized mock-up is being carried-out. • The key technology development is proceeding to the large-scale mock-up fabrication. - Abstract: ITER will be used to test tritium breeding module concepts, which will lead to the design of DEMO fusion reactor demonstrating tritium self-sufficiency and the extraction of high grade heat for electricity production. China plans to test the HCCB TBM modules during different operation phases. Related design and R and D activities for each TBM module with the auxiliary system are introduced. The helium-cooled ceramic breeder (HCCB) test blanket module (TBM) is the primary option of the Chinese TBM program. The preliminary conceptual design of CN HCCB TBM has been completed. A modified design to reduce the RAFM material mass to 1.3 ton has been carried out based on the ITER technical requirement. Basic characteristics and main design parameters of CN HCCB TBM are introduced briefly. The mock-up fabrication and component tests for Chinese test blanket module are being developed. Recent status of the components of CN HCCB TBM and fabrication technology development are also reported. The neutron multiplier Be pebbles, tritium breeder Li{sub 4}SiO{sub 4} pebbles, and structure material CLF-1 of ton-class are being prepared in laboratory scale. The fabrication of pebble bed container and experiment of tritium breeder pebble bed will be started soon. The fabrication technology development is proceeding as the large-scale mock-up fabrication enters into the R and D stage and demonstration tests toward TBM testing on ITER test port are being done as scheduled.

  8. Lithium reprocessing technology for ceramic breeders

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    Tsuchiya, Kunihiko; Kawamura, Hiroshi; Saito, Minoru; Tatenuma, Katuyashi; Kainose, Mitsuru

    1995-03-01

    Lithium ceramics have been receiving considerable attention as tritium breeding materials for fusion reactors. Reprocessing technology development for these materials is proposed to recover lithium, as an effective use of resources and to remove radioactive isotopes. Four potential ceramic breeders (Li 2O, LiAlO 2, Li 2ZrO 3 and Li 4SiO 4) were prepared in order to estimate their dissolution properties in water and various acids (HCl, HNO 3, H 2SO 4, HF and aqua regia). The dissolution rates were determined by comparing the weight of the residue with that of the starting powder (the weight method). Recovery properties of lithium were examined by the precipitation method.

  9. Design and safety analysis of the helium cooled solid breeder blanket for CFETR

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    This paper reports the design and safety analysis results of the helium cooled solid breeder blanket of the Chinese Fusion Engineering Test Reactor (CFETR). Materials selection and basic structure of the blanket have been presented. Performance analysis including neutronics analysis and thermo-mechanical analysis has shown good results. And the safety analysis of the blanket under Loss Of Coolant Accident (LOCA) conditions has been described. Results showed the current design can deal well with the selected accident scenarios.

  10. Design and safety analysis of the helium cooled solid breeder blanket for CFETR

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    Wang, Shuai; Zhou, Guangming; Lv, Zhongliang; Jin, Cheng; Chen, Hongli [University of Science and Technology of China, Anhui (China). School of Nuclear Science and Technology

    2016-05-15

    This paper reports the design and safety analysis results of the helium cooled solid breeder blanket of the Chinese Fusion Engineering Test Reactor (CFETR). Materials selection and basic structure of the blanket have been presented. Performance analysis including neutronics analysis and thermo-mechanical analysis has shown good results. And the safety analysis of the blanket under Loss Of Coolant Accident (LOCA) conditions has been described. Results showed the current design can deal well with the selected accident scenarios.

  11. Influence of start up and pulsed operation on tritium release and inventory of NET ceramic blanket

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    A first estimate for the tritium release behaviour of a ceramic breeder blanket in pulsed operation is obtained by assuming a linear steady state temperature distribution and taking into account the time constant of the thermal behaviour. The release behaviour of the breeder exposed to consecutive periods of tritium generation is described with an analytical solution of the diffusion equation. The results are compared with a simple exponential approach valid for surfacte desorption controlled release. The exponential model is used to simulate a blanket with aluminate as breeder material, which takes longest to reach steady state. The simulation demonstrates that a significant fraction (>67%) of steady state can be achieved after a testing time of about one day. (author). 7 refs.; 8 figs.; 3 tabs

  12. Status and perspective of the R and D on ceramic breeder materials for testing in ITER

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    The main line of ceramic breeder materials research and development is based on the use of the breeder material in the form of pebble beds. At present, there are three candidate pebble materials (Li4SiO4, and two forms of Li2TiO3) for DEMO reactors that will be used for testing in ITER. This paper reviews the R and D of as-fabricated pebble materials against the blanket performance requirements and makes recommendations on necessary steps toward the qualification of these materials for testing in ITER

  13. Conceptual study of a helium cooled ceramics/Beryllium blanket for a power reactor

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    In the frame of recent CEA studies aiming at the evaluation and the comparison of various candidate blanket concepts in view of their possible extrapolation to anticipated power reactor operating conditions (p/subNgreater than or equal to2 MW/m2), the present work examines the performances of a design which combines the attractive thermal performances of helium cooling in the radial direction, which minimizes the breeder temperature gradient along a cooling channel, with the promising breeding capability of composite Beryllium/LiA102 (85/15 %) breeder elements. The optimization of the neutronic and thermomechanical performances converges on a canister blanket concept, featured by a breeding capability in excess of 1.45, a pumping power of only 1 % of the thermal power and a breeder temperature distribution quasi uniform throughout the blanket (500 +- 200C) and largely independent of the power level. This unique feature provides a natural adaptation to ceramic breeders assigned to very strict and narrow working conditions and provides a valuable margin for any change in the thermal and heat transfer characteristics over the blanket lifetime

  14. Status report. KfK contribution to the development of DEMO-relevant test blankets for NET/ITER. Pt. 2: BOT helium cooled solid breeder blanket. Vol. 2

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    The BOT (Breeder Outside Tube) Helium Cooled Solid Breeder Blanket for a fusion Demo reactor and the status of the R and D program is presented. This is the KfK contribution to the European Program for the Demo relevant test blankets to be irradiated in NET/ITER. Volume 1 (KfK 4928) contains the summary, volume 2 (KfK 4929) a more detailed version of the report. In both volumes are described the reasons for the selected design, the reference blanket design for the Demo reactor, the design of the test blanket including the ancillary systems together with the present status of the relative R and D program in the fields of neutronic and thermohydraulic calculations, of the electromagnetic forces caused by disruptions, of the development and irradiation of the ceramic breeder material, of the tritium release and recovery, and of the technological investigations. An outlook is given on the required R and D program for the BOT Helium Cooled Solid Breeder Blanket prior to tests in NET/ITER and the proposed test program in NET/ITER. (orig.)

  15. A European proposal for an ITER water-cooled solid breeder blanket

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    The water-cooled solid breeder blanket concept proposed here aims to replace the shielding blanket for the enhanced performance phase of the international thermonuclear experimental reactor (ITER). The nominal performances are as follows: an average neutron wall load of 1 MW m-2 which corresponds to a fusion power of about 1.5 GW, and an average neutron fluence of 1 MWy m-2. The proposed blanket concept has been designed to accept a power increase of about 30% and power transients up to 3-5 GW for a short time. This blanket concept is based on a breeder inside tube (BIT)-type blanket with poloidal breeding elements made of 316 L-type stainless steel and filled with lithium metazirconate and beryllium pebbles. Inlet and outlet water temperatures of 160 and 200 C have been considered with a medium-pressure cooling system during plasma burn. The diameters of the breeding elements are compatible with the space available in test fission reactor core channels, making in-pile testing, required for blanket development and qualification, easier. A conservative approach using qualified materials, a blanket concept easily testable in fission reactors and on-going mock-up testing, which can be qualified using the blanket test module during the basic performance phase of ITER, will allow the blanket reliability required for the enhanced performance phase to be achieved. (orig.)

  16. Studies on tritium breeding ratio for solid breeder blanket cooled by pressurized water through nuclear and thermal analyses

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    Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) has been performing the research, development and design of blankets with water-cooled solid breeder for fusion power plant as a leading institute in Japan, according to the long-term R and D program established by the Fusion Council in 1999. For our design, pebbles of a ceramic tritium breeder (Li2TiO3) and a beryllium neutron multiplier (Be) are packed in the constitutive layer structures of a test blanket module (TBM) for ITER. These reports are results of one-dimensional nuclear and thermal analyses on the TBM emphasizing on optimized configuration of the breeder and multiplier layers. Taking into account increment of TBR, the radial widths of the breeder and multiplier layers are optimized. The main results of our study are as follows: (1) In multilayered structures of pebble beds, existence of the peak of the TBR was revealed within the range of the volume ratio R=V(Be)/V(Li2TiO3)=4-5. (2) In the case of optimized layer structure for the single packing, a layer of Be was set to be the two layers behind a layer of Li2TiO3. The R became available for staying in the range of R=4-5. Consequently, the TBR respectively increased by 2.0%, 3.2% and 4.0% with 7.5%(nature), 40% and 90% of enrichment of 6Li compared to TBR of TBM in which the layers of Be and Li2TiO3 were interlaminated. This database of TBR for optimized layer structure contributes to the estimation of TBR at the design stage of the TBM and demonstration blanket aimed to strengthen the commercial competitiveness and technical feasibility. (author)

  17. Fast-core thermal-blanket breeder reactor

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    A preliminary assessment of the performance expected from a specific type of FCTB reactor, consisting of a gas-cooled fast system for the core and natural-uranium light-water thermal system for the blanket is reported. Both the core and the blanket use the 238U-Pu fuel cycle. When all the neutrons leaking out of the core reach the blanket, the blanket-to-core power ratio is estimated to be about 1.3. By reducing its water-to-fuel volume ratio below 1.5, the light water blanket can be designed to have a higher ksub(eff), while maintaining an equilibrium fissile fuel content. Compared with conventional FBRs, having the same power output, the FCTB reactor considered offers the following advantages: a lower fissile fuel content, easier and safer control, no need for Pu separation. (B.G.)

  18. First adaptation of the European ceramic B.I.T. blanket design to the updated DEMO specifications

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    The DEMO specifications defined so as to ensure the consistency of the various blanket conceptual design studies performed within the framework of the European Test Blanket Programme have been recently updated. A very first attempt has been made to adapt the European Ceramic Breeder Inside-Tube DEMO blanket to these new specifications. Two solutions have been investigated. The first would ensure tritium self-sufficiency of the plant with a large safety margin. The other one, which fully preserves the design simplicity and reliability of the initial design, appears to be somewhat marginal from the tritium breeding capability point of view, but to offer good improvement prospects. (orig.)

  19. Design and technology development of solid breeder blanket cooled by supercritical water in Japan

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    This paper presents results of conceptual design activities and associated R and D of a solid breeder blanket system for demonstration of power generation fusion reactors (DEMO blanket) cooled by supercritical water. The Fusion Council of Japan developed the long-term research and development programme of the blanket in 1999. To make the fusion DEMO reactor more attractive, a higher thermal efficiency of more than 40% was strongly recommended. To meet this requirement, the design of the DEMO fusion reactor was carried out. In conjunction with the reactor design, a new concept of a solid breeder blanket cooled by supercritical water was proposed and design and technology development of a solid breeder blanket cooled by supercritical water was performed. By thermo-mechanical analyses of the first wall, the tresca stress was evaluated to be 428 MPa, which clears the 3Sm value of F82H. By thermal and nuclear analyses of the breeder layers, it was shown that a net TBR of more than 1.05 can be achieved. By thermal analysis of the supercritical water power plant, it was shown that a thermal efficiency of more than 41% is achievable. The design work included design of the coolant flow pattern for blanket modules, module structure design, thermo-mechanical analysis and neutronics analysis of the blanket module, and analyses of the tritium inventory and permeation. Preliminary integration of the design of a solid breeder blanket cooled by supercritical water was achieved in this study. In parallel with the design activities, engineering R and D was conducted covering all necessary issues, such as development of structural materials, tritium breeding materials, and neutron multiplier materials; neutronics experiments and analyses; and development of the blanket module fabrication technology. Upon developing the fabrication technology for the first wall and box structure, a hot isostatic pressing bonded F82H first wall mock-up with embedded rectangular cooling channels was

  20. RF DEMO ceramic helium cooled blanket, coolant and energy transformation systems

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    RF DEMO-S reactor is a prototype of commercial fusion reactors for further generation. A blanket is the main element unit of the reactor design. The segment structure is the basis of the ceramic blanket. The segments mounting/dismounting operations are carried out through the vacuum vessel vertical port. The inboard/outboard blanket segment is the modules welded design, which are welded by back plate. The module contains the back plate, the first wall, lateral walls and breeding zone. The 9CrMoVNb steel is used as structural material. The module internal space formed by the first wall, lateral walls and back plate is used for breeding zone arrangement. The breeding zone design based upon the poloidal BIT (Breeder Inside Tube) concept. The beryllium is used as multiplier material and the lithium orthosilicate is used as breeder material. The helium at 0.1 MPa is used as purge gas. The cooling is provided by helium at 10 MPa. The coolant supply/return to the blanket modules are carrying out on the two independent circuits. The performed investigations of possible transformation schemes of DEMO-S blanket heat power into the electricity allowed to make a conclusion about the preferable using of traditional steam-turbine facility in the secondary circuit. (author)

  1. A Feasible DEMO Blanket Concept Based on Water Cooled Solid Breeder

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    Full text: JAEA has conducted the conceptual design study of blanket for a fusion DEMO reactor SlimCS. Considering DEMO specific requirements, we place emphasis on a blanket concept with durability to severe irradiation, ease of fabrication for mass production, operation temperature of blanket materials, and maintainability using remote handling equipment. This paper present a promising concept satisfying these requirements, which is characterized by minimized welding lines near the front, a simplified blanket interior consisting of cooling tubes and a mixed pebble bed of breeder and neutron multiplier, and approximately the same outlet temperature for all blanket modules. Neutronics calculation indicated that the blanket satisfies a self-sufficient production of tritium. An important finding is that little decrease is seen in tritium breeding ratio even when the gap between neighboring blanket modules is as wide as 0.03 m. This means that blanket modules can be arranged with such a significant clearance gap without sacrifice of tritium production, which will facilitate the access of remote handling equipment for replacement of the blanket modules and improve the access of diagnostics. (author)

  2. The Karlsruhe solid breeder blanket and the test module to be irradiated in ITER/NET

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    The blanket for the DEMO reactor should operate at an average neutron flux of 2.2 MW/m2 for 20000 h. This requires the use of a structural material which can withstand high neutron fluences without swelling. The ferritic steel Manet was chosen for this purpose. The breeder material is in the form of Li4SiO4 pebbles of 0.35 to 0.6 mm diameter. The 6 mm thick beds of pebbles are placed between beryllium plates which are cooled by high pressure helium flowing inside steel tubes. Breeder material and beryllium are contained in radial canisters, placed inside boxes. The coolant helium enters the blanket at 250deg C, cools first the box walls and then the breeder and multiplier, and leaves the blanket at 450deg C. The maximum temperature in the first wall steel is 550deg C, while the minimum and maximum temperatures in the breeder are 380 and 820deg C, respectively. The resulting total tritium inventory in the breeder is only 10 g, and the real tridimensional tritium breeding ratio is 1.11. The conceptual design of the test module, of its extraction system and of the required out-of-reactor ancillary systems has allowed an estimate of the time constants of the various components and thus allowed an assessment of the requirements given by the testing of the modules on the NET/ITER machine. (orig.)

  3. Further neutronic analyses of the European ceramic B.I.T. blanket for Demo

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    The present study concerns the most recent neutronic analyses of two design versions of the european ceramic B.I.T. blanket, jointly developed by ENEA and CEA since few years. The last year developments required a new 3-D geometry evaluations of the global TBR (Tritium Breeding Ratio). The results indicated that the ENEA version reaches a global TBR value of 1.13. The CEA version, in a 3-D model using a simplified description of the breeder module layout, reaches a TBR value of 1.12. Nuclear heat deposition density has been determined for all blanket components as a function of the poloidal co-ordinate. Shielding properties of this type of blanket have been analyzed

  4. Preliminary neutronics design and analysis of helium cooled solid breeder blanket for CFETR

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    Lv, Zhongliang; Chen, Hongli, E-mail: hlchen1@ustc.edu.cn; Chen, Chong; Li, Min; Zhou, Guangming

    2015-06-15

    Highlights: • Neutronics design of a helium cooled solid breeder blanket for CFETR was presented. • The breeding zones parallel to FW and perpendicular to FW were optimized. • A series of neutronics analyses for the proposed blanket were shown. - Abstract: Chinese Fusion Engineering Test Reactor (CFETR) is a test tokamak reactor being designed in China to bridge the gap between ITER and future fusion power plant. Tritium self-sufficiency is one of the most important issues for CFETR and the tritium breeding ratio (TBR) is recommended not less than 1.2. As one of the candidates, a helium cooled solid breeder blanket for CFETR superconducting tokamak option was proposed. In the concept, radial arranged U-shaped breeding zones are adopted for higher TBR and simpler structure. In this work, three-dimensional neutronics design and analysis of the blanket were performed using the Monte Carlo N-Particle transport code MCNP with IAEA data library FENDL-2.1. Tritium breeding capability of the proposed blanket was assessed and the breeding zones parallel to first wall (FW) and perpendicular to FW were optimized. Meanwhile, the nuclear heating analysis and shielding performance were also presented for later thermal and structural analysis. The results showed that the blanket could well meet the tritium self-sufficiency target and the neutron shield could satisfy the design requirements.

  5. Preliminary neutronics design and analysis of helium cooled solid breeder blanket for CFETR

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    Highlights: • Neutronics design of a helium cooled solid breeder blanket for CFETR was presented. • The breeding zones parallel to FW and perpendicular to FW were optimized. • A series of neutronics analyses for the proposed blanket were shown. - Abstract: Chinese Fusion Engineering Test Reactor (CFETR) is a test tokamak reactor being designed in China to bridge the gap between ITER and future fusion power plant. Tritium self-sufficiency is one of the most important issues for CFETR and the tritium breeding ratio (TBR) is recommended not less than 1.2. As one of the candidates, a helium cooled solid breeder blanket for CFETR superconducting tokamak option was proposed. In the concept, radial arranged U-shaped breeding zones are adopted for higher TBR and simpler structure. In this work, three-dimensional neutronics design and analysis of the blanket were performed using the Monte Carlo N-Particle transport code MCNP with IAEA data library FENDL-2.1. Tritium breeding capability of the proposed blanket was assessed and the breeding zones parallel to first wall (FW) and perpendicular to FW were optimized. Meanwhile, the nuclear heating analysis and shielding performance were also presented for later thermal and structural analysis. The results showed that the blanket could well meet the tritium self-sufficiency target and the neutron shield could satisfy the design requirements

  6. Overview of Helium Cooled Ceramic Reflector Test Blanket Module development in Korea

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    Korea plans to install and test Helium Cooled Ceramic Reflector (HCCR) Test Blanket Module (TBM) in the ITER, because the HCCR blanket concept is one of options of the DEMO blanket. Currently, many design and R and D activities have been performed to develop the Korean HCCR TBM. An integrated design tool for a fusion breeder blanket has been developed based on nuclear technologies including a safety analysis for obtaining a license for testing in the ITER. A half-scale sub-module mockup of the first wall with the manifold was fabricated, and the manufacturability and thermo-hydraulic performances were evaluated. High heat load and helium cooling test facilities have been constructed. Next, the recent status of TBM material development in Korea was introduced including Reduced Activation Ferritic Martensitic (RAFM) steel, lithium ceramic pebbles and silicon carbide (SiC) coated graphite pebbles. Several fabrication methods of RAFM steel, lithium ceramic pebbles, and silicon carbide coating on graphite pebbles were investigated. Recent design and R and D progress on these areas are introduced here

  7. Lithium ceramic of blankets intend for Russian fusion reactors and an influence of the ceramic properties on parameters of reactor tritium systems

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    Russian Controlled Fusion Program involves development of a DEMO design and participation in ITER Project. A solid breeder blanket in DEMO contains a ceramic orthosilicate lithium breeder and a beryllium multiplier. Test Modules of the blanket are developed in a frame of ITER activities. Experimental models of tritium breeding zones (TBZ) for the Modules, materials and technology fabrication of the TBZ, tritium reactor systems to control and treat of gases released from lithium ceramic being developed. Two models of tritium breeding and neutron multiplying elements of the TBZ were designed, manufactured and have been tested already in IVV-2M nuclear reactor. The first model consists of lithium orthosilicate ceramic sphere pebbles (1-1.5 mm diameter) and beryllium sphere (0.1 and 1.0 mm diameter). Ceramic cylindrical pellets (11 mm diameter and 10 mm height) and porous beryllium (20% porosity) are in the second model. Some properties and microstructure of the ceramic elements are performed. Initial results of some changes of ceramic structure and in-pile experimental ratio of hydrogen and oxygen form of tritium release in helium/neon purge gas are presented. These results and outcome of irradiated LiAlO2, Li4SiO4 and Li2SiO3 ceramics in a water-graphite nuclear reactor are considered to be a DATE BASE for development of the Test Modules and the DEMO blanket and influence of the kinetic tritium release parameters on DEMO tritium systems are discussed. (author)

  8. The gas-cooled Li2O moderator/breeder canister blanket for fusion-synfuels

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    A new integrated power and breeding blanket is described. The blanket incorporates features that make it suitable for synthetic fuel production. It is matched to the thermal and electrical requirements of the General Atomic water-splitting process for producing hydrogen. The fusion reaction is the Tandem Mirror Reactor (TMR) using Mirror Advanced Reactor Study (MARS) physics. The canister blanket is a high temperature, pressure balanced, crossflow heat exchanger contained within a low activity, independently cooled, moderate temperature, first wall structural envelope. The canister uses Li2O as the moderator/breeder and helium as the coolant. ''In situ'' tritium control, combined with slip stream processing and self-healing permeation barriers, assures a hydrogen product essentially free of tritium. The blanket is particularly adapted to synfuels production but is equally useful for electricity production or co-generation

  9. Fast Breeder Blanket Facility FBBF. Annual report, January 1, 1981-December 31, 1981

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    This annual report contains a summmary of fission rate, spectra, and gamma-ray heating rate measurements made in the first blanket of the Purdue Fast Breeder Blanket Facility. The first blanket consisted of aluminum clad, natural UO2 fuel rods with a secondary cladding of stainless steel or aluminum. The blanket was arranged in two concentric regions around the neutron source and converter regions. A neutron diffusion code, 2DB, and a Monte Carlo code, VIM, both using homogeneous cross section groups have been used to calculate the reaction rates. Calculated to experimental values for a number of important reactions are presented. A modified method of applying Bondarenko self-shielding factors to correct for the self shielding of resonance energy neutrons in aluminum, stainless steel and UO2 has improved the agreement between the calculations and experiment, but does not account for all of the differences

  10. Design and analysis of breeding blanket with helium cooled solid breeder for ITER-TBM

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    Test blanket module (TBM) is one of important components in ITER. Some of related blanket technologies of future fusion, such as tritium self-sufficiency, the exaction of high-grade heat, design criteria and safety requirements and environmental impacts, will be demonstrated in ITER-TBM. In ITER device, the three equatorial ports have allocated for TBM testing. China had proposed to develop independently the ITER-TBM with helium cooled solid breeder in 12th meeting of test blanket workgroup (TBWG-12). In this work, the preliminary design and analysis for Chinese HCSB TBM will be carried out. The TBM must be contains the function of the first wall, breeding blanket, shield and structure. Finally, in the period of preliminary investigation, HCSB TBM design adopt modularization concept which is helium as coolant and tritium purge gas, ferritic/martensitic steel as structural material, Lithium orthosilicate (Li4SiO4) as tritium breeder, beryllium pebble as neutron multiplier. TBM is allocated in standard vertical frame port. HCSB TBM consist of first wall, backplate, breeding sub-modules, caps, grid and support plate, and breeding sub-modules is arranged by layout of 2 x 6 in blanket box. In this paper, main components of HCSB TBM will be described in detail, also performance analysis of main components have been completed. (authors)

  11. Neutronics and thermal design analyses of US solid breeder blanket for ITER

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    The US Solid Breeder Blanket is designed to produce the necessary tritium required for the ITER operation and to operate at power reactor conditions as much as possible. Safety, low tritium inventory, reliability, flexibility cost, and minimum R ampersand D requirements are the other design criteria. To satisfy these criteria, the produced tritium is recovered continuously during operation and the blanket coolant operates at low pressure. Beryllium multiplier material is used to control the solid-breeder temperature. Neutronics and thermal design analyses were performed in an integrated manner to define the blanket configuration. The reference parameters of ITER including the operating scenarios, the neutron wall loading distribution and the copper stabilizer are included in the design analyses. Several analyses were performed to study the impact of the reactor parameters, blanket dimensions, material characteristics, and heat transfer coefficient at the material interfaces on the blanket performance. The design analyses and the results from the different studies are summarized. 6 refs., 3 figs., 3 tabs

  12. Advanced methods comparisons of reaction rates in the Purdue Fast Breeder Blanket Facility

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    A review of worldwide results revealed that reaction rates in the blanket region are generally underpredicted with the discrepancy increasing with penetration; however, these results vary widely. Experiments in the large uniform Purdue Fast Breeder Blanket Facility (FBBF) blanket yield an accurate quantification of this discrepancy. Using standard production code methods (diffusion theory with 50 group cross sections), a consistent Calculated/Experimental (C/E) drop-off was observed for various reaction rates. A 50% increase in the calculated results at the outer edge of the blanket is necessary for agreement with experiments. The usefulness of refined group constant generation utilizing specialized weighting spectra and transport theory methods in correcting this discrepancy was analyzed. Refined group constants reduce the discrepancy to half that observed using the standard method. The surprising result was that transport methods had no effect on the blanket deviations; thus, transport theory considerations do not constitute or even contribute to an explanation of the blanket discrepancies. The residual blanket C/E drop-off (about half the standard drop-off) using advanced methods must be caused by some approximations which are applied in all current methods. 27 refs., 3 figs., 1 tab

  13. Comparison of lithium and the eutectic lead-lithium alloy, two candidate liquid metal breeder materials for self-cooled blankets

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    Liquid metals are attractive candidates for both near-term and long-term fusion applications. The subjects of this comparison are the differences between the two candidate liquid metal breeder materials Li and LiPb for use in breeding blankets in the areas of neutronics, magnetohydrodynamics, tritium control, compatibility with structural materials, heat extraction system, safety and required research and development program. Both candidates appear to be promising for use in self-cooled breeding blankets which have inherent simplicity with the liquid metal serving as both breeder and coolant. Each liquid metal breeder has advantages and concerns associated with it, and further development is needed to resolve these concerns. The remaining feasibility question for both breeder materials is the electrical insulation between the liquid metal and the duct walls. Different ceramic coatings are required for the two breeders, and their crucial issues, namely self-healing of insulator cracks and tolerance to radiation-induced electrical degradation, have not yet been demonstrated. (orig.)

  14. Fast Breeder Blanket Facility (FBBF). Annual report, January 31, 1976--December 31, 1977

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    The work performed in the reporting period was primarily concerned with the construction of the Fast Breeder Blanket Facility (FBBF), acquisition of experimental equipment, outlining the experimental program, preanalysis of the initial loading configuration and investigation of the safety of the initial loading and advanced loadings. The detailed physical description of the FBBF, operational procedures and controls, radiation shielding and experimental equipment are presented. The ability of the FBBF to simulate the blanket spectrum of a large fast breeder reactor is illustrated by comparison of spectra. The source axial distribution, reaction rate comparisons, breeding of plutonium and gamma-ray energy deposition rates are also discussed. Some of the safety aspects of the initial loading and advanced loadings are described. Experimental capabilities of the facility are outlined

  15. Particle flow of ceramic breeder pebble beds in bi-axial compression experiments

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    Pebble beds of Tritium breeding ceramic material are investigated within the framework of developing solid breeder blankets for future nuclear fusion power plants. For the thermo-mechanical characterisation of such pebble beds, bed compression experiments are the standard tools. New bi-axial compression experiments on 20 and 30 mm high pebble beds show pebble flow effects much more pronounced than in previous 10 mm beds. Owing to the greater bed height, conditions are reached where the bed fails in cross direction and unhindered flow of the pebbles occurs. The paper presents measurements for the orthosilicate and metatitanate breeder materials that are envisaged to be used in a solid breeder blanket. The data are compared with calculations made with a Drucker-Prager soil model within the finite-element code ABAQUS, calibrated with data from other experiments. It is investigated empirically whether internal bed friction angles can be determined from pebble beds of the considered heights, which would simplify, and broaden the data base for, the calibration of the Drucker-Prager pebble bed models

  16. Investigation of neutronics for CH DEMO blanket with helium-cooled ceramics breeding concepts

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    ITER TBM provides the strong support for the design, materials and technology of DEMO blanket. However, ITER TBM is quite different from a DEMO blanket in aspects of boundary conditions and neutron wall loading. It is very important to further clarify relations between ITER TBM and DEMO blanket. Neutronics of the blanket is theory basis for development of fusion reactor. In order to further identify the outline design for China ITER helium-cooled solid breeder (HCSB) test blanket module (TBM) in view of Chine DEMO goal, investigation of neutronics for a DEMO reactor with helium-cooled ceramics breeding blanket is investigated by means of three dimensional MCNP code. In this paper, the author attempts to explore the pathway from ITER TBM to DEMO blanket in view of neutronics design. (1) One-dimensional neutronics of three types of breeding blanket with 4 BZ (breeding zones) (Case 1), 2 BZ (Case 2) and 3 BZ (Case 3), respectively, are studied when neutron wall loading is assumed to be 0.78 MW/m2 on ITER and 2.64 MW/m2 on DEMO. Results show that TBR (tritium breeding ratio) of Case 1 is the smallest one that is adopted by CH ITER HCSB TBM. TBR of Case 3 is 1.43 and the largest one. Case 2 has the most simplified structure and the highest power density of 20.58 MW/m3 (ITER Wn=0.78 MW/m2), which is approach to 23.49 MW/m3 (DEMO: Wn=2.64 MW/m2), that is, TBM on ITER (Case 2) is probably used to test the characterization of DEMO blanket (Case 1). ITER TBM can approach DEMO blanket in a certain engineering parameters although ITER TBM cannot approach to DEMO blanket in overall engineering conditions. Three types of HCSB blankets are all useful according to different requirements of DEMO blanket. (2) 3D neutronics calculation is much necessary for defining tritium self-sufficiency of DEMO blanket. When Case1, Case 2, Case 3 is applied to CH HCSB DEMO blanket, TBR is 0.95, 1.04 and 1.11, respectively. In three cases, case 3 has the largest TBR more than 1.0 and is proposed

  17. Extraction of tritium from ceramic breeder material

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    The first generation of fusion reactors will use deuterium and tritium as fuel since this reaction takes place at relatively low temperature. Since tritium is not available in nature, it must be produced in the fusion reactor blanket which surrounds the plasma zone. The lithium bearing compound is available in plenty in earths crust and by absorbing neutron, lithium produces tritium by the reactions 6Li (n, α) T and 7Li (n, n'α) T. Natural lithium consists of 93% 7Li and the remaining 7% as 6Li. Since the inelastic scattering of 7Li with fast neutrons produces one tritium and one neutron, more than one tritium atom can be produced per neutron. Hence by suitably designing the lithium blanket, more than one tritium atom per fusion reaction can be produced. In the absence of thermonuclear reactions, the (D,T) neutrons which are energetic 14-MeV neutrons, are produced in the accelerator based neutron generators. In order to ensure that sufficient amount of tritium would be produced in the future fusion reactor blankets, experiments are carried out to irradiate the lithium assembly using the available neutron source and measurements are done to estimate the tritium breeding. Also, it is required to extract the tritium produced in the lithium blanket. This work consists of tritium breeding measurement technique and a design of tritium extraction system. (author)

  18. R and D activities of the liquid breeder blanket in Korea

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    Lee, Dong Won, E-mail: dwlee@kaeri.re.kr [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Eo Hwak; Kim, Suk Kwon; Yoon, Jae Sung [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Cho, Seungyon [National Fusion Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-08-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer MARS and GAMMA were developed for He coolant and liquid breeder analysis. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer FMS/FMS and Be/FMS joining methods were developed and verified with high heat flux test. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer High temperature and pressure nitrogen and He loops were constructed for heat transfer experiment for developed codes validation. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A PbLi breeder loop was constructed for components, MHD, and corrosion tests. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A chamber for tritium extraction with a gas-liquid contact method was constructed. - Abstract: A liquid breeder blanket has been developed in parallel with the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) Test Blanket Module (TBM) program in Korea. The Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) has developed the common fields of a solid TBM such as design tools, structural material, fabrication methods, and He cooling technology to support this concept for the ITER. Also, other fields such as a liquid breeder technology and tritium extraction have been developed from the designed liquid TBM. For design tools, system codes for safety analysis such as Multi-dimensional Analysis of Reactor Safety (MARS) and GAs Multi-component Mixture Analysis (GAMMA) were developed for He coolant and liquid breeder. For the fabrication methods, Ferritic Martensitic Steel (FMS) to FMS and Be to FMS joinings with a Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP) were developed and verified with a high heat flux test of up to 0.5-1.0 MW/m{sup 2}. Moreover, three mockups were successfully fabricated and a 10-channel prototype is being fabricated to make a rectangular channel FW. For the integrity of the joining, two high heat flux test facilities were constructed, and one using an electron beam has been constructed. With the 6 MPa nitrogen loop, a basic heat transfer experiment for code validation was performed. From the verification of the components such as preheater and

  19. R and D activities of the liquid breeder blanket in Korea

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    Highlights: ► MARS and GAMMA were developed for He coolant and liquid breeder analysis. ► FMS/FMS and Be/FMS joining methods were developed and verified with high heat flux test. ► High temperature and pressure nitrogen and He loops were constructed for heat transfer experiment for developed codes validation. ► A PbLi breeder loop was constructed for components, MHD, and corrosion tests. ► A chamber for tritium extraction with a gas–liquid contact method was constructed. - Abstract: A liquid breeder blanket has been developed in parallel with the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) Test Blanket Module (TBM) program in Korea. The Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) has developed the common fields of a solid TBM such as design tools, structural material, fabrication methods, and He cooling technology to support this concept for the ITER. Also, other fields such as a liquid breeder technology and tritium extraction have been developed from the designed liquid TBM. For design tools, system codes for safety analysis such as Multi-dimensional Analysis of Reactor Safety (MARS) and GAs Multi-component Mixture Analysis (GAMMA) were developed for He coolant and liquid breeder. For the fabrication methods, Ferritic Martensitic Steel (FMS) to FMS and Be to FMS joinings with a Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP) were developed and verified with a high heat flux test of up to 0.5–1.0 MW/m2. Moreover, three mockups were successfully fabricated and a 10-channel prototype is being fabricated to make a rectangular channel FW. For the integrity of the joining, two high heat flux test facilities were constructed, and one using an electron beam has been constructed. With the 6 MPa nitrogen loop, a basic heat transfer experiment for code validation was performed. From the verification of the components such as preheater and circulator, a 9 MPa He loop was constructed, and it supplies high temperature (500 °C) and pressure (8 MPa) He to the high

  20. Isotope exchange reactions on ceramic breeder materials and their effect on tritium inventory

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    Nishikawa, M.; Baba, A. [Kyushu Univ., Fukuoka (Japan). Faculty of Engineering; Kawamura, Y.; Nishi, M.

    1998-03-01

    Though lithium ceramic materials such as Li{sub 2}O, LiAlO{sub 2}, Li{sub 2}ZrO{sub 3}, Li{sub 2}TiO{sub 3} and Li{sub 4}SiO{sub 4} are considered as breeding materials in the blanket of a D-T fusion reactor, the release behavior of the bred tritium in these solid breeder materials has not been fully understood. The isotope exchange reaction rate between hydrogen isotopes in the purge gas and tritium on the surface of breeding materials have not been quantified yet, although helium gas with hydrogen or deuterium is planned to be used as the blanket purge gas in the recent blanket designs. The mass transfer coefficient representing the isotope exchange reaction between H{sub 2} and D{sub 2}O or that between D{sub 2} and H{sub 2}O in the ceramic breeding materials bed is experimentally obtained in this study. Effects of isotope exchange reactions on the tritium inventory in the bleeding blanket is discussed based on data obtained in this study where effects of diffusion of tritium in the grain, absorption of water in the bulk of grain, and adsorption of water on the surface of grain, together with two types of isotope exchange reactions are considered. The way to estimate the tritium inventory in a Li{sub 2}ZrO{sub 3} blanket used in this study shows a good agreement with data obtained in such in-situ experiments as MOZART, EXOTIC-5, 6 and TRINE experiments. (author)

  1. Corrosion susceptibility of EUROFER97 in lithium ceramics breeders

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    EUROFER97 specimens were exposed in vacuum to lithium silicate pebbles at 550 °C for up to 2880 h, to evaluate its corrosion susceptibility in a simulated breeder blanket environment. The specimens and pebble bed were then analyzed and characterized by SEM-EDX, XRD, and HR-TEM. The results revealed the formation of a double chromium/iron oxide corrosion layer. HR-TEM also showed that the inner layer was amorphous, while the outer was crystalline. The amorphous layer was brittle, broke easily, and became detached from the steel

  2. Characterization of the effects of continuous salt processing on the performance of molten salt fusion breeder blankets

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    Several continuous salt processing options are available for use in molten salt fusion breeder blanket designs. The effects of processing on blanket performance have been assessed for three levels of processing and various equilibrium uranium concentrations in the salt. A one-dimensional model of the blanket was used in the neutronics analysis which incorporated transport calculations with time-dependent isotope generation and depletion calculations. The level of salt processing was found to have little effect on the behavior of the blanket during reactor operation; however, significant effects were observed during the decay period after reactor shutdown

  3. Compatibility problems with beryllium in ceramic blankets

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    Compatibility of beryllium with structural materials (316L austenitic steel and 1.4914 martensitic steel) and with tritium breeding ceramics (lithium aluminate or silicate) has been studied in contact tests between 550 C and 700 C and for durations reaching 3000 hours. Beryllium-ceramic interaction is negligeable in all the temperature range with aluminate and up to 600 C with silicates. On the other hand, noticeable interaction is observed between beryllium and 316L steel at 580 C and above. Beryllium interaction with 1.4914 steel is visible only at 650 C and above and its amplitude is lower than 316L steel one. In these two cases, the superficial layer is brittle, and adherent to the steel. Comparison between beryllium - 0.4 wt% calcium alloy and beryllium at 700 C shows that interaction with steels or ceramics is qualitatively the same but slightly weaker. (author). 6 refs.; 6 figs.; 3 tabs

  4. Neutronics Comparison Analysis of the Water Cooled Ceramics Breeding Blanket for CFETR

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    Li, Jia; Zhang, Xiaokang; Gao, Fangfang; Pu, Yong

    2016-02-01

    China Fusion Engineering Test Reactor (CFETR) is an ITER-like fusion engineering test reactor that is intended to fill the scientific and technical gaps between ITER and DEMO. One of the main missions of CFETR is to achieve a tritium breeding ratio that is no less than 1.2 to ensure tritium self-sufficiency. A concept design for a water cooled ceramics breeding blanket (WCCB) is presented based on a scheme with the breeder and the multiplier located in separate panels for CFETR. Based on this concept, a one-dimensional (1D) radial built breeding blanket was first designed, and then several three-dimensional models were developed with various neutron source definitions and breeding blanket module arrangements based on the 1D radial build. A set of nuclear analyses have been carried out to compare the differences in neutronics characteristics given by different calculation models, addressing neutron wall loading (NWL), tritium breeding ratio (TBR), fast neutron flux on inboard side and nuclear heating deposition on main in-vessel components. The impact of differences in modeling on the nuclear performance has been analyzed and summarized regarding the WCCB concept design. supported by the National Special Project for Magnetic Confined Nuclear Fusion Energy (Nos. 2013GB108004, 2014GB122000, and 2014GB119000), and National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 11175207)

  5. Numerical simulation of ceramic breeder pebble bed thermal creep behavior

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    The evolution of ceramic breeder pebble bed thermal creep deformation subjected to an external load and a differential thermal stress was studied using a modified discrete numerical code previously developed for the pebble bed thermomechanical evaluation. The rate change of creep deformation was modeled at the particle contact based on a diffusion creep mechanism. Numerical results of strain histories have compared reasonably well with those of experimentally observed data at 740 C using activation energy of 180 KJ/mole. Calculations also show that, at this activation energy level, a particle bed at an elevated temperature of 800 C may cause undesired local sintering at a later time when it is subjected to an external load of 6.3 MPa. Thus, by tracking the stress histories inside a breeder pebble bed the numerical simulation provides an indication of whether the bed may encounter an undesired condition under a typical operating condition. (orig.)

  6. Preliminary structural design and thermo-mechanical analysis of helium cooled solid breeder blanket for Chinese Fusion Engineering Test Reactor

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    Highlights: • A helium cooled solid breeder blanket module was designed for CFETR. • Multilayer U-shaped pebble beds were adopted in the blanket module. • Thermal and thermo-mechanical analyses were carried out under normal operating conditions. • The analysis results were found to be acceptable. - Abstract: With the aim to bridge the R&D gap between ITER and fusion power plant, the Chinese Fusion Engineering Test Reactor (CFETR) was proposed to be built in China. The mission of CFETR is to address the essential R&D issues for achieving practical fusion energy. Its blanket is required to be tritium self-sufficient. In this paper, a helium cooled solid breeder blanket adopting multilayer U-shaped pebble beds was designed and analyzed. Thermo-mechanical analysis of the first wall and side wall combined with breeder unit was carried out for normal operating steady state conditions. The results showed that the maximum temperatures of the structural material, neutron multiplier and tritium breeder pebble beds are 523 °C, 558 °C and 787 °C, respectively, which are below the corresponding limits of 550 °C, 650 °C and 920 °C. The maximum equivalent stress of the structure is under the allowable value with a margin about 14.5%

  7. Thermal-hydraulic design and analysis of helium cooled solid breeder blanket for Chinese Fusion Engineering Test Reactor

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    To bridge the gap between ITER and DEMO and to realize the fusion energy in China, a fusion device Chinese Fusion Engineering Test Reactor (CFETR) was proposed and being designed aiming at 50-200 MW fusion power, 30-50% duty time factor, and tritium self-sustained. Three kinds of tritium breeding blanket concepts, including helium-cooled solid blanket, water-cooled solid blanket and liquid metal-cooled liquid blanket, have been considered for CFETR. Compared to ITER test blanket module, the blanket design for CFETR is facing much more challenges due to the compulsive requirements of tritium self-sufficiency, nuclear heat removal and the space limitation for blanket installation. In this paper, a kind of helium cooled solid tritium breeder blanket was designed for CFETR full superconducting tokamak. The thermal-hydraulic designs were carried out based on the blanket structure design and neutronics calculation. The performance evaluation was conducted using ANSYS, and three-dimensional fluid-solid coupled models were modeled for the accuracy results. The results showed that the FW and BU can satisfy the design requirements. (author)

  8. Neutronics R&D efforts in support of the European breeder blanket development programme

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    Fischer, U.; Batistoni, P.; Klix, A.; Kodeli, I.; Leichtle, D.; Perel, R. L.

    2009-06-01

    The recent progress in the R&D neutronics efforts spent in the EU to support the development of the HCLL and HCPB breeder blankets is presented. These efforts include neutronic design activities performed in the framework of the European DEMO reactor study, validation efforts by means of neutronics mock-up experiments using 14 MeV neutron generators and the development of dedicated computational tools such as the conversion software McCad for the automatic generation of a Monte Carlo geometry model from available CAD data, and the MCSEN code for Monte Carlo based calculations of sensitivities and uncertainties by using the track length estimator. The supporting validation effort is devoted to the capability of the neutronics tools and data to predict the tritium production and other nuclear responses of interest in neutronics mock-up experiments. Such an experiment has been conducted on a HCPB mock-up while another on a HCLL mock-up is in progress.

  9. Modeling of tritium behavior in ceramic breeder materials

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    Computer models are being developed to predict tritium release from candidate ceramic breeder materials for fusion reactors. Early models regarded the complex process of tritium release as being rate limited by a single slow step, usually taken to be tritium diffusion. These models were unable to explain much of the experimental data. We have developed a more comprehensive model which considers diffusion and desorption from the grain surface. In developing this model we found that it was necessary to include the details of the surface phenomena in order to explain the results from recent tritium release experiments. A diffusion-desorption model with a desorption activation energy which is dependent on the surface coverage was developed. This model provided excellent agreement with the results from the CRITIC tritium release experiment. Since evidence suggests that other ceramic breeder materials have desorption activation energies which are dependent on surface coverage, it is important that these variations in activation energy be included in a model for tritium release. 17 refs., 12 figs

  10. Thermohydraulics design and thermomechanics analysis of two European breeder blanket concepts for DEMO. Pt. 1 and Pt. 2. Pt. 1: BOT helium cooled solid breeding blanket. Pt. 2: Dual coolant self-cooled liquid metal blanket

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    Two different breeding blanket concepts are being elaborated at Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe within the framework of the DEMO breeding blanket development, the concept of a helium cooled solid breeding blanket and the concept of a self-cooled liquid metal blanket. The breeder material used in the first concept is Li4SiO4 as a pebble bed arranged separate from the beryllium pebble bed, which serves as multiplier. The breeder material zone is cooled by several toroidally-radially configurated helium cooling plates which, at the same time, act as reinforcements of the blanket structures. In the liquid metal blanket concept lead-lithium is used both as the breeder material and the coolant. It flows at low velocity in poloidal direction downwards and back in the blanket front zone. In both concepts the First Wall is cooled by helium gas. This report deals with the thermohydraulics design and thermomechanics analysis of the two blanket concepts. The performance data derived from the Monte-Carlo computations serve as a basis for the design calculations. The coolant inlet and outlet temperatures are chosen with the design criteria and the economics aspects taken into account. Uniform temperature distribution in the blanket structures can be achieved by suitable branching and routing of the coolant flows which contributes to reducing decisively the thermal stress. The computations were made using the ABAQUS computer code. The results obtained of the stresses have been evaluated using the ASME code. It can be demonstrated that all maximum values of temperature and stress are below the admissible limit. (orig.)

  11. Preliminary Study on Melting and Reaction with Liquid Metal Breeders for Developing the Korean Test Blanket Module in ITER

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    Lee, D. W.; Yoon, J. S.; Kim, S. K.; Lee, E. H. [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Lee, H. G. [National Fusion Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-05-15

    A liquid breeder blanket has been developed in parallel with the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) Test Blanket Module (TBM) program in Korea. The Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) has developed the liquid TBM. In the Korean liquid TBM and breeder blanket, liquid lithium (Li) and lead-lithium (PbLi) are considered as breeders. Related research has been performed: an Experimental Loop for a Liquid breeder (ELLI) constructed to develop an electromagnetic (EM) pump for circulating the liquid breeder, a magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) experiment, and a flow corrosion test. In the ELLI, Pb-15.7Li, where Li is 15.7 at % (called PbLi hereafter), is used as the breeding material. It was purchased from Stachow Metall Company, Germany, and its impurities are shown in Table 1. An EM pump circulates the material in the loop with a maximum flow rate of 60 lpm. The operating pressure and temperature in the loop are 0.4 MPa and 300 .deg. C, respectively, and the maximum operating pressure and temperature are 0.5 MPa and 550 .deg. C Before the loop operation, the melting and solidifying temperatures of the PbLi were measured for ascertaining whether it will show a consistent value for the many cycles of heating and cooling at various conditions of the loop operation. We can also investigate the contamination of PbLi according to the cyclic use. Of the liquid type breeder materials, PbLi is much safer than Li itself, as liquid metal can be ignited when it meets with water or air. There is still a concern regarding the use of PbLi, and it has not been fully proven whether it will react with water or air when it is in a molten state, as it contains lithium. Therefore, reaction tests of Li and PbLi with air and water were performed for safety reasons using the prepared test chamber

  12. Modeling of tritium behavior in ceramic breeder materials

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    The model described in this paper considers diffusion and desorption as the rate-controlling mechanisms for tritium release from a ceramic breeder material. This model was used to predict the tritium release from samples of Li2SiO3 and LiAlO2, given the temperature history of the samples. The diffusion-desorption model did a better job of predicting the tritium release for these samples under pure helium purge gas than did a pure diffusion model using the best values for the diffusivity of these materials available. The activation energies of desorption found from the best fit of the predicted tritium release to the observed release were 105-108 kJ/mol for Li2SiO3 and 85.7 kJ/mol for LiAlO2. These values are in fair agreement with activation energies reported in the literature. 13 refs., 6 figs

  13. Numerical simulation of ceramic breeder pebble bed thermal creep behavior

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    The evolution of ceramic breeder pebble bed thermal creep deformation subjected to an external load and a differential thermal stress was studied using a modified discrete numerical code previously developed for the pebble bed thermomechanical evaluation. The rate change of creep deformation was modeled at the particle contact based on a diffusion creep mechanism. Numerical results of strain histories have shown lower values as compared to those of experimentally observed data at 740 deg. C using an activation energy of 180 kJ/mol. Calculations also show that, at this activation energy level, a particle bed at an elevated temperature of 800 deg. C may cause too much particle overlapping with a contact radius growth beyond 0.65 radius at a later time, when it is subjected to an external load of 6.3 MPa. Thus, by tracking the stress histories inside a breeder pebble bed the numerical simulation provides an indication of whether the bed may encounter an undesired condition under a typical operating condition

  14. Production of nuclear fusion reactor fuel by ceramic tritium breeder material

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    Fuel tritium is generated from the nuclear reaction between the fusion neutron and the lithium of the breeder material arranged in the blanket that encloses the fusion plasma in the fusion reactor. However, the release process of the generated tritium has not been completely clarified. Recently, Japan Atomic Energy Agency started the tritium generation and recovery experiment in using nuclear fusion neutron source (FNS). In this report, the recent results of study on breeder material and its manufacturing technology is presented. (author)

  15. Cold trapping of traces of tritiated water from the helium loops of a fusion breeder blanket

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    The ITER Helium Cooled Pebble Bed (HCPB) Test Blanket Module (TBM) will comprise three helium loops designed for: tritium extraction from the breeder zone, heat removal, and purification of the coolant. The process step envisaged for tritium extraction as well as for coolant purification includes a cryogenic cold trap as main component for the removal of tritiated water vapour (mainly HTO, H2O). The concentrations of water in the gas streams are expected to be extremely small, i.e. of the order of 10 ppm by volume. In this paper, we describe first runs with a cold trap using helium as the carrier gas at flow rates of 0.1 and 1.0 m3/h. The range of water vapour concentration in the helium carrier gas was 0.5 to >200 ppmv. The experiments have demonstrated the ability of the cold trap to remove water vapour efficiently from the He stream down to concentrations of less than 0.02 ppmv when the inlet water concentration is in the range of 300-650 ppmv or higher

  16. Tritium concentration monitoring of the purge gas stream of HCPB breeder blankets in future fusion reactors

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    In fusion technology it is necessary to monitor tritiated gases for process monitoring. Such a system should be able to monitor the gas without taking samples. It should also be compact, cheap, the system stability should be excellent and it should recognize changes in the activity fast. Standard tools for activity measurements are ionization chambers and calorimeters. Ionization chambers work without sample taking but they are gas species dependent. Also pressures in the 100 mbar range are needed. Calorimeters are not suitable to be used as process monitors and it takes several hours to get a result. For activity measurements with a calorimeter it is necessary to extract gas samples. The Tritium Activity Chamber Experiment (TRACE) is a specially designed prototype to monitor traces of tritium in a gas sample utilizing Beta Induced X-Ray Spectroscopy (BIXS). Future fusion plants like ITER or DEMO could use such a system to monitor the purge gas streams in HCPB breeder blankets. TRACE will explore the possibility to monitor the expected 10 ppm tritium in the helium purge gas stream. We will evaluate if a BIXS system can be used as a standard monitoring system for tritiated gases in the range of (10-5-100) mbar tritium partial pressure.

  17. Economic performance of liquid-metal fast breeder reactor and gas-cooled fast reactor radial blankets

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    The economic performance of the radial blanket of a liquid-metal fast breeder reactor (LMFBR) and a gas-cooled fast reactor (GCFR) has been studied based on the calculation of the net financial gain as well as the value of the levelized fuel cost. The necessary reactor physics calculations have been performed using the code CITATION, and the economic analysis has been carried out with the code ECOBLAN, which has been written for that purpose. The residence time of fuel in the blanket is the main variable of the economic analysis. Other parameters that affect the results and that have been considered are the value of plutonium, the price of heat, the effective cost of money, and the holdup time of the spent fuel before reprocessing. The results show that the radial blanket of both reactors is a producer of net positive income for a broad range of values of the parameters mentioned above. The position of the fuel in the blanket and the fuel management scheme applied affect the monetary gain. There is no significant difference between the economic performance of the blanket of an LMFBR and a GCFR

  18. Heatup event analyses of the water cooled solid breeder test blanket module

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    Water Cooled Solid Breeder (WCSB) Test Blanket Module (TBM) is being designed by JAEA as a primary candidate TBM of Japan. From the viewpoint of the safety, the TBM should be designed so that it does not damage the soundness of the vacuum vessel, the primary barrier for radioisotopes of the ITER. One of the major concerns on the safety of the TBM is temperature elevation due to coolant leakage into the neutron multiplier layer, beryllium, of the TBM. Since the chemical reaction of beryllium and water is an exothermic reaction and the reaction rate exponentially increases with the temperature increase, there is a possibility that the temperature of the TBM exceeds the maximum allowable temperature of its structural material. This paper describes the safety evaluation on the heatup events of the WCSB TBM and proposes the basic strategy to ensure safety, especially incorporating the chemical reaction between beryllium and water. Failure Mode Effect Analysis (FMEA) has been carried out to select the severest heatup events of the WCSB TBM, followed by one-dimensional analyses to evaluate the selected events. The analysis model includes thermal conduction in the TBM, thermal radiation from the TBM to a common frame, and thermal radiation from the TBM first wall to the first wall of the opposite blankets (shield blanket etc.). The sequences of the selected events are shown as follows; Loss of cooling of the TBM during plasma operation is assumed as an initial event. Temperature of the TBM totally increases, then a plasma disruption takes place when the temperature of the first wall armor reaches at a certain value, for example, its melting point of 1273 C. After the plasma disruption, temperature of the TBM decreases according to time and the event converges. However, if the pipe of cooling system in the TBM ruptures due to high temperature, chemical reaction between beryllium and water is activated and the TBM structure is possibly destroyed in the worst case. Therefore

  19. Heatup event analyses of the water cooled solid breeder test blanket module

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    Tsuru, Daigo; Enoeda, Mikio; Akiba, Masato [Japan Atomic Energy Agency (Japan)

    2007-07-01

    Water Cooled Solid Breeder (WCSB) Test Blanket Module (TBM) is being designed by JAEA as a primary candidate TBM of Japan. From the viewpoint of the safety, the TBM should be designed so that it does not damage the soundness of the vacuum vessel, the primary barrier for radioisotopes of the ITER. One of the major concerns on the safety of the TBM is temperature elevation due to coolant leakage into the neutron multiplier layer, beryllium, of the TBM. Since the chemical reaction of beryllium and water is an exothermic reaction and the reaction rate exponentially increases with the temperature increase, there is a possibility that the temperature of the TBM exceeds the maximum allowable temperature of its structural material. This paper describes the safety evaluation on the heatup events of the WCSB TBM and proposes the basic strategy to ensure safety, especially incorporating the chemical reaction between beryllium and water. Failure Mode Effect Analysis (FMEA) has been carried out to select the severest heatup events of the WCSB TBM, followed by one-dimensional analyses to evaluate the selected events. The analysis model includes thermal conduction in the TBM, thermal radiation from the TBM to a common frame, and thermal radiation from the TBM first wall to the first wall of the opposite blankets (shield blanket etc.). The sequences of the selected events are shown as follows; Loss of cooling of the TBM during plasma operation is assumed as an initial event. Temperature of the TBM totally increases, then a plasma disruption takes place when the temperature of the first wall armor reaches at a certain value, for example, its melting point of 1273 C. After the plasma disruption, temperature of the TBM decreases according to time and the event converges. However, if the pipe of cooling system in the TBM ruptures due to high temperature, chemical reaction between beryllium and water is activated and the TBM structure is possibly destroyed in the worst case. Therefore

  20. Recent progress in safety assessments of Japanese water cooled solid breeder test blanket module

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    Water Cooled Solid Breeder Test Blanket Module (WCSB TBM) is being designed by JAEA for the primary candidate TBM of Japan, and the safety evaluation of WCSB TBM has been performed. This reports presents summary of safety evaluation activities of the Japanese WCSB TBM, including nuclear analysis, source of RI, waste evaluation, occupational radiolysis exposure (ORE), failure mode effect analysis (FMEA) and postulated initiating event (PIE). For the purpose of basic evaluation of source terms on nuclear heating and radioactivity generation, two-dimensional nuclear analysis has been carried out. By the nuclear analysis, distributions of neutron flux, tritium breeding ratio (TBR), nuclear heat, decay heat and induced activity are calculated. Tritium production is calculated by the nuclear analysis by integrating distributions of TBR values, as about 0.2 g-T/FPD. With respect to the radioactive waste, the induced activity of the irradiated TBM is estimated. For the purpose of occupational radiolysis exposure (ORE), RI inventory is estimated. Tritium inventory in pebble bed of TBM is about 3 x 1012 Bq, and tritium in purge gas is about 3 x 1011 Bq. FMEA has been carried out to identify the PIEs that need safety evaluation. PIEs are summarized into three groups, i.e., heating, pressurization and release of RI. PIEs of local heating are converged without any special cares. With respect to heating of whole module, two PIEs are selected as the most severe events, i.e., loss of cooling of TBM during plasma operation and ingress of coolant into TBM during plasma operation. With respect to PIEs about pressurization, the PIEs of pressurization of the compartment nearby the pipes of cooling system are evaluated, because rupture of the pipes result pressurization of such compartments, i.e., box structure of TBM, purge gas loop, TRS, VV, port cell and TCWS vault. Box structure of TBM is designed to withstand the maximum pressure of the cooling system. At other compartments

  1. Development and analysis of fusion breeder blanket neutronics. Progress report, November 1, 1983-October 31, 1984

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    The following activities are briefly described: (a) the IBM versions of the computer codes FORSS, PUFF-II, ONETRAN, TWOTRAN-II, and DOT4.3 were obtained from the Radiation Shielding Information Center (RSIC) and have been implemented on the UCLA local computer, the IBM 3033; (b) mathematical and computational models to describe the time-dependent transport and inventory of tritium in individual components of a fusion reactor system have been developed; (c) extensive cross-section sensitivity and uncertainty analysis was carried out to evaluate an estimate for the uncertainty associated with the TBR (both from 6Li and 7Li, individually) in four of the leading blanket concepts (the Li2O/HT-9 helium-cooled blanket, the 17Li-83Pb/PCA self-cooled blanket, the LiAlO2/He/FS/Be blanket, and the flibe/He/FS/Be blanket); (d) as far as the TBR obtain able in various blanket concepts is concerned, a comparative analysis was carried out to estimate the change in TBR in a particular blanket module when placed in a tokamak machine [R (first wall) approx. 2 m] as opposed to adopting the same blanket in a mirror machine [R (first wall) approx. 50 cm] with the same wall loading

  2. Analysis of the HCPB breeder blanket bock-up experiment for ITER using SUSD3D code

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    In order to validate new nuclear cross-section evaluations, method development and design of the helium-cooled pebble bed (HCPB) test blanket module of ITER a benchmark experiment was performed this year at the Frascati Neutron Generator (FNG) in the scope of the EFF (European Fusion File) project in Europe. The objective of this experiment is to study the tritium breeding ratio and other nuclear quantities in a breeder blanket in order to establish and improve the quality of related JEFF nuclear data. The experiment consists of a metallic beryllium set-up with two double layers of breeder material (Li2CO3 powder). The reaction rate measurements include the Li2CO3 pellets (tritium breeding ratio), activation foils, and neutron and gamma spectrometers inserted at several axial and lateral locations in the block. Our task is to perform the deterministic transport, and cross section sensitivity and uncertainty analysis. The role of the cross-section sensitivity and uncertainty analysis is to optimise the design of the benchmark, and to assist in the interpretation of the measurement results. The paper presents the pre- and post- analysis of the benchmark experiment. (author)

  3. Zeolite membranes and palladium membrane reactor for tritium extraction from the breeder blankets of ITER and DEMO

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    Demange, D., E-mail: david.demange@kit.edu; Borisevich, O.; Gramlich, N.; Wagner, R.; Welte, S.

    2013-10-15

    Highlights: • We present a new concept to recover tritium from the helium in breeder blankets. • Zeolite membranes are fully tritium compatible and can pre-concentrate tritiated molecules. • PERMCAT catalytic membrane reactor recovers tritium to be reused in the fuel cycle. -- Abstract: While the tritium technology for the inner DT fuel cycle of fusion reactors shall be demonstrated in ITER, the tritium management in the breeder blanket remains very challenging. Most of the process options rely on ad(b)sorption/desorption cycles, using dedicated packed beds to handle separately the molecular and oxide forms of tritium. This approach seems satisfactory for ITER, but seems difficult to scale up to DEMO. The alternative use of a catalytic membrane reactor in combination with inorganic membranes would simplify and improve the overall tritium management. Zeolite membranes should enable in a single step the pre-concentration of all tritiated species. This tritium enriched stream could be afterwards processed using PERMCAT (catalytic Pd-based membrane reactor) to finally recover the tritium in its pure molecular form. This paper discusses at the conceptual level such approach. The latest experimental results on zeolite membrane and multi-tube PERMCAT reactor are presented. Next R and D activities for technical scale demonstrations and refined simulation tools are proposed to finally estimate the sizes of the components to be operated in ITER and DEMO.

  4. Status report. KfK contribution to the development of DEMO-relevant test blankets for NET/ITER. Pt. 1: Self-cooled liquid metal breeder blanket. Vol. 2. Detailed version

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    A self-cooled liquid metal breeder blanket for a fusion DEMO-reactor and the status of the development programme is described as a part of the European development programme of DEMO relevant test blankets for NET/ITER. Volume 1 (KfK 4907) contains a summary. Volume 2 (KfK 4908) a more detailed version of the report. Both volumes contain sections on previous studies on self-cooled liquid metal breeder blankets, the reference blanket design for a DEMO-reactor, a typical test blanket design including the ancillary loop system and the building requirements for NET/ITER together with the present status of the associated RandD-programme in the fields of neutronics, magnetohydrodynamics, tritium removal and recovery, liquid metal compatibility and purification, ancillary loop system, safety and reliability. An outlook is given regarding the required RandD-programme for the self-cooled liquid metal breeder blanket prior to tests in NET/ITER and the relevant test programme to be performed in NET/ITER. (orig.)

  5. Breeding zone models of DEMO ceramic helium cooled blanket test module for testing in IVV-2M reactor

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    The goal of DEMO ceramic helium cooled blanket test module (CHC BTM) is to demonstrate a breeding capability that would lead to tritium self-sufficiency in ITER reactor and to extract a high-grade heat suitable for electricity generation. Experimental validation of all the adopted design solutions is main important problem at design and calculation works carrying out in order to develop the CHC BTM. One important task for breeding zones feasibility validation is in-pile tests. Two models were developed and fabricated for testing in the fission IVV-2M reactor. Breeding zone is based on poloidal BIT-conception. The models structural material is ferrito-martensitic steel. Breeder material is lithium orthosilicate in pebble beds and pellet forms. Multiplier material is beryllium in pebble beds and porosity forms. The cooling is provided by helium at 10 MPa. The tritium produced in the breeder material is purged by the helium flow at 0.1-0.2 MPa. Designs of model description and experimental channel, results of neutronic and thermo-hydraulic calculations are presented in the paper. (orig.)

  6. Fabrication, properties, and tritium recovery from solid breeder materials

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    The breeding blanket is a key component of the fusion reactor because it directly involves tritium breeding and energy extraction, both of which are critical to development of fusion power. The lithium ceramics continue to show promise as candidate breeder materials. This promise was recognized by the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) design team in its selection of ceramics as the first option for the ITER breeder material. Blanket design studies have indicated properties in the candidate materials data base that need further investigation. Current studies are focusing on tritium release behavior at high burnup, changes in thermophysical properties with burnup, compatibility between the ceramic breeder and beryllium multiplier, and phase changes with burnup. Laboratory and in-reactor tests, some as part of an international collaboration for development of ceramic breeder materials, are underway. 133 refs., 1 fig

  7. An analysis of electron beam welds in a dual coolant liquid metal breeder blanket

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    Numerical simulation of electron beam welding of blanket segments was performed using non-linear finite element code ABAQUS. The thermal and stress fields were assumed uncoupled, while preserving the temperature dependency of all material parameters. The martensite-austenite and austenite-martensite transformations were taken into account through volume shrinking/expansion effects, which is consistent with available data. The distributions of post welding residual stress in a complex geometry of the first wall are obtained. Also, the effects of preheating and post-welding heat treatment were addressed. Time dependent temperature and stress-strain fields obtained provide good insight into the welding process. They may be used directly to support reliability and life-time studies of blanket structures. On the other hand, they provide useful hints about the feasibility of the geometrical configurations as proposed by different design concepts. (orig.)

  8. Nuclear performance optimization of the Be/Li/Th blanket for the fusion breeder

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    More rigorous nuclear analysis, including treatment of resonance self-shielding effects coupled with an optimization procedure, has resulted in improved performance of the Be/Li/Th blanket. Net U-233 breeding ratio has increased 36% (to 0.84) while at an average U-233/Th ratio of 0.5 a/o average energy multiplication has increased only 12% (to 2.1) compared with earlier results

  9. EXOTIC-7: irradiation of ceramic breeder materials to high lithium burnup

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    The EXOTIC-7 irradiation experiment in the high flux reactor (HFR) has been completed. Its aim has been to investigate the effects of high lithium-burnup on the mechanical stability and tritium release characteristics of candidate ceramic breeder materials, originating from the fusion programmes of CEA, FZK, ENEA, AECL and ECN. The tested ceramic breeder materials were pellets of Li2ZrO3, LiAlO2 and Li8ZrO6 and pebbles of Li4SiO4 and Li2ZrO3, with a variety of characteristics, like grain size and porosity. The test matrix provided the simultaneous irradiation of eight independent capsules with on-line tritium monitoring. Two capsules contained a mixture of Li4SiO4 and beryllium pebbles. The experimental design, sample loading and main irradiation parameters are described. Some PIE results and analysis of in-situ tritium release behaviour are presented. (orig.)

  10. Sensitivity and Uncertainty Analyses of the Tritium Production in the HCPB Breeder Blanket Mock-up Experiment

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    Dedicated computational methods, tools and data have been recently developed in the framework of the European Fusion Technology Programme to enable sensitivity and uncertainty analyses of fusion neutronics experiments. severely limited due to these two requirements. (author)er productgeneration and the associated uncertainties against the experimental data provided in the neutronics experiment at the Frascati Neutron Generator on a mock-up of the HCPB (Helium-Cooled Pebble Bed) breeder test blanket. This work is devoted to the computational analyses of this experiment comprising the following steps: (i) Calculation of the Tritium production rates (TPR) in the Li2CO3 pellets using a detailed 3D model of the experimental set-up; the Monte Carlo code MCNP and the discrete ordinates code TORT were applied for these calculations with EFF-3 and FENDL-2.0/2.1 nuclear data. (ii) Sensitivity calculations for the Li2CO3 pellets stacks to assess the sensitivity of the Tritium production to the reactions cross-sections of the involved nuclides Be, 6,7Li, C and O; the calculations were performed with the MCSEN Monte Carlo code using the track length estimator and, in parallel, with the deterministic SUSD3D code using neutron fluxes calculated by TORT in forward and adjoint mode. (iii) Calculations of the data related uncertainties of the TPR using co-variance data from EFF (9Be, 6Li, 12C), FENDL-2 (7Li) and JENDL-3.3 (16O); both probabilistic (MCNP/MCSEN) and deterministic (TORT/SUSD3D) approaches were applied. (iv) Assessment of the total uncertainties for the TPR including uncertainties of the measurements, the nuclear data and the calculations. The data related uncertainties of the calculated Tritium generation are in the order of 4 - 5 % (2 sigma). The main uncertainties are due to the Be cross-section data. The total uncertainties of the predicted TPR including data uncertainties, statistical uncertainties of the Monte Carlo calculation and the experimental uncertainties

  11. Achievements of the water cooled solid breeder test blanket module of Japan to the milestones for installation in ITER

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    As the primary candidate of ITER Test Blanket Module (TBM) to be tested under the leadership of Japan, Water Cooled Solid Breeder (WCSB) TBM is being developed. Six TBMs will be tested in ITER simultaneously, under the leadership of different countries. To ensure the installation of reliable TBMs, it is necessary to show feasibility on the TBM milestones for installation in ITER. This paper shows the recent achievements toward the milestones of ITER TBMs prior to the installation, that consist of design integration in ITER, module qualification and safety assessment. With respect to the design integration, it is necessary to show the consistency with ITER design on time with ITER design progress, targeting the detailed design final report in 2012. Structure design of the interfacing components between the WCSB TBM structure and the interfacing components (Common Frame and Backside Shielding) that are placed in a test port of ITER has been developed. The design work also consists of procedures of fabrication and replacement of TBM, the consistency with ITER port structure and TBM interface structure, and the layouts of the auxiliary systems of TBMs including the tritium extraction system and water cooling system. As for the module qualification, it is necessary to show fabrication capability and the integrity of prototypical size mockup in corresponding operation condition before the delivery of the TBM to ITER. A real scale first wall mock-up was successfully fabricated by using Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP) method by structural material of reduced activation martensitic ferritic steel, F82H. High heat flux test with real cooling water condition is planned using this mock-up. Other essential R and Ds for the WCSB TBM also showed steady progress on investigation of mechanical behavior of breeder pebble beds, development of advanced breeder/multiplier pebble, neutron measurement technology for TBM and purge gas tritium recovery technology. As for safety milestones

  12. Nitriding treatment of reduced activation ferritic steel as functional layer for liquid breeder blanket

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    The development of functional layers such as a tritium permeation barrier and an anti-corrosion layer is the essential technology for the development of a molten salt type self cooled fusion blanket. In the present study, the characteristics of a nitriding treatment on a reduced activation ferritic steel, JLF-1 (Fe-9Cr-2W-0.1C) as the functional layer were investigated. The steel surface was nitrided by an ion nitriding treatment or a radical nitriding treatment. The nitridation characteristic of the steel surface was made clear based on the thermodynamic stability. The thermal diffusivity, the hydrogen permeability and the chemical stability in the molten salt Flinak were investigated. The results indicated that the nitriding treatment can improve the compatibility in the Flinak without the decrease of the thermal diffusivity, though there was little improvement as the hydrogen permeation barrier. (author)

  13. Thermodynamics of ceramic breeder materials for fusion reactors

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    Based on known or deduced phase relationships in ternary lithium oxygen systems such as Li-Al-O, Li-Si-O and Li-Zr-O, the unknown free enthalpy of formation values of ternary compounds are calculated starting from the known data of the compounds of the binary border systems. Criterion for the data assessment is interconsistency of the data of all the compounds within a given multi-component system. With the help of these data the development of partial pressures during the breeding process can be calculated for all the compounds of interest. In order to facilitate a compatibility assessment the quaternary systems Cr-Li-Si-O, Fe-Li-Si-O and Be-Li-Si-O were also investigated and thermodynamic data of pertinent ternary and quaternary compounds determined. Both the partial pressure development and the compatibility behaviour of a lithium containing compound are criteria for its qualification as a breeder material for a fusion reactor. (orig.)

  14. Integral experiments for verification of tritium production on the beryllium/lithium titanate blanket mock-up with a one-breeder layer

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    The first series of integral experiments on the blanket mock-up with a one breeder layer was performed in support of the concept of the solid breeding blanket cooled with water, proposed by JAERI for application in the DEMO reactor. The mock-up for the first series of experiments was designed to be as simple as possible within the proposed blanket concept. Key objectives of the experiments were: to check how correctly the tritium production rate can be predicted in the breeder layer closest to the first wall, since this particular location is greatly affected by changes of incoming neutron spectra; to validate the modified experimental techniques for measurements of tritium production rate in conditions of quick gradient thermal neutron field inside the lithium titanate layer. The mock-up contains F82H, lithium titanate and beryllium layers, with respective thicknesses of 16 mm, 12 mm and 203 mm. An additional tungsten layer was installed in front of the first layer in order to simulate armor material. The mock-up, being placed inside the SS316 cylindrical enclosure, is shaped as a pseudo-cylindrical slab with an area-equivalent diameter of 628 mm. Integral experiments on the blanket mock-up irradiated by neutrons from the D-T source with and without the source reflector were executed. A detailed description of experimental results and an example of calculation analysis are presented. (author)

  15. Oxidation behavior of SIC/SIC composites for helium cooled solid breeder blanket

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    SiC/SiC composite is one of the candidate structural materials for a fusion reactor blanket because of its low induced radioactivity, excellent high temperature mechanical properties and excellent radiation resistance. Helium (He) gas cooled blanket (HCSB) has been considered as one of the blanket design concepts using the SiC/SiC composite for relatively high temperature plant operation. Chemical stability, especially an oxidation resistance, is a key issue to be solved for the HCSB structural material because He gas in the HCSB might include partial oxygen. The desired strength of SiC/SiC composite can be given by an optimized interface layer between the fiber and matrix (F/M interface). In order to improve its mechanical properties, several advanced F/M interfaces such as an SiC/C multilayer (ML) and a porous SiC have been developed. However, SiC/SiC composites have a possibility of F/M interface degradation by oxidation at fusion reactor operating condition, for example by the reaction of C+O2→CO2. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the oxidation behavior of SiC/SiC composites with conventional pyrolitic carbon interface (PyC-SiC/SiC) and advanced multilayer interface (ML-SiC/SiC) in He+O2 environments at 1273 K. The SiC/SiC composites used in this work were fabricated at ORNL. Reinforced SiC fiber was 1D Hi-Nicalon Type-S fiber. SiC matrix was beta-SiC fabricated by a forced chemical vapor infiltration (FCVI) process. The average thickness of F/M interface (pyrolitic carbon and SiC/C multilayer) was 1000nm. Samples were machined into 2 mm x 1.5 mm x 2 mm blocks and the surface of them was mechanically polished. Oxidation tests were carried out using a thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA) equipment. Mixtures of He with 1500ppm O2 were used. Samples were heated from room temperature to the test temperature (1273 K) at 40 K/min. and then held at the test temperature for 100 h. Experimental conditions included 100 sccm flow rate and system pressure of 1 atm

  16. Oxidation behavior of SiC/SiC composites for helium cooled solid breeder blanket

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    In order to evaluate the oxidation behavior and mechanism of SiC/SiC composites with conventional pyrolitic graphite interface (PyC-SiC/SiC) and advanced multilayer interface (ML-SiC/SiC) in a HCSB blanket environment, a thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA) in He + O2 environment at 1000 deg. C and 1200 deg. C was performed. The PyC-SiC/SiC at 1200 deg. C and the ML-SiC/SiC at 1000 deg. C and 1200 deg. C showed relatively smaller weight change during oxidation because SiO2 formed on the SiC-matrix and SiC-fiber sealed the specimen surface before the PyC interface recession by gasification of graphite due to relatively high SiO2 formation rate. While the PyC-SiC/SiC at 1000 deg. C showed significant weight loss because the specimen surface was not sealed by SiO2 and significant PyC interface recession occurred due to relatively slow SiO2 formation

  17. Fabrication of porous LiAlO2 ceramic breeder material

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    The gamma-LiAlO2 ceramic material is the reference candidate for the solid breeder option of the Next European Torus Program. The experiments and methodologies developed in Italy to produce high surface area gamma-LiAlO2 powders to be compacted by cold pressing and sintering at 70 to 90% of the theoretical density, keeping a near fully open porosity is presented. The lithiating step was assessed for the Li2CO3 and Li2O2 precursors reacting with Al2O3 having submicron grain size. Sol-gel methodologies were also developed for the gamma-LiAlO2 preparation by which very high surface area ceramic grade powders were obtained

  18. Design of test blanket system for ITER module testing

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    Test blanket systems to be installed in ITER for developing demo blankets have been investigated. One of the main engineering goals of ITER is to test tritium breeding blankets relevant to a power reactor. The test foreseen on modules include the demonstration of a breeding capability that would lead to tritium self-sufficiency in a reactor and extraction of a high grade heat suitable for electricity generation. To accomplish these goals, several ITER equatorial ports are available to test the test blanket systems, both in the basic performance phase (BPP) and the enhanced performance phase (EPP). Test blanket systems for water-cooled and helium-cooled type DEMO blankets with ceramic breeders, developed in Japan have been designed. The design activities include the neutronics, thermal and hydraulic analyses, and mechanical configuration considering port sharing, cooling systems and tritium recovery systems, and test blanket system compatible with the current ITER design has been developed. (author)

  19. EXOTIC-7: Irradiation of ceramic breeder materials to high lithium burnup

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    The EXOTIC-7 irradiation experiment in the High Flux Reactor (HFR) at Petten has been completed. Its aim has been to investigate the effects of high lithium-burnup on the mechanical stability and tritium release characterisitcs of candidate ceramic breeder materials, originating from the Fusion Programmes of CEA, FZK, ENEA, AECL and ECN. The tested ceramic breeder materials were pellets of Li2ZrO3, LiAlO2 and Li8ZrO6 and pebbles of Li4SiO4 and Li2ZrO3, with a variety of characteristics, like grain size and porostiy. The test matrix provided the simultaneous irradiation of eight independent capsules with on-line tritium monitoring. Two capsules containd a mixture of Li4SiO4 and beryllium pebbles. The experimental design, sample loading and main riiadiation parameters are described. Some PIE results and analysis of in-situ tritium release behaviour are presented. (orig.)

  20. Nondestructive testing of ampoules with lithium ceramics designed for blanket of thermonuclear reactor

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    Full text: There are carried out prolonged radiation tests on research reactor WWR-K of ceramic materials made of lithium titanate Li2Ti03 with enrichment 36Li to 90 % manufactured in the form of sintered small balls and cylinder tablets put in experimental assembles (ampoules). At the present time tritium titanate is considered as one of the possible candidates of tritium production zone for demonstration international thermonuclear reactor blanket. Before feeding into the reactor experimental assemblages with Li2TiO3 were exposed to nondestructive control on horizontal channel of reactor with 'Agava' plant use by the neutron radiography method. The purpose of this work is on the one hand feeding quality control of tablets and small balls of lithium ceramics into experimental assembles, on the other hand the efficiency test of neutron radiography plant work after long stoppage of WWR-K reactor and the geometry change of irradiative channels and active zone of reactor

  1. TOKOPS: Tokamak Reactor Operations Study: The influence of reactor operations on the design and performance of tokamaks with solid-breeder blankets: Final report

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    Reactor system operation and procedures have a profound impact on the conception and design of power plants. These issues are studied here using a model tokamak system employing a solid-breeder blanket. The model blanket is one which has evolved from the STARFIRE and BCSS studies. The reactor parameters are similar to those characterizing near-term fusion engineering reactors such as INTOR or NET (Next European Tokamak). Plasma startup, burn analysis, and methods for operation at various levels of output power are studied. A critical, and complicating, element is found to be the self-consistent electromagnetic response of the system, including the presence of the blanket and the resulting forces and loadings. Fractional power operation, and the strategy for burn control, is found to vary depending on the scaling law for energy confinement, and an extensive study is reported. Full-power reactor operation is at a neutron wall loading pf 5 MW/m2 and a surface heat flux of 1 MW/m2. The blanket is a pressurized steel module with bare beryllium rods and low-activation HT-9-(9-C-) clad LiAlO2 rods. The helium coolant pressure is 5 MPa, entering the module at 2970C and exiting at 5500C. The system power output is rated at 1000 MW(e). In this report, we present our findings on various operational scenarios and their impact on system design. We first start with the salient aspects of operational physics. Time-dependent analyses of the blanket and balance of plant are then presented. Separate abstracts are included for each chapter

  2. Research and development on ceramic coatings for fusion reactor liquid blankets

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    Fabrication and properties of three kinds of ceramic coatings for fusion reactor liquid blankets such as Cr2O3-SiO2, Al2O3 and Y2O3 are reviewed, focused on the activities in the University of Tokyo. A composite coating of SiO2 particles in a Cr2O3 matrix was prepared on the surface of SUS316 by the chemically densified method. It has very low tritium permeability, and it is quite effective as a tritium permeation barrier without the presence of molten Li17-Pb83 alloy. Alumina (Al2O3) coating was prepared on the surface of SUS316 by the hot-dipping and oxidation method. It showed very large corrosion-resistivity to Li17-Pb83 and very small tritium permeability. Yttria (Y2O3) coating was formed on the surface of SUS316 by the plasma-spraying method. It also has a possibility as a ceramic coating for liquid blankets if crack-free coating is made on the surface of piping materials. (author)

  3. Research and development on ceramic coatings for fusion reactor liquid blankets

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    Fabrication and properties of three kinds of ceramic coatings for fusion reactor liquid blankets such as Cr2O3-SiO2, Al2O3 and Y2O3 are reviewed, focusing on the activities in the University of Tokyo. A composite coating of SiO2 particles in a Cr2O3 matrix was prepared on the surface of SUS316 by the chemically densified method. It has a very low tritium permeability and is quite effective as a tritium permeation barrier without the presence of the molten Li17-Pb83 alloy. An alumina (Al2O3) coating was prepared on the surface of SUS316 by the hot-dipping and oxidation method. It showed a very high corrosion-resistance to Li17-Pb83 and a very low tritium permeability. An yttria (Y2O3) coating was formed on the surface of SUS316 by the plasma-spraying method. The product has a poor compatibility with liquid lithium. However, since sintered Y2O3 is more resistant to degradation than plasma sprayed Y2O3, it may be possible to use Y2O3 as a ceramic coating for liquid blankets if crackfree coating is made on the surface of piping materials. (orig.)

  4. MHD issues related to the use of Lithium Lead eutectic as breeder material for blankets of fusion power plants

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    The European Community is committed to the development of a DEMOnstration fusion power plant whose operation could start as soon as 2050. The blanket is one of the most critical components in a fusion reactor; three of the four blanket concepts currently under development are based on the use of the liquid eutectic alloy Pb-15.7Li. Since the blanket will operate under the strong magnetic eld used to con ne the plasma, electromagnetic forces will occur in the PbLi ow, giving rise to magnetohy...

  5. The frontiers of research on fusion blanket technology

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    Current topics concerning blanket technology are reviewed. In the chemical engineering/chemistry area, the qualitative and quantitative effects of mass transfer steps of tritium is important in the understanding of the behavior of bred tritium in the solid breeder blanket system. Such phenomena as adsorption, isotope exchange reactions, and water formation reaction at the grain surface produce profound effects on the behavior of the bred tritium in the blanket. Regarding the liquid system, the physical or chemical properties of Li, Li17Pb83 and Flibe as liquid blanket materials were compared. Some recent studies were introduced regarding tritium recovery from the liquid blanket materials, impurity removal from salts, ceramic coating of structural materials, and the vapor pressure of mixtures of metals or salts. Thermal hydraulic topics in relation to several candidate power reactor concepts are summarized. Emphasis is laid on the simultaneous removal of heat and tritium from the blanket and some aspects of forming effective power cycles are developed. (author)

  6. Exchange reaction of hydrogen isotopes on proton conductor ceramic of hydrogen pump for blanket tritium recovery system

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    Electrochemical hydrogen pump using ceramic proton conductor has been investigated to discuss its application for the blanket tritium recovery system of the nuclear fusion reactor. As the series of those work, the transportation experiments of H2-D2 mixture via ceramic proton conductor membrane have been carried out. Then, the phenomenon that was caused by the exchange reaction between the deuterium in the ceramic and the hydrogen in the gas phase has been observed. So, the ceramic proton conductor which doped deuterium was exposed to hydrogen under the control of zero current, and the effluent gas was analyzed. It is considered that the hydrogen in the gas phase is taken as proton to the ceramic by isotope exchange reaction, and penetrates to the ceramic by diffusion with replacement of deuteron. (author)

  7. Progress in fusion reactors blanket analysis and evaluation at CEA

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    In the frame of the recent CEA studies aiming at the development, evaluation and comparison of solid breeder blanket concepts in view of their adaptation to NET, and the evaluation of specific questions related to the first wall design, the present paper examines first the performances of a helium cooled toroidal blanket design for NET, based on innovative Beryllium/Ceramics breeder rod elements. Neutronic and thermo-mechanical optimisation converges on a concept featured by a breeding capability in excess of 1.2, a reasonnable pumping power of 1 % and a narrow breeder temperature range (470 +- 30 0C of the breeder), the latter being largely independent of the power level. The final section of the paper is devoted to the evaluation of the heat load poloidal distribution and to the irradiation effects on first wall structural materials

  8. Tritium permeation through helium-heated steam generators of ceramic breeder blankets for DEMO

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    The specifications of permeation barriers, tritium recovery process maintaining a very low tritium activity in the coolant, and control of the coolant chemistry, required the evaluation of the tritium losses through the steam generators and include the definition of its operating conditions by thermodynamic cycle calculations and its thermal-hydraulic design. For both tasks specific computer tools were developed. The obtained geometry, surface area, and temperature profiles along the heat exchanger tubes were then used to estimate the daily tritium permeation into the steam cycle. Steam oxidized Incoloy 800 austenitic stainless steel was identified as the best suited existing material; in nominal steady-state operation, the tritium escape into the steam cycle could be restricted to less than 10 Ci/d. Tritium permeation during temperature and pressure transients in the steam generator (destruction and possible self-healing of the permeation barrier) is identified to bear a large tritium release potential. Solutions are proposed. (from authors). 4 figs., 1 tab

  9. Investigation of tritium inventory and permeation behaviour in the liquid breeder blanket concept of Demo as a function of design and material parameters

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    A numerical code has been used to estimate the time dependence of tritium inventory and of tritium transport into the coolant, into the first wall boxes and through the liquid breeder in the Pb-17Li blanket concept of DEMO. Several issues in both design and material parameters have been considered and the effect on inventory and permeation of coatings with low surface recombination coefficient and/or low diffusivity at various surfaces of the structural material has been studied. TiC has been chosen as reference material for these calculations and a general database on coating efficiency as a function of its properties has also been produced on the basis of TiC data

  10. Blanket comparison and selection study. Volume II

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    This volume contains extensive data for the following chapters: (1) solid breeder tritium recovery, (2) solid breeder blanket designs, (3) alternate blanket concept screening, and (4) safety analysis. The following appendices are also included: (1) blanket design guidelines, (2) power conversion systems, (3) helium-cooled, vanadium alloy structure blanket design, (4) high wall loading study, and (5) molten salt safety studies

  11. Blanket comparison and selection study. Volume II

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    This volume contains extensive data for the following chapters: (1) solid breeder tritium recovery, (2) solid breeder blanket designs, (3) alternate blanket concept screening, and (4) safety analysis. The following appendices are also included: (1) blanket design guidelines, (2) power conversion systems, (3) helium-cooled, vanadium alloy structure blanket design, (4) high wall loading study, and (5) molten salt safety studies. (MOW)

  12. Joining of SiC/SiCf ceramic matrix composites for fusion reactor blanket applications

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    Using a preceramic polymer, joints between SiC/SiCf ceramic matrix composites were obtained. The polymer, upon pyrolysis at high temperature, transforms into a ceramic material and develops an adhesive bonding with the composite. The surface morphology of 2D and 3D SiC/SiCf composites did not allow satisfactory results to be obtained by a simple application of the method initially developed for monolithic SiC bodies, which employed the use of a pure silicone resin. Thus, active or inert fillers were mixed with the preceramic polymer, in order to reduce its volumetric shrinkage which occurs during pyrolysis. In particular, the joints realized using the silicone resin with Al-Si powder as reactive additive displayed remarkable shear strength (31.6 MPa maximum). Large standard deviation for the shear strength has nevertheless been measured. The proposed joining method is promising for the realization of fusion reactor blanket structures, even if presently the measured strength values are not fully satisfactory

  13. Progress in fusion reactors blanket analysis and evaluation at CEA

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    In the frame of the recent CEA studies aiming at the development, evaluation and comparison of solid breeder blanket concepts in view of their adaptation to NET, the evaluation of specific questions related to the first wall design, the present paper examines first the performances of a helium cooled toroidal blanket design for NET, based on innovative Beryllium/Ceramics breeder rod elements. Neutronic and thermo-mechanical optimisation converges on a concept featured by a breeding capability in excess of 1.2, a reasonnable pumping power of 1% and a narrow breeder temperature range (470+-30 deg C of the breeder), the latter being largely independent of the power level. This design proves naturally adapted to ceramic breeder assigned to very strict working conditions, and provides for any change in the thermal and heat transfer characteristics over the blanket lifetime. The final section of the paper is devoted to the evaluation of the heat load poloidal distribution and to the irradiation effects on first wall structural materials

  14. Tritium percolation through porous ceramic breeders - a random-lattice approach

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    Among the major processes leading to tritium transport through Li ceramic breeders the percolation of gaseous tritium species through the connected porosity remains the least amenable to a satisfactory treatment. The combination of diffusion and reaction through the convoluted transport pathways prescribed by the system of pores poses a formidable challenge. The key issue is to make the fundamental connection between the tortuousity of the medium with the transport processes in terms of only basic parameters (e.g., molecular diffusion coefficient and porosity distribution) that are amenable to fundamental understanding and experimental determinations. This fundamental challenge is met within the following approaches. On the microscale the short range transport is modeled via a connection-diffusion-reaction approach. On a macro scale the long range transport is described within a matrix formalism. The convoluted microstructure of the pore system as prescribed from experimental measurements is synthesized into the present approach via Monte Carlo simulation techniques. In this way the approach requires as inputs only physical-chemical parameters that are amenable to clear basic understanding and experimental determination. In this sense it provides predictive capability. Using this approach the concept of residence time has been analyzed in a critical manner. Implication for tritium release experiments was discussed. (orig.)

  15. Fusion breeder

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    The fusion breeder is a fusion reactor designed with special blankets to maximize the transmutation by 14 MeV neutrons of uranium-238 to plutonium or thorium to uranium-233 for use as a fuel for fission reactors. Breeding fissile fuels has not been a goal of the US fusion energy program. This paper suggests it is time for a policy change to make the fusion breeder a goal of the US fusion program and the US nuclear energy program. The purpose of this paper is to suggest this policy change be made and tell why it should be made, and to outline specific research and development goals so that the fusion breeder will be developed in time to meet fissile fuel needs

  16. Achievements in the development of the Water Cooled Solid Breeder Test Blanket Module of Japan to the milestones for installation in ITER

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    Tsuru, Daigo; Tanigawa, Hisashi; Hirose, Takanori; Mohri, Kensuke; Seki, Yohji; Enoeda, Mikio; Ezato, Koichiro; Suzuki, Satoshi; Nishi, Hiroshi; Akiba, Masato

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    As the primary candidate of ITER Test Blanket Module (TBM) to be tested under the leadership of Japan, a water cooled solid breeder (WCSB) TBM is being developed. This paper shows the recent achievements towards the milestones of ITER TBMs prior to the installation, which consist of design integration in ITER, module qualification and safety assessment. With respect to the design integration, targeting the detailed design final report in 2012, structure designs of the WCSB TBM and the interfacing components (common frame and backside shielding) that are placed in a test port of ITER and the layout of the cooling system are presented. As for the module qualification, a real-scale first wall mock-up fabricated by using the hot isostatic pressing method by structural material of reduced activation martensitic ferritic steel, F82H, and flow and irradiation test of the mock-up are presented. As for safety milestones, the contents of the preliminary safety report in 2008 consisting of source term identification, failure mode and effect analysis (FMEA) and identification of postulated initiating events (PIEs) and safety analyses are presented.

  17. Achievements in the development of the Water Cooled Solid Breeder Test Blanket Module of Japan to the milestones for installation in ITER

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    As the primary candidate of ITER Test Blanket Module (TBM) to be tested under the leadership of Japan, a water cooled solid breeder (WCSB) TBM is being developed. This paper shows the recent achievements towards the milestones of ITER TBMs prior to the installation, which consist of design integration in ITER, module qualification and safety assessment. With respect to the design integration, targeting the detailed design final report in 2012, structure designs of the WCSB TBM and the interfacing components (common frame and backside shielding) that are placed in a test port of ITER and the layout of the cooling system are presented. As for the module qualification, a real-scale first wall mock-up fabricated by using the hot isostatic pressing method by structural material of reduced activation martensitic ferritic steel, F82H, and flow and irradiation test of the mock-up are presented. As for safety milestones, the contents of the preliminary safety report in 2008 consisting of source term identification, failure mode and effect analysis (FMEA) and identification of postulated initiating events (PIEs) and safety analyses are presented.

  18. Special topics reports for the reference tandem mirror fusion breeder: liquid metal MHD pressure drop effects in the packed bed blanket. Vol. 1

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    Magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) effects which result from the use of liquid metal coolants in magnetic fusion reactors include the modification of flow profiles (including the suppression of turbulence) and increases in the primary loop pressure drop and the hydrostatic pressure at the first wall of the blanket. In the reference fission-suppressed tandem mirror fusion breeder design concept, flow profile modification is a relatively minor concern, but the MHD pressure drop in flowing the liquid lithium coolant through an annular packed bed of beryllium/thorium pebbles is directly related to the required first wall structure thickness. As such, it is a major concern which directly impacts fissile breeding efficiency. Consequently, an improved model for the packed bed pressure drop has been developed. By considering spacial averages of electric fields, currents, and fluid flow velocities the general equations have been reduced to simple expressions for the pressure drop. The averaging approach results in expressions for the pressure drop involving a constant which reflects details of the flow around the pebbles. Such details are difficult to assess analytically, and the constant may eventually have to be evaluated by experiment. However, an energy approach has been used in this study to bound the possible values of the constant, and thus the pressure drop. In anticipation that an experimental facility might be established to evaluate the undetermined constant as well as to address other uncertainties, a survey of existing facilities is presented

  19. Status of the database for solid breeder materials

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    The databases for solid breeder ceramics (Li2O, Li4SiO4, Li2ZrO3 and LiAl02) and beryllium multiplier material were critically reviewed and evaluated as part of the ITER/CDA design effort (1988-1990). The results have been documented in a detailed technical report which includes progress made in expanding the solid breeder and beryllium databases up through September 1993. Emphasis was placed on the physical, thermal, mechanical, chemical-stability/compatibility, tritium retention/release and radiation stability properties which are needed to assess the performance of these materials in a fusion reactor environment. Materials properties correlations were selected for use in design analysis, and ranges of input parameters (e.g., temperature, porosity, etc.) were established. The need for updating the ceramic breeder database was discussed at the Third Ceramic Breeder Blanket Interactions (CBBI-3) workshop at UCLA in June 1994. Progress made in expanding the ceramic breeder database and plans for updating the database are discussed

  20. Beryllium data base for in-pile mockup test on blanket of fusion reactor, (1)

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    Beryllium has been used in the fusion blanket designs with ceramic breeder as a neutron multiplier to increase the net tritium breeding ratio (TBR). The properties of beryllium, that is physical properties, chemical properties, thermal properties, mechanical properties, nuclear properties, radiation effects, etc. are necessary for the fusion blanket design. However, the properties of beryllium have not been arranged for the fusion blanket design. Therefore, it is indispensable to check and examine the material data of beryllium reported previously. This paper is the first one of the series of papers on beryllium data base, which summarizes the reported material data of beryllium. (author)

  1. Tritium dynamics in fusion reactor solid breeder

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    In the field of the NET research progrm, the chemical and diffusive processes involved in solid ceramic breeder materials have been analysed. A mathematical model describing the phenomena has been developed to obtain a quantitative evaluation for a first design approach. The data obtained by means of the above mentioned model are in good agreement with the data obtained by other research groups working in Europe and in United States. The computer codes BLANKET2, MC2, FWBC, have been developed to simulate the phenomena

  2. ITER breeding blanket module design and analysis

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    Kuroda, Toshimasa; Enoeda, Mikio; Kikuchi, Shigeto [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Naka, Ibaraki (Japan). Naka Fusion Research Establishment] [and others

    1998-11-01

    The ITER breeding blanket employs a ceramic breeder and Be neutron multiplier both in small spherical pebble form. Radial-poloidal cooling panels are arranged in the blanket box to remove the nuclear heating in these materials and to reinforce the blanket structure. At the first wall, Be armor is bonded onto the stainless steel (SS) structure to provide a low Z plasma-compatible surface and to protect the first wall/blanket structure from the direct contact with the plasma during off-normal events. Thermo-mechanical analyses and investigation of fabrication procedure have been performed for this breeding blanket. To evaluate thermo-mechanical behavior of the pebble beds including the dependency of the effective thermal conductivity on stress, analysis methods have been preliminary established by the use of special calculation option of ABAQUS code, which are briefly summarized in this report. The structural response of the breeding blanket module under internal pressure of 4 MPa (in case of in-blanket LOCA) resulted in rather high stress in the blanket side (toroidal end) wall, thus addition of a stiffening rib or increase of the wall thickness will be needed. Two-dimensional elasto-plastic analyses have been performed for the Be/SS bonded interface at the first wall taking a fabrication process based on HIP bonding and thermal cycle due to pulsed plasma operation into account. The stress-strain hysteresis during these process and operation was clarified, and a procedure to assess and/or confirm the bonding integrity was also proposed. Fabrication sequence of the breeding blanket module was preliminarily developed based on the procedure to fabricate part by part and to assemble them one by one. (author)

  3. ITER breeding blanket module design and analysis

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    The ITER breeding blanket employs a ceramic breeder and Be neutron multiplier both in small spherical pebble form. Radial-poloidal cooling panels are arranged in the blanket box to remove the nuclear heating in these materials and to reinforce the blanket structure. At the first wall, Be armor is bonded onto the stainless steel (SS) structure to provide a low Z plasma-compatible surface and to protect the first wall/blanket structure from the direct contact with the plasma during off-normal events. Thermo-mechanical analyses and investigation of fabrication procedure have been performed for this breeding blanket. To evaluate thermo-mechanical behavior of the pebble beds including the dependency of the effective thermal conductivity on stress, analysis methods have been preliminary established by the use of special calculation option of ABAQUS code, which are briefly summarized in this report. The structural response of the breeding blanket module under internal pressure of 4 MPa (in case of in-blanket LOCA) resulted in rather high stress in the blanket side (toroidal end) wall, thus addition of a stiffening rib or increase of the wall thickness will be needed. Two-dimensional elasto-plastic analyses have been performed for the Be/SS bonded interface at the first wall taking a fabrication process based on HIP bonding and thermal cycle due to pulsed plasma operation into account. The stress-strain hysteresis during these process and operation was clarified, and a procedure to assess and/or confirm the bonding integrity was also proposed. Fabrication sequence of the breeding blanket module was preliminarily developed based on the procedure to fabricate part by part and to assemble them one by one. (author)

  4. Multi-dimensional neutronics analysis of the 'canister blanket' for NET

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    At KfK a design of a helium-cooled ceramic breeder blanket, called 'canister blanket', has been developed for the NET fusion test reactor. In this report a detailed neutronic analysis of the 'canister blanket', based on one-, two- and three-dimensional Monte-Carlo calculations in the NET-III double null configuration, is presented. The main object refers to the three-dimensional analysis of a complete sector of the NET-reactor containing the 'canister blanket'. This concerns the poloidal distribution of the neutron wall load and the neutron fluxes at the first wall, the spatial distribution of the power density, the total power production and global effects on the tritium breeding ratio. It is shown that, in case of the 'canister blanket', a global tritium breeding ratio beyond 1.0 seems to be feasible for NET. (orig.)

  5. The fusion breeder

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    The fusion breeder is a fusion reactor designed with special blankets to maximize the transmutation by 14 MeV neutrons of uranium-238 to plutonium or thorium to uranium-233 for use as a fuel for fission reactors. Breeding fissile fuels has not been a goal of the U.S. fusion energy program. This paper suggests it is time for a policy change to make the fusion breeder a goal of the U.S. fusion program and the U.S. nuclear energy program. There is wide agreement that many approaches will work and will produce fuel for five equal-sized LWRs, and some approach as many as 20 LWRs at electricity costs within 20% of those at today's price of uranium ($30/lb of U3O8). The blankets designed to suppress fissioning, called symbiotes, fusion fuel factories, or just fusion breeders, will have safety characteristics more like pure fusion reactors and will support as many as 15 equal power LWRs. The blankets designed to maximize fast fission of fertile material will have safety characteristics more like fission reactors and will support 5 LWRs. This author strongly recommends development of the fission suppressed blanket type, a point of view not agreed upon by everyone. There is, however, wide agreement that, to meet the market price for uranium which would result in LWR electricity within 20% of today's cost with either blanket type, fusion components can cost severalfold more than would be allowed for pure fusion to meet the goal of making electricity alone at 20% over today's fission costs. Also widely agreed is that the critical-pathitem for the fusion breeder is fusion development itself; however, development of fusion breeder specific items (blankets, fuel cycle) should be started now in order to have the fusion breeder by the time the rise in uranium prices forces other more costly choices

  6. Crystal chemistry of immobilization of Fast Breeder Reactor (FBR) simulated waste in Sodium Zirconium Phosphate (NZP) based ceramic matrix

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    Full text: Sodium zirconium phosphate (hereafter NZP) is a potential material for immobilization of long lived heat generating radio nuclides. Possibility for the incorporation of simulated waste of fast breeder reactor origin in NZP was examined. It was found that most of the elements could be immobilized in this ceramic matrix without significant changes of the three-dimensional framework of the host material. All simulated waste forms synthesized by ceramic route at 1200 deg C crystallize in the rhombohedral system (space group R-3c). The crystal chemistry of 0-35% waste loaded NZP waste forms have been investigated using General Structure Analysis System (GSAS) programming of the step analysis powder diffraction data of the waste forms. Rietveld refinement of crystal data on the WOx loaded waste forms (NZPI-NZPVII) gives a satisfactory convergence of R-factors. The particle size along prominent reflecting planes calculated by Scherrer's formula varies between 68-141nm. The polyhedral distortions and effective valence calculations from bond strength data are also reported. Morphological examination by SEM reveals that the size of almost rectangular parallelepiped shaped grains varies between 0.2 and 5 μm. The EDX analysis provides analytical evidence of immobilization of effluent cations in the matrix

  7. Fusion Breeder Program interim report

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    Moir, R.; Lee, J.D.; Neef, W.

    1982-06-11

    This interim report for the FY82 Fusion Breeder Program covers work performed during the scoping phase of the study, December, 1981-February 1982. The goals for the FY82 study are the identification and development of a reference blanket concept using the fission suppression concept and the definition of a development plan to further the fusion breeder application. The context of the study is the tandem mirror reactor, but emphasis is placed upon blanket engineering. A tokamak driver and blanket concept will be selected and studied in more detail during FY83.

  8. Fusion Breeder Program interim report

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    This interim report for the FY82 Fusion Breeder Program covers work performed during the scoping phase of the study, December, 1981-February 1982. The goals for the FY82 study are the identification and development of a reference blanket concept using the fission suppression concept and the definition of a development plan to further the fusion breeder application. The context of the study is the tandem mirror reactor, but emphasis is placed upon blanket engineering. A tokamak driver and blanket concept will be selected and studied in more detail during FY83

  9. Neutronics Evaluation of Lithium-Based Ternary Alloys in IFE Blankets

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    Jolodosky, A. [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States); Fratoni, M. [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States)

    2015-09-22

    Lithium is often the preferred choice as breeder and coolant in fusion blankets as it offers excellent heat transfer and corrosion properties, and most importantly, it has a very high tritium solubility and results in very low levels of tritium permeation throughout the facility infrastructure. However, lithium metal vigorously reacts with air and water and exacerbates plant safety concerns. For this reason, over the years numerous blanket concepts have been proposed with the scope of reducing concerns associated with lithium. The European helium cooled pebble bed breeding blanket (HCPB) physically confines lithium within ceramic pebbles. The pebbles reside within a low activation martensitic ferritic steel structure and are cooled by helium. The blanket is composed of the tritium breeding lithium ceramic pebbles and neutron multiplying beryllium pebbles. Other blanket designs utilize lead to lower chemical reactivity; LiPb alone can serve as a breeder, coolant, neutron multiplier, and tritium carrier. Blankets employing LiPb coolants alongside silicon carbide structural components can achieve high plant efficiency, low afterheat, and low operation pressures. This alloy can also be used alongside of helium such as in the dual-coolant lead-lithium concept (DCLL); helium is utilized to cool the first wall and structural components made up of low-activation ferritic steel, whereas lithium-lead (LiPb) acts as a self-cooled breeder in the inner channels of the blanket. The helium-cooled steel and lead-lithium alloy are separated by flow channel inserts (usually made out of silicon carbide) which thermally insulate the self-cooled breeder region from the helium cooled steel walls. This creates a LiPb breeder with a much higher exit temperature than the steel which increases the power cycle efficiency and also lowers the magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) pressure drop [6]. Molten salt blankets with a mixture of lithium, beryllium, and fluorides (FLiBe) offer good tritium breeding

  10. Adaptation of the HCPB DEMO TBM as breeding blanket for ITER : Neutronic and thermal analyses

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    Two breeding blanket are presently developed in Europe for the DEMO reactor: the first one, the Helium Cooled Lithium Lead (HCLL) uses a liquid breeder while the other , the Helium Cooled Pebble Bed (HCPB), uses a solid breeder in form of pebble bed. The modules of these blankets, called Test Blanket Modules (TBM) will be located in correspondence of the equatorial ports of ITER in order to be tested. ITER FEAT was designed with shielding blankets, therefore in the final stage of the experiment, in the foreseen tritium -deuterium operation phase, the tritium will be supplied to the reactor and not produced inside it. Since the production of tritium is of main importance for the feasibility of a nuclear fusion reactor, perhaps in the ITER final stage, the shielding blanket could be substituted by means of a breeding blanket. The geometry and composition of this breeding blanket would be, of course, similar to that of TBM which demonstrated to have the best performances. This paper illustrates a neutronic and thermal analysis of an hypothetical triziogen blanket for ITER FEAT made similar to a HCPB test module. The main aims of the performed analyses are to determine the Tritium Breeding Ratio (TBR) considering different solid breeders (Li4SiO4 and Li2TiO3) with different enrichment in 6Li and different structural materials (a 9%CRWVTa reduced activation ferritic martensitic steel (EUROFER) or ceramic matrix composites like SiCf/SiC). The breeding blanket design is compared considering the highest value of TBR and the verification of the temperature constraints ( 550 oC for the steel, 950 o C for the breeder and 650 oC for the Beryllium). The neutronic analyses have been performed by means of MCNP-4C code and the thermal analyses using the MSC-MARC code. A TBR about equal 1 was obtained with a SiCf/SiC structural material and a Li4SiO4 breeder. The performed analyses have to be considered preliminary and an academic exercise, nevertheless they could give useful

  11. Production behavior of irradiation defects in solid breeder materials

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    Moriyama, Hirotake; Moritani, Kimikazu [Kyoto Univ. (Japan)

    1998-03-01

    The irradiation effects in solid breeder materials are important for the performance assessment of fusion reactor blanket systems. For a clearer understanding of such effects, we have studied the production behavior of irradiation defects in some lithium ceramics by an in-situ luminescence measurement technique under ion beam irradiation. The luminescence spectra were measured at different temperatures, and the temperature-transient behaviors of luminescence intensity were also measured. The production mechanisms of irradiation defects were discussed on the basis of the observations. (author)

  12. Tritium-assisted fusion breeders

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    This report undertakes a preliminary assessment of the prospects of tritium-assisted D-D fuel cycle fusion breeders. Two well documented fusion power reactor designs - the STARFIRE (D-T fuel cycle) and the WILDCAT (Cat-D fuel cycle) tokamaks - are converted into fusion breeders by replacing the fusion electric blankets with 233U producing fission suppressed blankets; changing the Cat-D fuel cycle mode of operation by one of the several tritium-assisted D-D-based modes of operation considered; adjusting the reactor power level; and modifying the resulting plant cost to account for the design changes. Three sources of tritium are considered for assisting the D-D fuel cycle: tritium produced in the blankets from lithium or from 3He and tritium produced in the client fission reactors. The D-D-based fusion breeders using tritium assistance are found to be the most promising economically, especially the Tritium Catalyzed Deuterium mode of operation in which the 3He exhausted from the plasma is converted, by neutron capture in the blanket, into tritium which is in turn fed back to the plasma. The number of fission reactors of equal thermal power supported by Tritium Catalyzed Deuterium fusion breeders is about 50% higher than that of D-T fusion breeders, and the profitability is found to be slightly lower than that of the D-T fusion breeders

  13. Options and methods for instrumentation of Test Blanket Systems for experiment control and scientific mission

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    Highlights: • This work defined options and methods to instrument ITER TBSs based on functional categories: safety, interlock and control and scientific exploitation based on the ITER research program. • Presented the general architecture of the HCLL and HCPB Test Blanket System Instrumentation and Control. • Defined safety and interlock sensors count and technology selection based on preliminary safety analysis. • Discussed the development status of scientific instrumentation, with focus on integration with design and fulfillment of TBM research program. - Abstract: Europe is currently developing two reference breeder blankets concepts for DEMO reactor specifications that will be tested in ITER under the form of Test Blanket Modules (TBMs): the Helium-Cooled Lithium-Lead (HCLL) concept which uses the eutectic Pb-16Li as both breeder and neutron multiplier; the Helium-Cooled Pebble-Bed (HCPB) concept which features lithiated ceramic pebbles as breeder and beryllium pebbles as neutron multiplier. Each TBM is associated with several sub-systems required for their operation; together they form the Test Blanket System (TBS). This paper presents the state of HCLL and HCPB TBS instrumentation design. The discussion is based on the systems functional analysis, from which three main categories of instrumentation are defined: those relevant to safety functions; those relevant to interlock functions; those designed for the control and scientific exploitation of the devices based on the TBM program objectives

  14. EU DEMO blanket concepts safety assessment. Final report of Working Group 6a of the Blanket Concept Selection Exercise

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    The European Union has been engaged since 1989 in a programme to develop tritium breeding blankets for application in a fusion power reactor. There are four blanket concepts under development. Two of them use lithium ceramics, the other two concepts employ an eutectic lead-lithium alloy (Pb-17Li) as breeder material. The two most promising concepts were to select in 1995 for further development. In order to prepare the selection, a Blanket Concept Selection Exercise (BCSE) has been inititated by the participating associations under the auspices of the European Commission. This BCSE has been performed in 14 working groups which, in a comparative evaluation of the four blanket concepts, addressed specific fields. The working group safety addressed the safety implications. This report describes the methodology adopted, the safety issues identified, their comparative evaluation for the four concepts, and the results and conclusions of the working group to be entered into the overall evaluation. There, the results from all 14 working groups have been combined to yield a final ranking as a basis for the selection. In summary, the safety assessment showed that the four European blanket concepts can be considered as equivalent in terms of the safety rating adopted, each concept, however, rendering safety concerns of different quality in different areas which are substantiated in this report. (orig.)

  15. Use of Nuclear Data Sensitivity and Uncertainty Analysis for the Design Preparation of the HCLL Breeder Blanket Mockup Experiment for ITER

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    KODELI I.

    2008-01-01

    An experiment on a mockup of the test blanket module based on helium-cooled lithium lead (HCLL) concept will be performed in 2008 in the Frascati Neutron Generator (FNG) in order to study neutronics characteristics of the module and the accuracy of the computational tools. With the objective to prepare and optimise the design of the mockup in the sense to provide maximum information on the state-of-the-art of the cross-section data the mockup was pre-analysed using the deterministic codes for...

  16. Pressurizing Behavior on Ingress of Coolant into Pebble Bed of Blanket of Fusion DEMO Reactor

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    Solid breeder blankets are being developed as candidate blankets for the Fusion DEMO reactor in Japan. JAEA is performing the development of the water cooled and helium cooled solid breeder blankets. The blanket utilizes ceramic breeder pebbles and multiplier pebbles beds cooled by high pressure water or high pressure helium in the cooling tubes placed in the blanket box structure. In the development of the blanket, it is very important to incorporate the safety technology as well as the performance improvement on tritium production and energy conversion. In the safety design and technology, coolant ingress in the blanket box structure is one of the most important events as the initiators. Especially the thermal hydraulics in the pebble bed in the case of the high pressure coolant ingress is very important to evaluate the pressure propagation and coolant flow behavior. This paper presents the preliminary results of the pressure loss characteristics by the coolant ingress in the pebble bed. Experiments have been performed by using alumina pebble bed (4 litter maximum volume of the pebble bed) and nitrogen gas to simulate the helium coolant ingress into breeder and multiplier pebble beds. Reservoir tank of 10 liter is filled with 1.0 MPa nitrogen. The nitrogen gas is released at the bottom part of the alumina pebble bed whose upper part is open to the atmosphere. The pressure change in the pebble bed is measured to identify the pressure loss. The measured values are compared with the predicted values by Ergun's equation, which is the correlation equation on pressure loss of the flow through porous medium. By the results of the experiments with no constraint on the alumina pebble bed, it was clarified that the measured value agreed in the lower flow rate. However, in the higher flow rate where the pressure loss is high, the measured value is about half of the predicted value. The differences between the measured values and the predicted values will be discussed from

  17. Limitations on blanket performance

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    The limitations on the performance of breeding blankets in a fusion power plant are evaluated. The breeding blankets will be key components of a plant and their limitations with regard to power density, thermal efficiency and lifetime could determine to a large degree the attractiveness of a power plant. The performance of two rather well known blanket concepts under development in the frame of the European Blanket Programme is assessed and their limitations are compared with more advanced (and more speculative) concepts. An important issue is the question of which material (structure, breeder, multiplier, coatings) will limit the performance and what improvement would be possible with a 'better' structural material. This evaluation is based on the premise that the performance of the power plant will be limited by the blankets (including first wall) and not by other components, e.g. divertors, or the plasma itself. However, the justness of this premise remains to be seen. It is shown that the different blanket concepts cover a large range of allowable power densities and achievable thermal efficiencies, and it is concluded that there is a high incentive to go for better performance in spite of possibly higher blanket cost. However, such high performance blankets are usually based on materials and technologies not yet developed and there is a rather high risk that the development could fail. Therefore, it is explained that a part of the development effort should be devoted to concepts where the materials and technologies are more or less in hand in order to ensure that blankets for a DEMO reactor can be developed and tested in a given time frame. (orig.)

  18. Impact of blanket tritium against the tritium plant of fusion reactor

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    The breeder blanket and the blanket tritium recovery system are tested using test blanket modules during ITER campaign. And then, these are integrated with the tritium plant for the first time at a prototype reactor after ITER. In this work, impact to the tritium plant by integration of the solid breeder blanket was discussed. The method of tritium extraction from the blanket and the choice of the process for breeder blanket interface should be discussed not only from the viewpoint of tritium release but also from the viewpoint of the load of processing. (author)

  19. Tritium transport analysis in HCPB DEMO blanket with the FUS-TPC Code (KIT Scientific Reports ; 7642)

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    Franza, Fabrizio

    2013-01-01

    In thermonuclear fusion reactors, the fuel is an high temperature deuterium-tritium plasma, in which tritium is bred by lithium isotopes present inside solid ceramic breeder (e.g. Li-Orthosilicate) or inside liquid eutectic alloys (e.g. Pb-16Li alloy). In the breeding areas a significant fraction of the tritium produced is extracted out from the Breeding Zone by the He gas purging the breeding ceramic in the Helium Cooled Pebble Bed (HCPB) blanket concept or transported in solution by the owi...

  20. Use of nuclear data sensitivity and uncertainty analysis for the design preparation of the HCLL breeder blanket mock-up experiment for ITER

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    An experiment on a mock-up of the Test Blanket module based on Helium Cooled Lithium Lead (HCLL) concept will be performed in 2007 in the FNG utility in Frascati in order to study neutronics characteristics of the module and the performance of the computational tools in the accurate prediction of the neutron transport. With the objective to prepare and optimise the design of the mock-up in the sense to provide maximum information on the state-of-the-art of the cross section data the mock-up was pre-analysed using the deterministic codes for the sensitivity/uncertainty analysis. The neutron fluxes and tritium production rate (TPR), their sensitivity to the underlying basic cross sections, as well as the corresponding uncertainty estimations were calculated using the deterministic transport codes (DOORS package), the sensitivity/uncertainty code package SUSD3D and the VITAMIN-J/COVA covariance matrix libraries. The cross section reactions with largest contribution to the uncertainty in the calculation of the TPR were identified to be (n,2n) and (n,3n) reactions on plumb. The conclusions of this work support the main benchmark design and suggest some modifications and improvements. In particular this study recommends the use, as far as possible, of both natural and enriched lithium pellets for the TRP measurements. The combined use is expected to provide additional and complementary information on the sensitive cross sections. (author)

  1. Use of Nuclear Data Sensitivity and Uncertainty Analysis for the Design Preparation of the HCLL Breeder Blanket Mockup Experiment for ITER

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    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available An experiment on a mockup of the test blanket module based on helium-cooled lithium lead (HCLL concept will be performed in 2008 in the Frascati Neutron Generator (FNG in order to study neutronics characteristics of the module and the accuracy of the computational tools. With the objective to prepare and optimise the design of the mockup in the sense to provide maximum information on the state-of-the-art of the cross-section data the mockup was pre-analysed using the deterministic codes for the sensitivity/uncertainty analysis. The neutron fluxes and tritium production rate (TPR, their sensitivity to the underlying basic cross-sections, as well as the corresponding uncertainties were calculated using the deterministic transport codes (DOORS package, the sensitivity/uncertainty code package SUSD3D, and the VITAMINJ/ COVA covariance matrix libraries. The cross-section reactions with largest contribution to the uncertainty of the calculated TPR were identified to be (n,2n and (n,3n reactions on lead. The conclusions of this work support the main benchmark design and suggest some modifications and improvements. In particular this study recommends the use, as far as possible, of both natural and enriched lithium pellets for the TRP measurements. The combined use is expected to provide additional and complementary information on the sensitive cross-sections.

  2. The State of the Art Report on the Development and Manufacturing Technology of Test Blanket Module

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    The main objective of the present R and D on breeder blanket is the development of test blanket modules (TBMs) to be installed and tested in International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER). In the program of the blanket development, a blanket module test in the ITER is scheduled from the beginning of the ITER operation, and the performance test of TBM in ITER is the most important milestone for the development of the DEMO blanket. The fabrication of TBMs has been required to test the basic performance of the DEMO blanket, i.e., tritium production/recovery, high-grade heat generation and radiation shielding. Therefore, the integration of the TBM systems into ITER has been investigated with the aim to check the safety, reliability and compatibility under nuclear fusion state. For this reason, in the Test Blanket Working Group (TBWG) as an activity of the International Energy Association (IEA), a variety of ITER TBMs have been proposed and investigated by each party: helium-cooled ceramic (WSG-1), helium-cooled LiPb (WSG-2), water-cooled ceramic (WSG-3), self-cooled lithium (WSG-4) and self-cooled molten salt (WSG-5) blanket systems. Because we are still deficient in investigation of TBM development, the need of development became pressing. In this report, for the development of TBM sub-module and mock-up, it is necessary to analyze and examine the state of the art on the development of manufacturing technology of TBM in other countries. And we will be applied as basic data to establish a manufacturing technology

  3. Neutronic and thermal calculation of blanket for high power operating condition of fusion reactor

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    Internal (breeding region) structures of ceramic breeder blanket to accommodate high power operating conditions such as a DEMO reactor have been investigated. The conditions considered here are the maximum neutron wall load of 2.8 MW/m2 at outboard midplane corresponding to a fusion power of 3.0 GW and the coolant temperature of 200 degrees C. Structure of a blanket is based on the layered pebble bed concept, which has been proposed by Japan since the ITER CDA. Lithium oxide with 50% enriched 6Li is used in a shape of small spherical pebbles which are filled in a 316SS can avoid its compatibility issue with Be. Beryllium around the breeder can is filled also in a shape of spherical pebbles which works not only as a neutron multiplier but also as a thermal resistant layer to maintain breeder temperature for effective in-situ tritium recovery. Diameters and packing fractions of both pebbles are ≤ 1 mm and 65%, respectively. A layer of block Be between cooling panels is introduced as a neutron multiplier (not as the thermal resistant layer) to enhance tritium breeding performance. Inlet temperature of water coolant is 200 degrees C to meet the high temperature conditioning requirement to the first wall which is one of walls of the blanket vessel. Neutronics calculations have been carried out by one-dimensional transport code, and thermal calculations have also been carried out by one-dimensional slab code

  4. Design, synthesis and characterization of the advanced tritium breeder: Li4+xSi1-xAlxO4 ceramics

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    Zhao, Linjie; Long, Xinggui; Chen, Xiaojun; Xiao, Chengjian; Gong, Yu; Guan, Qiushi; Li, Jiamao; Xie, Lei; Chen, Xiping; Peng, Shuming

    2015-12-01

    Li4+xSi1-xAlxO4 solid solutions which were designed as the advanced tritium breeder were obtained by solid state reactions. Samples were systematically characterized by various techniques. XRD, neutron diffraction and Raman results showed that the Aluminum substituted silicon into the Li4SiO4 lattice and Li+ interstitials formed as a result of charge compensation. Rietveld refinements of neutron diffraction showed that the crystalline structure had been expanded as Al-doped. Moreover, the lithium atom density, thermal conductivity and the mechanical property of the Li4+xSi1-xAlxO4 ceramics were improved relative to the Li4SiO4.

  5. Low technology high tritium breeding blanket concept

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    The main function of this low technology blanket is to produce the necessary tritium for INTOR operation with minimum first wall coverage. The INTOR first wall, blanket, and shield are constrained by the dimensions of the reference design and the protection criteria required for different reactor components and dose equivalent after shutdown in the reactor hall. It is assumed that the blanket operation at commercial power reactor conditions and the proper temperature for power generation can be sacrificed to achieve the highest possible tritium breeding ratio with minimum additional research and developments and minimal impact on reactor design and operation. A set of blanket evaluation criteria has been used to compare possible blanket concepts. Six areas: performance, operating requirements, impact on reactor design and operation, safety and environmental impact, technology assessment, and cost have been defined for the evaluation process. A water-cooled blanket was developed to operate with a low temperature and pressure. The developed blanket contains a 24 cm of beryllium and 6 cm of solid breeder both with a 0.8 density factor. This blanket provides a local tritium breeding ratio of ∼2.0. The water coolant is isolated from the breeder material by several zones which eliminates the tritium buildup in the water by permeation and reduces the changes for water-breeder interaction. This improves the safety and environmental aspects of the blanket and eliminates the costly process of the tritium recovery from the water. 12 refs., 13 tabs

  6. Status of advanced tritium breeder development for DEMO in the broader approach activities in Japan

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    DEMO reactors require '6Li-enriched ceramic tritium breeders' which have high tritium breeding ratios (TBRs) in the blanket designs of both EU and JA. Both parties have been promoting the development of fabrication technologies of Li2TiO3 pebbles and of Li4SiO4 pebbles including the reprocessing. However, the fabrication techniques of tritium breeders pebbles have not been established for large quantities. Therefore, these parties launch a collaborative project on scaleable and reliable production routes of advanced tritium breeders. In addition, this project aims to develop fabrication techniques allowing effective reprocessing of 6Li. The development of the production and 6Li reprocessing techniques includes preliminary fabrication tests of breeder pebbles, reprocessing of lithium, and suitable out-of-pile characterizations. The R and D on the fabrication technologies of the advanced tritium breeders and the characterization of developed materials has been started between the EU and Japan in the DEMO R and D of the International Fusion Energy Research Centre (IFERC) project as a part of the Broader Approach activities from 2007 to 2016. The equipment for production of advanced breeder pebbles is planned will be installed in the DEMO R and D building at Rokkasho, Japan. The design work in this facility was carried out. The specifications of the pebble production apparatuses and related equipment in this facility were fixed, and the basic data of these apparatuses was obtained. In this design work, the preliminary investigations of the dissolution and purification process of tritium breeders were carried out. From the results of the preliminary investigations, lithium resources of 90% above were recovered by the aqueous dissolving methods using HNO3 and H2O2. The removal efficiency of 60Co by the addition in the dissolved solutions of lithium ceramics were 97-99.9% above using activated carbon impregnated with 8-hydroxyquinolinol. In this report, preparation status

  7. Light-water breeder reactors: preliminary safety and environmental information document. Volume III

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    Information is presented concerning prebreeder and breeder reactors based on light-water-breeder (LWBR) Type 1 modules; light-water backfit prebreeder supplying advanced breeder; light-water backfit prebreeder/seed-blanket breeder system; and light-water backfit low-gain converter using medium-enrichment uranium, supplying a light-water backfit high-gain converter

  8. U.S. technical report for the ITER blanket/shield: A. blanket: Topical report, July 1990--November 1990

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    1995-01-01

    Three solid-breeder water-cooled blanket concepts have been developed for ITER based on a multilayer configuration. The primary difference among the concepts is in the fabricated form of breeder and multiplier. All the concepts have beryllium for neutron multiplication and solid-breeder temperature control. The blanket design does not use helium gaps or insulator material to control the solid breeder temperature. Lithium oxide (Li{sub 2}O) and lithium zirconate (Li{sub 2}ZrO{sub 3}) are the primary and the backup breeder materials, respectively. The lithium-6 enrichment is 95%. The use of high lithium-6 enrichment reduces the solid breeder volume required in the blanket and consequently the total tritium inventory in the solid breeder material. Also, it increases the blanket capability to accommodate power variation. The multilayer blanket configuration can accommodate up to a factor of two change in the neutron wall loading without violating the different design guidelines. The blanket material forms are sintered products and packed bed of small pebbles. The first concept has a sintered product material (blocks) for both the beryllium multiplier and the solid breeder. The second concept, the common ITER blanket, uses a packed bed breeder and beryllium blocks. The last concept is similar to the first except for the first and the last beryllium zones. Two small layers of beryllium pebbles are located behind the first wall and the back of the last beryllium zone to reduce the total inventory of the beryllium material and to improve the blanket performance. The design philosophy adopted for the blanket is to produce the necessary tritium required for the ITER operation and to operate at power reactor conditions as much as possible. Also, the reliability and the safety aspects of the blanket are enhanced by using low-pressure water coolant and the separation of the tritium purge flow from the coolant system by several barriers.

  9. U.S. technical report for the ITER blanket/shield: A. blanket: Topical report, July 1990--November 1990

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    Three solid-breeder water-cooled blanket concepts have been developed for ITER based on a multilayer configuration. The primary difference among the concepts is in the fabricated form of breeder and multiplier. All the concepts have beryllium for neutron multiplication and solid-breeder temperature control. The blanket design does not use helium gaps or insulator material to control the solid breeder temperature. Lithium oxide (Li2O) and lithium zirconate (Li2ZrO3) are the primary and the backup breeder materials, respectively. The lithium-6 enrichment is 95%. The use of high lithium-6 enrichment reduces the solid breeder volume required in the blanket and consequently the total tritium inventory in the solid breeder material. Also, it increases the blanket capability to accommodate power variation. The multilayer blanket configuration can accommodate up to a factor of two change in the neutron wall loading without violating the different design guidelines. The blanket material forms are sintered products and packed bed of small pebbles. The first concept has a sintered product material (blocks) for both the beryllium multiplier and the solid breeder. The second concept, the common ITER blanket, uses a packed bed breeder and beryllium blocks. The last concept is similar to the first except for the first and the last beryllium zones. Two small layers of beryllium pebbles are located behind the first wall and the back of the last beryllium zone to reduce the total inventory of the beryllium material and to improve the blanket performance. The design philosophy adopted for the blanket is to produce the necessary tritium required for the ITER operation and to operate at power reactor conditions as much as possible. Also, the reliability and the safety aspects of the blanket are enhanced by using low-pressure water coolant and the separation of the tritium purge flow from the coolant system by several barriers

  10. Updated reference design of a liquid metal cooled tandem mirror fusion breeder

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    Detailed studies of key techinical issues for liquid metal cooled fusion breeder (fusion-fission hybrid blankets) have been performed during the period 1983-4. Based upon the results of these studies, the 1982 reference liquid metal cooled tandem mirror fusion breeder blanket design was updated and is described. The updated reference blankets provides increased breeding and lower technological risk in comparison with the original reference blanket. In addition to the blanket design revisions, a plant concept, cost, and fuel cycle economics assessment is provided. The fusion breeder continues to promise an economical source of fissile fuel for the indefinite future

  11. Fusion breeder neutronics. Final report

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    Research efforts in fusion breeder neutronics have been focused on two tasks that are strongly related. Efforts in Task 1 concentrate on examining the required conditions to sustain fuel self-sufficiency in fusion reactors operated on a D-T fuel cycle. In this respect, in-depth and detailed engineering analyses have been performed on various blanket and reactor concepts to verify the potential of each blanket concept to exhibit a tritium breeding ratio (TBR) in excess of unity by a margin that compensates for losses, radioactive decay and other inventory requirements. Efforts in Task 2 concentrate on evaluating the overall uncertainties (both experimental and analytical) associated with the TBR

  12. Nuclear analyses of Indian LLCB test blanket system in ITER

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    Heading towards the Nuclear Fusion Reactor Program, India is developing Lead Lithium Ceramic Breeder (LLCB) tritium breeding blanket for its future fusion Reactor. A mock-up of the LLCB blanket is proposed to be tested in ITER equatorial port no. 2, to ensure the overall performance of blanket in reactor relevant nuclear fusion environment. Nuclear analyses play an important role in LLCB Test Blanket System development. It is required for tritium breeding estimation, thermal-hydraulic design, coolants process design, radio-active waste management, equipments maintenance and replacement strategies and nuclear safety. To predict the nuclear behaviour of LLCB test blanket module in ITER, nuclear responses like tritium production, nuclear heating, neutron fluxes and radiation damages are estimated. As a part of ITER machine, LLCB TBS has to follow certain nuclear shielding requirements i.e. shutdown dose rates should not exceed the defined limits in ITER premises (inside bio-shield ∼100 μSv/hr after 12 days cooling and outside bio-shield ∼10 μSv/hr after 1 day cooling). Hence nuclear analyses are performed to assess and optimize the shielding capability of LLCB TBS inside and outside bio-shield. To state the radio-activity level of LLCB TBS components which support the rad-waste and safety assessment, nuclear activation analyses are executed. Nuclear analyses of LLCB TBS are performed using ITER recommended nuclear analyses codes (i.e. MCNP, EASY), nuclear cross section data libraries (i.e. FENDL 2.1, EAF) and neutronic model (ITER C-lite v.1). The paper describes comprehensive nuclear performance of LLCB TBS in ITER. (author)

  13. Neutronics and thermo-hydraulic design of supercritical-water cooled solid breeder TBM

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    Cheng, Jie; Wu, Yingwei, E-mail: wyw810@mail.xjtu.edu.cn; Tian, Wenxi; Su, Guanghui; Qiu, Suizheng

    2015-03-15

    Highlights: • A supercritical-water cooled solid breeder test blanket module (SWCB TBM) was designed. • The neutronics calculations show that the tritium breeding ratio (TBR) of SWCB TBM is 1.17. • The outlet temperature of SWCB TBM can reach as high as 500 °C. • Both thermal stress and deformation of the SWCB TBM design are within safety limits. - Abstract: In this paper, the supercritical-water cooled solid breeder test blanket module (SWCB TBM), using the supercritical water as the coolant, Li{sub 4}SiO{sub 4} lithium ceramic pebbles as a breeder, and beryllium pebbles as a neutron multiplier, was designed and analyzed for ITER. The results of neutronics, thermo-hydraulic and thermo-mechanical analysis are presented for the SWCB TBM. Neutronics calculations show that the proposed TBM has high tritium breeding ratio and power density. The tritium breeding ratio (TBR) of the proposed design is 1.17, which is greater than that of 1.15 required for tritium self-sufficiency. The thermo-hydraulic calculation proved that the TBM components can be effectively cooled to the allowable temperature with the temperature of outlet reaching 500 °C. According to thermo-mechanics calculation results, the first wall with the width of 17 mm is safe and the deformation of first wall is far below the limited value. All the results showed that the current TBM design was reasonable under the ITER normal condition.

  14. Neutronics and thermo-hydraulic design of supercritical-water cooled solid breeder TBM

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    Highlights: • A supercritical-water cooled solid breeder test blanket module (SWCB TBM) was designed. • The neutronics calculations show that the tritium breeding ratio (TBR) of SWCB TBM is 1.17. • The outlet temperature of SWCB TBM can reach as high as 500 °C. • Both thermal stress and deformation of the SWCB TBM design are within safety limits. - Abstract: In this paper, the supercritical-water cooled solid breeder test blanket module (SWCB TBM), using the supercritical water as the coolant, Li4SiO4 lithium ceramic pebbles as a breeder, and beryllium pebbles as a neutron multiplier, was designed and analyzed for ITER. The results of neutronics, thermo-hydraulic and thermo-mechanical analysis are presented for the SWCB TBM. Neutronics calculations show that the proposed TBM has high tritium breeding ratio and power density. The tritium breeding ratio (TBR) of the proposed design is 1.17, which is greater than that of 1.15 required for tritium self-sufficiency. The thermo-hydraulic calculation proved that the TBM components can be effectively cooled to the allowable temperature with the temperature of outlet reaching 500 °C. According to thermo-mechanics calculation results, the first wall with the width of 17 mm is safe and the deformation of first wall is far below the limited value. All the results showed that the current TBM design was reasonable under the ITER normal condition

  15. Water-cooled blanket concepts for the Blanket Comparison and Selection Study

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    The primary goal of the Blanket Comparison and Selection Study (BCSS) was to select a limited number of blanket concepts for fusion power reactors, to serve as the focus for the U.S. Department of Energy blanket research and development program. The concepts considered most seriously by the BCSS can be grouped for discussion purposes by coolant: liquid metals and alloys, pressurized water, helium, and nitrate salts. Concepts using pressurized water as the coolant are discussed. Water-cooled concepts using liquid breeders-lithium and 17Li-83Pb (LiPb)-have severe fundamental safety problems. The use of lithium and water in the blanket was considered unacceptable. Initial results of tests at Hanford Engineering Development Laboratory using steam injected into molten LiPb indicate that use of LiPb and water together in a blanket is a very serious concern from the safety standpoint. Key issues for water-cooled blankets with solid tritium breeders (Li2O, or a ternary oxide such as LiAlO2) were identified and examined: reliability against leaks, control of tritium permeation into the coolant, retention of breeder physical integrity, breeder temperature predictability, determination of allowable temperature limits for breeders, and 6Li burnup effects (for LiAlO2). The BCSS's final rankings and associated rationale for all water-cooled concepts are examined. Key issues and factors for tokamak and tandem mirror reactor versions of water-cooled solid breeder concepts are discussed. The reference design for the top-ranked concept-LiAlO2 breeder, ferritic steel structure, and beryllium neutron multiplier-is presented. Finally, some general conclusions for water-cooled blanket concepts are drawn based on the study's results

  16. Breeding blanket development; Tritium release from breeder

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    土谷 邦彦; 河村 弘; 長尾 美春

    2006-01-01

    核融合炉ブランケットを設計するためには、微小球を用いたブランケット構造体の中性子照射に関する工学的データが必要不可欠である。工学的データのうち、トリチウム生成放出特性は、最も重要なデータの1つである。このため、トリチウム増殖材料の候補材であるチタン酸リチウム(Li2TiO3)微小球からのトリチウム生成放出試験を行い、トリチウム放出特性に対するスイープガス流量,照射温度,スイープガス中の水素添加量,熱中性子束の変化等の効果について調べた。本試験の結果、(1)Li2TiO3微小球充填体の外壁温度が100circC以上になった時、トリチウム放出が観測された。また、充填体の外壁温度が300sim400circCのとき、トリチウム生成・放出率(R/G)は1に到達した。(2)スイープガス流量を100sim900cm3/min(Li2TiO3微小球充填体の空塔速度:0.53sim4.8cm/s)の範囲で変化させても、定常時におけるLi2TiO3微小球充填体からのトリチウム放出に影響はなかった。(3)スイープガス中の水素添加量はトリチウム放出に影響することがわかった。...

  17. Blanket comparison and selection study. Volume I

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    The objectives of the Blanket Comparison and Selection Study (BCSS) can be stated as follows: (1) Define a small number (approx. 3) of blanket design concepts that should be the focus of the blanket R and D program. A design concept is defined by the selection of all materials (e.g., breeder, coolant, structure and multiplier) and other major characteristics that significantly influence the R and D requirements. (2) Identify and prioritize the critical issues for the leading blanket concepts. (3) Provide the technical input necessary to develop a blanket R and D program plan. Guidelines for prioritizing the R and D requirements include: (a) critical feasibility issues for the leading blanket concepts will receive the highest priority, and (b) for equally important feasibility issues, higher R and D priority will be given to those that require minimum cost and short time

  18. Technical issues for beryllium use in fusion blanket applications

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    Beryllium is an excellent non-fissioning neutron multiplier for fusion breeder and fusion electric blanket applications. This report is a compilation of information related to the use of beryllium with primary emphasis on the fusion breeder application. Beryllium resources, production, fabrication, properties, radiation damage and activation are discussed. A new theoretical model for beryllium swelling is presented

  19. A comprehensive model for the prediction of tritium behavior in solid breeder materials during steady-state and transient conditions

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    In recent years, the area of tritium transport and release from Li-base ceramics in fusion blankets has become increasingly important particularly in conjunction with the growing amount of data available from in-pile tritium recovery experiments. Key variables that can strongly affect the tritium inventory and the kinetics of release, such as purge gas composition, temperature, solid breeder microstructure and activation energies for bulk diffusion and for desorption have been identified. Therefore, in the current phase of research and development, there is a strong incentive to develop comprehensive predictive capabilities in order to understand the new experimental data, to extrapolate these data to different ranges of conditions of interest, and to provide a necessary tool for fusion blanket design analysis. The objectives of this research are: (1) to develop new models for tritium transport in solid breeders to better describe the complex multistep phenomena that characterize tritium release, (2) to develop a computer code to predict tritium behavior, as a function of different variables and for a wide range of operating conditions, (3) to calibrate such models with existing experimental results. A comprehensive model is proposed. The sequence of transport processes leading to tritium release includes diffusion through the grain and along the grain boundaries, adsorption and desorption at the breeder surface and diffusion through the pore. A computer code called MISTRAL has been developed based on this model. The results obtained are in reasonable agreement with the experimental results, for the available set of property data, and indicate a fairly good predictive capability of the model for the analysis of several transients of interest for solid breeder fusion blankets

  20. Thermal cycle test of elemental mockups of ITER breeding blanket

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    Thermal cycle tests for mockups of breeder pebble beds of ITER breeding blanket have been carried out to investigate their thermo-mechanical behavior with the interaction between a pebble bed and a breeder rod containing the breeder pebbles. The mockups have been designed to demonstrate a part of the Breeder Inside Tube (BIT)' structure of ITER breeding blanket. Candidate material pebbles of Li2TiO3 was applied as breeder specimen, and Al pebbles were applied for simulating the neutron multiplier of Be pebbles. These pebbles have been packed in test tubes by using a vibration machine. Tested configurations were single layer mockups with Li2TiO3 single diameter packing and binary packing beds, and double layer mockups with Li2TiO3/Al single diameter packing and binary packing beds. In order to clarify the deformation performance of breeder tube, two different thickness of the breeder rod were also tested: one for nominal condition and another for acceleration test. Pebble bed of Li2TiO3 is heated with an electric heater, which is equipped at the center of the breeder rod, simulating the temperature profile by volumetric heating of breeder pebbles. The outside of a breeder rod in a single layer mockup and the outside of the outer tube in case of double layer mockup is cooled by water. Temperature of the breeder beds has been controlled by a power input of the heater. After the thermal cycle tests, the internal dimensions and local packing fraction of mockups have been examined by using an X-ray CT device. As the result, no significant change of packing fraction was observed after five thermal cycles with maximum heater temperature of 600degC. Any bulging of the breeder rod or any cracking of the pebble has not been observed. A soundness of the typical structure and breeder pebble bed of ITER breeding blanket against thermal cycles was confirmed. (author)

  1. Investigation of heat treatment conditions of structural material for blanket fabrication process

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    This paper presents recent results of thermal hysteresis effects on ceramic breeder blanket structural material. Reduced activation ferritic/martensitic (RAF) steel is the leading candidates for the first wall structural materials of breeding blankets. RAF steel demonstrates superior resistance to high dose neutron irradiation, because the steel has tempered martensite structure which contains the number of sink site for radiation defects. This microstructure obtained by two-step heat treatment, first is normalizing at temperature above 1200 K and the second is tempering at temperature below 1100 K. Recent study revealed the thermal hysteresis has significant impacts on the post-irradiation mechanical properties. The breeding blanket has complicated structure, which consists of tungsten armor and thin first wall with cooling pipe. The blanket fabrication requires some high temperature joining processes. Especially hot isostatic pressing (HIP) is examined as a near-net-shape fabrication process for this structure. The process consists of heating above 1300 K and isostatic pressing at the pressure above 150 MPa followed by tempering. Moreover ceramics pebbles are packed into blanket module and the module is to be seamed by welding followed by post weld heat treatment in the final assemble process. Therefore the final microstructural features of RAFs strongly depend on the blanket fabrication process. The objective of this work is to evaluate the effects of thermal hysteresis corresponding to blanket fabrication process on RAFs microstructure in order to establish appropriate blanket fabrication process. Japanese RAFs F82H (Fe-0.1C-8Cr-2W-0.2V-0.05Ta) was investigated by metallurgical method after isochronal heat treatment up to 1473 K simulating high temperature bonding process. Although F82H showed significant grain growth after conventional solid HIP conditions (1313 K x 2 hr.), this coarse grained microstructure was refined by the post HIP normalizing at

  2. Fusion blanket materials development and recent R and D activities

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    Development of structural materials plays an important role in the feasibility of fusion power plant. The candidate structural materials for future fusion reactors are Reduced Activation Ferritic Martensitic (RAFM) steel, nano structured ODS Steel, vanadium alloys and SiC/SiCf composite etc. RAFM steel is presently considered as the structural material for Lead Lithium Ceramic Breeder (LLCB) Test Blanket Module (TBM) because of its high void swelling resistance and improved thermal properties compared to austenitic steel. Development of RAFM steel in India is being carried out in full swing in collaboration with various research laboratories and steel industries. This paper presents an overview of the Indian activities on fusion blanket materials and describes in brief the efforts made to develop IN-RAFM steel as structural material for the LLCB TBM. In future, due to enhanced properties of vanadium base alloy and nano structured materials like ODS RAFMS, RAFM steel may be replaced by these materials for its application in DEMO relevant fusion reactor. Future R and D activities will be specifically towards the development of these structural materials for fusion reactor

  3. Economic evaluation of the Blanket Comparison and Selection Study

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    The economic impact of employing the highly ranked blankets in the Blanket Comparison and Selection Study (BCSS) was evaluated in the context of both a tokamak and a tandem mirror power reactor (TMR). The economic evaluation criterion was determined to be the cost of electricity. The influencing factors that were considered are the direct cost of the blankets and related systems; the annual cost of blanket replacement; and the performance of the blanket, heat transfer, and energy conversion systems. The technical and cost bases for comparison were those of the STARFIRE and Mirror Advanced Reactor Study conceptual design power plants. The economic evaluation results indicated that the nitrate-salt-cooled blanket concept is an economically attractive concept for either reactor type. The water-cooled, solid breeder blanket is attractive for the tokamak and somewhat less attractive for the TMR. The helium-cooled, liquidlithium breeder blanket is the least economically desirable of higher ranked concepts. The remaining self-cooled liquid-metal and the helium-cooled blanket concepts represent moderately attractive concepts from an economic standpoint. These results are not in concert with those found in the other BCSS evaluation areas (engineering feasibility, safety, and research and development (R and D) requirements). The blankets faring well economically had generally lower cost components, lower pumping power requirements, and good power production capability. On the other hand, helium- and lithium-cooled systems were preferred from the standpoints of safety, engineering feasibility, and R and D requirements

  4. Conceptual design of Tritium Extraction System for the European HCPB Test Blanket Module

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    Highlights: ► HCPB (Helium Cooled Pebble Bed) Test Blanket Module (TBM) to be tested in ITER. ► Tritium extraction by gas purging, removal and transfer to the Tritium Plant. ► Conceptual design of TES and revision of the previous configuration. ► Main components: adsorption column, ZrCo getter beds and PERMCAT reactor. - Abstract: The HCPB (Helium Cooled Pebble Bed) Test Blanket Module (TBM), developed in EU to be tested in ITER, adopts a ceramic containing lithium as breeder material, beryllium as neutron multiplier and helium at 80 bar as primary coolant. In HCPB-TBM the main function of Tritium Extraction System (TES) is to extract tritium from the breeder by gas purging, to remove it from the purge gas and to route it to the ITER Tritium Plant for the final tritium processing. In this paper, starting from a revision of the so far reference process considered for HCPB-TES and considering a new modeling activity aimed to evaluate tritium concentration in purge gas, an updated conceptual design of TES is reported.

  5. Lithium-cooled blankets for advanced tokamaks

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    The main objective of the Tokamak Power System Studies (TPSS) at Argonne National Lab. during fiscal year 1985 was to explore innovative design concepts that have the potential for significant enhancement of the attractiveness of a tokamak-based power plant. Activities in the area of plasma engineering resulted in a reference reactor concept, which served as a model for the impurity control and first-wall/blanket/shield studies. The liquid-metal-cooled first-wall/blanket/shield design activity was centered around the vanadium alloy structure and liquid-lithium coolant leading blanket concept as identified by the Blanket Comparison and Selection Study (BCSS). A ferritic steel structure and a LiPb breeder were considered as backup options. The magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) effects associated with self-cooled liquid-metal blanket/first-wall systems are substantially reduced by the lower magnetic fields required for higher plasmas, the lower neutron wall loading resulting from reduced power output, and the smaller reactor size of the TPSS model reactor. Therefore, improved performance characteristics of self-cooled liquid-metal blanket concepts are achievable mainly because the design constraints are more relaxed compared to the BCSS guidelines. Key aspects of the designs evaluated in the current study include the following: (1) design simplicity; (2) use of the first wall as an impurity control device; (3) modular first-wall/blanket/reflector/shield construction; and (4) integrated first-wall/blanket/reflector/shield

  6. BEATRIX-II: A multi-national solid breeder experiment

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    BEATRIX-II is an IEA program focused on tritium recovery experiments on lithium ceramic materials in a fast neutron reactor which partially simulates the environment of a fusion blanket. In addition to data on the performance of Li2O and Li2ZrO3, the BEATRIX-II program offers information on innovative technologies associated with tritium recovery. The successful execution of the BEATRIX-II program also offers a precedent for the structure, schedule and interfaces that other international programs should consider. Japan, Canada, and USA re participants in the BEATRIX-II program with primary responsibilities being assigned to Japan Atomic Research Institute, Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratory, and Westinghouse Hanford Company. The purpose of the BEATRIX-II experiment is to conduct in situ tritium recovery experiments on ceramic solid breeder materials under irradiation conditions which expanded the burnup, irradiation damage, tritium production, and temperature regimes previously investigated. A liquid metal, fast neutron reactor was selected because spatial variations in tritium and heat production are minimized and temporal variations in the lithium burnup rate (burnout) are also minimal. The Fast Flux Test Facility was selected because it possessed a high neutron flux, excellent control and monitoring capabilities and ready access for a tritium recovery experiment

  7. The development of breeder reactors in the US

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    This article discusses the early history of breeder development in the US, the early history of the fast reactor in the US, changes during the Carter administration, and the development of LMFBR technology. Topics considered include the intermediate-energy plutonium breeder, the molten plutonium breeder, the aqueous homogeneous reactor, the molten-salt reactor, the liquid metal-fueled reactor, electronuclear breeding, the Experimental Breeder Reactor-I, the Experimental Breeder Reactor-II, the Enrico Fermi Reactor, a programmatic change to ceramic fuel, the South East Fast Oxide Reactor, the sodium void coefficient, the 1000-MWe studies of 1964, the 1000-MWe studies of 1967-1969, the FARET design, the Fast Flux Test Facility, the Clinch River Breeder Reactor (CRBR), the gas-cooled fast breeder, the light-water breeder, materials for cladding and duct walls, and reactor safety. It is pointed out that the Congress opposes the construction of the CRBR, while the Reagan administration strongly supports it

  8. Neutronics design for a fusion breeder

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    As a fusion breeder, one of the most important figure is support ratio which reflects the economic and fuel production performance of the system to a great extent. In this paper, the support ratio is calculated by using one dimension transport program ANISN and optimized by adjusting 6Li enrichment and blanket arrangement. The radial distribution of producted U-233 is also taken into account. Measures are taken for better blanket design, and satisfactory results are obtained. Tritium breeding ratio T reaches 1.11 and the support ratio is enhanced from 11 to 14. The engineering, safety and environment performance are improved

  9. Laser fusion driven breeder design study. Final report

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    The results of the Laser Fusion Breeder Design Study are given. This information primarily relates to the conceptual design of an inertial confinement fusion (ICF) breeder reactor (or fusion-fission hybrid) based upon the HYLIFE liquid metal wall protection concept developed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The blanket design for this breeder is optimized to both reduce fissions and maximize the production of fissile fuel for subsequent use in conventional light water reactors (LWRs). When the suppressed fission blanket is compared with its fast fission counterparts, a minimal fission rate in the blanket results in a unique reactor safety advantage for this concept with respect to reduced radioactive inventory and reduced fission product decay afterheat in the event of a loss-of-coolant-accident

  10. Tritium self-sufficiency of HCPB blanket modules for DEMO considering time-varying neutron flux spectra and material compositions

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    Aures, A., E-mail: Alexander.Aures@ccfe.ac.uk; Packer, L.W.; Zheng, S.

    2013-10-15

    Highlights: • Simulations on the tritium breeding performance of HCPB blanket modules were done. • MCNP5 and FISPACT were used for coupled transport and activation calculations. • Material transmutation affects the neutron flux spectra within the blanket modules. • The consequences of time-dependent spectra on TBR and tritium self-sufficiency were investigated. -- Abstract: Significant transmutation of solid-type breeding blanket materials affects the time and spatial variation of neutron energy within such materials. This has an impact on simulation assumptions required to accurately assess tritium surplus quantities for conceptual power plant devices. This paper details an investigation, via simulation, of the consequences for the tritium breeding ratio and the tritium self-sufficiency of a DEMO concept with homogeneous Helium-Cooled Pebble Bed blanket modules containing Li{sub 4}SiO{sub 4} ceramic breeder material. For this purpose, a code was developed to couple MCNP5 and FISPACT to supply material compositions from activation calculations to the neutron transport calculation in an iterative loop covering several time steps. Simulation results are presented for a simple 1D spherical device model and a DEMO tokamak model.

  11. Global depletion analysis of Korean helium cooled solid breeder TBM model for demo fusion reactor

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    The Korean HCSB (helium cooled solid breeder) TBM (test blanket module) is proposed with its specific compositions of lithium ceramic, beryllium and graphite in pebble form. In the Korean HCSB TBM, the amount of beryllium is reduced and the reduction is replaced by graphite for a neutron reflector, while tritium breeding ratio (TBR) remains almost unchanged with relatively low Li6 enrichment of ∼40%. However, the previous Korean HCSB was designed based on the LOCAL assumption, in which the surroundings are assumed by the reflective boundary condition. In this research, we establish a simple GLOBAL neutronics model based on demo fusion reactor and perform neutronics analyses including depletion (transmutation) calculation during 100 EFPDs (effective full power days) using the modified MONTEBURNS code.

  12. On blanket concepts of the Helias reactor

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    The paper discusses various options for a blanket of the Helias reactor HSR22. The Helias reactor is an upgrade version of the Wendelstein 7-X device. The dimensions of the Helias reactor are: major radius 22 m, average plasma radius 1.8 m, magnetic field on axis 4.75 T, maximum field 10 T, number of field periods 5, fusion power 3000 MW. The minimum distance between plasma and coils is 1.5 m, leaving sufficient space for a blanket and shield. Three options of a breeding blanket are discussed taking into account the specific properties of the Helias configuration. Due to the large area of the first wall (2600 m2) the average neutron power load on the first wall is below 1 MWm.2, which has a strong impact on the blanket performance with respect to lifetime and cooling requirements. A comparison with a tokamak reactor shows that the lifetime of first wall components and blanket components in the Helias reactor is expected to be at least two times longer. The blanket concepts being discussed in the following are: the solid breeder concept (HCPB), the dual-coolant Pb-17Li blanket concept and the water-cooled Pb-17Li concept (WCLL). (orig.)

  13. Nuclear Performance Analyses for HCPB Test Blanket Modules in ITER

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    The Helium-Cooled Pebble Bed (HCPB) blanket is one of two breeder blanket concepts developed in the framework of the European Fusion Technology Programme for performance tests in ITER. The related efforts currently focus on the design optimisation of suitable Test Blanket Modules (TBM) and associated R-and-D activities. Four different HCPB TBM types are considered for addressing issues related to (i) electromagnetic transients (EM), (ii) neutronics and Tritium (NT), (iii) thermo-mechanical properties of the pebble beds (TM), and (iv) the integral performance of the blanket module (Plant Integration, PI). The lay-out of the NT and the PI modules has been entirely revised to represent the latest HCPB breeder blanket concept for fusion power reactors. A HCPB TBM consists of a steel box with an internal stiffening grid and small breeder units. The stiffening grid forms radially running open cells accommodating the breeder units (BU). The BU consists of a back plate with attached breeder canisters providing space for the breeder pebble beds. The space between the canisters and the stiffening plates is filled with Beryllium pebbles for the neutron multiplication. The latest design assumes two vertically arranged breeder containers per BU with a toroidal bed height of 10 and 24 mm, for NT and PI modules, respectively. Li4SiO4 is assumed as breeder material at 6Li enrichment levels between 40 at % (NT) and 90 at % (PI). This work is devoted to the neutronic, shielding and activation analyses performed recently for NT and PI variants of the HCPB TBM in ITER. The analyses are based on three-dimensional neutronic and activation calculations making use of a 20 degree torus sector model of ITER developed for Monte Carlo calculations with the MCNP code. The model includes a proper representation of the horizontal ITER test blanket port, the water cooled support frame with two integrated HCPB blanket test modules, the radiation shield and the port environment. Monte Carlo

  14. Preliminary thermal-hydraulic design and simulation for hybrid breeder blanket%聚变-快裂变增殖堆包层初步热工水力学设计分析

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    王小勇; 栗再新; 赵奉超; 赵周; 武兴华; 王琦杰

    2014-01-01

    Thermal-hydraulic design and analysis for the new conceptual design of fusion-fission breeding reactor using casing pipes for fuel assembly was done. Based on typical thermal-hydraulic design parameters, preliminary thermal-hydraulic design for the blanket was proposed. The corresponding temperature distribution and pressure distribution were obtained using thermal-hydraulic codes, CFX. The simulation results showed that maximum temperature of the materials were all below their corresponding temperature limits, coolant temperature at the outlet was higher than 773℃, and pressure drop of the coolant could satisfy engineering requirement. The reasonability of this thermal-hydraulic design was preliminarily verified.%对新提出的套管结构聚变-快裂变增殖堆包层概念设计方案进行了热工水力学分析和设计,给出了典型的热工设计参数,并结合大型热工水力学软件CFX对其进行了温度场和压力分布的模拟分析。分析结果表明,材料温度均已低于许用温度,冷却剂出口温度高于773K,冷却剂压降也符合工程上的要求,初步验证了增殖堆包层设计的合理性。

  15. Preliminary thermal-hydraulic design and simulation for hybrid breeder blanket%聚变-快裂变增殖堆包层初步热工水力学设计分析

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    王小勇; 栗再新; 赵奉超; 赵周; 武兴华; 王琦杰

    2014-01-01

    对新提出的套管结构聚变-快裂变增殖堆包层概念设计方案进行了热工水力学分析和设计,给出了典型的热工设计参数,并结合大型热工水力学软件CFX对其进行了温度场和压力分布的模拟分析。分析结果表明,材料温度均已低于许用温度,冷却剂出口温度高于773K,冷却剂压降也符合工程上的要求,初步验证了增殖堆包层设计的合理性。%Thermal-hydraulic design and analysis for the new conceptual design of fusion-fission breeding reactor using casing pipes for fuel assembly was done. Based on typical thermal-hydraulic design parameters, preliminary thermal-hydraulic design for the blanket was proposed. The corresponding temperature distribution and pressure distribution were obtained using thermal-hydraulic codes, CFX. The simulation results showed that maximum temperature of the materials were all below their corresponding temperature limits, coolant temperature at the outlet was higher than 773℃, and pressure drop of the coolant could satisfy engineering requirement. The reasonability of this thermal-hydraulic design was preliminarily verified.

  16. Fission-suppressed hybrid reactor: the fusion breeder

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    Results of a conceptual design study of a 233U-producing fusion breeder are presented. The majority of the study was devoted to conceptual design and evaluation of a fission-suppressed blanket and to fuel cycle issues such as fuel reprocessing, fuel handling, and fuel management. Studies in the areas of fusion engineering, reactor safety, and economics were also performed

  17. Fission-suppressed hybrid reactor: the fusion breeder

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    Moir, R.W.; Lee, J.D.; Coops, M.S.

    1982-12-01

    Results of a conceptual design study of a /sup 233/U-producing fusion breeder are presented. The majority of the study was devoted to conceptual design and evaluation of a fission-suppressed blanket and to fuel cycle issues such as fuel reprocessing, fuel handling, and fuel management. Studies in the areas of fusion engineering, reactor safety, and economics were also performed.

  18. Development of fusion blanket technology for the DEMO reactor.

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    Colling, B R; Monk, S D

    2012-07-01

    The viability of various materials and blanket designs for use in nuclear fusion reactors can be tested using computer simulations and as parts of the test blanket modules within the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) facility. The work presented here focuses on blanket model simulations using the Monte Carlo simulation package MCNPX (Computational Physics Division Los Alamos National Laboratory, 2010) and FISPACT (Forrest, 2007) to evaluate the tritium breeding capability of a number of solid and liquid breeding materials. The liquid/molten salt breeders are found to have the higher tritium breeding ratio (TBR) and are to be considered for further analysis of the self sufficiency timing. PMID:22112596

  19. Chemical form of tritium released from solid breeder materials and the influences of it on a bred tritium recovery systems

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    The ratio of HTO in total tritium was measured at release of the bred tritium to the purge gas with hydrogen using the thermal release after irradiation method, where neutron irradiation was performed at JRR-3 reactor in JAERI or KUR reactor in Kyoto University. It is experimentally confirmed in this study that not a small portion of bred tritium is released to the purge gas in the form of HTO form ceramic breeder materials even when hydrogen is added to the purge gas. The chemical composition is to be decided by the competitive reaction at the grain surface of a ceramic breeder material where desorption reaction, isotope exchange reaction 1, isotope exchange reaction 2 and water formation reaction are considered to take part. Observation in this study implies that it is necessary to have a bred tritium recovery system applicable for both HT and HTO form to recover whole bred tritium. The chemical composition also decides the amount of tritium transferable to the cooling water of the electricity generation system through the structural material in the blanket system. Permeation behavior of tritium through some structural materials at various conditions are also discussed. (author)

  20. Waste management of first wall and blanket structural materials for tokamak fusion reactors

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    A comparison has been made of the induced radioactivities in the first wall and structural materials of the breeder blanket in the high-flux region for two different fusion-reactor types. One system is the STARFIRE, a tokamak reactor with PCA, a modified stainless steel, as a first wall and a LiAlO2 breeder blanket; the other is a reactor based on the STARFIRE design with a vanadium alloy as the first wall and structural material, and circulating molten lithium as the breeder/coolant. The recycling or disposal of these structural materials is evaluated

  1. Analysis of deficiencies in fast reactor blanket physics predictions

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    This analysis addresses a deviation between experimental measurements and fast reactor blanket physics predictions. A review of worldwide results reveals that reaction rates in the blanket are underpredicted with the discrepancy increasing with penetration into the blanket. The analysis of this discrepancy involves two parts: quantifying possible error reductions using the most advanced methods and investigating deficiencies in current methodology. The source of these discrepancies was investigated by application of ''state-of-the-art'' group constant generation and flux prediction methodology to flux calculations for the Purdue University Fast Breeder Blanket Facility (FBBF). Refined group constant generation methods yielded a significant reduction in the blanket deviations; however, only about half of the discrepancy can be accounted for in this manner. Transport theory calculations were used to predict the blanket neutron transmission problem. The surprising result is that transport theory predictions utilizing diffusion theory group constants did not improve the blanket results. Transport theory predictions exhibited blanket underpredictions similar to the diffusion theory results. The residual blanket discrepancies not explained using advanced methods require a refinement of the theory. For this purpose an analysis of deficiencies in current methodology was performed

  2. Current material and design studies for the utilization of Li2ZrO3 in the BIT blanket concept

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    The DEMO-relevant, helium-cooled, BIT blanket concept jointly developed by CEA and ENEA has been originally designed on the basis of LiAlO2 properties data. Owing to its excellent tritium release behaviour Li2ZrO3 is being evaluated too. Thus, development of the Li2ZrO3 ceramic is in progress at CEA and conceptual work is partly devoted to the adaptation of the design using Li2ZrO3 characteristics. The material development work is focused on improving the thermomechanical behaviour of Li2ZrO3 with the aim to ensure ceramic pellet integrity during blanket operation. Such an improvement should be achieved without significant change of the tritium release characteristics. Among means being attempted is microstructural tailoring, i.e. density adjustment. Mechanical tests, thermal cycling tests and tritium release annealing tests allow to evidence any changes. A feasibility study of large scale production of BIT-type Li2ZrO3 pellets was undertaken with industry. In parallel, conceptual work is concentrated on redesigning the BIT concept with Li2ZrO3 properties data, on calculation of tritium breeding ratio, and on evaluation of the maximum lithium burnup in the breeder. ((orig.))

  3. Breeder Reprocessing Engineering Test

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    The Breeder Reprocessing Engineering Test (BRET) is a developmental activity of the US Department of Energy to demonstrate breeder fuel reprocessing technology while closing the fuel cycle for the Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF). It will be installed in the existing Fuels and Materials Examination Facility (FMEF) at the Hanford Site near Richland, Washington, The major objectives of BRET are: (1) close the US breeder fuel cycle; (2) develop and demonstrate reprocessing technology and systems for breeder fuel; (3) provide an integrated test of breeder reactor fuel cycle technology - rprocessing, safeguards, and waste management. BRET is a joint effort between the Westinghouse Hanford Company and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. 3 references, 2 figures.

  4. Nuclear analyses for two 'look-alike' helium-cooled pebble bed test blanket sub-modules proposed by the US for testing in ITER

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    The US is proposing two 'look-alike' sub-modules, based on helium-cooled pebble bed (HCPB) ceramic breeder, to be tested in the same test blanket module (TBM) that will occupy a quarter of a port in ITER and placed next to the Japanese TBM. The TBM has a toroidal width of 73 cm, a radial depth of 60 cm and a poloidal height of 91 cm. The ceramic breeder is made of Li4SiO4 with 75% Li-6 enrichment (60% packing factor) and beryllium is used as the multiplier. The two sub-modules are arranged in two configurations, namely a layered configuration and an edge-on configuration. In the present work, we analyze these two sub-modules using two-dimensional discrete ordinates transport codes in R-θ model that accounts for the presence of the ITER shielding blanket and the surrounding frame of the port. The objectives are: (1) to examine the profiles of heating and tritium production rates in the two sub-modules, both in the radial and toroidal direction, in order to identify locations where neutronics measurements can be best performed with least perturbation from the surroundings (2) to provide both local and integrated values for nuclear heating rates required for subsequent thermo-mechanics analysis, and (3) to compare the tritium production capabilities of two variants for the HCPB blanket concept, mainly the parallel and the edge-on configurations. We present the main findings from this study in this paper

  5. Drucker-Prager-Cap creep modelling of pebble beds in fusion blankets

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    Modelling of thermal and mechanical behaviour of pebble beds for fusion blankets is an important issue to understand the interaction of solid breeder and beryllium pebble beds with the surrounding structural material. Especially the differing coefficients of thermal expansion of these materials cause high stresses and strains during irradiation induced volumetric heating. To describe this process, the coupled thermomechanical behaviour of both pebble bed materials has to be modelled. Additionally, creep has to be considered contributing to bed deformations and stress relaxation. Motivated by experiments, we use a continuum mechanical approach called Drucker-Prager/Cap theory to model the macroscopic pebble bed behaviour. The model accounts for pressure dependent shear failure, inelastic hardening, and volumetric creep. The elastic part is described by a nonlinear elasticity law. The model has been implemented by user-defined routines in the commercial finite-element code ABAQUS. To check the numerics, the implementation is compared to an analytical solution. Furthermore, the Drucker-Prager/Cap tool is applied to a single ceramic breeder bed subject to creep under volumetric heating

  6. ITER reference breeding blanket design

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    Ferrari, M. [ENEA, Frascati (Italy); Bianchi, A. [EFET, Ansaldo Ricerche, Genova (Italy); Celentano, G. [ENEA, ERG-FUS, Centro di Frascati, Via Enrico Fermi, 27, P.O. Box 65, I-00044, Frascati (IT)] [and others

    1999-11-01

    The ITER reference breeding blanket design is water-cooled and is characterised by the use of the neutronic multiplier and breeder materials in the form of pebbles. Besides the achievement, with margin, of the tritium breeding ratio (TBR) minimum requirement, it exhibits an internal layout allowing it to withstand properly electromagnetic loads during plasma disruption and vertical displacement events, and pressure loads in case of rupture of an internal cooling channel (i.e. in-box LOCA). During the first part of 1998, the design has been optimised improving the performance in terms of TBR, enlarging the design margins with respect to the dimensioning loads and investigating in detail the global behaviour of the system during normal and off-normal conditions. (orig.)

  7. ITER reference breeding blanket design

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    The ITER reference breeding blanket design is water-cooled and is characterised by the use of the neutronic multiplier and breeder materials in the form of pebbles. Besides the achievement, with margin, of the tritium breeding ratio (TBR) minimum requirement, it exhibits an internal layout allowing it to withstand properly electromagnetic loads during plasma disruption and vertical displacement events, and pressure loads in case of rupture of an internal cooling channel (i.e. in-box LOCA). During the first part of 1998, the design has been optimised improving the performance in terms of TBR, enlarging the design margins with respect to the dimensioning loads and investigating in detail the global behaviour of the system during normal and off-normal conditions. (orig.)

  8. Fabrication of ceramic coatings on NIFS-HEAT by arc-source plasma-assisted deposition method for fusion blanket application

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    Al2O3 coatings and AlN coatings were fabricated by filtered arc-source plasma assisted deposition method on a low activation vanadium alloy NIFS-HEAT-2' for self-cooled liquid blanket application. The AlN coating had a low electrical resistivity due to relatively large amount of Al deposited in the coatings than that of N. Al2O3 bulk specimens and the Al2O3 coating were sintered in Li20-Sn80 and Flibe. They showed a high compatibility in the Li20-Sn80 at 823 K for 1 day. In the Flibe at 823 K for 2 days, on the contrast, slight mass decreases of the bulk specimens were observed and the coatings disappeared. (author)

  9. EXOTIC: Development of ceramic tritium breeding materials for fusion reactor blankets. The behaviour of tritium in: lithium aluminate, lithium oxide, lithium silicates, lithium zirconates

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    This report describes the results of six EXOTIC experiments comprising a total of 48 capsules. Samples of the candidate tritium breeding materials LiAlO2, Li2ZrO3, Li4SiO4, Li6Zr2O7, Li8ZrO6, Li2O and Li2SiO3 have been irradiated at different temperature levels and up to a maximum lithium burnup of about 3%. Tritium residence times of the various breeding materials have been determined from temperature transients performed during irradiation. After irradiation the tritium inventory has been determined from small samples of the various materials. From the out-of-pile tritium release experiments activation energies were determined. These activities have been performed at ECN within the framework of the European Fusion Technology Programme on Breeding Blankets. (orig.)

  10. Breeding blanket for DEMO

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    This paper presents the main design features, their rationale, and the main critical issues for the development, of the four DEMO-relevant blanket concepts presently being investigated within the framework of the European Test-Blanket Development Programme. (orig.)

  11. Thermal and neutronic calculation for fast breeder reactor FBR

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    This research included studying of thermal and neutronic calculation for fast breeder nuclear reactor, to putting the optimum design for this reactor. So a Soviet type (BN-350) was chosen, which has its core composed of two enrichment zones, and with blanket that contains depleted uranium. A group of thermal calculation programs was made by using personal computer, to obtain core and blanket reactor dimensions and volume fractions of reaction input material and number and dimensions of fuel rods which were used for neutron calculations. Several core and blanket enrichments were used to study neutron flux behaviour for two reactors different conditions. First when control rods exist in the core reactor and second when the rods are out of the core. Breeding ratio was also studied for different core and blanket enrichment. 30 tabs.; 24 figs.; 34 refs.; 3 apps

  12. Alternate fuel cycles for fast breeder reactors

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    In this contribution to the syllabus for Subgroup 5D, a full range of alternate breeder fuel cycle options is developed and explored as to energy supply capability, resource utilizations, performance characteristics and technical features that pertain to proliferation resistance. Breeding performance information is presented for designs based on Pu/U, Pu/Th, 233 U/U, etc. with oxide, carbide or metal fuel; with lesser emphasis, heterogeneous and homogeneous concepts are presented. A potential proliferation resistance advantage of a symbiotic system of a Pu/U core, Th blanket breeder producing 233 U for utilization in dispersed LWR's is identified. LWR support ratios for various reactor and fuel types and the increase in uranium consumption with higher support ratios are identified

  13. ITER convertible blanket evaluation

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    Proposed International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) convertible blankets were reviewed. Key design difficulties were identified. A new particle filter concept is introduced and key performance parameters estimated. Results show that this particle filter concept can satisfy all of the convertible blanket design requirements except the generic issue of Be blanket lifetime. If the convertible blanket is an acceptable approach for ITER operation, this particle filter option should be a strong candidate

  14. Development of the Helium Cooled Lithium Lead blanket for DEMO

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    Aiello, G., E-mail: giacomo.aiello@cea.fr [CEA-Saclay, DEN/DANS/DM2S/SEMT/BCCR, 91191 Gif Sur Yvette Cedex (France); Aubert, J.; Jonquères, N. [CEA-Saclay, DEN/DANS/DM2S/SEMT/BCCR, 91191 Gif Sur Yvette Cedex (France); Li Puma, A. [CEA-Saclay, DEN/DANS/DM2S/SERMA/LPEC, 91191 Gif Sur Yvette Cedex (France); Morin, A.; Rampal, G. [CEA-Saclay, DEN/DANS/DM2S/SEMT/BCCR, 91191 Gif Sur Yvette Cedex (France)

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    Highlights: • The HCLL blanket design has been modified to adapt it to the 2012 EFDA DEMO specifications. • The new design has been developed with the aim to capitalize on TBM experience in ITER. • A new attachment system for the modules has been proposed. - Abstract: The Helium Cooled Lithium Lead (HCLL) blanket is one of the candidate European blanket concepts selected for the DEMOnstration fusion power plant that should follow ITER. In a fusion power plant, the blanket is one of the key components because of its impact on the plant performance, availability, safety and economics. In 2012, the European Fusion Development Agreement (EFDA) agency issued new specifications for DEMO: this paper describes the work performed to adapt the previous 2007 HCLL-DEMO blanket design to those specifications. A new segmentation has been defined assuming straight surfaces for all blanket modules. Following the Multi Module Segment (MMS) option, all modules are attached to a common back supporting structure which also serves as manifold for Helium and PbLi distribution. A detailed CAD design of the central outboard module has been defined. Thermo-hydraulic and thermo-mechanical analyses on of the First Wall and Breeder Zone have been carried out. For the attachment of the modules to the common backplate, a new solution based on the use of Tie Rods, derived from the design of the corresponding HCLL Test Blanket Module for ITER, has been proposed. This paper also identifies the priorities for further development of the HCLL blanket design.

  15. Achievements of element technology development for breeding blanket

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    Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (JAERI) has been performing the development of breeding blanket for fusion power plant, as a leading institute of the development of solid breeder blankets, according to the long-term R and D program of the blanket development established by the Fusion Council of Japan in 1999. This report is an overview of development plan, achievements of element technology development and future prospect and plan of the development of the solid breeding blanket in JAERI. In this report, the mission of the blanket development activity in JAERI, key issues and roadmap of the blanket development have been clarified. Then, achievements of the element technology development were summarized and showed that the development has progressed to enter the engineering testing phase. The specific development target and plan were clarified with bright prospect. Realization of the engineering test phase R and D and completion of ITER test blanket module testing program, with universities/NIFS cooperation, are most important steps in the development of breeding blanket of fusion power demonstration plant. (author)

  16. Materials for breeding blankets

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    There are several candidate concepts for tritium breeding blankets that make use of a number of special materials. These materials can be classified as Primary Blanket Materials, which have the greatest influence in determining the overall design and performance, and Secondary Blanket Materials, which have key functions in the operation of the blanket but are less important in establishing the overall design and performance. The issues associated with the blanket materials are specified and several examples of materials performance are given. Critical data needs are identified

  17. Test apparatus for ITER blanket pebble packing behavior

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    Current Japanese design for ITER Driver Blanket consists of three breeder layers, nine multiplier layers and five cooling panels. The breeder layers and the multiplier layers contain 1 mm diameter spheres of Li2O and Be, respectively. The heat transfer in such 'Pebble Layered Blanket' is largely affected by the packing fraction of the pebbles which can be easily changed by the vibration during the operation. The packing fraction of the pebbles are expected to be as high as possible on the view point of nuclear heat design to maintain the optimum temperature of the breeder layer. Thus, it is necessary to establish the stable packed bed of the breeder and multiplier. The present experimental apparatus was fabricated for the engineering tests with the partial model of Japanese blanket. Test apparatus consists of stainless steel test panels, transparent plastic test panels, vibrators and measurement instruments. The apparatus can examine various parameters of sphere packed beds such as packing fraction, panels deformation, loading weight at the bottom of the panels and so on under various vibrating conditions. (author)

  18. A comparison of fusion breeder/fission client and fission breeder/fission client systems for electrical energy production

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    A parametric study that evaluated the economic performance of breeder/client systems is described. The linkage of the breeders to the clients was modelled using the stockpile approach to determine the system doubling time. Since the actual capital costs of the breeders are uncertain, a precise prediction of the cost of a breeder was not attempted. Instead, the breakeven capital cost of a breeder relative to the capital cost of a client reactor was established by equating the cost of electricity from the breeder/client system to the cost of a system consisting of clients alone. Specific results are presented for two breeder/client systems. The first consisted of an LMFBR with LWR clients. The second consisted of a DT fusion reactor (with a 238U fission suppressed blanket) with LWR clients. The economics of each system was studied as a function of the cost of fissile fuel from a conventional source. Generally, the LMFBR/LWR system achieved relatively small breakeven capital cost ratios; the maximum ratio computed was 2.2 (achieved at approximately triple current conventional fissile material cost). The DTFR/LWR system attained a maximum breakeven capital cost ratio of 4.5 (achieved at the highest plasma quality (ignited device) and triple conventional fissile cost)

  19. Water-cooled lithium-lead blanket

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    The paper is an appendix to a study of the reactor relevance of the NET design concept. The present study examines whether the water-cooled lithium-lead blanket designed for NET can be directly extrapolated to a demonstration (DEMO) reactor. A fundamental requirement of the exercise is that the DEMO design should have a tritium breeding ratio which is higher than that in NET. The water-cooled lithium-lead blanket is discussed with respect to: neutronics design, design parameter survey and thermohydraulics, and engineering design. Results are reported of three-dimensional calculations using the Monte Carlo code MORSE-H to investigate possible neutron leakage between the poloidally disposed breeder tubes, and to determine the global tritium breeding ratio for the final double null machine design. (U.K.)

  20. Neutronic study of fusion reactor blanket

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    The problem of effective regeneration is a crucial issue for the fusion reactor, specially for the power reactor because of the conflicting requirements of heat removal and tritium breeding. For that, calculations are performed to evaluate blanket materials. Precise techniques are herein developed to improve the accuracy of the tritium production and the neutron and gamma transport calculations. Many configurations are studied with realistic breeder, structure, and coolant proportions. Accuracy of the results are evaluated from the sensitivity theory and uncertainty study using covariance matricies. At the end of this work, we presented the needs of nuclear data for fusion reactors and we give some advices for improving our knowledge of these data

  1. Neutronic study of fusion reactor blanket

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    The problem of effective regeneration is a crucial issue for the fusion reactor, specially for the power reactor because of the conflicting requirements of heat removal and tritium breeding. For that, calculations are performed to evaluate blanket materials. Precise techniques are herein developed to improve the accuracy of the tritium production and the neutron and gamma transport calculations. Many configurations are studied with realistic breeder, structure, and coolant proportions. Accuracy of the results are evaluated from the sensitivity theory and uncertainty study using covariance matrices. At the end of this work, we presented the needs of nuclear data for fusion reactors and we give some advices for improving our knowledge of these data

  2. Fusion reactor blanket: neutronic studies in France

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    The problem of effective tritium regeneration is a crucial issue for the fusion reactor, especially for the power reactor because of the conflicting requirements of heat removal and tritium breeding. For that, calculations are performed to evaluate blanket materials. Precise techniques are herein developed to improve the accuracy of the tritium production and the neutron and gamma transport calculations. Many configurations are studied with realistic breeder, structure, and coolant proportions. Accuracy of the results are evaluated from the sensitivity theory and uncertainty analysis. The results of these studies permit us to conclude that it is possible to expect an adequate tritium breeding ratio

  3. Fast breeder reactor

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    The fluid-cooled fast breeder reactor described includes an outer cylindrical boundary wall, a plurality of canless fuel elements and breeder material elements received within the boundary wall and being in an array therein forming a fissionable fuel zone and a breeder material zone coaxially surrounding the fissionable fuel zone, a coolant supply system for applying fluid coolant at uniform pressure to the entire cross section within the cylindrical boundary wall, and flow guide devices extending substantially horizontally and disposed at different levels one above the other within the breeder material zone which coaxially surrounds the fissionable fuel zone, means for elastically securing the flow guide devices at alternate levels within the breeder material to the boundary wall, the flow guide devices at the levels intermediate the alternate levels being spaced by an annular gap from the boundary wall. 7 claims, 7 drawing figures

  4. Embattled breeder reactor

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    A commercial fuel-cloning machine, a nuclear breeder reactor, is yet to produce electricity in the United States. It is expensive in capital and fuel costs, its fuel that must be reprocessed can become a link to nuclear weapons manufacture, and its safety is no greater than conventional nuclear reactors. The breeder has had on-again/off-again administrative support from Washington. Opponents worry about escalating costs and failure to develop alternatives like solar energy. Proponents say fossil-fuel depletion will eventually force long-term renewable resources such as the breeder anyway. Some who share parts of both views oppose present policy regarding the Clinch River Breeder demonstration plant specifically. The correct choices on breeder concept development and commercialization will be known in 2050. 3 figures

  5. Design analyses of self-cooled liquid metal blankets

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    A trade-off study of liquid metal self-cooled blankets was carried out to define the performance of these blankets and to determine the potential to operate at the maximum possible values of the performance parameters. The main parameters considered during the course of the study were the tritium breeding ratio (TBR), the blanket energy multiplication factor, the energy fraction lost to the shield, the lithium-6 enrichment in the breeder material, the total blanket thickness, the reflector material selection, and the compositions of the different blanket zones. Also, a study was carried out to assess the impact of different reactor design choices on the reactor performance parameters. The design choices include the impurity control system (limiter or divertor), the material choice for the limiter, the elimination of tritium breeding from the inboard section of tokamak reactors, and the coolant choice for the nonbreeding inboard blanket. In addition, tritium breeding benchmark calculations were performed using different transport codes and nuclear data libraries. The importance of the TBR in the blanket design motivated the benchmark calculations

  6. New simulations to qualify eutectic lithium-lead as breeder material

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    Fraile García, Alberto; Cuesta Lopez, Santiago; Caro, Alfredo; Iglesias, R.; Perlado Martin, Jose Manuel

    2011-01-01

    Pb17Li is today a reference breeder material in diverse fusion R&D programs worldwide. One of the main issues is the problem of liquid metals breeder blanket behavior. The knowledge of eutectic properties like optimal composition, physical and thermodynamic behavior or diffusion coefficients of Tritium are extremely necessary for current designs. In particular, the knowledge of the function linking the tritium concentration dissolved in liquid materials with the tritium partial pressure at...

  7. Safety and environmental impact of the dual coolant blanket concept. SEAL subtask 6.2, final report

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    The European Union has been engaged since 1989 in a programme to develop tritium breeding blankets for application in a fusion power reactor. There are four concepts under development, namely two of the solid breeder type and two of the liquid breeder type. At the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe one blanket concept of each line has been pursued so far with the so-called dual coolant type representing the liquid breeder line. In the dual coolant concept the breeder material (Pb-17Li) is circulated to external heat exchangers to carry away the bulk of the generated heat and to extract the tritium. Additionally, the heavily loaded first wall is cooled by high pressure helium gas. The safety and environmental impact of the dual coolant blanket concept has been assessed as part of the blanket concept selection excercise, a European concerted action, aiming at selecting the two most promising concepts for futher development. The topics investigated are: (a) Blanket materials and toxic materials inventory, (b) energy sources for mobilisation, (c) fault tolerance, (d) tritium and activation products release, and (e) waste generation and management. No insurmountable safety problems have been identified for the dual coolant blanket. The results of the assessment are described in this report. The information collected is also intended to serve as input to the EU 'Safety and Environmental Assessment of Fusion longterm Programme' (SEAL). The unresolved issues pertaining to the dual coolant blanket which would need further investigations in future programmes are outlined herein. (orig.)

  8. Fast Breeder Reactor studies

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    This report is a compilation of Fast Breeder Reactor (FBR) resource documents prepared to provide the technical basis for the US contribution to the International Nuclear Fuel Cycle Evaluation. The eight separate parts deal with the alternative fast breeder reactor fuel cycles in terms of energy demand, resource base, technical potential and current status, safety, proliferation resistance, deployment, and nuclear safeguards. An Annex compares the cost of decommissioning light-water and fast breeder reactors. Separate abstracts are included for each of the parts

  9. Fast Breeder Reactor studies

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    Till, C.E.; Chang, Y.I.; Kittel, J.H.; Fauske, H.K.; Lineberry, M.J.; Stevenson, M.G.; Amundson, P.I.; Dance, K.D.

    1980-07-01

    This report is a compilation of Fast Breeder Reactor (FBR) resource documents prepared to provide the technical basis for the US contribution to the International Nuclear Fuel Cycle Evaluation. The eight separate parts deal with the alternative fast breeder reactor fuel cycles in terms of energy demand, resource base, technical potential and current status, safety, proliferation resistance, deployment, and nuclear safeguards. An Annex compares the cost of decommissioning light-water and fast breeder reactors. Separate abstracts are included for each of the parts.

  10. Experimental lithium-lead module for neutronics studies of fusion blankets

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    In a (D,T) type fusion machine, about 80% of the fusion energy is transported by neutrons outside the reactor's core and deposited in the blanket, an assembly of materials surrounding the machine. Tritium breeders, such as lithium and lithium-lead (LiPb) eutectic alloys, mainly dictate the design of fusion blankets. Neutronics studies, on blanket module assemblies, form an initial step towards real construction of one or another blanket. Within the framework of this dissertation, different blanket elements: first wall/structural material, tritium breeder etc., and leading fusion blanket concepts are briefly reviewed. Lithium-lead eutectic is of particular interest since the neutron multiplication takes place in the breeder, where tritium is produced. Therefore, one-dimensional optimization calculations were performed to study the use of Li17Pb83, with natural lithium abundance. Generally, this breeder is used with very high Li6 enrichment. It was found that it would be difficult to design compact blankets and to achieve reasonable tritium production, with Li17Pb83 eutectic having natural lithium isotopic composition. Either the breeder should be highly enriched in Li6 or another enriched lithium zone should follow. This study, however, led to the design and construction of the Experimental Lithium-Lead Module (EL2M). The EL2M was also used for International Comparison on Measuring Techniques of Tritium Production Rate (TPR) for Fusion Neutronics Experiments, a program initiated by JAERI (Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute) in which eight international research institutions joined. (author) figs., tabs., 124 refs

  11. Study of MHD Corrosion and Transport of Corrosion Products of Ferritic/Martensitic Steels in the Flowing PbLi and its Application to Fusion Blanket

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    Saeidi, Sheida

    2014-01-01

    Two important components of a liquid breeder blanket of a fusion power reactor are the liquid breeder/coolant and the steel structure that the liquid is enclosed in. One candidate combination for such components is Lead-Lithium (PbLi) eutectic alloy and advanced Reduced Activation Ferritic/Martensitic (RAFM) steel. Implementation of RAFM steel and PbLi in blanket applications still requires material compatibility studies as many questions related to physical/chemical interactions in the RAFM...

  12. Conceptual design study for a mirror fusion breeder

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    A mirror fusion breeder, CHD, has been designed for providing plenty of nuclear fuel for light water reactors to meet the needs for rapid development of nuclear power in the first half of next century. The breeder is able to support the nuclear fuel needs for more than 10 LWRs of equal scale in power with fuel enriched directly in CHD without reprocessing. Measures are taken to flatten the power density distribution in the blanket so that fission is suppressed in the region close to the plasma, and by this way fuel production is enhanced for this direct enriched fusion breeder. In order to reduce the MHD pressure drop, LiPb flows in the blanket axially. Though the tritium inventory in the reactor is very low, special material and design have to be developed to reduce the permeation of tritium through the coolant pipes. The cost of electricity from the system, consisting of 11 LWR plants and one fusion breeder is predicted to be 1.05 times of that from a traditional LWR plant. This figure is insensitive both to the cost of CHD and its support ratio

  13. Preliminary Safety Analysis of Korea HCSB Test Blanket Module

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    A Helium Cooled Solid Breeder (HCSB) blanket has been considered as one of the promising blanket for the fusion power demonstration plant. Therefore HCSB Test Blanket Module (TBM) testing in ITER is the most important milestone for the development of the blanket of the DEMO plant. Korea has developed the HCSB TBM with some features such as graphite reflector and simplified flow passage. The objective of this study was to evaluate the thermal and structural integrity of the HCSB TBM under the hypothetical accidental conditions such as cooling pipe break in TBM. The safety analysis was performed under conservative conditions based on the TBM design, which can be assumed by the similarity of the safety analysis of the ITER shielding blanket. Transient analysis model was used to calculate the temperature distribution for Loss of Coolant Accident (LOCA). Simplified analysis conditions were a) simultaneous plasma shutdown and LOCA b) LOCA and then after FW temperature reaches 1150 deg. plasma shutdown. Helium circuit behavior during the different LOCA scenarios was also evaluated. Finally the design modifications based on the analysis result and the related R-and-D of the HCSB blanket design for the application in a DEMO reactor were mentioned. (author)

  14. Detection of Breeding Blankets Using Antineutrinos

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    Cogswell, Bernadette; Huber, Patrick

    2016-03-01

    The Plutonium Management and Disposition Agreement between the United States and Russia makes arrangements for the disposal of 34 metric tons of excess weapon-grade plutonium. Under this agreement Russia plans to dispose of its excess stocks by processing the plutonium into fuel for fast breeder reactors. To meet the disposition requirements this fuel would be burned while the fast reactors are run as burners, i.e., without a natural uranium blanket that can be used to breed plutonium surrounding the core. This talk discusses the potential application of antineutrino monitoring to the verification of the presence or absence of a breeding blanket. It is found that a 36 kg antineutrino detector, exploiting coherent elastic neutrino-nucleus scattering and made of silicon, could determine the presence of a breeding blanket at a liquid sodium cooled fast reactor at the 95% confidence level within 90 days. Such a detector would be a novel non-intrusive verification tool and could present a first application of coherent elastic neutrino-nucleus scattering to a real-world challenge.

  15. Fusion blanket testing in MFTF-α + T

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    The Mirror Fusion Test Facility-α + T (MFTF-α + T) is an upgraded version of the current MFTF-B test facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and is designed for near-term fusion-technology-integrated tests at a neutron flux of 2 MW/m2. Currently, the fusion community is screening blanket and related issues to determine which ones can be addressed using MFTF-α + T. In this work, the minimum testing needs to address these issues are identified for the liquid-metal-cooled blanket and the solid-breeder blanket. Based on the testing needs and on the MFTF-α + T capability, a test plan is proposed for three options; each option covers a six to seven year testing phase. The options reflect the unresolved question of whether to place the research and development (R and D) emphasis on liquid-metal or solid-breeder blankets. In each case, most of the issues discussed can be addressed to a reasonable extent in MFTF-α+T

  16. Thermomechanics analysis and optimization for high power density blanket

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    Thermomechanics analysis, i.e. steady thermal analysis and steady thermal stress analysis have been carried out for a high power density blanket. The Fusion Experimental Breeder (FEB) is adopted as the reference reactor. The parts for the blanket module in Pro/ENGINEER were created, then turn to Pro/MECHANICA functionality for thermomechanics analysis. During analysis, the distribution of the power density in the blanket was optimized to be more flat, the arched curvature and rounds of the cooling tube panels were optimized to less stiffness, and the boundary condition at the interface of helium cooling tube panel and manifold chamber was optimized, which is reasonable by using advanced welding processes with electron beam or laser beam in a single pass. To the end, a maximum temperature Tm 350 degree C and a maximum shear stress τm 80 MPa for the helium cooling panels have been shown in the calculations. (authors)

  17. First wall and blanket module safety enhancement by material selection and design decision

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    Merrill, B.J.

    1980-01-01

    A thermal/mechanical study has been performed which illustrates the behavior of a fusion reactor first wall and blanket module during a loss of coolant flow event. The relative safety advantages of various material and design options were determined. A generalized first wall-blanket concept was developed to provide the flexibility to vary the structural material (stainless steel vs titanium), coolant (helium vs water), and breeder material (liquid lithium vs solid lithium aluminate). In addition, independent vs common first wall-blanket cooling and coupled adjacent module cooling design options were included in the study. The comparative analyses were performed using a modified thermal analysis code to handle phase change problems.

  18. Clinch River Breeder Reactor

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    Mr. Baron says the administration's effort to terminate the Clinch River Breeder Reactor (CRBR) project is symptomatic; they have also placed restrictions on fusion, coal, solar, and other areas of energy development in which technological advances are held back in order to force conservation. Because the breeder reactor, unlike solar and fusion energy, is both economically and technically feasible, a demonstration plant is needed. The contentions that the CRBR design is obsolete, that its proposed size is inappropriate, or that plutonium can be diverted for weapons proliferation are argued to be invalid. Failure to complete the CRBR will have both economic and national security repercussions

  19. Safeguards in Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor Monju

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    The assemblies loaded in the core and stored in the ex-vessel storage tank (EVST) are in liquid sodium in the Japanese prototype fast breeder reactor (FBR) Monju. Since it is difficult to apply a direct verification procedure for the fuel assemblies in these areas, a dual containment and surveillance system consisting of two monitoring devices such as surveillance camera and radiation monitor that are functionally independent has been applied. In addition, the Monju Remote Monitoring System was developed to strengthen the continuous surveillance and to reduce the load of the inspection activities. Furthermore, the ex-vessel transfer machine radiation monitor (EVRM) and the exit gate monitor (EXGM) were upgraded to strengthen the monitoring of spent blanket fuel assemblies and to improve the reliability of distinguishing between fuel assemblies and non-fuel items. As the result, the integrated safeguards was introduced in November 2009, and the effective safeguards activities have been implemented in Monju. (author)

  20. Direct Lit Electrolysis In A Metallic Lithium Fusion Blanket

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    Colon-Mercado, H. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL); Babineau, D. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL); Elvington, M. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL); Garcia-Diaz, B. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL); Teprovich, J. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL); Vaquer, A. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL)

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    A process that simplifies the extraction of tritium from molten lithium based breeding blankets was developed.  The process is based on the direct electrolysis of lithium tritide using a ceramic Li ion conductor that replaces the molten salt extraction step. Extraction of tritium in the form of lithium tritide in the blankets/targets of fission/fusion reactors is critical in order to maintained low concentrations.  This is needed to decrease the potential tritium permeation to the surroundings and large releases from unforeseen accident scenarios. Because of the high affinity of tritium for the blanket, extraction is complicated at the required low levels. This work identified, developed and tested the use of ceramic lithium ion conductors capable of recovering the hydrogen and deuterium thru an electrolysis step at high temperatures. 

  1. Safety and personnel access aspects of low activation fusion blankets

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    The use of silicon carbide and carbon materials for structural applications in fusion reactor first wall and blanket regions has been proposed and a continuing effort spent on the development of the ceramics technology. The advantages identified are an extremely low induced radioactivity inventory, a high temperature operating capability, abundant raw material resource availability, and minimized plasma impurity effects. One of the unique features of the applications of these materials to fusion reactor blanket designs is that no alloying element is needed in order to assure the specified mechanical properties such as occurs in metal alloys. The major source of long term radioactivity in these materials is impurities. The impurity elements and their concentrations carried over to the blanket structure during fabrication can be minimized by proper fabrication procedures and techniques. The safety and personnel access aspects of such fusion blankets in conjunction with the impurity element concentration are the main subjects of this paper

  2. Preliminary study on lithium-salt aqueous solution blanket

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    Aqueous solution blanket using lithium salts such as LiNO3 and LiOH have been studied in the US-TIBER program and ITER conceptual design activity. In the JAERI/LANL collaboration program for the joint operation of TSTA (Tritium Systems Test Assembly), preliminary design work of blanket tritium system for lithium ceramic blanket, aqueous solution blanket and liquid metal blanket, have been performed to investigate technical feasibility of tritium demonstration tests using the TSTA. Detail study of the aqueous solution blanket concept have not been performed in the Japanese fusion program, so that this study was carried out to investigate features of its concept and to evaluated its technical problems. The following are the major items studied in the present work: (i) Neutronics of tritium breeding ratio and shielding performance Lithium concentration, Li-60 enrichment, beryllium or lead, composition of structural material/beryllium/solution, heavy water, different lithium-salts (ii) Physicochemical properties of salts Solubility, corrosion characteristics and compatibility with structural materials, radiolysis (iii) Estimation of radiolysis in ITER aqueous solution blanket. (author)

  3. First-wall and blanket engineering development for magnetic-fusion reactors

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    A number of programs in the USA concerned with materials and engineering development of the first wall and breeder blanket systems for magnetic-fusion power reactors are described. Argonne National Laboratory has the lead or coordinating role, with many major elements of the research and engineering tests carried out by a number of organizations including industry and other national laboratories

  4. Tritium breeding mock-up experiments containing lithium titanate ceramic pebbles and lead irradiated with DT neutrons

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    Highlights: • Breeding benchmark experiment on LLCB TBM in ITER was performed. • Nuclear responses measured are TPR and reaction rate of 115In(n, n′)115mIn reaction. • Measured responses are compared with calculations by MCNP and FENDL 2.1 library. • TPR measurements agree with calculations in the estimated error bar. • Measured 115In(n, n′)115mIn reaction rates are underestimated by the calculations. - Abstract: Experiments were conducted with breeding blanket mock-up consisting of two layers of breeder material lithium titanate pebbles and three layers of pure lead as neutron multiplier. The radial dimensions of breeder, neutron multiplier and structural material layers are similar to the current design of the Indian Lead–Lithium cooled Ceramic Breeder (LLCB) blanket. The mock-up assembly was irradiated with 14 MeV neutrons from DT neutron generator. The local tritium production rates (TPR) from 6Li and 7Li in breeder layers were measured with the help of two different compositions of Li isotopes (60.69% 6Li and 7.54% 6Li) in Li2CO3. Tritium production in the multiplication layers were also measured with above mentioned two types of pellets to compare the experimental tritium production with calculations. TPR from 6Li at one location in the breeder layer was also measured by direct online measurement of tritons from 6Li(n, t)4He reaction using silicon surface barrier detector and 6Li to triton converter. Additional verification of neutron spectra (En > 0.35 MeV) in the mock-up zones were obtained by measuring 115In(n, n′)115mIn reaction rate and comparing it with calculated values in all five layers of mock-up. All the measured nuclear responses were compared with transport calculations using code MCNP with FENDL2.1 and FENDL3.0 cross-section libraries. The average C/E ratio for tritium production in enriched Li2CO3 pellets was 1.11 in first breeder zone and 1.09 in second breeder zone with uncertainty 8.3% at 1σ level. The experimental details

  5. Tritium breeding mock-up experiments containing lithium titanate ceramic pebbles and lead irradiated with DT neutrons

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    Jakhar, Shrichand; Abhangi, M.; Tiwari, S. [Institute for Plasma Research, Bhat, Gandhinagar 382 428 (India); Makwana, R. [Department of Physics, MS University, Vadodara (India); Chaudhari, V.; Swami, H.L.; Danani, C.; Rao, C.V.S.; Basu, T.K. [Institute for Plasma Research, Bhat, Gandhinagar 382 428 (India); Mandal, D.; Bhade, Sonali; Kolekar, R.V.; Reddy, P.J. [Bhabha Atomic Research Center, Trombay, Mumbai 400 085 (India); Bhattacharyay, R.; Chaudhuri, P. [Institute for Plasma Research, Bhat, Gandhinagar 382 428 (India)

    2015-06-15

    Highlights: • Breeding benchmark experiment on LLCB TBM in ITER was performed. • Nuclear responses measured are TPR and reaction rate of {sup 115}In(n, n′){sup 115m}In reaction. • Measured responses are compared with calculations by MCNP and FENDL 2.1 library. • TPR measurements agree with calculations in the estimated error bar. • Measured {sup 115}In(n, n′){sup 115m}In reaction rates are underestimated by the calculations. - Abstract: Experiments were conducted with breeding blanket mock-up consisting of two layers of breeder material lithium titanate pebbles and three layers of pure lead as neutron multiplier. The radial dimensions of breeder, neutron multiplier and structural material layers are similar to the current design of the Indian Lead–Lithium cooled Ceramic Breeder (LLCB) blanket. The mock-up assembly was irradiated with 14 MeV neutrons from DT neutron generator. The local tritium production rates (TPR) from {sup 6}Li and {sup 7}Li in breeder layers were measured with the help of two different compositions of Li isotopes (60.69% {sup 6}Li and 7.54% {sup 6}Li) in Li{sub 2}CO{sub 3}. Tritium production in the multiplication layers were also measured with above mentioned two types of pellets to compare the experimental tritium production with calculations. TPR from {sup 6}Li at one location in the breeder layer was also measured by direct online measurement of tritons from {sup 6}Li(n, t){sup 4}He reaction using silicon surface barrier detector and {sup 6}Li to triton converter. Additional verification of neutron spectra (E{sub n} > 0.35 MeV) in the mock-up zones were obtained by measuring {sup 115}In(n, n′){sup 115m}In reaction rate and comparing it with calculated values in all five layers of mock-up. All the measured nuclear responses were compared with transport calculations using code MCNP with FENDL2.1 and FENDL3.0 cross-section libraries. The average C/E ratio for tritium production in enriched Li{sub 2}CO{sub 3} pellets was 1

  6. Preparation and characterization of Li4SiO4 ceramic pebbles by graphite bed method

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    Highlights: • Lithium orthosilicate pebbles were fabricated by a new graphite bed process. • Two routes using different raw materials have been conducted in this work. • The fabricated pebbles exhibit a high relative density with uniform microstructure. • This method is short and simple as the pebbles could be fabricated in a continuous process. - Abstract: Lithium-based ceramics have long been recognized as tritium breeding materials in fusion reactor blankets. Lithium orthosilicate (Li4SiO4) is one of these materials and has been recommended by many ITER research teams as the first selection for the solid tritium breeder. In this paper, the fabrication of Li4SiO4 pebbles used as tritium breeder by a graphite bed method was studied for the first time. Ceramic powders and deionized water were mixed and ball milled to obtain homogeneous suspensions. And then the ceramic suspensions were dispersed on spread graphite powder through nozzles. Spherical droplets with highly uniform size were formed by the surface tension of the liquid droplets. The droplets converted into green pebbles after drying. After calcination and sintering, Li4SiO4 pebbles with desired size and shape were prepared. The obtained Li4SiO4 pebbles had narrow size distribution and favorable sphericity. Thermal analysis, phase analysis and microstructure observation of the pebbles were carried out systematically. Properties of the prepared pebbles were also characterized for crushing load strength, density and porosity, etc. The values were found to be conforming to the desired properties for used as solid breeder

  7. Compatibility of structural materials with fusion reactor coolant and breeder fluids

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    Fusion reactors are characterized by a lithium-containing blanket, a heat transfer medium that is integral with the blanket and first wall, and a heat engine that couples to the heat transfer medium. A variety of lithium-containing substances have been identified as potential blanket materials, including molten lithium metal, molten LiF--BeF2, Pb--Li alloys, and solid ceramic compounds such as Li2O. Potential heat transfer media include liquid lithium, liquid sodium, molten nitrates, water, and helium. Each of these coolants and blankets requires a particular set of chemical and mechanical properties with respect to the associated reactor and heat engine structural materials. This paper discusses the materials factors that underlie the selection of workable combinations of blankets and coolants. It also addresses the materials compatibility problems generic to those blanket-coolant combinations currently being considered in reactor design studies

  8. Special topics reports for the reference tandem mirror fusion breeder. Volume 4. Structural analysis

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    Orient, G.; Westmann, R.A.; Ghoniem, N.M.; Garner, J.K.; Gromada, R.G.

    1984-12-01

    This report presents a structural analysis of the reference fission suppressed fusion breeder blanket. An axisymmetric structural model is used to analyze thermal and pressure stresses in the blanket. Results indicate that the first wall must be decoupled from the back of the blanket to avoid large thermal stresses. The composite first wall appears to be adequate to resist buckling, and is further strengthened by radial diaphragms. Semieliptical closures for the module ends appear to be feasible, although the attachment of these end closures to the composite first wall has not been analyzed. Radiation effects have not been included in the structural model, but an assessment of creep and swelling indicates a 4 to 5 year blanket life at an assumed strain limit of 2%. Design modifications which will reduce thermal stresses and simplify manufacturing are recommended.

  9. Progress of R and D on the technology of In-pile irradiation and tritium In-situ extraction experiment of solid breeder pebble bed for CN HCCB in CARR

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    The progress of the key technology of the In-Pile Irradiation and Tritium In-Situ Extraction (IPITISE) experiment was introduced. According to the design and requirements of the Helium cooled ceramic breeder (HCCB) tritium system, the scheme of the IPITISE experiment was established. The primary components of this apparatus included pebble bed assembly (PBA), tritium extraction system (TES), and tritium measurement system (TMS). The primary design and calculation of the structure, nuclear physics, and thermo-hydraulics of the PBA were carried out. It can be concluded that the max weight load of the PBA was 150 g above. The effective thermal neutron flux rate of the PBA would be high as 1.73 E +14 n/cm2 · s. The power of irradiation heat could be reached 18.47 W/cm3. After optimization of the design and parameter of PBA structure, the temperature of reduced activation ferrite/martensite (RAFM) steel with tritium permeation barrier (TPB) coating and Li4SiO4 could be respective controlled under 150∼550℃ and 200∼ 920℃. The in-situ tritium release behaviors would be studied by this experiment as well as the tritium permeation through the structure materials under irradiation condition or the reactor was shut down. Consequently, the irradiation performance of the key materials, the retention characteristics and release behaviors of Li4SiO4 ceramic breeder pebbles, the tritium permeation data of RAFM with TPB coating and credible evaluation of in-situ tritium extraction technology would be provided for China tritium breeder test blanket module in the CIPITISE experiment. (authors)

  10. Swiss breeder research programme

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    A new initiative for a Swiss Fast Breeder Research Program has been started during 1991. This was partly the consequence of a vote in Fall 1990, when the Swiss public voted for maintaining nuclear reactors in operation, but also for a moratorium of 10 years, within which period no new reactor project should be proposed. On the other hand the Swiss government decided to keep the option 'atomic reactors' open and therefore it was essential to have programmes which guaranteed that the knowledge of reactor technology could be maintained in the industry and the relevant research organisations. There is also motivation to support a Swiss Breeder Research Program on the part of the utilities, the licensing authorities and the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI). The utilities recognise the breeder reactor as an advanced reactor system which has to be developed further and might be a candidate, somewhere in the future, for electricity production. In so far they have great interest that a know-how base is maintained in our country, with easy access for technical questions and close attention to the development of this reactor type. The licensing authorities have a legitimate interest that an adequate knowledge of the breeder reactor type and its functions is kept at their disposal. PSI and the former EIR have had for many years a very successful basic research programme concerning breeder reactors, and were in close cooperation with EFR. The activities within this programme had to be terminated owing to limitations in personnel and financial resources. The new PSI research programme is based upon two main areas, reactor physics and reactor thermal hydraulics. In both areas relatively small but valuable basic research tasks, the results of which are of interest to the breeder community, will be carried out. The lack of support of the former Breeder Programme led to capacity problems and finally to a total termination. Therefore one of the problems which had to be solved first was

  11. Evaluation of tritium release properties of advanced tritium breeders

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    Demonstration power plant (DEMO) fusion reactors require advanced tritium breeders with high thermal stability. Lithium titanate (Li2TiO3) advanced tritium breeders with excess Li (Li2+xTiO3+y) are stable in a reducing atmosphere at high temperatures. Although the tritium release properties of tritium breeders are documented in databases for DEMO blanket design, no in situ examination under fusion neutron (DT neutron) irradiation has been performed. In this study, a preliminary examination of the tritium release properties of advanced tritium breeders was performed, and DT neutron irradiation experiments were performed at the fusion neutronics source (FNS) facility in JAEA. Considering the tritium release characteristics, the optimum grain size after sintering is <5 μm. From the results of the optimization of granulation conditions, prototype Li2+xTiO3+y pebbles with optimum grain size (<5 μm) were successfully fabricated. The Li2+xTiO3+y pebbles exhibited good tritium release properties similar to the Li2TiO3 pebbles. In particular, the released amount of HT gas for easier tritium handling was higher than that of HTO water. (authors)

  12. Helium-cooled molten-salt fusion breeder

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    We present a new conceptual design for a fusion reactor blanket that is intended to produce fissile material for fission power plants. Fast fission is suppressed by using beryllium instead of uranium to multiply neutrons. Thermal fission is suppressed by minimizing the fissile inventory. The molten-salt breeding medium (LiF + BeF2 + ThF4) is circulated through the blanket and to the on-line processing system where 233U and tritium are continuously removed. Helium cools the blanket and the austenitic steel tubes that contain the molten salt. Austenitic steel was chosen because of its ease of fabrication, adequate radiation-damage lifetime, and low corrosion by molten salt. We estimate that a breeder having 3000 MW of fusion power will produce 6500 kg of 233U per year. This amount is enough to provide makeup for 20 GWe of light-water reactors per year or twice that many high-temperature gas-cooled reactors or Canadian heavy-water reactors. Safety is enhanced because the afterheat is low and blanket materials do not react with air or water. The fusion breeder based on a pre-MARS tandem mirror is estimated to cost $4.9B or 2.35 times a light-water reactor of the same power. The estimated cost of the 233U produced is $40/g for fusion plants costing 2.35 times that of a light-water reactor if utility owned or $16/g if government owned

  13. Preparation and characterization of Li{sub 4}SiO{sub 4} ceramic pebbles by graphite bed method

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    Hong, Ming; Zhang, Yingchun, E-mail: zycustb@163.com; Xiang, Maoqiao; Liu, Zhiang

    2015-06-15

    Highlights: • Lithium orthosilicate pebbles were fabricated by a new graphite bed process. • Two routes using different raw materials have been conducted in this work. • The fabricated pebbles exhibit a high relative density with uniform microstructure. • This method is short and simple as the pebbles could be fabricated in a continuous process. - Abstract: Lithium-based ceramics have long been recognized as tritium breeding materials in fusion reactor blankets. Lithium orthosilicate (Li{sub 4}SiO{sub 4}) is one of these materials and has been recommended by many ITER research teams as the first selection for the solid tritium breeder. In this paper, the fabrication of Li{sub 4}SiO{sub 4} pebbles used as tritium breeder by a graphite bed method was studied for the first time. Ceramic powders and deionized water were mixed and ball milled to obtain homogeneous suspensions. And then the ceramic suspensions were dispersed on spread graphite powder through nozzles. Spherical droplets with highly uniform size were formed by the surface tension of the liquid droplets. The droplets converted into green pebbles after drying. After calcination and sintering, Li{sub 4}SiO{sub 4} pebbles with desired size and shape were prepared. The obtained Li{sub 4}SiO{sub 4} pebbles had narrow size distribution and favorable sphericity. Thermal analysis, phase analysis and microstructure observation of the pebbles were carried out systematically. Properties of the prepared pebbles were also characterized for crushing load strength, density and porosity, etc. The values were found to be conforming to the desired properties for used as solid breeder.

  14. A high tritium breeding ratio (TBR) blanket concept and requirements for nuclear data relating to TBR

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    Significance of developing a blanket having a sufficiently larger tritium breeding ratio (TBR) than 1.0 is discussed. For this purpose, a high TBR blanket with a front breeder zone just before the multiplier is introduced together with conventional blankets. From discussion of TBR characteristics in these blankets, the necessity of improving on nuclear data, i.e. reducing uncertainties is presented as follows; σs, σnp and σnα of structural and coolant materials, and σn2n of the multiplier at higher energies above several MeV, and σnγ of these materials and σnαT of 6Li at energies from several hundred keV to thermal energy. (author)

  15. Neutronics performance of high-temperature refractory alloy helium-cooled blankets for fusion application

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    Among the concepts considered in the advanced power extraction (Apex) study is the helium-cooled refractory metal FW and blanket concept. Refractory metals exhibit high operating temperature and can offer good capability for withstanding high power density operation that is the focus of the APEX study. In this paper, we assess the impact of using various refractory metals on the nuclear heating profiles across the blanket and power multiplication (PM) and on the tritium breeding profiles and tritium breeding ratio (TBR). The refractory metals considered with liquid lithium breeder are W, TZM, and Nb-1Zr. The impact of Li-6 enrichment on these profiles and on TBR and PM is also assessed. Comparison of these nuclear characteristics is also made to other liquid breeder (Flibe and Li-Sn). Because the moderation power of these breeders to neutron energy varies among them, the damage to the structure is different with various structure/breeder combinations. The damage parameters (DPA, helium and hydrogen production) at key locations are also compared with the corresponding values in the thick liquid FW/blanket concept; an innovative design concept under consideration within the APEX study

  16. Remote fabrication of pellet fuels for United States breeder reactors

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    Goal of the program is to demonstrate the feasibility of fabricating breeder fuel in a remotely operated and maintained mode by 1985. Development for pellet fuel fabrication is in the engineering stage with much of the equipment for ceramic unit operations in final design or currently under testing. Results to date confirm that remote fabrication of pellet fuels is feasible. Several of the processes and equipment items are described in this report

  17. Preliminary test for reprocessing technology development of tritium breeders

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    In order to develop the reprocessing technology of lithium ceramics (Li2TiO3, CaO-doped Li2TiO3, Li4SiO4 and Li2O) as tritium breeder materials for fusion reactors, the dissolution methods of lithium ceramics to recover 6Li resource and the purification method of their lithium solutions to remove irradiated impurities (60Co) were investigated. In the present work, the dissolving rates of lithium from each lithium ceramic powder using chemical aqueous reagents such as HNO3, H2O2 and citric acid (C6H8O7 . H2O) were higher than 90%. Further the decontamination rate of 60Co added into the solutions dissolving lithium ceramics was higher than 97% using the activated carbon impregnated with 8-hydroxyquinolinol as chelate agent.

  18. Experimental Investigation of Ternary Alloys for Fusion Breeding Blankets

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    Future fusion power plants based on the deuterium-tritium (DT) fuel cycle will be required to breed the T fuel via neutron reactions with lithium, which will be incorporated in a breeding blanket that surrounds the fusion source. Recent work by LLNL proposed the used of liquid Li as the breeder in an inertial fusion energy (IFE) power plant. Subsequently, an LDRD was initiated to develop alternatives ternary alloy liquid metal breeders that have reduced chemical reactivity with water and air compared to pure Li. Part of the work plan was to experimentally investigate the phase diagrams of ternary alloys. Of particular interest was measurement of the melt temperature, which must be low enough to be compatible with the temperature limits of the steel used in the construction of the chamber and heat transfer system.

  19. Experimental Investigation of Ternary Alloys for Fusion Breeding Blankets

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    Choi, B. William [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Chiu, Ing L. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)

    2015-10-26

    Future fusion power plants based on the deuterium-tritium (DT) fuel cycle will be required to breed the T fuel via neutron reactions with lithium, which will be incorporated in a breeding blanket that surrounds the fusion source. Recent work by LLNL proposed the used of liquid Li as the breeder in an inertial fusion energy (IFE) power plant. Subsequently, an LDRD was initiated to develop alternatives ternary alloy liquid metal breeders that have reduced chemical reactivity with water and air compared to pure Li. Part of the work plan was to experimentally investigate the phase diagrams of ternary alloys. Of particular interest was measurement of the melt temperature, which must be low enough to be compatible with the temperature limits of the steel used in the construction of the chamber and heat transfer system.

  20. GCFR radial blanket and shield experiment: objectives, preanalysis, and specifications

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    An integral experiment has been designed for the verification of radiation transport methods and nuclear data used for the design of the radial shield for the proposed 300 MW(e) gas-cooled fast breeder reactor (GCFR). The scope of the experiment was chosen to include a thorium oxide radial blanket mockup as well as several shield configurations in order to reduce the uncertainties in the calculated source terms for the radial shield, and to reduce the uncertainties in the calculated radiation damage to the prestressed concrete reactor vessel (PCRV). Additionally, the measurements are intended to bound the uncertainties in calculated gamma-ray heating rates within the blanket and shield. Although designed specifically for the GCFR, the experiment will provide generic data regarding deep penetration in ThO2 and common shield materials, which should also benefit LMFBR designers

  1. Development of the water cooled lithium lead blanket for DEMO

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    Aubert, J., E-mail: julien.aubert@cea.fr [CEA-Saclay, DEN/DANS/DM2S/SEMT/BCCR, 91191 Gif Sur Yvette Cedex (France); Aiello, G.; Jonquères, N. [CEA-Saclay, DEN/DANS/DM2S/SEMT/BCCR, 91191 Gif Sur Yvette Cedex (France); Li Puma, A. [CEA-Saclay, DEN/DANS/DM2S/SERMA/LPEC, 91191 Gif Sur Yvette Cedex (France); Morin, A.; Rampal, G. [CEA-Saclay, DEN/DANS/DM2S/SEMT/BCCR, 91191 Gif Sur Yvette Cedex (France)

    2014-10-15

    Highlights: • The WCLL blanket design has been modified to adapt it to the 2012 EFDA DEMO specifications. • Preliminary CAD design of the equatorial outboard module of the WCLL blanket has been developed for DEMO. • Finite elements analyses have been carried out in order to assess the module thermal behavior in the straight part of the module. - Abstract: The water cooled lithium lead (WCLL) blanket, based on near-future technology requiring small extrapolation from present-day knowledge both on physical and technological aspect, is one of the breeding blanket concepts considered as possible candidates for the EU DEMOnstration power plant. In 2012, the EFDA agency issued new specifications for DEMO: this paper describes the work performed to adapt the WCLL blanket design to those specifications. Relatively small modules with straight surfaces are attached to a common Back Supporting Structure housing feeding pipes. Each module features reduced activation ferritic-martensitic steel as structural material, liquid Lithium-Lead as breeder, neutron multiplier and carrier. Water at typical Pressurized Water Reactors (PWR) conditions is chosen as coolant. A preliminary design of the equatorial outboard module has been achieved. Finite elements analyses have been carried out in order to assess the module thermal behavior. Two First Wall (FW) concepts have been proposed, one favoring the thermal efficiency, the other favoring the manufacturability. The Breeding Zone has been designed with C-shaped Double-Walled Tubes in order to minimize the Water/Pb-15.7Li interaction likelihood. The priorities for further development of the WCLL blanket concept are identified in the paper.

  2. LMFBR blanket assembly heat transfer and hydraulic test data evaluation

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    The USA Test Program for characterization of breeder reactor blanket T and H performance is providing a data base for improved confidence in the design tools employed. Pressure drop tests with wire wrapped rod bundles having a 1.08 triangular pitch to diameter ratio and 4 inch (10 cm) wire wrap lead using water, sodium and air have defined a smooth, continuous, single-valued friction factor versus Reynolds number correlation. This eliminates a possible source of flow instability. The rod bundle temperature rise profiles measured in the heat transfer tests using a prototypic blanket rod bundle agrees in magnitude and shape with the predictions of the marching type sub-channel codes currently employed in blanket subchannel analysis. The low flow test data demonstrates increasing buoyancy induced flows in the lower Reynolds number flow regime. This and the remaining test data will supply a base for calibration of the mixing momentum exchange and conduction factors employed in the subchannel analysis codes; which will contribute to the confidence of the blanket design predictions and reduce the uncertainties which are commonly expressed as hot channel/spot factors

  3. Calculation of the possible tritium production in irradiation positions of the FRJ-2(DIDO) for fusion blanket experiments

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    In the field of tritium and fusion blanket technology possibly an important and early contribution to the development of a fusion reactor blanket can be obtained by irradiation experiments at the research reactor FRJ-2 in Juelich, Federal Republic of Germany. However, the tritium production rate of 0.2 x 1013 to 2 x 1013 cm-3s-1 and the power per volume of 2 to 20 W cm-3 characteristic for a fusion reactor blanket have to be realized. The present report shows the reachable tritium values calculated for different irradiation positions in the FRJ-2 for natural lithium as a breeder material considering the actual existing neutron spectrum. Based on these results we come to the conclusion that the specified blanket data can actually be reached and adjusted. Therefore irradiation experiments at the FRJ-2 would be able to supply basical results for the fusion blanket development. (orig.)

  4. Blanket comparison and selection study. Final report. Volume 1

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    1984-09-01

    The study focused on: (1) Development of reference design guidelines, evaluation criteria, and a methodology for evaluating and ranking candidate blanket concepts. (2) Compilation of the required data base and development of a uniform systems analysis for comparison. (3) Development of conceptual designs for the comparative evaluation. (4) Evaluation of leading concepts for engineering feasibility, economic performance, and safety. (5) Identification and prioritization of R and D requirements for the leading blanket concepts. Sixteen concepts (nine TMR and seven tokamak) which were identified as leading candidates in the early phases of the study, were evaluated in detail. The overall evaluation concluded that the following concepts should provide the focus for the blanket R and D program: (Breeder/Coolant/Structure), Lithium/Lithium/Vanadium Alloy, Li/sub 2/O/Helium/Ferritic Steel, LiPb Alloy/LiPb Alloy/Vanadium Alloy, and Lithium/Helium/Ferritic Steel. The primary R and D issues for the Li/Li/V concept are the development of an advanced structural alloy, resolution of MHD and corrosion problems, provision for an inert atmosphere (e.g., N/sub 2/) in the reactor building, and the development of non-water cooled near-plasma components, particularly for the tokamak. The main issues for the LiPb/LiPb/V concept are similar to the Li/Li/V blanket with the addition of resolving the tritium recovery issue. The R and D issues for Li/sub 2/O/He/FS concept include resolution of the tritium recovery/containment issue, achieving adequate tritium breeding and resolving other solid breeder issues such as swelling and fabrication concerns. Major concerns for the Li/He/FS concept are related to its rather poor economic performance. Improvement of its economic performance will be somewhat concept-dependent and will be more of a systems engineering issue.

  5. Blanket comparison and selection study. Final report. Volume 2

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    The study focused on: (1) Development of reference design guidelines, evaluation criteria, and a methodology for evaluating and ranking candidate blanket concepts. (2) Compilation of the required data base and development of a uniform systems analysis for comparison. (3) Development of conceptual designs for the comparative evaluation. (4) Evaluation of leading concepts for engineering feasibility, economic performance, and safety. (5) Identification and prioritization of R and D requirements for the leading blanket concepts. Sixteen concepts (nine TMR and seven tokamak) which were identified as leading candidates in the early phases of the study, were evaluated in detail. The overall evaluation concluded that the following concepts should provide the focus for the blanket R and D program: (Breeder/Coolant/Structure), Lithium/Lithium/Vanadium Alloy, Li2O/Helium/Ferritic Steel, LiPb Alloy/LiPb Alloy/Vanadium Alloy, and Lithium/Helium/Ferritic Steel. The primary R and D issues for the Li/Li/V concept are the development of an advanced structural alloy, resolution of MHD and corrosion problems, provision for an inert atmosphere (e.g., N2) in the reactor building, and the development of non-water cooled near-plasma components, particularly for the tokamak. The main issues for the LiPb/LiPb/V concepts are similar to the Li/Li/V blanket with the addition of resolving the tritium recovery issue. The R and D issues for Li2O/He/FS concept include resolution of the tritium recovery/containment issue, achieving adequate tritium breeding and resolving other solid breeder issues such as swelling and fabrication concerns. Major concerns for the Li/He/FS concept are related to its rather poor economic performance. Improvement of its economic performance will be somewhat concept-dependent and will be more of a systems engineering issue

  6. Blanket comparison and selection study. Final report. Volume 1

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    The study focused on: (1) Development of reference design guidelines, evaluation criteria, and a methodology for evaluating and ranking candidate blanket concepts. (2) Compilation of the required data base and development of a uniform systems analysis for comparison. (3) Development of conceptual designs for the comparative evaluation. (4) Evaluation of leading concepts for engineering feasibility, economic performance, and safety. (5) Identification and prioritization of R and D requirements for the leading blanket concepts. Sixteen concepts (nine TMR and seven tokamak) which were identified as leading candidates in the early phases of the study, were evaluated in detail. The overall evaluation concluded that the following concepts should provide the focus for the blanket R and D program: (Breeder/Coolant/Structure), Lithium/Lithium/Vanadium Alloy, Li2O/Helium/Ferritic Steel, LiPb Alloy/LiPb Alloy/Vanadium Alloy, and Lithium/Helium/Ferritic Steel. The primary R and D issues for the Li/Li/V concept are the development of an advanced structural alloy, resolution of MHD and corrosion problems, provision for an inert atmosphere (e.g., N2) in the reactor building, and the development of non-water cooled near-plasma components, particularly for the tokamak. The main issues for the LiPb/LiPb/V concept are similar to the Li/Li/V blanket with the addition of resolving the tritium recovery issue. The R and D issues for Li2O/He/FS concept include resolution of the tritium recovery/containment issue, achieving adequate tritium breeding and resolving other solid breeder issues such as swelling and fabrication concerns. Major concerns for the Li/He/FS concept are related to its rather poor economic performance. Improvement of its economic performance will be somewhat concept-dependent and will be more of a systems engineering issue

  7. Blanket comparison and selection study. Final report. Volume 2

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    1984-09-01

    The study focused on: (1) Development of reference design guidelines, evaluation criteria, and a methodology for evaluating and ranking candidate blanket concepts. (2) Compilation of the required data base and development of a uniform systems analysis for comparison. (3) Development of conceptual designs for the comparative evaluation. (4) Evaluation of leading concepts for engineering feasibility, economic performance, and safety. (5) Identification and prioritization of R and D requirements for the leading blanket concepts. Sixteen concepts (nine TMR and seven tokamak) which were identified as leading candidates in the early phases of the study, were evaluated in detail. The overall evaluation concluded that the following concepts should provide the focus for the blanket R and D program: (Breeder/Coolant/Structure), Lithium/Lithium/Vanadium Alloy, Li/sub 2/O/Helium/Ferritic Steel, LiPb Alloy/LiPb Alloy/Vanadium Alloy, and Lithium/Helium/Ferritic Steel. The primary R and D issues for the Li/Li/V concept are the development of an advanced structural alloy, resolution of MHD and corrosion problems, provision for an inert atmosphere (e.g., N/sub 2/) in the reactor building, and the development of non-water cooled near-plasma components, particularly for the tokamak. The main issues for the LiPb/LiPb/V concepts are similar to the Li/Li/V blanket with the addition of resolving the tritium recovery issue. The R and D issues for Li/sub 2/O/He/FS concept include resolution of the tritium recovery/containment issue, achieving adequate tritium breeding and resolving other solid breeder issues such as swelling and fabrication concerns. Major concerns for the Li/He/FS concept are related to its rather poor economic performance. Improvement of its economic performance will be somewhat concept-dependent and will be more of a systems engineering issue.

  8. Blanket comparison and selection study. Final report. Volume 3

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    1984-09-01

    The study focused on: (1) Development of reference design guidelines, evaluation criteria, and a methodology for evaluating and ranking candidate blanket concepts. (2) Compilation of the required data base and development of a uniform systems analysis for comparison. (3) Development of conceptual designs for the comparative evaluation. (4) Evaluation of leading concepts for engineering feasibility, economic performance, and safety. (5) Identification and prioritization of R and D requirements for the leading blanket concepts. Sixteen concepts (nine TMR and seven tokamak) which were identified as leading candidates in the early phases of the study, were evaluated in detail. The overall evaluation concluded that the following concepts should provide the focus for the blanket R and D program: (Breeder/Coolant/Structure), Lithium/Lithium/Vanadium Alloy, Li/sub 2/O/Helium/Ferritic Steel, LiPb Alloy/LiPb Alloy/Vanadium Alloy, and Lithium/Helium/Ferritic Steel. The primary R and D issues for the Li/Li/V concept are the development of an advanced structural alloy, resolution of MHD and corrosion problems, provision for an inert atmosphere (e.g., N/sub 2/) in the reactor building, and the development of non-water cooled near-plasma components, particularly for the tokamak. The main issues for the LiPb/LiPb/V concept are similar to the Li/Li/V blanket with the addition of resolving the tritium recovery issue. The R and D issues for Li/sub 2/O/He/FS concept include resolution of the tritium recovery/containment issue, achieving adequate tritium breeding and resolving other solid breeder issues such as swelling and fabrication concerns. Major concerns for the Li/He/FS concepts are related to its rather poor economic performance. Improvement of its economic performance will be somewhat concept-dependent and will be more of a systems engineering issue.

  9. Blanket comparison and selection study. Final report. Volume 3

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    The study focused on: (1) Development of reference design guidelines, evaluation criteria, and a methodology for evaluating and ranking candidate blanket concepts. (2) Compilation of the required data base and development of a uniform systems analysis for comparison. (3) Development of conceptual designs for the comparative evaluation. (4) Evaluation of leading concepts for engineering feasibility, economic performance, and safety. (5) Identification and prioritization of R and D requirements for the leading blanket concepts. Sixteen concepts (nine TMR and seven tokamak) which were identified as leading candidates in the early phases of the study, were evaluated in detail. The overall evaluation concluded that the following concepts should provide the focus for the blanket R and D program: (Breeder/Coolant/Structure), Lithium/Lithium/Vanadium Alloy, Li2O/Helium/Ferritic Steel, LiPb Alloy/LiPb Alloy/Vanadium Alloy, and Lithium/Helium/Ferritic Steel. The primary R and D issues for the Li/Li/V concept are the development of an advanced structural alloy, resolution of MHD and corrosion problems, provision for an inert atmosphere (e.g., N2) in the reactor building, and the development of non-water cooled near-plasma components, particularly for the tokamak. The main issues for the LiPb/LiPb/V concept are similar to the Li/Li/V blanket with the addition of resolving the tritium recovery issue. The R and D issues for Li2O/He/FS concept include resolution of the tritium recovery/containment issue, achieving adequate tritium breeding and resolving other solid breeder issues such as swelling and fabrication concerns. Major concerns for the Li/He/FS concepts are related to its rather poor economic performance. Improvement of its economic performance will be somewhat concept-dependent and will be more of a systems engineering issue

  10. Trade-off study of liquid-metal self-cooled blankets

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    A trade-off study of liquid-metal self-cooled blankets was carried out to define the performance of these blankets with respect to the main functions in a fusion reactor, and to determine the potential to operate at the maximum possible values of the performance parameters. The main purpose is to improve the reactor economics by maximizing the blanket energy multiplication factor, reduce the capital cost of the reactor, and satisfy the design requirements. The main parameters during the course of the study were the tritium breeding ratio (TBR), the blanket energy multiplication factor, the energy fraction lost to the shield, the 6Li enrichment in the breeder material, the total blanket thickness, the reflector material selection, and the compositions of the different blanket zones. Also, the impact of different reactor design choices on the performance parameters was analyzed. The effect of the impurity control system (limiter or divertor), the material choice for the limiter, the elimination of tritium breeding from the inboard section of tokamak reactors, the coolant choice for the nonbreeding inboard blanket, and the neutron source distribution were part of the trade-off study. In addition, tritium breeding benchmark calculations were performed to study the impact of the use of different transport codes and nuclear data libraries. The importance and the negative effect of high TBR on the energy multiplication motivated the benchmark calculations

  11. Nuclear, thermo-mechanical and tritium release analysis of ITER breeding blanket

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    The design of the breeding blanket in ITER applies pebble bed breeder in tube (BIT) surrounded by multiplier pebble bed. It is assumed to use the same module support mechanism and coolant manifolds and coolant system as the shielding blankets. This work focuses on the verification of the design of the breeding blanket, from the viewpoints which is especially unique to the pebble bed type breeding blanket, such as, tritium breeding performance, tritium inventory and release behavior and thermo-mechanical performance of the ITER breeding blanket. With respect to the neutronics analysis, the detailed analyses of the distribution of the nuclear heating rate and TBR have been performed in 2D model using MCNP to clarify the input data for the tritium inventory and release rate analyses and thermo-mechanical analyses. With respect to the tritium inventory and release behavior analysis, the parametric analyses for selection of purge gas flow rate were carried out from the view point of pressure drop and the tritium inventory/release performance for Li2TiO3 breeder. The analysis result concluded that purge gas flow rate can be set to conventional flow rate setting (88 l/min per module) to 1/10 of that to save the purge gas flow and minimize the size of purge gas pipe. However, it is necessary to note that more tritium is transformed to HTO (chemical form of water) in case of Li2TiO3 compared to other breeder materials. With respect to the thermo-mechanical analyses of the pebble bed blanket structure, the analyses have been performed by ABAQUS with 2D model derived from one of eight facets of a blanket module, based on the reference design. Analyses were performed to identify the temperature distribution incorporating the pebble bed mechanical simulation and influence of mechanical behavior to the thermal behavior. The result showed that the maximum temperature in the breeding material was 617degC in the first row of breeding rods and the minimum temperature was 328degC in

  12. Detailed mechanical design and manufacturing study for the ITER reference breeding blanket

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    This papers relates on the detailed mechanical design, manufacturing feasibility and assembly analysis of a water-cooled solid breeding blanket concept, selected as the ITER reference design. This breeding blanket design is characterised by: i) pressurised water flowing inside flat steel panels for cooling of the internals; each panel is welded along its contour onto the first wall structure and to the rear shield plate after closure of the module (last assembly step). ii) Beryllium (neutronic multiplier) in the form of micro-spheres filling the volume between parallel flat coolant panels. iii) Breeder pebbles enclosed in rods, which form bundles and are themselves embedded inside the Beryllium micro-spheres. (authors)

  13. Can the breeder go commercial

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    Contrary to some beliefs in the electric utility industry that ERDA is committed to developing a commercial breeder economy, it is pointed out that ERDA isn't even willing to pay the total cost of the R and D program--and unless there is a major commitment from the private sector (the electric utility industry, in particular) the breeder program will die. The schedule as of Fall 1976 called for: (1) Fast Flux Test Facility (scheduled to go critical in 1979, operate in 1980); (2) Clinch River Breeder Reactor Project (CRBRP) (1/3 commercial size plant hopefully operating by 1983); (3) Prototype Large Breeder Reactor (planned construction starting in 1981, operating in 1988); and (4) Commercial Breeder Reactor (CBR-1 design work to start in 1983, construction in 1986, and operation in 1993). The $257 million the utility industry has pledged to the CRBRP was just for openers. The $2 billion follow-on breeder project being designed calls for massive capital input from a utility (or utility consortium)--and if that is not forthcoming, then in the words of an ERDA official, ''we'll have to reassess the whole breeder program.''

  14. Calculation of remote maintenance rating for the fusion experimental breeder FEB

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    The Remote Maintenance Ratings, RMR, of the first wall and blanket at different time after one full power year operation are calculated for the Fusion Experimental Breeder design using the codes BISON, FDKR and DOSE. The results indicate that based on the present design, an additional 25 cm lead layer is needed to meet the requirement of hand-on maintenance at the outer surface of the magnet shielding, according to the NRC 10CFR20 code

  15. International strategies for breeder development

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    This paper studies the perspectives of breeder reactors development. The near term context has led some experts to the conclusion that breeder reactor technology is too far ahead of its time. Some have compared breeders to the supersonic airplane, Concorde: good technical performance but failure in its economic dimensions. In this paper, the author points out the major shortcomings of such an assessment which may be valid in the short time. However, with a short-term market-dominated perspective that uses an 8% discount rate, one can neglect every thing that is going to happen in 50 years. 6 refs., 11 figs

  16. Low temperature tritium release experiment from lithium titanate breeder material

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    Engineering data of neutron irradiation performance are needed to design a fusion blanket. Of the engineering data, tritium release characteristic is one of the most important data. Therefore, tritium release experiments of the tritium breeding materials were carried out to evaluate the effects of various parameters, i.e. sweep-gas flow rate, irradiation temperature, hydrogen content in sweep gas and so on, on tritium release. Lithium titanate (Li2TiO3) is a candidate tritium breeding material for the blanket design of International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER). As for the shape of the breeder material, a small spherical form is preferred to enhance tritium release from the breeder and to reduce the induced thermal stress in the breeder. Li2TiO3 pebbles with a diameter of 1mm and a total weight of ∼134g have been fabricated, and a pebble-pac assembly of the Li2TiO3 pebbles was irradiated in the Japan Materials Testing Reactor (JMTR), for 3 cycles (about 75 days). The tritium generated in breeder, and released from the breeder was swept downstream by the sweep gas for on-line analysis of tritium content. The total concentration and gaseous concentration of tritium released from the Li2TiO3 pebbles were measured, and HT/(HT+HTO) ratio was evaluated. The sweep-gas flow rate was changed from 10 to 1,000cm3/min, and hydrogen concentration in the sweep gas was changed from 100 to 10,000 ppm. The irradiation temperature of the outer region of the pebble-pac assembly was held below 450degC. The results showed that tritium release from the Li2TiO3 pebbles was started between 100 and 140degC and that the amount of released with increasing the irradiation temperature. The sweep-gas flow rate did not have an effect on tritium release from the Li2TiO3 pebble bed in the steady state. On the other hand, the hydrogen content in the sweep gas had an effect on the tritium release from the Li2TiO3 pebble bed. (author)

  17. Requirements for helium cooled pebble bed blanket and R and D activities

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    Carloni, D., E-mail: dario.carloni@kit.edu; Boccaccini, L.V.; Franza, F.; Kecskes, S.

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    This work aims to give an outline of the design requirements of the helium cooled pebble bed (HCPB) blanket and its associated R and D activities. In DEMO fusion reactor the plasma facing components have to fulfill several requirements dictated by safety and process sustainability criteria. In particular the blanket of a fusion reactor shall transfer the heat load coming from the plasma to the cooling system and also provide tritium breeding for the fuel cycle of the machine. KIT has been investigating and developed a helium-cooled blanket for more than three decades: the concept is based on the adoption of separated small lithium orthosilicate (tritium breeder) and beryllium (neutron multiplier) pebble beds, i.e. the HCPB blanket. One of the test blanket modules of ITER will be a HCPB type, aiming to demonstrate the soundness of the concept for the exploitation in future fusion power plants. A discussion is reported also on the development of the design criteria for the blanket to meet the requirements, such as tritium environmental release, also with reference to the TBM. The selection of materials and components to be used in a unique environment as the Tokamak of a fusion reactor requires dedicated several R and D activities. For instance, the performance of the coolant and the tritium self-sufficiency are key elements for the realization of the HCPB concept. Experimental campaigns have been conducted to select the materials to be used inside the solid breeder blanket and R and D activities have been carried out to support the design. The paper discusses also the program of future developments for the realization of the HCPB concept, also focusing to the specific campaigns necessary to qualify the TBM for its implementation in the ITER machine.

  18. Requirements for helium cooled pebble bed blanket and R and D activities

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    This work aims to give an outline of the design requirements of the helium cooled pebble bed (HCPB) blanket and its associated R and D activities. In DEMO fusion reactor the plasma facing components have to fulfill several requirements dictated by safety and process sustainability criteria. In particular the blanket of a fusion reactor shall transfer the heat load coming from the plasma to the cooling system and also provide tritium breeding for the fuel cycle of the machine. KIT has been investigating and developed a helium-cooled blanket for more than three decades: the concept is based on the adoption of separated small lithium orthosilicate (tritium breeder) and beryllium (neutron multiplier) pebble beds, i.e. the HCPB blanket. One of the test blanket modules of ITER will be a HCPB type, aiming to demonstrate the soundness of the concept for the exploitation in future fusion power plants. A discussion is reported also on the development of the design criteria for the blanket to meet the requirements, such as tritium environmental release, also with reference to the TBM. The selection of materials and components to be used in a unique environment as the Tokamak of a fusion reactor requires dedicated several R and D activities. For instance, the performance of the coolant and the tritium self-sufficiency are key elements for the realization of the HCPB concept. Experimental campaigns have been conducted to select the materials to be used inside the solid breeder blanket and R and D activities have been carried out to support the design. The paper discusses also the program of future developments for the realization of the HCPB concept, also focusing to the specific campaigns necessary to qualify the TBM for its implementation in the ITER machine

  19. Tailorable Advanced Blanket Insulation (TABI)

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    Sawko, Paul M.; Goldstein, Howard E.

    1987-01-01

    Single layer and multilayer insulating blankets for high-temperature service fabricated without sewing. TABI woven fabric made of aluminoborosilicate. Triangular-cross-section flutes of core filled with silica batting. Flexible blanket formed into curved shapes, providing high-temperature and high-heat-flux insulation.

  20. Blanket for thermonuclear device

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    The blanket of the present invention can keep the temperature of breeding materials within a predetermined range even if the breeding materials are consumed and the amount of heat generated from the breeding materials is reduced, thereby enabling to release tritium stably. That is, a neutron incident amount control means is disposed to the blanket for controlling the amount of neutrons incident to the breeding materials. Alternatively, a material to form hollow layers are disposed to the periphery of the breeding materials. With such constitution, the neutron incident amount control means enables to control the incident amount of neutrons from plasmas to the breeding materials, thereby enabling to suppress the change of the amount of heat generated in the breeding materials. In addition, the hollow layers formed at the periphery of the breeding materials enables selective filling of fluids having different heat transfer characteristics thereby enabling to control heat resistance between the breeding materials and cooling tubes. Accordingly, temperature of the breeding materials can be kept constant even in any of the cases. (I.S.)

  1. Development of high temperature fusion blanket with LiPb-SiC and its socio-economic aspects

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    This paper describes recent results of the development of SiC-LiPb blanket in Kyoto University with advanced SiC composite, and its implication for high temperature blanket preferable from socio-economic aspects. Blanket is the interface between fusion energy and outside world, i.e., industry, public and environment. Material and energy balances, such as fuel supply and waste discharge, or supply of product energy from fusion plants are characterized by the specific blanket concepts, and performance and characteristics of blankets are considered to dominate the feature of fusion energy that should respond to the requirements of the sponsors and public. Thus development strategy for blanket concepts are affected by the aspects of socio-economics such as; environmental release, assumed accidental scenario, rad-waste, and deployment to the market in each countries/area. Selections of breeders, coolants, and structural materials are based on such consideration, and ITER/TBM is expected to foster the evolving concepts. Combination of LiPb, helium and SiC is of particular interests for a demo blanket concept, because it is expected to be feasible in early stage of development such as TBM by Dual Coolant Lithium Lead concept as an intermediate step, and would eventually achieve high operating temperature above current fission reactors'. In the power plant design in Europe, US and Japan, Lithium lead will work as breeder and primary heat medium, and SiC composites are used for flow insert, enclosure and Intermediate Heat Exchanger to generate high temperature helium that is considered as a medium for power generation including possible hydrogen production. Staged development strategy can be planned; and experiments to verify compatibility, tritium permeability, MHD pressure drop and heat transfer characteristics are being evaluated with LiPb-He loop in Kyoto University. Hydrogen production process with this blanket is also experimentally studied. Based on the results

  2. Phase III experiments of the JAERI/USDOE collaborative program on fusion blanket neutronics

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    A pseudo-line source has been realized by using an accelerator based D-T point neutron source. The pseudo-line source is obtained by time averaging of continuously moving point source or by superposition of finely distributed point sources. The line source is utilized for fusion blanket neutronics experiments with an annular geometry so as to simulate a part of a tokamak reactor. The source neutron characteristics were measured for two operational modes for the line source, continuous and step-wide modes, with the activation foil and the NE213 detectors, respectively. In order to give a source condition for a successive calculational analysis on the annular blanket experiment, the neutron source characteristics was calculated by a Monte Carlo code. The reliability of the Monte Carlo calculation was confirmed by comparison with the measured source characteristics. The shape of the annular blanket system was a rectangular with an inner cavity. The annular blanket was consist of 15 mm-thick first wall (SS304) and 406 mm-thick breeder zone with Li2O at inside and Li2CO3 at outside. The line source was produced at the center of the inner cavity by moving the annular blanket system in the span of 2 m. Three annular blanket configurations were examined; the reference blanket, the blanket covered with 25 mm thick graphite armor and the armor-blanket with a large opening. The neutronics parameters of tritium production rate, neutron spectrum and activation reaction rate were measured with specially developed techniques such as multi-detector data acquisition system, spectrum weighting function method and ramp controlled high voltage system. The present experiment provides unique data for a higher step of benchmark to test a reliability of neutronics design calculation for a realistic tokamak reactor. (J.P.N.)

  3. Blanket concept of water-cooled lithium lead with beryllium for the SlimCS fusion DEMO reactor

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    As an advanced option for SlimCS blanket, conceptual design study of water-cooled lithium lead (WCLL) blanket was performed. In SlimCS, the net tritium breeding ratio (TBR) supplied from WCLL blanket was not enough because the thickness of blanket in SlimCS was limited to about 0.5 m so as to allocate the conducting shell position near the plasma for high beta access and vertical stability of plasma. Therefore, the beryllium (Be) pebble bed was adopted as additional multiplier to reach a required TBR (≥ 1.05). Considering the operating temperature of blanket materials, a double pipe structure was adopted. The nuclear and thermal analysis were carried out by a nuclear-thermal-coupled code, ANIHEAT and DOHEAT so that blanket materials were appropriately arranged to satisfy the acceptable operation temperatures. The temperatures of materials were kept in appropriate range for the neutron wall load Pn = 5 MW/m2. It was found that the local TBR of WCLL with Be blanket was comparable with that of solid breeder blanket. (author)

  4. Neutronic studies of fissile and fusile breeding blankets

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    In light of the need of convincing motivation substantiating expensive and inherently applied research (nuclear energy), first a simple comparative study of fissile breeding economics of fusion fission hybrids, spallators and also fast breeder reactors has been carried out. As a result, the necessity of maximization of fissile production (in the first two ones, in fast breeders rather the reprocessing costs should be reduced) has been shown, thus indicating the design strategy (high support ratio) for these systems. In spite of the uncertainty of present projections onto further future and discrepancies in available data even quite conservative assumptions indicate that hybrids and perhaps even earlier - spallators can become economic at realistic uranium price increase and successfully compete against fast breeders. Then on the basis of the concept of the neutron flux shaping aimed at the correlation of the selected cross-sections with the neutron flux, the indications for the maximization of respective reaction rates has been formulated. In turn, these considerations serve as the starting point for the guidelines of breeding blanket nuclear design, which are as follows: 1) The source neutrons must face the multiplying layer (of proper thickness) of possibly low concentration of nuclides attenuating the neutron multiplication (i.e. structure materials, nongaseous coolants). 2) For the most effective trapping of neutrons within the breeding zone (leakage and void streaming reduction) it must contain an efficient moderator (not valid for fissile breeding blankets). 3) All regions of significant slow flux should contain 6Li in order to reduce parasite neutron captures in there. (orig./HP)

  5. Physics aspects of metal fuelled fast reactors with thorium blanket

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    Metal fuelled fast breeder reactors (MFBR) with high breeding ratio will play a major role in meeting the high nuclear power growth envisaged in India. In this regard several conceptual reactor designs with alloys of U–Pu–Zr fuel have been suggested for commercial operations. This study focusses on the physics design aspects of a sodium cooled U–Pu–6%Zr fuelled 1000 MWe fast breeder reactor, which can attain a breeding ratio of nearly 1.5. The calculation results on reactor kinetics and safety parameters of the 1000 MWe MFBR are presented. The changes in the breeding ratio by introduction of thorium in the blankets of the MFBR are also investigated. Burnup analyses are carried out to compare the core burnup effects in MOX and metal fuelled FBRs. Since the MOX fuelled 500 MWe prototype fast breeder is getting constructed at IGCAR, for burnup comparisons a MFBR of similar design is considered. The results of this study indicate that the loss of reactivity in the metal core with burnup is less than half that of a MOX core and its breeding ratio remains nearly constant. It is also found that the isotopic composition of plutonium (Pu-vector composition) remains more steady with burnup in a metal core

  6. Program element 2: Blanket and shield thermal-hydraulic and thermomechanical testing of the first Wall/Blanket/Shield program: Final report

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    Two single-effect scoping tests were performed in Phase 1 of this project. These tests included the measurement of heat transfer contact resistance between a Li2O breeder pellet and stainless steel clad in argon gas - in the temperature range of 5000 to 7000C. The effective heat transfer coefficient was found to lie in the range of 1100 to 1700 W/m2-K which is acceptable for the design of Li2O solid breeder blankets. This effective heat transfer coefficient is expected to improve in helium gas, which has a much higher thermal conductivity than argon. In the second set of tests, the thermomechanical behavior of Li2O pellets was determined under simulated blanket conditions, including thermal cycling, in the presence of a helium gas purge flow of controlled moisture content. The results showed that at a temperature below 8000C and with a reasonable purge flow moisture content of ≅10 ppM, Li2O pellet sintering and pore closure, pellet-clad interaction and vapor phase transport of LiOH are minimal. A multiple-effects solid breeder blanket integral simulation test, followed by an engineering-scale nuclear test are the proposed next steps in this series of tests. Preliminary designs for these experiments were completed. Fabrication techniques for the manufacturing of microspheres as an alternate fuel form for solid breeder fuel were also investigated in the study. Microspheres of LiAlO2 from <30 μm to 180 μm were fabricated by the plasma spray technique. Production of ∼650 μm spheres by a sol-gel process was demonstrated and feasibility was indicated from the production of spheres from ∼100 μm to ∼800 μm in diameter

  7. Test Blanket Module Pipe Forest integration in ITER equatorial port

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    ITER Test Blanket Modules (TBMs) will allow testing Breeding Blanket concepts for a future application in DEMO. IRFM (Institut de Recherche sur la Fusion Magnetique) contribution to this test program consists in the integration of the 2 European TBMs (Helium Cooled Lithium Lead and Helium Cooled Pebble Bed) in a dedicated equatorial port. The two Breeding Blanket concepts use Helium gas as a coolant, liquid PbLi as breeder (for HCLL process) and Helium gas for Tritium extraction (for HCPB process). These materials are passing through the cryostat interspace forming a pipe network called the Pipe Forest. The main structural function of the Pipe Forest is to absorb the thermal expansion due to the Vacuum Vessel and due to the pipe system itself. The Pipe Forest has to cope with several design issues. In this study, the different key parameters of the Pipe Forest design are identified and their relative influence is analysed. Several design options were investigated and compared based on: -Thermo-mechanical finite element calculations -Pipe Forest integration within the cryostat interspace -Interface management -Assembly and maintenance scenarios -Complex pipe routing due to the expansion bends -RCC-MR 2007 requirements The chosen thermal compensation solution (thermal expansion loops) led to a Pipe Forest design. The CAE analysis of this Pipe Forest showed that it fulfills the requirements of the RCC-MR 2007, which is the reference design and construction code selected for the European TBM.

  8. Overview of the Last Progresses for the European Test Blanket Modules Projects

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    The long-term objective of the EU Breeding Blankets programme is the development of DEMO breeding blankets, which shall assure tritium self-sufficiency, an economically attractive use of the heat produced inside the blankets for electricity generation and a sufficiently high shielding of the superconducting magnets for long time operation. In the short-term so-called DEMO relevant Test Blanket Modules (TBMs) of these breeder blanket concepts shall be designed, manufactured, tested, installed, commissioned and operated in ITER for first tests in a fusion environment. The Helium Cooled Lithium-Lead (HCLL) breeder blanket and the Helium Cooled Pebble Bed (HCPB) concepts are the two breeder blanket lines presently developed by the EU. The main objective of the EU test strategy related to TBMs in ITER is to provide the necessary information for the design and fabrication of breeding blankets for a future DEMO reactor. EU TBMs shall therefore use the same structural and functional materials, apply similar fabrication technologies, and test adequate processes and components. This paper gives an overview of the last progresses in terms of system design, calculations, test program, safety and R-and-D done these last two years in order to cope with the ambitious objective to introduce two EU TBM systems for day-1 of ITER operation. The engineering design of the two systems is mostly concluded and the priority is now on the development and qualification of the fabrication technologies. From calculations point of view, the last modelling efforts related to the thermal-hydraulic of the first wall, the tritium behaviour, and the box thermal and mechanical resistance in accidental conditions are presented. Last features of the TBM and cooling system designs and integration in ITER reactor are highlighted. In particular, this paper also describes the safety and licensing analyses performed for each concept to be able to include the TBM systems in the ITER preliminary safety report

  9. Overview of the Last Progresses for the European Test Blanket Modules Projects

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    The long-term objective of the EU Breeding Blankets programme is the development of DEMO breeding blankets, which shall assure tritium self-sufficiency, an economically attractive use of the heat produced inside the blankets for electricity generation and a sufficiently high shielding of the superconducting magnets for long time operation. In the short-term so-called DEMO relevant Test Blanket Modules (TBMs) of these breeder blanket concepts shall be designed, manufactured, tested, installed, commissioned and operated in ITER for first tests in a fusion environment. The Helium Cooled Lithium-Lead (HCLL) breeder blanket and the Helium Cooled Pebble Bed (HCPB) concepts are the two breeder blanket lines presently developed by the EU. The main objective of the EU test strategy related to TBMs in ITER is to provide the necessary information for the design and fabrication of breeding blankets for a future DEMO reactor. EU TBMs shall therefore use the same structural and functional materials, apply similar fabrication technologies, and test adequate processes and components. This paper gives an overview of the last progresses in terms of system design, calculations, test program, safety and R(and)D done these last two years in order to cope with the ambitious objective to introduce two EU TBM systems for day-1 of ITER operation. The engineering design of the two systems is mostly concluded and the priority is now on the development and qualification of the fabrication technologies. From calculations point of view, the last modelling efforts related to the thermal-hydraulic of the first wall, the tritium behaviour, and the box thermal and mechanical resistance in accidental conditions are presented. Last features of the TBM and cooling system designs and integration in ITER reactor are highlighted. In particular, this paper also describes the safety and licensing analyses performed for each concept to be able to include the TBM systems in the ITER preliminary safety report

  10. Overview of requirements and design integration for the ITER EU Test Blanket Systems instrumentation

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    The ITER project aims at building a fusion device with the general goal of demonstrating the scientific and technical feasibility of fusion power. The testing of Tritium Breeder Blanket concepts is one of the ITER missions and has been recognized as an essential milestone in the development of a future fusion reactor ensuring tritium self-sufficiency, extraction of high grade heat and electricity production. Europe is currently developing two reference breeder blankets concepts for DEMO reactor specifications that will be tested in ITER under the form of Test Blanket Modules (TBMs): the Helium-Cooled Lithium-Lead (HCLL) concept and the Helium-Cooled Pebble-Bed (HCPB) concept. The strategy for the development of the instrumentation of the HCLL and HCPB Test Blanket Systems, which include the TBMs and their Ancillary Systems, is briefly recalled in this paper, along with the overview of the requirements coming from the harsh operational environment and the main challenges related to the integration with the complex design of the TBS components. (authors)

  11. Tritium confinement requirements for the water-cooled Pb-17Li blanket for demo

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    In the water-cooled liquid Pb-17Li blanket concept for DEMO the limitation of tritium permeation from the breeder material into the cooling water will be required. In order to find out on what conditions this tritium permeation remains within reasonable limits, a 1-d FEM code was developed which evaluates the tritium partial pressure in Pb-17Li, the tritium inventory in the blanket material, and the tritium permeation from the Pb-17Li into the cooling water as a function of the permeation reduction factor of a barrier and the efficiency of the tritium extraction from Pb-17Li. With a parametric study the conditions were identified which allow a permeation rate of as little as 1 g.d-1 without pushing the requirements for permeation barriers and extraction efficiencies excessively far. an example is a barrier with a permeation reduction factor of 75 together with an extractor efficiency of approximately 83%. In these conditions the expected tritium inventory is attributed to approximately one third to the martensitic blanket structure (some ten grams) while two thirds will be found in the Pb-17Li. These inventory values are two orders of magnitude lower than in solid breeder blankets and are thus not considered a critical issue. 6 refs., 5 figs., 2 tabs

  12. High temperature blankets for non-electrical/electrical applications of fusion reactors: Annual report, [1983

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    During FY '83 the Li2O solid-breeder, helium-cooled canister blanket emerged as the LLNL-UW choice for driving the low-temperature (2, high-temperature outer zone for driving the GA hydrogen synfuel process. Providing 3-dimensional neutronics analysis of power deposition and tritium breeding in both blankets was an important part of the UW-Rowe and Assoc. work. In both the LLNL-UW and MARS studies, the fusion driver as the Axi-Cell, A-cell version of the tandem mirror reactor (TMR). Physics parameters consistent with the synfuel interface were determined as part of the work. Defining and analyzing the thermal-electric interfaces between the TMR and the synfuel process continues to be of prime importance. The analysis of thermal transport and energy conversion in the interface, as well as thermal hydraulics analysis of the blanket, were part of the UW-Rowe Assoc. work

  13. International cooperation on breeder reactors

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    In March 1977, as the result of discussions which began in the fall of 1976, the Rockefeller Foundation requested International Energy Associates Limited (IEAL) to undertake a study of the role of international cooperation in the development and application of the breeder reactor. While there had been considerable international exchange in the development of breeder technology, the existence of at least seven major national breeder development programs raised a prima facie issue of the adequacy of international cooperation. The final product of the study was to be the identification of options for international cooperation which merited further consideration and which might become the subject of subsequent, more detailed analysis. During the course of the study, modifications in U.S. breeder policy led to an expansion of the analysis to embrace the pros and cons of the major breeder-related policy issues, as well as the respective views of national governments on those issues. The resulting examination of views and patterns of international collaboration emphasizes what was implicit from the outset: Options for international cooperation cannot be fashioned independently of national objectives, policies and programs. Moreover, while similarity of views can stimulate cooperation, this cannot of itself provide compelling justification for cooperative undertakings. Such undertakings are influenced by an array of other national factors, including technological development, industrial infrastructure, economic strength, existing international ties, and historic experience

  14. Analysis of a sustainable gas cooled fast breeder reactor concept

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    Highlights: • A Thorium-GFBR breeder for actinide recycling ability, and thorium fuel feasibility. • A mixture of 232Th and 233U is used as fuel and LWR used fuel is used. • Detailed neutronics, fuel cycle, and thermal-hydraulics analysis has been presented. • Run this TGFBR for 20 years with breeding of 239Pu and 233U. • Neutronics analysis using MCNP and Brayton cycle for energy conversion are used. - Abstract: Analysis of a thorium fuelled gas cooled fast breeder reactor (TGFBR) concept has been done to demonstrate the self-sustainability, breeding capability, actinide recycling ability, and thorium fuel feasibility. Simultaneous use of 232Th and used fuel from light water reactor in the core has been considered. Results obtained confirm the core neutron spectrum dominates in an intermediate energy range (peak at 100 keV) similar to that seen in a fast breeder reactor. The conceptual design achieves a breeding ratio of 1.034 and an average fuel burnup of 74.5 (GWd)/(MTHM) . TGFBR concept is to address the eventual shortage of 235U and nuclear waste management issues. A mixture of thorium and uranium (232Th + 233U) is used as fuel and light water reactor used fuel is utilized as blanket, for the breeding of 239Pu. Initial feed of 233U has to be obtained from thorium based reactors; even though there are no thorium breeders to breed 233U a theoretical evaluation has been used to derive the data for the source of 233U. Reactor calculations have been performed with Monte Carlo radiation transport code, MCNP/MCNPX. It is determined that this reactor has to be fuelled once every 5 years assuming the design thermal power output as 445 MW. Detailed analysis of control rod worth has been performed and different reactivity coefficients have been evaluated as part of the safety analysis. The TGFBR concept demonstrates the sustainability of thorium, viability of 233U as an alternate to 235U and an alternate use for light water reactor used fuel as a blanket for

  15. UF6 breeder reactor power plants for electric power generation

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    The reactor concept analyzed is a 233UF6 core surrounded by a molten salt (Li7F, BeF2, ThF4) blanket. Nuclear survey calculations were carried out for both spherical and cylindrical geometries. A maximum breeding ratio of 1.22 was found. Thermodynamic cycle calculations were performed for a variety of Rankine cycles. Optimization of a Rankine cycle for a gas core breeder reactor employing an intermediate heat exchanger gave a maximum efficiency of 37 percent. A conceptual design is presented along with a system layout for a 1000 MW stationary power plant. The advantages of the GCBR are as follows: (1) high efficiency, (2) simplified on-line reprocessing, (3) inherent safety considerations, (4) high breeding ratio, (5) possibility of burning all or most of the long-lived nuclear waste actinides, and (6) possibility of extrapolating the technology to higher temperatures and MHD direct conversion

  16. UF6 breeder reactor power plants for electric power generation

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    Rust, J. H.; Clement, J. D.; Hohl, F.

    1976-01-01

    The reactor concept analyzed is a U-233F6 core surrounded by a molten salt (Li(7)F, BeF2, ThF4) blanket. Nuclear survey calculations were carried out for both spherical and cylindrical geometries. Thermodynamic cycle calculations were performed for a variety of Rankine cycles. A conceptual design is presented along with a system layout for a 1000 MW stationary power plant. Advantages of the gas core breeder reactor (GCBR) are as follows: (1) high efficiency; (2) simplified on-line reprocessing; (3) inherent safety considerations; (4) high breeding ratio; (5) possibility of burning all or most of the long-lived nuclear waste actinides; and (6) possibility of extrapolating the technology to higher temperatures and MHD direct conversion.

  17. Tritium system design studies of fusion experimental breeder

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    A summary of the tritium system design studies for the engineering outline design of a fusion experimental breeder (FEB-E) is presented. This paper is divided into three sections. In first section, the geometry, loading features and tritium concentrations in liquid lithium of tritium breeding zones of blanket are described. The tritium flow chart corresponding to the tritium fuel cycle system has been constructed, and the inventories in ten subsystems are calculated using SWITRIM code in section 2. Results show that the necessary initial tritium storage to start up FEB-E with fusion power of 143 MW is about 319 g. In final section, the tritium leakage issues under different operation circumstances have been analyzed. It was found that the potential danger of tritium leakage could be resulted from the exhausted gas of the diverter system. It is important to elevate the tritium burnup fraction and reduce the tritium throughput. (authors)

  18. Fast breeder reactor research

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    , Italy, in April or May 1977. Recognizing the importance of international co-ope ration within the framework of IWGFR for preparing surveys, proposals and recommendations concerning sodium cooled fast breeder reactors, the Working Group prepared a number of joint documents with the help of experts from the participating countries, discussed them at the Eighth Annual Meeting and made recommendations on the preparation of subsequent joint documents. (author)

  19. Status of fusion reactor blanket design

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    The recent Blanket Comparison and Selection Study (BCSS), which was a comprehensive evaluation of fusion reactor blanket design and the status of blanket technology, serves as an excellent basis for further development of blanket technology. This study provided an evaluation of over 130 blanket concepts for the reference case of electric power producing, DT fueled reactors in both Tokamak and Tandem Mirror (TMR) configurations. Based on a specific set of reactor operating parameters, the current understanding of materials and blanket technology, and a uniform evaluation methodology developed as part of the study, a limited number of concepts were identified that offer the greatest potential for making fusion an attractive energy source

  20. Technical evaluation of major candidate blanket systems for fusion power reactor

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    The key functions required for tritium breeding blankets for a fusion power reactor are: (1) self-sufficient tritium breeding, (2) in-situ tritium recovery and low tritium inventory, (3) high temperature cooling giving a high efficiency of electricity generation and (4) thermo-mechanical reliability and simplified remote maintenance to obtain high plant availability. Blanket performance is substantially governed by materials selection. Major options of structure/breeder/coolant/neutron multiplier materials considered for the present design study are PCA/Li2O/H2O/Be, Mo-alloy/Li2O/He/Be, Mo-alloy/LiAlO2/He/Be, V-alloy/Li/Li/none, and Mo-alloy/Li/He/none. In addition, remote maintenance of blankets, tritium recovery system, heat transport and energy conversion have been investigated. In this report, technological problems and critical R and D issues for power reactor blanket development are identified and a comparison of major candidate blanket concepts is discussed in terms of the present materials data base, economic performance, prospects for future improvements, and engineering feasibility and difficulties based on the results obtained from individual design studies. (author)

  1. Nuclear analysis of DEMO water-cooled blanket based on sub-critical water condition

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    Highlights: ► For sub-critical water condition, the size of cooling loop would be more longer, for example, 2 m. ► Local TBR is related to the material fraction of breeders and multipliers, the beryllium is the dominant. ► Front area of blanket is dominant for blanket design and it would contribute the most of TBR comparing to the backside zones. - Abstract: For the water-cooled solid blanket of DEMO, the nuclear analysis was performed based on present cooling piping system. Especially, distributions of neutron load and temperature were calculated with Pn is 5 MW/m2. Furthermore, the local TBR was optimized by changing the material proportion for each Pn level (1–5 MW/m2). It was confirmed that the size of cooling loop for sub-critical water could be used as about 2000 × 450 mm and the cooling pipe diameter of D is 12 mm, d is 9 mm at v is 5.36 m/s. The pipe pitches would vary with Pn level which is related to the blanket structure design. Nuclear heat distribution is the base to decide the distribution of cooling pipe positions. It was found that the local TBR of blanket would be dropped down along with the Pn level rising which was mainly depended on the thickness of beryllium variation. Finally, the layout of cooling pipes for each level was obtained.

  2. Improved structure and long-life blanket concepts for heliotron reactors

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    New design approaches are proposed for the LHD-type heliotron D-T demo-reactor FFHR2 to solve the key engineering issues of blanket space limitation and replacement difficulty. A major radius over 14 m is selected to permit a blanket-shield thickness of about 1 m and to reduce the neutron wall loading and toroidal field, while achieving an acceptable cost of electricity COE. Two sets of optimization are successfully carried out. One is to reduce the magnetic hoop force on the helical coil support structures by adjustment of the helical winding coil pitch parameter and the poloidal coils design, which facilitates expansion of the maintenance ports. The other is a long-life blanket concept using carbon armor tiles that soften the neutron energy spectrum incident on the self-cooled Flibe-RAF blanket. In this adaptation of the Spectral-shifter and Tritium breeder Blanket (STB) concept a local tritium breeding ratio TBR over 1.2 is feasible by optimized arrangement of the neutron multiplier Be in the carbon tiles, and the radiation shielding of the super-conducting magnet coils is also significantly improved. Using the constant cross sections of helically winding shape, the 'screw coaster' concept is proposed to replace in-vessel components such as the STB armor tiles. The key R and D issues to develop the STB concept, such as radiation effects on carbon and enhanced heat transfer of Flibe, are elucidated. (author)

  3. Feasibility study of a fission-suppressed tokamak fusion breeder

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    Moir, R.W.; Lee, J.D.; Neef, W.S.; Berwald, D.H.; Garner, J.K.; Whitley, R.H.; Ghoniem, N.; Wong, C.P.C.; Maya, I.; Schultz, K.R.

    1984-12-01

    The preliminary conceptual design of a tokamak fissile fuel producer is described. The blanket technology is based on the fission suppressed breeding concept where neutron multiplication occurs in a bed of 2 cm diameter beryllium pebbles which are cooled by helium at 50 atmospheres pressure. Uranium-233 is bred in thorium metal fuel elements which are in the form of snap rings attached to each beryllium pebble. Tritium is bred in lithium bearing material contained in tubes immersed in the pebble bed and is recovered by a purge flow of helium. The neutron wall load is 3 MW/m/sup 2/ and the blanket material is ferritic steel. The net fissile breeding ratio is 0.54 +- 30% per fusion reaction. This results in the production of 4900 kg of /sup 233/U per year from 3000 MW of fusion power. This quantity of fuel will provide makeup fuel for about 12 LWRs of equal thermal power or about 18 1 GW/sub e/ LWRs. The calculated cost of the produced uranium-233 is between $23/g and $53/g or equivalent to $10/kg to $90/kg of U/sub 3/O/sub 8/ depending on government financing or utility financing assumptions. Additional topics discussed in the report include the tokamak operating mode (both steady state and long pulse considered), the design and breeding implications of using a poloidal divertor for impurity control, reactor safety, the choice of a tritium breeder, and fuel management.

  4. Feasibility study of a fission-suppressed tokamak fusion breeder

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    The preliminary conceptual design of a tokamak fissile fuel producer is described. The blanket technology is based on the fission suppressed breeding concept where neutron multiplication occurs in a bed of 2 cm diameter beryllium pebbles which are cooled by helium at 50 atmospheres pressure. Uranium-233 is bred in thorium metal fuel elements which are in the form of snap rings attached to each beryllium pebble. Tritium is bred in lithium bearing material contained in tubes immersed in the pebble bed and is recovered by a purge flow of helium. The neutron wall load is 3 MW/m2 and the blanket material is ferritic steel. The net fissile breeding ratio is 0.54 +- 30% per fusion reaction. This results in the production of 4900 kg of 233U per year from 3000 MW of fusion power. This quantity of fuel will provide makeup fuel for about 12 LWRs of equal thermal power or about 18 1 GW/sub e/ LWRs. The calculated cost of the produced uranium-233 is between $23/g and $53/g or equivalent to $10/kg to $90/kg of U3O8 depending on government financing or utility financing assumptions. Additional topics discussed in the report include the tokamak operating mode (both steady state and long pulse considered), the design and breeding implications of using a poloidal divertor for impurity control, reactor safety, the choice of a tritium breeder, and fuel management

  5. The current status of fusion reactor blanket thermodynamics

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    The available thermodynamic information is reviewed for three categories of materials that meet essential criteria for use as breeding blankets in D-T fuelled fusion reactors: liquid lithium, solid lithium alloys, and lithium-containing ceramics. The leading candidate, liquid lithium, which also has potential for use as a coolant, has been studied more extensively than have the solid alloys or ceramics. Recent studies of liquid lithium have concentrated on its sorption characteristics for hydrogen isotopes and its interaction with common impurity elements. Hydrogen isotope sorption data (P-C-T relations, activity coefficients, Sieverts' constants, plateau pressures, isotope effects, free energies of formation, phase boundaries, etc.) are presented in a tabular form that can be conveniently used to extract thermodynamic information for the α-phases of the Li-LiH, Li-LiD and Li-LiT systems and to construct complete phase diagrams. Recent solubility data for Li3N, Li2O, and Li2C2 in liquid lithium are discussed with emphasis on the prospects for removing these species by cold-trapping methods. Current studies on the sorption of hydrogen in solid lithium alloys (e.g. Li-Al and Li-Pb), made using a new technique (the hydrogen titration method), have shown that these alloys should lead to smaller blanket-tritium inventories than are attainable with liquid lithium and that the P-C-T relationships for hydrogen in Li-M alloys can be estimated from lithium activity data for these alloys. There is essentially no refined thermodynamic information on the prospective ceramic blanket materials. The kinetics of tritium release from these materials is briefly discussed. Research areas are pointed out where additional thermodynamic information is needed for all three material categories. (author)

  6. Fusion Blanket Coolant Section Criteria, Methodology, and Results

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    DeMuth, J. A. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Meier, W. R. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Jolodosky, A. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Frantoni, M. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Reyes, S. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)

    2015-10-02

    The focus of this LDRD was to explore potential Li alloys that would meet the tritium breeding and blanket cooling requirements but with reduced chemical reactivity, while maintaining the other attractive features of pure Li breeder/coolant. In other fusion approaches (magnetic fusion energy or MFE), 17Li- 83Pb alloy is used leveraging Pb’s ability to maintain high TBR while lowering the levels of lithium in the system. Unfortunately this alloy has a number of potential draw-backs. Due to the high Pb content, this alloy suffers from very high average density, low tritium solubility, low system energy, and produces undesirable activation products in particular polonium. The criteria considered in the selection of a tritium breeding alloy are described in the following section.

  7. Development of blanket remote maintenance system

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    ITER in-vessel components such as blankets are scheduled maintenance components, including complete shield blanket replacement for breeding blankets. In-vessel components are activated by 14 MeV neutrons, so blanket maintenance requires remote handling equipment and tools able to handle heavy payloads of about 4 tons within a positioning accuracy of 2 mm under intense gamma radiation. To facilitate remote maintenance, blankets are segmented into 730 modules and rail-mounted vehicle remote maintenance was developed. According to the ITER R and D program, critical technology related to blanket maintenance was developed extensively through joint efforts of the Japan, EU, and U.S. home teams. This paper summarizes current blanket maintenance technology conducted by the Japan Home Team, including development of full-scale remote handling equipment and tools for blanket maintenance. (author)

  8. Concepts for fusion fuel production blankets

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    The fusion blanket surrounds the burning hydrogen core of the fusion reactor. It is in this blanket that most of the energy released by the DT fusion reaction is converted into useable product, and where tritium fuel is produced to enable further operation of the reactor. Blankets will involve new materials, conditions and processes. Several recent fusion blanket concepts are presented to illustrate the range of ideas

  9. Concepts for fusion fuel production blankets

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    The fusion blanket surrounds the burning hydrogen core of the fusion reactor. It is in this blanket that most of the energy released by the DT fusion reaction is converted into usable product, and where tritium fuel is produced to enable further operation of the reactor. Blankets will involve new materials, conditions and processes. Several recent fusion blanket concepts are presented to illustrate the range of ideas

  10. Experimental study and analysis of the purge gas pressure drop across the pebble beds for the fusion HCPB blanket

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    Highlights: ► The pressure drop significantly increases with decreasing the pebbles diameter. ► The pressure drop slightly increases with increasing the packing factor. ► The pressure drop is directly proportional to pebble bed length and inlet pressure. ► Predictions of Ergun equation agree well with the measured values of pressure drop. ► The filters resistance has a small contribution to the total pressure drop. -- Abstract: The lithium ceramic and beryllium pebble beds of the breeder units (BU), in the fusion breeding blanket, are purged by helium to extract the bred tritium. Therefore, the objective of this study is to support the design of the BU purge gas system by studying the effect of pebbles diameter, packing factor, pebble bed length, and flow inlet pressure on the purge gas pressure drop. The pebble bed was formed by packing glass pebbles in a rectangular container (56 mm × 206 mm × 396 mm) and was integrated into a gas loop to be purged by helium at BU-relevant pressures (1.1–3.8 bar). To determine the pressure drop across the pebble bed, the static pressure was measured at four locations along the pebble bed as well as at the inlet and outlet locations. The results show: (i) the pressure drop significantly increases with decreasing the pebbles diameter and slightly increases with increasing the packing factor, (ii) for a constant inlet flow velocity, the pressure drop is directly proportional to the pebble bed length and inlet pressure, and (iii) predictions of Ergun's equation agree well with the experimental values of the pressure drop

  11. Preliminary test for reprocessing technology development of tritium breeders

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    Hoshino, Tsuyoshi; Tsuchiya, Kunihiko; Hayashi, Kimio [Blanket Irradiation and Analysis Group, Directorates of Fusion Energy Research, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, 4002, Narita-cho, Oarai-machi, Higashi Ibaraki-gun, Ibaraki 311-1393 (Japan); Nakamura, Mutsumi; Terunuma, Hitoshi [KAKEN Co., Ltd., 1044, Hori, Mito-city, Ibaraki 310-0903 (Japan); Tatenuma, Katsuyoshi [KAKEN Co., Ltd., 1044, Hori, Mito-city, Ibaraki 310-0903 (Japan)], E-mail: tatenuma@kakenlabo.co.jp

    2009-04-30

    In order to develop the reprocessing technology of lithium ceramics (Li{sub 2}TiO{sub 3}, CaO-doped Li{sub 2}TiO{sub 3}, Li{sub 4}SiO{sub 4} and Li{sub 2}O) as tritium breeder materials for fusion reactors, the dissolution methods of lithium ceramics to recover {sup 6}Li resource and the purification method of their lithium solutions to remove irradiated impurities ({sup 60}Co) were investigated. In the present work, the dissolving rates of lithium from each lithium ceramic powder using chemical aqueous reagents such as HNO{sub 3}, H{sub 2}O{sub 2} and citric acid (C{sub 6}H{sub 8}O{sub 7} . H{sub 2}O) were higher than 90%. Further the decontamination rate of {sup 60}Co added into the solutions dissolving lithium ceramics was higher than 97% using the activated carbon impregnated with 8-hydroxyquinolinol as chelate agent.

  12. Normal operation and maintenance safety lessons from the ITER US PbLi test blanket module program for a US FNSF and DEMO

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    A leading power reactor breeding blanket candidate for a fusion demonstration power plant (DEMO) being pursued by the US Fusion Community is the Dual Coolant Lead Lithium (DCLL) concept. The safety hazards associated with the DCLL concept as a reactor blanket have been examined in several US design studies. These studies identify the largest radiological hazards as those associated with the dust generation by plasma erosion of plasma blanket module first walls, oxidation of blanket structures at high temperature in air or steam, inventories of tritium bred in or permeating through the ferritic steel structures of the blanket module and blanket support systems, and the 210Po and 203Hg produced in the PbLi breeder/coolant. What these studies lack is the scrutiny associated with a licensing review of the DCLL concept. An insight into this process was gained during the US participation in the ITER Test Blanket Module (TBM) Program. In this paper we discuss the lessons learned during this activity and make safety proposals for the design of a Fusion Nuclear Science Facility (FNSF) or a DEMO that employs a lead lithium breeding blanket

  13. Breeding blankets for thermonuclear reactors

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    Materials with structures suitable for this purpose are studied. A bibliographic review of the main solid and liquid lithiated compounds is then presented. Erosion, dimensioning and maintenance problems associated with the limiter and the first wall of the reactor are studied from the point of view of the constraints they impose on the design of the blankets. Detailed studies of the main solid and liquid blanket concepts enable the best technological compromises to be determined for the indispensable functions of the blanket to be assured under acceptable conditions. Our analysis leads to four classes of solution, which cannot at this stage be considered as final recommendations, but which indicate what sort of solutions it is worthwhile exploring and comparing in order to be in a position to suggest a realistic blanket at the time when plasma control is sufficiently good for power reactors to be envisaged. Some considerations on the general architecture of the reactor are indicated. Energy storage with pulsed reactors is discussed in the appendix, and a first approach made to minimizing the total tritium recovery

  14. Calculation of waste disposal rating for the fusion experimental breeder FEB-E

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    Using the neutron transport code BISON 3.0, activation calculation code FDKR and its associated data libraries, the activation calculation and analyses of all long-lived radionuclides are performed for the Fusion Experimental Breeder FEB-E. The results indicate that the first wall and blanket structure materials of the FEB-E can meet the nuclear waste disposal criteria for the NRC 10CFR61 Class C after a few weeks from shutdown. The inventory of important actinides during field reprocessing, such as 232U and 237Np, are also calculated. Their concentrations do not excess the limit value required for environmental safety

  15. An investigation of nuclear physics characteristics of fast breeder reactors (LMFBR and GCFBR) with various fuel cycles

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    The primary emphasis on the study has been placed on comparing neutronic characteristics, e.g. fissile inventory, breeding and safety, of fast breeder reactors with uranium-plutonium and thorium-uranium fuel cycles. The study was performed using identical calculation methods and consistent data basis. As the reference fast breeder reactor, two different types of 1,200 MWe PuO2-UO2 fuelled fast reactors were chosen, which are sodium-cooled fast breeder reactor (LMFBR) and helium-cooled fast breeder reactor (GCFBR). The following four fuel utilisation models were investigated for each of LMFBR and GCFBR. (1) PuO2-UO2 core, and UO2 axial and radial blankets, (2) PuO2-UO2 core, UO2 axial blanket and ThO2 radial blanket, (3) 233UO2-UO2 core, and ThO2 axial and radial blankets, (4) 233UO2-ThO2 core, and ThO2 axial and radial blankets. The main results obtained are summarised as follows: (1) Pu fuelled LMFBR provides sufficiently high breeding gain, but has unfavourable characteristics of considerably large positive sodium-void reactivity effect. (2) U-233 fuelled LMFBR provides the favourable characteristics of negative sodium-void reactivity effect, but provides either negative or very low breeding gain. (3) Pu fuelled GCFBR has the desirable characteristics from the viewpoints investigated in the study, i.e. relatively low fissile inventory, very large breeding gain, sufficiently negative Doppler reactivity effect and negative steam ingress reactivity effect. (4) Use of U-233 in the core of GCFBR is not preferable, because of substantially low breeding gain and terribly large positive steam ingress reactivity effect. (5) Use of ThO2 in the core of LMFBR and GCFBR instead of UO2 leads to increase of fissile inventory and decrease of breeding gain. (6) Use of ThO2 in the blanket of LMFBR and GCFBR instead of UO2 does not give any significant influence on the neutronic characteristics

  16. Analysis on tritium management in FLiBe blanket for LHD-type helical reactor FFHR2

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    In FFHR2 (LHD-type helical reactor) design, FLiBe has been selected as a self-cooling tritium breeder for low reactivity with oxygen and water and lower conductivity. Considering the fugacity of the tritium, particular care and adequate mitigation measures should be applied for the effectively extracting tritium from breeder and controlling the tritium release to the environment. In this paper, a tritium analysis model of the FLiBe blanket system was developed and the preliminary analysis on tritium permeation and extraction for FLiBe blanket system were done. The results of the analysis showed that it was reasonable to select W alloy as heat exchanger (HX) material, the proportion of FLiBe flow in tritium recover system (TRS) was 0.2, the efficiency of TRS was 0.85 and tritium permeation reduction factor (TPRF) was 20 in blanket etc.. In addition, further R and D efforts were required for FFHR2 tritium system to guarantee the tritium self-sufficient and safety, for example reasonable quality of tritium permeation barriers on blanket, requirement for the TRS and fabrication technology of the heat exchanger etc.. (author)

  17. Analysis on tritium management in FLiBe blanket for force-free helical reactor FFHR2

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    In FFHR2 design, FLiBe has been selected as a self-cooling tritium breeder for low reactivity with oxygen and water and lower conductivity. Considering the fugacity of the tritium, particular care and adequate mitigation measures should be applied for the effectively extract tritium from breeder and control the tritium release to the environment. In this paper, a tritium analysis model of the FLiBe blanket system was developed and the preliminary analysis on tritium permeation and extraction for FLiBe blanket system were done. The factors which affected tritium extraction and permeation were calculated and evaluated, such as the heat exchanger material, tritium permeation reduction factor (TPRF) in blanket, proportion of FLiBe flow in tritium recover system (TRS) and efficiency of TRS etc. The results of the analysis showed that further R and D efforts were required for FFHR2 tritium system to guarantee the tritium self-sufficient and safety, for example reasonable quality of tritium permeation barriers on blanket, requirement for the TRS and fabrication technology of the heat exchanger etc.. (author)

  18. Status and prospects of thermal breeders

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    The main objective of this cooperative study and of this report is to evaluate the extent to which thermal breeders might complement or serve as an alternative to fast breeders in solving the long-term nuclear fuel supply problem. A secondary objective is to consider in a general way issues such as proliferation, safety, environmental impacts, economics, power plant availability, and fuel cycle versatility to determine whether thermal breeder reactors offer advantages or disadvantages with respect to such issues

  19. R and D activities on helium cooled solid breeder TBM in Korea

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    R and D activities currently being undertaken for HCSB TBM include joining technologies of structural material, breeder and reflector pebble material development, the effect of TBM ferritic-martensitic steel on the ripple of toroidal magnetic field, and ceramic coating on graphite pebble. The HIP joining performance of FM steel is evaluated. Lithium ceramic breeder and graphite reflector pebble fabrication methods are under development using special fabrication process, and the initial characteristics of the pebbles are assessed. Silicon carbide coating on graphite pebble is also investigated and its preliminary results are mentioned. Finally, an accurate evaluation of the effect of TBM and ferromagnetic inserts on magnetic field are implemented. The current results of these R and D issues are addressed in this paper.

  20. Design study of blanket structure for tokamak experimental fusion reactor

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    Design study of the blanket structure for JAERI Experimental Fusion Reactor (JXFR) has been carried out. Studied here were fabrication and testing of the blanket structure (blanket cells, blanket rings, piping and blanket modules), assembly and disassembly of the blanket module, and monitering and testing technique. Problems in design and fabrication of the blanket structure could be revealed. Research and development problems for the future were also disclosed. (author)

  1. Compatibility problems in tritium breeding blankets

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    Compatibility between tritium breeding materials (liquid or solid), neutron multiplier and structural steels is a concern for the choice of a tritium breeding blanket for NET. For solid tritium breeding blanket, it seems that the more severe compatibility problem is due to the interaction of beryllium with steel. As for the water-cooled Pb17Li blanket, the first results obtained in experimental conditions closed to the concept have evidenced lower corrosion rates than those measured in thermal convection loops

  2. Fusion blankets for high efficiency power cycles

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    Definitions are given of 10 generic blanket types and the specific blanket chosen to be analyzed in detail from each of the 10 types. Dimensions, compositions, energy depositions and breeding ratios (where applicable) are presented for each of the 10 designs. Ultimately, based largely on neutronics and thermal hyraulics results, breeding an nonbreeding blanket options are selected for further design analysis and integration with a suitable power conversion subsystem

  3. Preliminary design of test facilities for tritium breeding blanket development, (1)

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    This report describes the results of the preliminary design of outpile test facilities which are used for development of tritium breeding blanket with ceramic breeding material. The facilities which were designed are as follows; High heat flux test facility, Thermal-hydraulic test facility, Integrity test facility, Fabrication Technology Development Facility. This design study was performed by Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. under the contract to Fusion Research System Laboratory. (author)

  4. Fusion reactor blanket/shield design study

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    A joint study of tokamak reactor first-wall/blanket/shield technology was conducted by Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) and McDonnell Douglas Astronautics Company (MDAC). The objectives of this program were the identification of key technological limitations for various tritium-breeding-blanket design concepts, establishment of a basis for assessment and comparison of the design features of each concept, and development of optimized blanket designs. The approach used involved a review of previously proposed blanket designs, analysis of critical technological problems and design features associated with each of the blanket concepts, and a detailed evaluation of the most tractable design concepts. Tritium-breeding-blanket concepts were evaluated according to the proposed coolant. The ANL effort concentrated on evaluation of lithium- and water-cooled blanket designs while the MDAC effort focused on helium- and molten salt-cooled designs. A joint effort was undertaken to provide a consistent set of materials property data used for analysis of all blanket concepts. Generalized nuclear analysis of the tritium breeding performance, an analysis of tritium breeding requirements, and a first-wall stress analysis were conducted as part of the study. The impact of coolant selection on the mechanical design of a tokamak reactor was evaluated. Reference blanket designs utilizing the four candidate coolants are presented

  5. Production enhancement and quality degradation of Pu produced in FBR blankets

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    Full text: For smooth deployment of FBR in near future, securing economy and non-proliferation are pivotal factors. This study has two main objectives related to these two key factors. One is to enhance Pu production efficiency in blanket region of fast breeder reactor core. The other is Pu composition degradation to improve the proliferation resistance of FBR fuel cycle. The former contributes to reduce amount of blanket fuels to be fabricated and reprocessed to gain the same quantity of Pu, consequently it is expected to improve the fuel cycle economy. The composition of Pu generated in FBR blanket generally has very high quality, namely, equal to weapon or super grade. The latter objective is to deteriorate the quality of generated Pu by adjusting neutron spectrum in the blanket region and the initial composition of blanket fuels. A conceptual core design of MOX fueled, sodium cooled FBR with 1500MWe rating is performed by using SLAROM and CIRATION code with nuclear data set prepared for fast reactors of JFS-3-J3.2. The initial fuels in the active core region contains 5% of minor actinides produced in UO2-fueled PWR with enrichment of 4.1% and burnup of 43GWd/t after 10 years cooling. A index FIR (fissile inventory ratio at EOC and BOC) is used to measure the net fissile balance that is suited for fuel cycle mass balance analysis in addition to the BR (breeding ratio) in the standard definition. The moderator material used to tailor the neutron spectrum in the blanket region is ZrH. The depleted uranium pins in the radial blanket are replaced by ZrH pins in the volume fraction range from 0% to 30%. By increasing ZrH pins, the Pu production per unit mass of UO2 in blanket increased from 0.08kg-Pu/kg-UO2 to more than 0.1kg-Pu/kg-UO2. The FIR also slightly improved by replacing small fraction of UO2 by ZrH pins however it turned for the worse in the higher range more than 5% of ZrH. Loading ZrH into blanket fuel assembly drastically affects the Pu composition at

  6. Flibe blanket concept for transmuting transuranic elements and long lived fission products

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    A Molten salt (Flibe) fusion blanket concept has been developed to solve the disposition problems of the spent nuclear fuel and the transuranic elements. This blanket concept can achieve the top rated solution, the complete elimination of the transuranic elements and the long-lived fission products. Small driven fusion devices with low neutron wall loading and low neutron fluence can perform this function. A 344-MW integrated fusion power from D-T plasmas for thirty years with an availability factor of 0.75 can dispose of 70,000 tons of the US inventory of spent nuclear fuel generated up to the year 2015. In addition, the utilization of this blanket concept eliminates the need for a geological repository site, which is a major advantage. This application provides an excellent opportunity to develop and to enhance the public acceptance of the fusion energy for the future. The energy from the transmutation process is utilized to produce revenue. Flibe, lithium-lead eutectic, and liquid lead are possible candidates. The liquid blankets have several features, which are suited for W application. It can operate at constant thermal power without interruption for refueling by adjusting the concentration of the transuranic elements and lithium-6. These liquids operate at low-pressure, which reduces the primary stresses in the structure material. Development and fabrication costs of solid transuranic materials are eliminated. Burnup limit of the transuranic elements due to radiation effects is eliminated. Heat is generated within the liquid, which simplifies the heat removal process without producing thermal stresses. These blanket concepts have large negative temperature coefficient with respect to the blanket reactivity, which enhances the safety performance. These liquids are chemically and thermally stable under irradiation conditions, which minimize the radioactive waste volume. The operational record of the Molten Salt Breeder Reactor with Flibe was very successful

  7. An economic analysis of fusion breeders

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    This paper presents a study of the economic performance of Fission/Fusion Hybrid devices. This work takes fusion breeder cost estimates and applies methodology and cost factors used in the fission reactor programs to compare fusion breeders with Liquid Metal Fast Breeder Reactors (LMFBR). The results of the analysis indicate that the Hybrid will be in the same competitive range as proposed LMFBRs and have the potential to provide economically competitive power in a future of rising uranium prices. The sensitivity of the results to variations in key parameters is included

  8. Li depletion effects on Li2TiO3 reaction with H2 in thermo-chemical environment relevant to breeding blanket for fusion power plants

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    This is a report of the Working Group in the Subtask on Solid Breeder Blankets under the Implementing Agreement on a Co-operative Programme on Nuclear Technology of Fusion Reactors (International Energy Agency (IEA)). This Working Group (Task F and WG-F) was performed from 2000 to 2004 by a collaboration of European Union (EU) and Japan (JA). In this report, lithium depletion effects on the reaction of lithium titanate (Li2TiO3) with hydrogen (H2) in thermo-chemical environment were discussed. The reaction of Li2TiO3 ceramics with H2 was studied in a thermo-chemical environment simulating (excepting irradiation) that of the hottest pebble-bed zone of breeding-blanket actually designed for fusion power plants. This 'reduction' as performed at 900degC in Ar+0.1%H, purge gas (He+0.1%H2 being the designed reference') was found to be enhanced by TiO2 doping of the specimens of simulate 6Li-burn-up expected to reach 20% at their end-of-life. The reaction rates, however, were so slow to be not significantly extrapolated to the breeder material service time (years). In Ar+3%H2, faster reaction rates allowed a better identification of the process evolution (kinetics) by Temperature-Programmed Reduction' (TPR) and 'Oxidation' (TPO), and combined TG-DTA thermal analysis. The reduction of pure Li4/5TiO12/5 spinel phase to Li4/5TiO12/5-y was found to reach in one day the steady state at the O-vacancy concentration y=0.2. Complimentary microscopy (SEM) and spectroscopy (XRD, XPS) techniques were used to characterize the reaction products among which the presence of the orthorhombic LivTiO2 (0 ≤ v ≤ 1/2) and Li2TiO3 could be diagnosed. So that the complete spinel reduction to Li1/2TiO2 was obtained according to a scheme involving the Li1/2TiO2-Li4/5TiO12/5 spinel phase solid solution for which y=3v/(10-5v). The reduction rate of pure meta-titanate to Li2TiO3-x was found much lower (x approx. = 0.01) and even possibly due to the presence of the spinel phase whose quantitative

  9. Development of a hydrogen permeation sensor for liquid breeder type TBMs

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    Korea has developed Test Blanket Modules (TBMs) for ITER and DEMO fusion reactor. The tritium extraction from a breeder is one of the key technologies and its methods have been investigated. For developing the tritium extraction methods and evaluating the amount of tritium in the system, a reliable and correct sensor is required to measure the hydrogen concentration in liquid metal breeder. There are several researches for developing the sensors in the ITER participants and especially, EU has developed the permeation sensors trying to selecting materials with low Sievert's constant and high hydrogen diffusivity coefficient. When it comes to geometry, cylindrical and annulus shape of permeable sensors were invented to measure the hydrogen concentration in the liquid metal breeder. The annulus type was finally chosen to reduce the time necessary to measure the concentration. However, this response time is still too long time about tens of minutes to measure the tritium concentration in the online system. To solve this problem, we designed and fabricated the several sensors, with various materials and shapes, the results are introduced in the present study

  10. ITER blanket, shield and material data base

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    As part of the summary of the Conceptual Design Activities (CDA) for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), this document describes the ITER blanket, shield, and material data base. Part A, ''ITER Blanket and Shield Conceptual Design'', discusses the need for ITER of a tritium breeding blanket to supply most of the tritium for the fuel cycle of the device. Blanket and shield combined must be designed to operate at a neutron wall loading of 1MW/m2, and to provide adequate shielding of the magnets to meet the neutron energy fluence goal of 3MWa/m2 at the first wall. After a summary of the conceptual design, the following topics are elaborated upon: (1) function, design requirement, and critical issues; (2) material selection; (3) blanket and shield segmentation; (4) blanket design description; (5) design analysis; (6) shield; (7) radiation streaming analysis; and (8) a summary of benchmark calculations. Part B, ''ITER Materials Evaluation and Data Base'', treats the compilation and assessment of the available materials data base used for the selection of the appropriate materials for all major components of ITER, including (i) structural materials for the first wall, (ii) Tritium breeding materials for the blanket, (iii) plasma facing materials for the divertor and first wall armor, and (4) electric insulators for use in the blanket and divertor. Refs, figs and tabs

  11. Design and analysis of ITER shield blanket

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    This report includes electromagnetic analyses for ITER shielding blanket modules, fabrication methods for the blanket modules and the back plate, the design and the fabrication methods for port limiter have been investigated. Studies on the runaway electron impact for Be armor have been also performed. (J.P.N.)

  12. Nuclear reaction analysis as a tool for the 3He thermal evolution in Li2TiO3 ceramics

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    Carella, E.; Sauvage, T.; Bès, R.; Courtois, B.; González, M.

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    Li2TiO3 ceramic is one of the promising solid breeding candidates for fuel generation in deuterium-tritium Fusion reactors. The Tritium (T) release characteristics consist of a complex combination of gas diffusion stages inside the solid. Considering that this ceramic will produce high concentration of gaseous transmutation products (3H and 4He) when exposed to high-energy neutrons, there are considerable interests in studying 3He thermal evolution for the fundamental understanding of the light ion behavior in breeder blanket materials under reactor conditions. 3He atoms used to simulate the 4He incorporation were implanted by a 600 keV ion beam at a fluence of 1017 at/cm2 and the 3He(d,α)1H nuclear reaction analysis (NRA) technique was subsequently used to study depth profiles evolution after different thermal annealing treatments. The release experiments showed that 3He outgassing is not effective at room temperature, remaining quite negligible till 300 °C. After this temperature, the 3He content in the sample reduces steadily with increasing the annealing temperature, and less than 5% of the initial 3He concentration was found at 900 °C after an isochronal annealing, without significant depth-profile broadening. Scanning and transmission electron microscopies characterization highlight the microstructural changes of the implanted and annealed ceramic within the nuclear cascades zone. The correlation of results obtained by electron microscopy and NRA technique leads to the conclusion that the helium release is governed by a transport mechanism that involves rapid migration/diffusion through interconnected gas cavities and resulting microcracks before reaching grain boundaries and opened pores.

  13. Design of ITER shielding blanket

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    A mechanical configuration of ITER integrated primary first wall/shield blanket module were developed focusing on the welded attachment of its support leg to the back plate. A 100 mm x 150 mm space between the legs of adjacent modules was incorporated for the working space of welding/cutting tools. A concept of coolant branch pipe connection to accommodate deformation due to the leg welding and differential displacement of the module and the manifold/back plate during operation was introduced. Two-dimensional FEM analyses showed that thermal stresses in Cu-alloy (first wall) and stainless steel (first wall coolant tube and shield block) satisfied the stress criteria following ASME code for ITER BPP operation. On the other hand, three-dimensional FEM analyses for overall in-vessel structures exhibited excessive primary stresses in the back plate and its support structure to the vacuum vessel under VDE disruption load and marginal stresses in the support leg of module No.4. Fabrication procedure of the integrated primary first wall/shield blanket module was developed based on single step solid HIP for the joining of Cu-alloy/Cu-alloy, Cu-alloy/stainless steel, and stainless steel/stainless steel. (author)

  14. Disruption problematics in segmented-blanket concepts

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    In tokamaks, the hostile operating environment originated by plasma disruption events requires that the first-wall/blanket/shield components sustain the large induced electromagnetic (EM) forces without significant structural deformation and within allowable material stresses. As a consequence, there is a need to improve the safety features of the segmented-blanket design concepts in order to satisfy the disruption problematics.The present paper describes recent investigations on internal blanket reinforcement systems needed in order to improve the first-wall/blanket/shield structural design for next-step and commercial fusion reactors. Particularly in the context of SEAFP and ITER activities, representative 3-D CAD models of the inboard and outboard blanket regions and the related magnetomechanical simulations are illustrated. (orig.)

  15. Classification Using Markov Blanket for Feature Selection

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    Zeng, Yifeng; Luo, Jian

    Selecting relevant features is in demand when a large data set is of interest in a classification task. It produces a tractable number of features that are sufficient and possibly improve the classification performance. This paper studies a statistical method of Markov blanket induction algorithm...... for filtering features and then applies a classifier using the Markov blanket predictors. The Markov blanket contains a minimal subset of relevant features that yields optimal classification performance. We experimentally demonstrate the improved performance of several classifiers using a Markov...... blanket induction as a feature selection method. In addition, we point out an important assumption behind the Markov blanket induction algorithm and show its effect on the classification performance....

  16. Basic concepts of DEMO and a design of a helium-cooled molten lithium blanket for a testing in ITER

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    Basic concepts and the performance of DEMO for an early realization have been investigated with a limited extension of its plasma physics and technology from the second phase of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) operation (EPP phase). With the same plasma size as that of ITER, net electric power up to 600 MW is possible with βN > 4.0, H > 1.0 and a divertor heat load of Hdiv 2. Through a consideration of the requirements for a DEMO-relevant blanket concept, Korea has proposed a He cooled molten lithium (HCML) blanket as an ITER TBM. It uses He as a coolant and Li is used as a tritium breeder by considering its potential advantages. Low activation Ferritic Steel (FS) is used as a structural material and two layers of graphite are inserted as a reflector in the breeder zone to increase the tritium breeding ratio (TBR) and the shielding performances. The design and the performance of the KO HCML test blanket module (TBM) are being modified in terms of its He coolant efficiency and its optimized path with a performance analysis; with a 3D Monte Carlo analysis (MCCARD code) for the neutronics; with the CFD code (CFX-10) for the thermal-hydraulics; with ANSYS-10 for the thermo-mechanical analysis

  17. Design and preliminary safety analysis of a helium cooled molten lithium test blanket module for the ITER in Korea

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    Through a consideration of the requirements for a DEMO-relevant blanket concept, Korea (KO) has proposed a He cooled molten lithium (HCML) blanket with ferritic steel (FS) as a structural material in the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) program. The design and the performance of the KO HCML test blanket module (TBM) and the preliminary results of the safety analyses such as activation, decay heat, and accident analysis by a loss of coolant are introduced briefly in this paper. KO HCML TBM uses He as a coolant and Li is used as a tritium breeder by considering its potential advantages. Two layers of graphite are inserted as a reflector in the breeder zone to increase the tritium breeding ratio (TBR) and the shielding performances. Performance analyses were performed with the MCCARD code for the neutronics, the CFX-10 code for the thermal-hydraulics, and with the ANSYS-10 code for the thermal-mechanical analysis. For the safety analyses, the activation and decay heat were obtained from the MCCARD and Origen codes. From the obtained decay heat, an accident analysis was performed

  18. Breeder reactor fuel fabrication system development

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    Significant progress has been made in the design and development of remotely operated breeder reactor fuel fabrication and support systems (e.g., analytical chemistry). These activities are focused by the Secure Automated Fabrication (SAF) Program sponsored by the Department of Energy to provide: a reliable supply of fuel pins to support US liquid metal cooled breeder reactors and at the same time demonstrate the fabrication of mixed uranium/plutonium fuel by remotely operated and automated methods

  19. Safety analysis on the Korean He-Cooled Molten Lithium Test Blanket Module for the ITER

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    Through a consideration of the requirements for a DEMO-relevant blanket concept, a He Cooled Molten Lithium (HCML) blanket with Ferritic Steel (FS) as a structural material is proposed to be tested in the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER). The HCML Test Blanket Module (TBM) uses He as a coolant at an inlet temperature of 300 deg C and an outlet temperature up to 376 deg C and Li is used as a tritium breeder by considering its potential advantages. Two layers of a graphite reflector are inserted as a reflector in the breeder zone to increase the Tritium Breeding Ratio (TBR) and the shielding performances. A 3-D Monte Carlo analysis is performed with the MCCARD code for the neutronics and the total TBM power is designed to be 0.739 MW at a normal heat flux from the plasma side. From the analysis results with CFX-10 for the thermal-hydraulics, the He cooling path is optimized and it shows that the maximum temperature of the first wall does not exceed 550 deg C at the structural materials and the coolant velocities are 45 m/sec and 8.2 m/sec in the first wall and breeding zone, respectively. The obtained temperature data is used in the thermal-mechanical analysis with ANSYS-10. The maximum von Mises equivalent stress of the first wall is 123 MPa and the maximum deformation of it is 3.73 mm, which is lower than the maximum allowable stress. The KO HCML is being designed and optimized from the current design. Since the safety analysis related to the postulated accident is essential for both licensing and acceptance for installation in ITER, the relatively severe cases were assumed for the safety assessment; (1) active plasma shut-down after delayed accident detection with disruption and (2) no active plasma shut-down. The safety analysis performed for both cases show the capability of decay heat removal in both cases. (author)

  20. A Helium Cooled Molten Lithium test blanket module for the ITER in Korea

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    Through a consideration of the requirements for a DEMO-relevant blanket concept, Korea (KO) has proposed a He Cooled Molten Lithium (HCML) blanket with Ferritic Steel (FS) as a structural material as part of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) program. The preliminary design and the performance of the KO HCML Test Blanket Module (TBM) are introduced in this paper. It uses He as a coolant at an inlet temperature of 300 C and an outlet temperature up to 400 C and Li is used as a tritium breeder by considering its potential advantages. Two layers of graphite are inserted as a reflector in the breeder zone to increase the Tritium Breeding Ratio (TBR) and the shielding performances. A 3-D Monte Carlo analysis is performed with the MCCARD code for the neutronics evaluation of the KO HCML and the total TBM power is designed to be 0.739 MW at a normal heat flux from the plasma side. From the analysis results with CFX-10 for the thermal-hydraulics evaluation, the He cooling path is determined and it shows that the maximum temperature of the first wall does not exceed 550 C for the structural materials and the coolant velocities are 45 m/sec and 8.2 m/sec for the first wall and breeding zone, respectively. The obtained temperature data was used in the thermal-mechanical analysis with ANSYS-10. The maximum von Mises equivalent stress of the first wall was 123 MPa and the maximum deformation of it was 3.73 mm, which is lower than the maximum allowable stress. And also, for the several accident scenarios such as a Loss of Coolant Accident (LOCA), a safety analysis is being performed. (orig.)

  1. Basic Concepts of DEMO and a Design of a Helium Cooled Molten Lithium Blanket

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    Demonstration fusion power plant, DEMO is regarded as the last step before the development of a commercial fusion reactor in Korea National Basic Plan for the Development of Fusion Energy. The DEMO should demonstrate a net electric power generation, a tritium self sufficiency, and the safety aspect of a power plant. With a limited extension of the improved plasma physics and technology from the 2nd phase of the ITER operation (EPP phase), we developed the basic concepts of DEMO and identified the design parameters by considering the dependence of DEMO on performance objectives, design features and physical and technical constraints. Extensive system analyses have been performed to find device variables which optimize figures of merit such as major radius, ignition margin, neutron wall load, etc. The He Cooled Molten Lithium/FS (HCML) blanket is one of options for DEMO blanket and its tritium breeding capability and heat removal capability will be tested in ITER as a test blanket module (TBM). HCML blanket uses He as a coolant and Li as a tritium breeder. From a sensitivity study, 6Li enrichment was optimized in terms of tritium breeding ratio (TBR). An optimum was found for a natural enrichment in DEMO blanket but it was 12 wt% in TBM since the amount of Li is limited in ITER. Two layers of a graphite reflector were inserted as a reflector in the breeder zone to increase the TBR and the shielding performances. The graphite reflector thickness was optimized to maximize TBR without any special neutron multiplier and to minimize the neutron leakage. For TBM, a 3-D Monte Carlo neutronic analysis was performed with the MCCARD code and the total power was founded to be a 0.739 MW at normal heat flux 0.3 MW/m2 from plasma side. From the thermal-hydraulic analysis using CFX-10, the He cooling path was optimized and it was found that the maximum temperature of FW is below 550 oC at structural materials and the coolant velocities are 45 m/sec and 8.2 m/sec at FW and breeding

  2. Lay-out and materials for in pile tritium transport testing of breeder-inside-tube pin assemblies

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    An irradiation experiment (90 FPD in SILOE reactor) has been designed in order to evaluate the in-situ effect of red-ox power of sweeping gas (helium with 100 vpm of H2/H2O with relative concentrations varying from pure H2 to pure H2O) on (a) Tritium removal from LiAlO2 and Li2ZrO3; (b) Tritium permeation through AISI-316L SS tubes with bare and coated surfaces. The conditions and materials explored were selected in order to test possible improvements with respect to critical issues for the 'Breeder Inside Tube' (BIT) blanket concept development. (orig.)

  3. ARIES-IV Nested Shell Blanket Design

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    The ARIES-IV Nested Shell Blanket (NSB) Design is an alternate blanket concept of the ARIES-IV low activation helium-cooled reactor design. The reference design has the coolant routed in the poloidal direction and the inlet and outlet plena are located at the top and bottom of the torus. The NSB design has the high velocity coolant routed in the toroidal direction and the plena are located behind the blanket. This is of significance since the selected structural material is SiC-composite. The NSB is designed to have key high performance components with characteristic dimensions of no larger than 2 m. These components can be brazed to form the blanket module. For the diverter design, we eliminated the use of W as the divertor coating material by relying on the successful development of the gaseous divertor concept. The neutronics and thermal-hydraulic performance of both blanket concepts are similar. The selected blanket and divertor configurations can also meet all the projected structural, neutronics and thermal-hydraulics design limits and requirements. With the selected blanket and divertor materials, the design has a level of safety assurance rate of I (LSA-1), which indicates an inherently safe design

  4. Multivariable optimization of fusion reactor blankets

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    The optimization problem consists of four key elements: a figure of merit for the reactor, a technique for estimating the neutronic performance of the blanket as a function of the design variables, constraints on the design variables and neutronic performance, and a method for optimizing the figure of merit subject to the constraints. The first reactor concept investigated uses a liquid lithium blanket for breeding tritium and a steel blanket to increase the fusion energy multiplication factor. The capital cost per unit of net electric power produced is minimized subject to constraints on the tritium breeding ratio and radiation damage rate. The optimal design has a 91-cm-thick lithium blanket denatured to 0.1% 6Li. The second reactor concept investigated uses a BeO neutron multiplier and a LiAlO2 breeding blanket. The total blanket thickness is minimized subject to constraints on the tritium breeding ratio, the total neutron leakage, and the heat generation rate in aluminum support tendons. The optimal design consists of a 4.2-cm-thick BeO multiplier and 42-cm-thick LiAlO2 breeding blanket enriched to 34% 6Li

  5. Helium-Cooled Refractory Alloys First Wall and Blanket Evaluation

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    Wong, C.P.C.; Nygren, R.E.; Baxi, C.B.; Fogarty, P.; Ghoniem, N.; Khater, H.; McCarthy, K.; Merrill, B.; Nelson, B.; Reis, E.E.; Sharafat, S.; Schleicher, R.; Sze, D.K.; Ulrickson, M.; Willms, S.; Youssef, M.; Zinkel, S.

    1999-08-01

    Under the APEX program the He-cooled system design task is to evaluate and recommend high power density refractory alloy first wall and blanket designs and to recommend and initiate tests to address critical issues. We completed the preliminary design of a helium-cooled, W-5Re alloy, lithium breeder design and the results are reported in this paper. Many areas of the design were assessed, including material selection, helium impurity control, and mechanical, nuclear and thermal hydraulics design, and waste disposal, tritium and safety design. System study results show that at a closed cycle gas turbine (CCGT) gross thermal efficiency of 57.5%, a superconducting coil tokamak reactor, with an aspect ratio of 4, and an output power of 2 GWe, can be projected to have a cost of electricity at 54.6 mill/kWh. Critical issues were identified and we plan to continue the design on some of the critical issues during the next phase of the APEX design study.

  6. Helium-Cooled Refractory Alloys First Wall and Blanket Evaluation

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    Under the APEX program the He-cooled system design task is to evaluate and recommend high power density refractory alloy first wall and blanket designs and to recommend and initiate tests to address critical issues. We completed the preliminary design of a helium-cooled, W-5Re alloy, lithium breeder design and the results are reported in this paper. Many areas of the design were assessed, including material selection, helium impurity control, and mechanical, nuclear and thermal hydraulics design, and waste disposal, tritium and safety design. System study results show that at a closed cycle gas turbine (CCGT) gross thermal efficiency of 57.5%, a superconducting coil tokamak reactor, with an aspect ratio of 4, and an output power of 2 GWe, can be projected to have a cost of electricity at 54.6 mill/kWh. Critical issues were identified and we plan to continue the design on some of the critical issues during the next phase of the APEX design study

  7. Mechanical and thermal design of hybrid blankets

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    The thermal and mechanical aspects of hybrid reactor blanket design considerations are discussed. This paper is intended as a companion to that of J. D. Lee of Lawrence Livermore Laboratory on the nuclear aspects of hybrid reactor blanket design. The major design characteristics of hybrid reactor blankets are discussed with emphasis on the areas of difference between hybrid reactors and standard fusion or fission reactors. Specific examples are used to illustrate the design tradeoffs and choices that must be made in hybrid reactor design. These examples are drawn from the work on the Mirror Hybrid Reactor

  8. Benchmark calculations for fusion blanket development

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    Benchmark problems representing the leading fusion blanket concepts are presented. Benchmark calculations for self-cooled Li17Pb83 and helium-cooled blankets were performed. Multigroup data libraries generated from ENDF/B-IV and V files using the NJOY and AMPX processing codes with different weighting functions were used. The sensitivity of the tritium breeding ratio to group structure and weighting spectrum increases as the thickness and Li enrichment decrease with up to 20% discrepancies for thin natural Li17Pb83 blankets. (author)

  9. Environmental considerations for alternative fusion reactor blankets

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    Comparisons of alternative fusion reactor blanket/coolant systems suggest that environmental considerations will enter strongly into selection of design and materials. Liquid blankets and coolants tend to maximize transport of radioactive corrosion products. Liquid lithium interacts strongly with tritium, minimizing permeation and escape of gaseous tritium in accidents. However, liquid lithium coolants tend to create large tritium inventories and have a large fire potential compared to flibe and solid blankets. Helium coolants minimize radiation transport, but do not have ability to bind the tritium in case of accidental releases. (auth)

  10. Tritium trapping in silicon carbide in contact with solid breeder under high flux isotope reactor irradiation

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    The trapping of tritium in silicon carbide (SiC) injected from ceramic breeding materials was examined via tritium measurements using imaging plate (IP) techniques. Monolithic SiC in contact with ternary lithium oxide (lithium titanate and lithium aluminate) as a ceramic breeder was irradiated in the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA. The distribution of photo-stimulated luminescence (PSL) of tritium in SiC was successfully obtained, which separated the contribution of 14C β-rays to the PSL. The tritium incident from ceramic breeders was retained in the vicinity of the SiC surface even after irradiation at 1073 K over the duration of ∼3000 h, while trapping of tritium was not observed in the bulk region. The PSL intensity near the SiC surface in contact with lithium titanate was higher than that obtained with lithium aluminate. The amount of the incident tritium and/or the formation of a Li2SiO3 phase on SiC due to the reaction with lithium aluminate under irradiation likely were responsible for this observation

  11. Tritium transport in lithium ceramics porous media

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    Tam, S.W.; Ambrose, V.

    1991-12-31

    A random network model has been utilized to analyze the problem of tritium percolation through porous Li ceramic breeders. Local transport in each pore channel is described by a set of convection-diffusion-reaction equations. Long range transport is described by a matrix technique. The heterogeneous structure of the porous medium is accounted for via Monte Carlo methods. The model was then applied to an analysis of the relative contribution of diffusion and convective flow to tritium transport in porous lithium ceramics. 15 refs., 4 figs.

  12. Tritium transport in lithium ceramics porous media

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    Tam, S.W.; Ambrose, V.

    1991-01-01

    A random network model has been utilized to analyze the problem of tritium percolation through porous Li ceramic breeders. Local transport in each pore channel is described by a set of convection-diffusion-reaction equations. Long range transport is described by a matrix technique. The heterogeneous structure of the porous medium is accounted for via Monte Carlo methods. The model was then applied to an analysis of the relative contribution of diffusion and convective flow to tritium transport in porous lithium ceramics. 15 refs., 4 figs.

  13. Tritium transport in lithium ceramics porous media

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    A random network model has been utilized to analyze the problem of tritium percolation through porous Li ceramic breeders. Local transport in each pore channel is described by a set of convection-diffusion-reaction equations. Long range transport is described by a matrix technique. The heterogeneous structure of the porous medium is accounted for via Monte Carlo methods. The model was then applied to an analysis of the relative contribution of diffusion and convective flow to tritium transport in porous lithium ceramics. 15 refs., 4 figs

  14. Compatibility of sodium with ceramic oxides employed in nuclear reactors

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    This work is a review of experiments carried out up to the present time on the corrosion and compatibility of ceramic oxides with liquid sodium at temperatures corresponding to those in fast breeder reactors. The review also includes the results of a thermo-dynamic/liquid sodium reactions. The exercise has been conducted with a view to effecting experimental studies in the future. (Author)

  15. Divertor and gas blanket impurity control study

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    A simple calculational model for the transport of particles across the scrap off region between the plasma and the wall in the presence of a divertor or a gas blanket has been developed. The model departs from previous work in including: (a) the entire impurity transport as well as its effect on the energy balance equations; (b) the recycling neutrals from the divertor, and (c) the reflected neutrals from the wall. Results obtained with this model show how the steady state impurity level in the plasma depends on the divertor parameters such as the neutral backflow from the divertor, the particle residence time and the scrape off thickness; and on the gas blanket parameters such as the neutral source strength and the gas blanket thickness. The variation of the divertor or gas blanket performance as a function of the heat and particle fluxes escaping from the plasma, the wall material and the cross field diffusion is examined and numerical examples are given

  16. Structural design and preliminary analysis of liquid lead–lithium blanket for China Fusion Engineering Test Reactor

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    China Fusion Engineering Test Reactor (CFETR) has been proposed as an option in China to bridge the gaps between ITER and fusion power plant. Since one major goal of CFETR is to demonstrate long pulse or steady-state operation with duty cycle time ≥0.3–0.5, easier maintenance of the in-vessel components is emphasized in the design process. In this contribution, a kind of liquid lead–lithium tritium breeder blanket concept focus on the remote maintenance has been designed for CFETR. To make the pipes and mechanical connections at the rear of the blanket accessible from vacuum vessel, two kinds of guide tubes were adopted to provide passageways for remote handling tools. In order to evaluate the effects of the guide tube installation on the structural performance of the blanket, as a preliminary stage, thermal-hydraulic analysis of first wall was carried out based on the heat load obtained from 3D modeled neutronics calculations. In addition, thermal stress analysis of the first wall under normal condition was performed to evaluate the thermomechanical behavior. The preliminary analysis results validated the performance of current blanket design

  17. Structural design and preliminary analysis of liquid lead–lithium blanket for China Fusion Engineering Test Reactor

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    Ni, Muyi; Lian, Chao; Zhang, Shichao; Nie, Baojie; Jiang, Jieqiong, E-mail: jieqiong.jiang@fds.org.cn

    2015-05-15

    China Fusion Engineering Test Reactor (CFETR) has been proposed as an option in China to bridge the gaps between ITER and fusion power plant. Since one major goal of CFETR is to demonstrate long pulse or steady-state operation with duty cycle time ≥0.3–0.5, easier maintenance of the in-vessel components is emphasized in the design process. In this contribution, a kind of liquid lead–lithium tritium breeder blanket concept focus on the remote maintenance has been designed for CFETR. To make the pipes and mechanical connections at the rear of the blanket accessible from vacuum vessel, two kinds of guide tubes were adopted to provide passageways for remote handling tools. In order to evaluate the effects of the guide tube installation on the structural performance of the blanket, as a preliminary stage, thermal-hydraulic analysis of first wall was carried out based on the heat load obtained from 3D modeled neutronics calculations. In addition, thermal stress analysis of the first wall under normal condition was performed to evaluate the thermomechanical behavior. The preliminary analysis results validated the performance of current blanket design.

  18. The effect of self-shielding of resonance cross sections on the performance of some promising fusion blanket designs

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    The effect of self-shielding of resonance cross sections on the tritium breeding ratio was investigated for three promising fusion blanket designs with liquid lithium, lithium oxide and lithium-lead breeders. Calculations were performed using ANISN and MCNP transport codes with the ENDF/B-V based nuclear data libraries. It is found that the self-shielding effect cannot be neglected in the blanket design if the blanket is neutron leaky in the case when the blanket is thin or with lower Li-6 enrichment in Li. This may result in an underestimate of the tritium breeding ratio if the cross sections are infinitely diluted. This is due to the resonances in the structure materials in which the absorption cross sections are enhanced in the infinitely diluted case. Thus the effect of self-shielding of resonance cross sections should be considered in neutronics calculations of fusion reactors. It is shown that the MCNP results are better reproduced by those from the transport code with the infinitely diluted library. This is probably due to the weight function used to generate the library and to the number of groups considered. Thus for fusion applications it is recommanded to collapse broad group cross sections with the spectrum obtained from an accurate calculation based on many fine groups. (author)

  19. Exploratory Study of Blanket Liquid Curtain

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    HUGang; HUANGJinhua; FENGKaiming

    2003-01-01

    Blankets and other in-vessel components are easily damaged owing to their circumstance of high radiation and high heat. To protect them, first wall design should be considered. Owing to its high heat removal nd self-refreshing capability, liquid metal first wall has been seen as a potential first wall for a fusion reactor in the future. Blanketliquid curtain is actually a special liquid metal wall to protect blanket.

  20. Advanced high performance solid wall blanket concepts

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    First wall and blanket (FW/blanket) design is a crucial element in the performance and acceptance of a fusion power plant. High temperature structural and breeding materials are needed for high thermal performance. A suitable combination of structural design with the selected materials is necessary for D-T fuel sufficiency. Whenever possible, low afterheat, low chemical reactivity and low activation materials are desired to achieve passive safety and minimize the amount of high-level waste. Of course the selected fusion FW/blanket design will have to match the operational scenarios of high performance plasma. The key characteristics of eight advanced high performance FW/blanket concepts are presented in this paper. Design configurations, performance characteristics, unique advantages and issues are summarized. All reviewed designs can satisfy most of the necessary design goals. For further development, in concert with the advancement in plasma control and scrape off layer physics, additional emphasis will be needed in the areas of first wall coating material selection, design of plasma stabilization coils, consideration of reactor startup and transient events. To validate the projected performance of the advanced FW/blanket concepts the critical element is the need for 14 MeV neutron irradiation facilities for the generation of necessary engineering design data and the prediction of FW/blanket components lifetime and availability

  1. Accelerator breeder with uranium, thorium target

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    An accelerator breeder, that uses a low-enriched fuel as the target material, can produce substantial amounts of fissile material and electric power. A study of H2O- and D2O-cooled, UO2, U, (depleted U), or thorium indicates that U-metal fuel produces a good fissile production rate and electrical power of about 60% higher than UO2 fuel. Thorium fuel has the same order of magnitude as UO2 fuel for fissile-fuel production, but the generating electric power is substantially lower than in a UO2 reactor. Enriched UO2 fuel increases the generating electric power but not the fissile-material production rate. The Na-cooled breeder target has many advantages over the H2O-cooled breeder target

  2. Improved fuel element for fast breeder reactor

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    The invention, in which the United States Department of Energy has participated as co-inventor, relates to breeder reactor fuel elements, and specifically to such elements incorporating 'getters', hereafter designated as fission product traps. The main object of the invention is the construction of a fast breeder reactor fuel pin, free from local stresses induced in the cladding by reactions with cesium. According to the invention, the fast breeder fuel element includes a cladding tube, sealed at both ends by a plug, and containing a fissile stack and a fertile stack, characterized by the interposition of a cesium trap between the fissile and fertile stacks. The trap is effective at reactor operating temperatures in retaining and separating the cesium generated in the fissile material and preventing cesium reaction with the fertile stack. Depending on the construction method adopted, the trap may consists of a low density titanium oxide or niobium oxide pellet

  3. The role and problems of the breeder

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    World uranium resources are discussed and it is concluded that the period of availability of uranium for use in the present type of nuclear power stations is not much greater than that of oil. The neutron economies of fast and thermal reactors are compared, and the advantages of the breeder for the world uranium economy are demonstrated. The main impediments to the use of the fast breeder are considerations of safety, public acceptance and economics. Fast reactor safety is discussed and the health hazards and possible mis-use of plutonium for terrorism and weapons proliferation are considered. It is widely accepted that the U.K. cannot economically justify the development of the breeder alone and is likely to choose to co-operate with Western Europe. A public enquiry in the U.K. seems certain and would be welcomed by the nuclear industry. (author)

  4. Two dimensional distribution of tritium breeding ratio and induced activity in Japanese water cooled and helium cooled test blanket modules

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    Solid breeder blankets are regarded as a near-at-hand blanket concept for a fusion power demonstration plant in Japan. Test blanket module (TBM) to be tested in ITER is the most important milestone to establish the fusion demonstration blanket. For the candidate TBM's, two types of TBM, water cooled solid breeder TBM, and a helium gas cooled solid breeder TBM have been proposed and designed in JAERI. For detailed performance study under operation and after shut down, detailed neutronics analysis gives the most important design conditions, such as, distribution of tritium breeding ratio, nuclear heating rate during operation, and induced activation and decay heat after termination of irradiation. In the analysis, neutron and gamma transportation was calculated by two dimensional analysis code, DOT3.5, for two TBMs. Nuclear reaction rate and induced activation rate were evaluated by APPLE-3 and ACT-4, respectively. The analysis model included configurations of thermo-mechanical test modules and surrounding common frames for both of He cooled and water cooled TBMs. By the neutronics analysis, TBR and contact dose rate by induced activation till one year after termination of the module testing have been evaluated. For the evaluation of induced activation level change and decay heat change, the transient decreases in one year after termination of the module testing have been calculated. The time duration of the module testing before termination of testing is assumed to be 133 continuous days of full power operation. The result of TBR analysis showed that TBR distribution in the toroidal direction of TBM is not significant, however, the neutron flux decreases in the region of sidewall of common frame made of SS and water. This result shows that there is relatively large neutron loss from the TBM to the common frame. Thus, it is considered that the TBR value observed in the TBM testing may be smaller than the estimation by one dimensional neutronics analysis which does

  5. Ceramic materials for fission and fusion nuclear reactors

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    A general survey on the ceramics for nuclear applications is presented. For the fission nuclear reactor, the ceramics materials are almost totally used as fuel e.g. (U,Pu)O2; other types of ceramics, e.g. Uranium-Plutonium carbide and nitride, have been investigated as potential nuclear fuels. The (U,Pu)N compound is to be the fuel for the space nuclear power reactor in the U.S.A. For the fusion nuclear reactor, the ceramics should be the fundamental materials for many components: first wall, breeder, RF heating systems, insulant and shielding parts, etc. In recent years many countries are involved on the research and development of ceramic compounds with the principal purpose of being used in the fusion powerplant (year 2010-2020 ?). An effort has been even made to verify if it is possible to use more ceramic components in the fission nuclear plant (probably differntly disigned) to improve the safety level

  6. Fast breeder reactors an engineering introduction

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    Judd, A M

    1981-01-01

    Fast Breeder Reactors: An Engineering Introduction is an introductory text to fast breeder reactors and covers topics ranging from reactor physics and design to engineering and safety considerations. Reactor fuels, coolant circuits, steam plants, and control systems are also discussed. This book is comprised of five chapters and opens with a brief summary of the history of fast reactors, with emphasis on international and the prospect of making accessible enormous reserves of energy. The next chapter deals with the physics of fast reactors and considers calculation methods, flux distribution,

  7. Coatings for fast breeder reactor components

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    Several types of metallurgical coatings are used in the unique environments of the fast breeder reactor. Most of the coatings have been developed for tribological applications, but some also serve as corrosion barriers, diffusion barriers, or radionuclide traps. The materials that have consistently given the best performance as tribological coatings in the breeder reactor environments have been coatings based on chromium carbide, nickel aluminide, or Tribaloy 700 (a nickel-base hard-facing alloy). Other coatings that have been qualified for limited applications include chromium plating for low temperature galling protection and nickel plating for radionuclide trapping

  8. Nuclear reaction analysis as a tool for the {sup 3}He thermal evolution in Li{sub 2}TiO{sub 3} ceramics

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    Carella, E., E-mail: elisabetta.carella@ciemat.es [National Fusion Laboratory, CIEMAT, Av. Complutense 40, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Sauvage, T., E-mail: thierry.sauvage@cnrs-orleans.fr [CEMTHI-CNRS, Site Cyclotron, 3A Rue de la Ferollerie, 45071 Orléans (France); Bès, R., E-mail: Rene.BES@cea.fr [CEMTHI-CNRS, Site Cyclotron, 3A Rue de la Ferollerie, 45071 Orléans (France); Courtois, B., E-mail: blandine.courtois@cnrs-orleans.fr [CEMTHI-CNRS, Site Cyclotron, 3A Rue de la Ferollerie, 45071 Orléans (France); González, M., E-mail: maria.gonzalez@ciemat.es [National Fusion Laboratory, CIEMAT, Av. Complutense 40, 28040 Madrid (Spain)

    2014-08-01

    Li{sub 2}TiO{sub 3} ceramic is one of the promising solid breeding candidates for fuel generation in deuterium–tritium Fusion reactors. The Tritium (T) release characteristics consist of a complex combination of gas diffusion stages inside the solid. Considering that this ceramic will produce high concentration of gaseous transmutation products ({sup 3}H and {sup 4}He) when exposed to high-energy neutrons, there are considerable interests in studying {sup 3}He thermal evolution for the fundamental understanding of the light ion behavior in breeder blanket materials under reactor conditions. {sup 3}He atoms used to simulate the {sup 4}He incorporation were implanted by a 600 keV ion beam at a fluence of 10{sup 17} at/cm{sup 2} and the {sup 3}He(d,α){sup 1}H nuclear reaction analysis (NRA) technique was subsequently used to study depth profiles evolution after different thermal annealing treatments. The release experiments showed that {sup 3}He outgassing is not effective at room temperature, remaining quite negligible till 300 °C. After this temperature, the {sup 3}He content in the sample reduces steadily with increasing the annealing temperature, and less than 5% of the initial {sup 3}He concentration was found at 900 °C after an isochronal annealing, without significant depth-profile broadening. Scanning and transmission electron microscopies characterization highlight the microstructural changes of the implanted and annealed ceramic within the nuclear cascades zone. The correlation of results obtained by electron microscopy and NRA technique leads to the conclusion that the helium release is governed by a transport mechanism that involves rapid migration/diffusion through interconnected gas cavities and resulting microcracks before reaching grain boundaries and opened pores.

  9. Structural Ceramics

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    1986-01-01

    This publication is a compilation of abstracts and slides of papers presented at the NASA Lewis Structural Ceramics Workshop. Collectively, these papers depict the scope of NASA Lewis' structural ceramics program. The technical areas include monolithic SiC and Si3N4 development, ceramic matrix composites, tribology, design methodology, nondestructive evaluation (NDE), fracture mechanics, and corrosion.

  10. Advanced Ceramics

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    The First Florida-Brazil Seminar on Materials and the Second State Meeting about new materials in Rio de Janeiro State show the specific technical contribution in advanced ceramic sector. The others main topics discussed for the development of the country are the advanced ceramic programs the market, the national technic-scientific capacitation, the advanced ceramic patents, etc. (C.G.C.)

  11. Power flattening of an inertial fusion energy breeder with mixed ThO2-UO2 fuel

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    Neutronic performance of a blanket-driven ICF (inertial confinement fusion) neutron and based on SiCf/SiC composite material has been investigated for fissile fuel breeding and a flat fission power density. The blanket is fueled with ThO2 and UO2 mixed by various mixing methods for achieving a flat fission power density, and cooled with different coolants, natural lithium, (LiF)2BeF2, Li17Pb83 and 4He for the nuclear heat transfer. MCNP4B code is used for calculations of neutronic data per DT fusion neutron. M (fusion energy multiplication rate) increases to ∼2.6 in the 4He coolant blanket. On the other hand, this value is ∼2.00 in the Li17Pb83 coolant blanket because of more capture reactions than fission reactions in this blanket. Therefore, the investigated reactor can produce substantial electricity in situ. Total fissile fuel breading ratio (FFBR) (232Thγ+238Uγ) is increased from ∼0.16 to ∼0.37 by using coolants having high neutron multiplier cross-section. Values of TBR (tritium breeding ratio) being one of the main neutronic parameters for a fusion reactor are greater than 1.05 in all case of mixed fuels and type of coolants. The highest and the lowest TBR values are ∼1.34 and ∼1.07 in the natural Li and the 4He coolant blanket, respectively. Consequently, the breeder hybrid reactor is self-sufficient in the tritium required for the DT fusion driver. Γ (peek-to-average fission power density ratio) of the blanket is reduced to ∼1.1. Furthermore, quasi-constant fission power density profile is obtained in FFB (fissile fuel breeding) zone for case of PMF (parabolic mixed fuel) and all type of coolants. Values of neutron leakage out of the blanket in all case of mixed fuels and type of coolants are quite low due to SiC reflector and B4C shielding. The maximum neutron leakage is only ∼0.025

  12. Status and prospects of advanced fissile fuel breeders

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    Fusion--fission hybrid systems, fast breeder systems, and accelerator breeder systems were compared on a common basis using a simple economic model. Electricity prices based on system capital costs only were computed, and were plotted as functions of five key breeder system parameters. Nominally, hybrid system electricity costs were about twenty-five percent lower than fast breeder system electricity costs, and fast breeder system electricity costs were about forty percent lower than accelerator breeder system electricity costs. In addition, hybrid system electricity costs were very insensitive to key parameter variations on the average, fast breeder system electricity costs were moderately sensitive to key parameter variations on the average, and accelerator breeder system electricity costs were the most sensitive to key parameter variations on the average

  13. Status of liquid metal cooled fast breeder reactors

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    This document represents a compilation of the information on the status of fast breeder reactor development. It is intended to provide complete and authoritative information for academic, energy, industrial and planning organizations in the IAEA Member States. The Report also provides extended reference and bibliography lists. A summarized overview of the national programmes of LMFBR development is given in Chapter II. Chapter III on LMFBR experience provides a brief description and purpose of all fast reactors - experimental, demonstration and commercial size - that have been or are planned for construction and operation. Fast reactor physics is dealt with in Chapter IV. Besides the basic facts and definitions of neutronics and the compilation and measurement of nuclear data, a broad range of the calculation methods, codes, and the state of the art is described. In Chapter V, fuels and materials are described. The emphasis is on the design and development experience gained with mixed oxide fuel pins and subassemblies. Structural materials, blanket elements and absorber materials are also discussed. Chaper VI presents a broad overview of the technical and engineering aspects of LMFBR power plants. LMFBR core design is described in detail, followed by the components of the main heat transport system, the refuelling equipment, and auxiliary systems. Chapter VII on safety is a compilation of the current safety design concepts of LMFBRs and new trends in safety criteria and safety goals. The chapter concludes with risk analyses of LMFBR technology. In Chapter VIII, the systems approach has been emphasized in the consideration of the whole LMFBR fuel cycle. Special emphasis is placed on safeguards aspects and the environmental impact of the LMFBR fuel cycle. Chapter IX describes deployment considerations of LMFBRs. Special emphasis is placed on economic aspects of the LMFBR power plant and its related fuel cycle. Finally, Chapter X provides an overall summary and a

  14. Gas-cooled fast breeder reactor shielding benchmark calculation

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    Rouse, C.A.; Mathews, D.R.; Koch, P.K.

    1977-01-01

    This report summarizes the results of a shielding benchmark calculation performed by General Atomic (GA) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The problem analyzed was a neutron-coupled gamma ray transport calculation of the core blanket shield of the 300-MW(e) gas-cooled fast breeder reactor (GCFR). Comparison of the initial GA and ORNL results indicated good agreement for fast fluxes (E greater than 0.9 MeV and E greater than 0.086 MeV) but poor agreement for epithermal and thermal neutron fluxes. Examination of the results revealed that a deficiency in the GA fine-group cross section preparation code was responsible for the differences in the GA and ORNL iron cross sections. Modification of the GA cross sections to include self-shielding was accomplished, and the updated GA benchmark calculation performed with the self-shielded iron cross sections was in excellent agreement with the ORNL results for fast neutron fluxes with E greater than 0.9 MeV and E greater than 0.086 MeV and in good agreement for epithermal and thermal fluxes. The agreement of the gamma heating rates also improved significantly. Thus, it was concluded that the good agreement of the GA and ORNL neutron-coupled gamma ray transport calculation indicates that (1) the methods and cross sections used by both laboratories were compatible and consistent and (2) the use of 24 neutron energy groups and 15 gamma energy groups by GA was adequate compared with the use of 51 neutron energy groups and 25 gamma energy groups by ORNL.

  15. Possible types of breeders with thorium cycle

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    Neutronics calculations of simplified homogeneous reactor models show the possibility that metal-fueled LMFBRs and coated particle fueled gas cooled reactors achieve reactor doubling times of around 10 years with the thorium cycle. Three concepts of gas-cooled thorium cycle breeders are discused. (Author)

  16. Possible types of breeders with thorium cycle

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    Neutronics calculations of simplified homogeneous reactor models show the possibility that metal-fueled LMFBRs and coated particle fueled gas cooled reactors achieve doubling times of around 10 years with the thorium cycle. Three concepts of gas-cooled thorium cycle breeders are discussed. (Author)

  17. Vibration damage testing of thermal barrier fibrous blanket insulation

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    GA Technologies is engaged in a long-term, multiphase program to determine the vibration characteristics of thermal barrier components leading to qualification of assemblies for High Temperature Gas-Cooled Reactor (HTGR) service. The phase of primary emphasis described herein is the third in a series of acoustic tests and uses as background the more elemental tests preceding it. Two sizes of thermal barrier coverplates with one fibrous blanket insulation type were tested in an acoustic environment at sound pressure levels up to 160 dB. Three tests were conducted using sinusoidal and random noise for up to 200 h duration at room temperature. Frequent inspections were made to determine the progression of degradation using definition of stages from a prior test program. Initially the insulation surface adjacent to the metallic seal sheets (noise side) assumed a chafed or polished appearance. This was followed by flattening of the as-received pillowed surface. This stage was followed by a depression being formed in the vicinity of the free edge of the coverplate. Next, loose powder from within the blanket and from fiber erosion accumulated in the depression. Prior experience showed that the next stage of deterioration exhibited a consolidation of the powder to form a local crust. In this test series, this last stage generally failed to materialize. Instead, surface holes generated by solid ceramic particulates (commonly referred to as 'shot') constituted the stage following powdering. With the exception of some manufacturing-induced anomalies, the final stage, namely, gross fiber breakup, did not occur. It is this last stage that must be prevented for the thermal barrier to maintain its integrity. (orig./GL)

  18. Design and trial fabrication of a dismantling apparatus for irradiation capsules of solid tritium breeder materials

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    Hayashi, K. [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Blanket Irradiation and Analysis Group, Fusion Research and Development Directorate, 4002 Narita-cho, Oarai-machi, Ibaraki-ken 311-1393 (Japan)], E-mail: hayashi.kimio@jaea.go.jp; Nakagawa, T.; Onose, S.; Ishida, T.; Nakamichi, M. [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Blanket Irradiation and Analysis Group, Fusion Research and Development Directorate, 4002 Narita-cho, Oarai-machi, Ibaraki-ken 311-1393 (Japan); Takatsu, H. [Fusion Energy and Development Directorate, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, 801-1 Mukouyama, Naka-shi, Ibaraki-ken 311-0193 (Japan); Nakamura, M.; Noguchi, T. [Kaken, Inc., 873-3 Shikada, Hokota-shi, Ibaraki-ken, 311-1416 (Japan)

    2009-04-30

    Irradiation experiments of solid breeder materials including Li{sub 2}TiO{sub 3} have been being carried out in preparation for a test blanket module (TBM) of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER). The present paper deals with design and trial-fabrication works for developing a dismantling apparatus for the irradiation capsules. The dismantling process leads to release of tritium which is left in free volumes of the capsule or in the breeder specimens. In the design of the dismantling apparatus, the released tritium is recovered safely by a purge-gas system during the cutting of the irradiation capsule by a band saw, and then the tritium is consolidated into a radioactive waste. Furthermore, an inner-box enclosing the dismantling apparatus works as a countermeasure of possible release of tritium in accidental events. Good performance of a trial fabrication model of the dismantling apparatus has been demonstrated by preliminary cutting runs using some mockups simulating the irradiation capsules. Thus, the present design of the apparatus, together with the trial mock-up runs, will contribute to the design of the TBM structure and to the planning of the dismantling process of the TBM.

  19. Design and trial fabrication of a dismantling apparatus for irradiation capsules of solid tritium breeder materials

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    Irradiation experiments of solid breeder materials including Li2TiO3 have been being carried out in preparation for a test blanket module (TBM) of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER). The present paper deals with design and trial-fabrication works for developing a dismantling apparatus for the irradiation capsules. The dismantling process leads to release of tritium which is left in free volumes of the capsule or in the breeder specimens. In the design of the dismantling apparatus, the released tritium is recovered safely by a purge-gas system during the cutting of the irradiation capsule by a band saw, and then the tritium is consolidated into a radioactive waste. Furthermore, an inner-box enclosing the dismantling apparatus works as a countermeasure of possible release of tritium in accidental events. Good performance of a trial fabrication model of the dismantling apparatus has been demonstrated by preliminary cutting runs using some mockups simulating the irradiation capsules. Thus, the present design of the apparatus, together with the trial mock-up runs, will contribute to the design of the TBM structure and to the planning of the dismantling process of the TBM.

  20. Neutronic implications of lead-lithium blankets

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    Meier, W.R.

    1982-08-01

    Lead-lithium alloys have been proposed for use in several conceptual blanket designs for both inertial and magnetic confinement fusion reactors. In most cases, Pb/sub 83/Li/sub 17/, a eutectic with a melting point of 235/sup 0/C, is the chosen composition. The primary reasons for using Pb/sub 83/Li/sub 17/ instead of Li as the tritium breeding material are the perceived safety advantages, low tritium solubility, and favorable neutronic characteristics. This paper describes the neutronic characteristics of Pb/sub 83/Li/sub 17/ blankets with emphasis on the enhanced neutron leakage through chamber ports and the degradation in blanket performance parameters that occurs as a result of the enhanced leakage.

  1. Some new ideas for Tandem Mirror blankets

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    The Tandem Mirror Reactor, with its cylindrical central cell, has led to numerous blanket designs taking advantage of the simple geometry. Also many new applications for fusion neutrons are now being considered. To the pure fusion electricity producers and hybrids producing fissile fuel, we are adding studies of synthetic fuel producers and fission-suppressed hybrids. The three blanket concepts presented are new ideas and should be considered illustrative of the breadth of Livermore's application studies. They are not meant to imply fully analyzed designs

  2. Lightweight IMM PV Flexible Blanket Assembly

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    Spence, Brian

    2015-01-01

    Deployable Space Systems (DSS) has developed an inverted metamorphic multijunction (IMM) photovoltaic (PV) integrated modular blanket assembly (IMBA) that can be rolled or z-folded. This IMM PV IMBA technology enables a revolutionary flexible PV blanket assembly that provides high specific power, exceptional stowed packaging efficiency, and high-voltage operation capability. DSS's technology also accommodates standard third-generation triple junction (ZTJ) PV device technologies to provide significantly improved performance over the current state of the art. This SBIR project demonstrated prototype, flight-like IMM PV IMBA panel assemblies specifically developed, designed, and optimized for NASA's high-voltage solar array missions.

  3. Ceramic joining

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    Loehman, R.E. [Sandia National Lab., Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    1996-04-01

    This paper describes the relation between reactions at ceramic-metal interfaces and the development of strong interfacial bonds in ceramic joining. Studies on a number of systems are described, including silicon nitrides, aluminium nitrides, mullite, and aluminium oxides. Joints can be weakened by stresses such as thermal expansion mismatch. Ceramic joining is used in a variety of applications such as solid oxide fuel cells.

  4. What can fast breeders do for Ontario

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    Fast reactors have the potential of significantly reducing Ontario's demand for natural resources while meeting virtually any requirements for nuclear power this province may have. The breeding efficiency of the fast reactors does not affect the overall uranium consumption of the system to any significant extent. It is, however, an important economic factor in a breeder/burner system. To minimize the resource consumption, the fast reactors should be introduced in Ontario at the onset of the next century. The 'breeder-burner' mix of reactors can effectively reduce the fissile inventory of the whole power system (including the inventory in irradiated fuel storage bays). For the nuclear capacity growth scenarios thought to be applicable in Ontario, the fast reactor systems have about the same or lower requirements for natural uranium as the best (self-sustaining thorium) CANDU cycles. Compared to all other advanced CANDU cycles, the fast reactors yield a substantial resource saving. (auth)

  5. BEATRIX: The international breeder materials exchange

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    The BEATRIX experiment is an IEA-sponsored effort that involves the exchange of solid breeder materials and shared irradiation testing among research groups in several countries. The materials will be tested in both closed capsules (to evaluate material lifetime) and opened capsules (to evaluate purge-flow tritium recovery). Pre- and post-irradiation measurement of thermophysical and mechanical properties will also be carried out

  6. Technological questions of the breeder fuel cycle

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    Since the contributions by the Karlsruhe Nuclear Research Center to the construction of SNR 300 have been completed to a large extent and irradiated KNK II fuel subassemblies have now become available, the possibility and necessity arise of concentrating efforts on the breeder fuel cycle. This work was started in 1980. The 17 papers presented at this seminar will provide a survey of intermediate results obtained until today. (orig./HP)

  7. FOWL CHOLERA IN A BREEDER FLOCK

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    Z. Parveen, A. A. Nasir, K.Tasneem and A. Shah

    2003-01-01

    During January, 2003 Pasteurella multocida the causative agent of fowl cholera was isolated from a breeder flock in Lahore District. The age of the flock was 245 days. Increased mortality, swollen wattles and lameness were the clinical findings present in almost all the affected birds, while gross lesions were typical of fowl cholera. To prove the virulence of the organism, mice and six-week old cockerals were infected and P. multocida was reisolated.

  8. The fast breeder reactor Rapsodie (1962)

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    In this report, the authors describe the Rapsodie project, the French fast breeder reactor, as it stands at construction actual start-up. The paper provides informations about: the principal neutronic and thermal characteristics, the reactor and its cooling circuits, the main handling devices of radioactive or contaminated assemblies, the principles and means governing reactor operation, the purposes and locations of miscellaneous buildings. Rapsodie is expected to be critical by 1964. (authors)

  9. Fast Breeder Development: EDF's point of view

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    This paper presents EDF's views and contributions to fast breeder development and to the French SFR trilateral program. Utility requirements are first outlined, based on the approach followed for the EPR reactor. R and D contributions are presented in the areas of core physics, safety, technology innovations, materials, deployment and fuel cycle scenarios. The paper also deals with some of the issues of the 2020 French prototype as seen by EDF.

  10. Experimental Breeder Reactor I Preservation Plan

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    Julie Braun

    2006-10-01

    Experimental Breeder Reactor I (EBR I) is a National Historic Landmark located at the Idaho National Laboratory, a Department of Energy laboratory in southeastern Idaho. The facility is significant for its association and contributions to the development of nuclear reactor testing and development. This Plan includes a structural assessment of the interior and exterior of the EBR I Reactor Building from a preservation, rather than an engineering stand point and recommendations for maintenance to ensure its continued protection.

  11. The breeder's broke - who will save it

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    In February, Bonn must decide on whether to tear down the most expensive building of the country: The Fast Breeder at Kalkar, which once seemed to lead to a glorious future. DM 3.500 million have been spent on it already and DM 1.000 million more will be needed. But the state has no money. The report is given by Wolfgang Hoffmann and Horst Bieber. (orig.)

  12. Future designs of breeder reactors (Europe, USA)

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    Sodium-cooled reactors with a fast neutron core today are the only fission reactors that offer the reactor physics required for the breeding process and the complete conversion of U-238 or Th-232 into fissile fuel. There are currently five prototype breeder reactors in operation in England, France, and the USSR. The trends observable in development work aim at reducing capital cost, enhancing and improving passive shutdown performance, and simplifying the fuel cycle. (orig.)

  13. Numerical simulation of turbulent flow of coolant in a test blanket module of nuclear fusion reactor

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    Japan Atomic Energy Agency has been performing the research, development and design of a test blanket module with a water-cooled solid breeder for ITER. For our design, the TBM is mainly composed of a first wall, two side walls, a back wall and membrane panels of bulkhead sections for pebbles. The temperature of a coolant pressurized up to 15 MPa is designed as 553 K and 598 K in an inlet and an outlet of the test blanket module, respectively. Establishment of estimation methods of the flow phenomena is important for designs of the channel network and predictions of the material corrosion and erosion. A purpose of our research is to establish and verify the method for the prediction of the flow phenomena. In this study, the Large-eddy simulation and Reynolds averaged Navier-Stokes simulation have been performed to predict the flow rates in the channels of the side wall. It results the inhomogeneous flow rates in each channel. At viewpoint of the heat removal capability, however, the smallest flow-rates near the first wall are evaluated with satisfying acceptance criteria. Moreover, the results of the numerical simulation correspond with those of experiment performed for the real size mockup. (author)

  14. Neutronics Evaluation of Lithium-Based Ternary Alloys in IFE Blankets

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    Jolodosky, A. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Fratoni, M. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)

    2014-11-20

    Pre-conceptual fusion blanket designs require research and development to reflect important proposed changes in the design of essential systems, and the new challenges they impose on related fuel cycle systems. One attractive feature of using liquid lithium as the breeder and coolant is that it has very high tritium solubility and results in very low levels of tritium permeation throughout the facility infrastructure. However, lithium metal vigorously reacts with air and water and presents plant safety concerns. If the chemical reactivity of lithium could be overcome, the result would have a profound impact on fusion energy and associated safety basis. The overriding goal of this project is to develop a lithium-based alloy that maintains beneficial properties of lithium (e.g. high tritium breeding and solubility) while reducing overall flammability concerns. To minimize the number of alloy combinations that must be explored, only those alloys that meet certain nuclear performance metrics will be considered for subsequent thermodynamic study. The specific scope of this study is to evaluate the neutronics performance of lithium-based alloys in the blanket of an inertial confinement fusion (ICF) engine. The results of this study will inform the development of lithium alloys that would guarantee acceptable neutronics performance while mitigating the chemical reactivity issues of pure lithium.

  15. Mechanical analysis of a model of the breeding blanket of NET in faulted conditions

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    This paper has been prepared in the framework of the safety analysis of a breeding blanket proposed for NET (Next European Torus). The basic features of the system are the following: - Li17Pb83 as breeder; - pressurized (5 MPa) water as coolant; - AISI 316 SS as structural material. The breeding blanket consists of 24 segments with an angular opening of 150 placed side by side in the toroidal direction and arranged in the inboard and outboard part of the plasma chamber. The outboard part of the segment is presently under development, and two different design options are proposed: - a modular concept in which the breeding units (arranged in five rows and four columns), named modulus, look like boxes; - a tubular concept in which the breeding units are tubes bent in the poloidal direction. In both concepts the vessel of the breeding unit must operate as the first barrier against the accident propagation in case of a pipe break in the unit's cooling system. The mechanical behaviour of the modular concept, loaded by the pressure transient due to such a pipe break, has been investigated and is presented in detail. The analysis of the result, taking into account material non-linearities, fluid-structure interactions and dynamic effects, shows that the structural reliability of the module vessel cannot be guaranteed, and suggests to continue the development of the tubular concept for which a much better mechanical behaviour is expected. (orig.)

  16. The impact of time dependant spectra on fusion blanket burn-up

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    Highlights: ► We modelled tritium production and nuclide burn-up within a spherical, solid-breeder blanket, with a 1 GW DT fusion source. ► The effect of updating reaction rates regularly is not significant for parent nuclides. ► Updating reaction rates regularly can change the daughter nuclide inventories by several hundred percent. ► Hydrogen and helium production within steels are not significantly effected by reaction rate update. ► A time step duration of 2 weeks or less is required for tritium breeding calculations. -- Abstract: Knowledge of nuclide burn-up within tritium breeding blankets has a crucial part to play in the safety, reliability and efficiency of fusion reactors. The modelling of burn-up requires a series of neutron transport calculations which can compute the reaction rate either directly, via Monte-Carlo estimators, or by implementing the multi-group method. These reaction rates can then be directly substituted into the burn-up equations, which can calculate nuclide number densities after a specified period of burn-up. The material burn-up will change the neutron spectra and the rate of nuclear reactions. Hence, a new neutron transport calculation needs to be performed after burn-up and the sequence is repeated for several time-steps. Radiation transport calculations are computationally expensive, therefore the minimisation of reaction rate calculations via Monte-Carlo simulations is desirable. Thus, time-intervals between Monte-Carlo simulations should be as large as possible. This paper addresses the effect of neutron spectra on the burn-up of parent and daughter nuclides found in EUROFER steel and the tritium self-sufficiency time. Using a spherical reactor geometry with lithium–lead tritium breeding material, a neutron spectrum is computed at time = 0 and time = 2 years after a detailed depletion calculation using 1 day time intervals. These two spectra are then used to calculate reaction rates for every isotope listed within

  17. BREEDER: a microcomputer program for financial analysis of a large-scale prototype breeder reactor

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    Giese, R.F.

    1984-04-01

    This report describes a microcomputer-based, single-project financial analysis program: BREEDER. BREEDER is a user-friendly model designed to facilitate frequent and rapid analyses of the financial implications associated with alternative design and financing strategies for electric generating plants and large-scale prototype breeder (LSPB) reactors in particular. The model has proved to be a useful tool in establishing cost goals for LSPB reactors. The program is available on floppy disks for use on an IBM personal computer (or IBM look-a-like) running under PC-DOS or a Kaypro II transportable computer running under CP/M (and many other CP/M machines). The report documents version 1.5 of BREEDER and contains a user's guide. The report also includes a general overview of BREEDER, a summary of hardware requirements, a definition of all required program inputs, a description of all algorithms used in performing the construction-period and operation-period analyses, and a summary of all available reports. The appendixes contain a complete source-code listing, a cross-reference table, a sample interactive session, several sample runs, and additional documentation of the net-equity program option.

  18. BREEDER: a microcomputer program for financial analysis of a large-scale prototype breeder reactor

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    This report describes a microcomputer-based, single-project financial analysis program: BREEDER. BREEDER is a user-friendly model designed to facilitate frequent and rapid analyses of the financial implications associated with alternative design and financing strategies for electric generating plants and large-scale prototype breeder (LSPB) reactors in particular. The model has proved to be a useful tool in establishing cost goals for LSPB reactors. The program is available on floppy disks for use on an IBM personal computer (or IBM look-a-like) running under PC-DOS or a Kaypro II transportable computer running under CP/M (and many other CP/M machines). The report documents version 1.5 of BREEDER and contains a user's guide. The report also includes a general overview of BREEDER, a summary of hardware requirements, a definition of all required program inputs, a description of all algorithms used in performing the construction-period and operation-period analyses, and a summary of all available reports. The appendixes contain a complete source-code listing, a cross-reference table, a sample interactive session, several sample runs, and additional documentation of the net-equity program option

  19. History and evolution of the breeder reactor

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    The concept of the breeder reactor is almost as old as the idea of the nuclear reactor itself. From the very first years following the discovery of nuclear fission, scientists and technicians tried to turn mankind's eternal dream into reality; that is, enjoy an abundant source of energy without using up our raw material reserves. Nuclear energy offered several solutions to realize this dream. One of them, fusion, seemed out of our grasp in the near future. But fission of 235U was possible, and the Manhattan Project soon furnished ample proof of this theory. However, everyone working in this field was conscious of the fact that thermal neutron reactors make very inefficient use of the energy potential contained in natural uranium. The solution was to use in a core sufficiently rich in fissile matter, the excess neutrons to convert the 238U, so poorly used by other types of reactors, into fissile 239Pu. Regeneration, or 'breeding' of fuel, can multiply the energy drawn from a ton of uranium by a factor of 50 to 100. This would enable us to ward off the specter of an energy shortage and the rapid depletion of uranium mines. As early as 1945 in Los Alamos, Enrico Fermi stated: 'The country which first develops a breeder reactor will have a great competitive edge in atomic energy.' The development of the breeder reactor in the USA and around the world is discussed

  20. Review: BNL graphite blanket design concepts

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    A review of the Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) minimum activity graphite blanket designs is made. Three designs are identified and discussed in the context of an experimental power reactor (EPR) and commercial power reactor. Basically, the three designs employ a thick graphite screen (typically 30 cm or greater, depending on type as well as application-experimental power reactor or commercial reactor). Bremsstrahlung energy is deposited on the graphite surface and re-radiated away as thermal radiation. Fast neutrons are slowed down in the graphite, depositing most of their energy. This energy is then either radiated to a secondary blanket with coolant tubes, as in types A and B, or is removed by intermittent direct gas cooling (type C). In types A and B, radiation damage to the structural material of the coolant tubes in the secondary blanket is reduced by one or two orders of magnitude by the graphite screen, while in type C, the blanket is only cooled when the reactor is shut down, so that coolant cannot quench the plasma, whatever the degree of radiation damage

  1. Advanced Polymer For Multilayer Insulating Blankets

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    Haghighat, R. Ross; Shepp, Allan

    1996-01-01

    Polymer resisting degradation by monatomic oxygen undergoing commercial development under trade name "Aorimide" ("atomic-oxygen-resistant imidazole"). Intended for use in thermal blankets for spacecraft in low orbit, useful on Earth in outdoor applications in which sunlight and ozone degrades other plastics. Also used, for example, to make threads and to make films coated with metals for reflectivity.

  2. ITER driver blanket, European Community design

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    Depending on the final decision on the operation time of ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor), the Driver Blanket might become a basic component of the machine with the main function of producing a significant fraction (close to 0.8) of the tritium required for the ITER operation, the remaining fraction being available from external supplies. The Driver Blanket is not required to provide reactor relevant performance in terms of tritium self-sufficiency. However, reactor relevant reliability and safety are mandatory requirements for this component in order not to significantly afftect the overall plant availability and to allow the ITER experimental program to be safely and successfully carried out. With the framework of the ITER Conceptual Design Activities (CDA, 1988-1990), a conceptual design of the ITER Driver Blanket has been carried out by ENEA Fusion Dept., in collaboration with ANSALDO S.p.A. and SRS S.r.l., and in close consultation with the NET Team and CFFTP (Canadian Fusion Fuels Technology Project). Such a design has been selected as EC (European Community) reference design for the ITER Driver Blanket. The status of the design at the end of CDA is reported in the present paper. (orig.)

  3. Aerogel Blanket Insulation Materials for Cryogenic Applications

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    Coffman, B. E.; Fesmire, J. E.; White, S.; Gould, G.; Augustynowicz, S.

    2009-01-01

    Aerogel blanket materials for use in thermal insulation systems are now commercially available and implemented by industry. Prototype aerogel blanket materials were presented at the Cryogenic Engineering Conference in 1997 and by 2004 had progressed to full commercial production by Aspen Aerogels. Today, this new technology material is providing superior energy efficiencies and enabling new design approaches for more cost effective cryogenic systems. Aerogel processing technology and methods are continuing to improve, offering a tailor-able array of product formulations for many different thermal and environmental requirements. Many different varieties and combinations of aerogel blankets have been characterized using insulation test cryostats at the Cryogenics Test Laboratory of NASA Kennedy Space Center. Detailed thermal conductivity data for a select group of materials are presented for engineering use. Heat transfer evaluations for the entire vacuum pressure range, including ambient conditions, are given. Examples of current cryogenic applications of aerogel blanket insulation are also given. KEYWORDS: Cryogenic tanks, thermal insulation, composite materials, aerogel, thermal conductivity, liquid nitrogen boil-off

  4. Preliminary design of a helium cooled molten lithium test blanket module for the ITER test in Korea

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    Through a consideration of the requirements for a DEMO-relevant blanket concept, Korea (KO) has proposed a He cooled molten lithium (HCML) blanket with ferritic steel (FS) as a structural material in the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) program. The preliminary design and its performance of KO HCML test blanket module (TBM) are introduced in this paper. It uses He as a coolant at an inlet temperature of 300 deg. C and an outlet temperature up to 400 deg. C and Li is used as a tritium breeder by considering its potential advantages. Two layers of graphite are inserted as a reflector in the breeder zone to increase the tritium breeding ratio (TBR) and the shielding performances. A 3-D Monte Carlo analysis is performed with the MCCARD code for the neutronics and the total TBM power is designed to be 0.739 MW at a normal heat flux from the plasma side. From the analysis results with CFX-10 for the thermal-hydraulics, the He cooling path is determined and it shows that the maximum temperature of the first wall does not exceed 550 deg. C at the structural materials and the coolant velocities are 45 and 11.5 m/s in the first wall and breeding zone, respectively. The obtained temperature data is used in the thermal-mechanical analysis with ANSYS-10. The maximum von Mises equivalent stress of the first wall is 123 MPa and the maximum deformation of it is 3.73 mm, which is lower than the maximum allowable stress

  5. A blanket design, apparatus, and fabrication techniques for the mass production of multilayer insulation blankets for the Superconducting Super Collider

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    Gonczy, J.D.; Boroski, W.N.; Niemann, R.C.; Otavka, J.G.; Ruschman, M.K.; Schoo, C.J.

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    The multilayer insulation (MLI) system for the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) consists of full cryostat length assemblies of aluminized polyester film fabricated in the form of blankets and installed as blankets to the 4.5K cold mass and the 20K and 80K thermal radiation shields. Approximately 40,000 MLI blankets will be required in the 10,000 cryogenic devices comprising the SSC accelerator. Each blanket is nearly 17 meters long and 1.8 meters wide. This paper reports the blanket design, an apparatus, and the fabrication method used to mass produce pre-fabricated MLI blankets. Incorporated in the blanket design are techniques which automate quality control during installation of the MLI blankets in the SSC cryostat. The apparatus and blanket fabrication method insure consistency in the mass produced blankets by providing positive control of the dimensional parameters which contribute to the thermal performance of the MLI blanket. By virtue of the fabrication process, the MLI blankets have inherent features of dimensional stability three-dimensional uniformity, controlled layer density, layer-to-layer registration, interlayer cleanliness, and interlayer material to accommodate thermal contraction differences. 11 refs., 6 figs., 1 tab.

  6. Development of advanced blanket performance under irradiation and system integration through JUPITER-II project

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    The Japan-USA collaborative program, JUPITER-II, has made significant progress in a research program titled 'The irradiation performance and system integration of advanced blanket' through a six-year plan for 2001-2006. The scientific concept of this program is to study the elemental technology in macroscopic system integration for advanced fusion blankets based on an understanding of the relevant mechanics at the microscopic level. The program has four main research emphases: (1)Flibe molten salt system: Flibe handling, reduction-oxidation control by Be and Flibe tritium chemistry; thermofluid flow simulation experiment and numerical analysis. (2)Vanadium /Li system: MHD ceramics coating of vanadium alloys and compatibility with Li; neutron irradiation experiment in Li capsule and radiation creep. (3)SiC/He system: Fabrication of advanced composites and property evaluation; thermomechanics of SiC system with solid breeding materials; neutron irradiation experiment in He capsule at high temperatures. (4)Blanket system modeling: Design-based integration modeling of Flibe system and V/Li system; multiscale materials system modeling including He effects. This paper describes the perspective of the program including the historical background, the organization and facilities, and the task objectives. Important recent results are reviewed

  7. Ceramic Methyltrioxorhenium

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    Herrmann, R; Eickerling, G; Helbig, C; Hauf, C; Miller, R; Mayr, F; Krug von Nidda, H A; Scheidt, E W; Scherer, W; Herrmann, Rudolf; Troester, Klaus; Eickerling, Georg; Helbig, Christian; Hauf, Christoph; Miller, Robert; Mayr, Franz; Nidda, Hans-Albrecht Krug von; Scheidt, Ernst-Wilhelm; Scherer, Wolfgang

    2006-01-01

    The metal oxide polymeric methyltrioxorhenium [(CH3)xReO3] is an unique epresentative of a layered inherent conducting organometallic polymer which adopts the structural motifs of classical perovskites in two dimensions (2D) in form of methyl-deficient, corner-sharing ReO5(CH3) octahedra. In order to improve the characteristics of polymeric methyltrioxorhenium with respect to its physical properties and potential usage as an inherentconducting polymer we tried to optimise the synthetic routes of polymeric modifications of 1 to obtain a sintered ceramic material, denoted ceramic MTO. Ceramic MTO formed in a solvent-free synthesis via auto-polymerisation and subsequent sintering processing displays clearly different mechanical and physical properties from polymeric MTO synthesised in aqueous solution. Ceramic MTO is shown to display activated Re-C and Re=O bonds relative to MTO. These electronic and structural characteristics of ceramic MTO are also reflected by a different chemical reactivity compared with its...

  8. Blanket design study for a Commercial Tokamak Hybrid Reactor (CTHR)

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    The results are presented of a study on two blanket design concepts for application in a Commercial Tokamak Hybrid Reactor (CTHR). Both blankets operate on the U-Pu cycle and are designed to achieve tritium self-sufficiency while maximizing the fissile fuel production within thermal and mechanical design constraints. The two blanket concepts that were evaluated were: (1) a UC fueled, stainless steel clad and structure, helium cooled blanket; and (2) a UO2 fueled, zircaloy clad, stainless steel structure, boiling water cooled blanket. Two different tritium breeding media, Li2O and LiH, were evaluated for use in both blanket concepts. The use of lead as a neutron multiplier or reflector and graphite as a reflector was also considered for both blankets

  9. What determines hatchling weight: breeder age or incubated egg weight?

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    2011-01-01

    Two experiments were carried out to determine which factor influences weight at hatch of broiler chicks: breeder age or incubated egg weight. In Experiment 1, 2340 eggs produced by 29- and 55-week-old Ross® broiler breeders were incubated. The eggs selected for incubation weighed one standard deviation below and above average egg weight. In Experiment 2, 2160 eggs weighing 62 g produced by breeders of both ages were incubated. In both experiments, 50 additional eggs within the weight interval...

  10. Design requirements for SiC/SiC composites structural material in fusion power reactor blankets

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    This paper recalls the main features of the TAURO blanket, a self-cooled Pb-17Li concept using SiC/SiC composites as structural material, developed for FPR. The objective of this design activity is to compare the characteristics of present-day industrial SiC-SiC composites with those required for a fusion power reactor blanket (FPR) and to evaluate the main needs of further R and D. The performed analyses indicated that the TAURO blanket would need the availability of SiC/SiC composites approximately 10 mm thick with a thermal conductivity through the thickness of approximately 15 Wm-1K-1 at 1000 C and a low electrical conductivity. A preliminary MHD analysis has indicated that the electrical conductivity should not be greater than 500 Ω-1m-1. Irradiation effects should be included in these figures. Under these conditions, the calculated pressure drop due to the high Pb-17Li velocity (approximately 1 m s-1) is much lower then 0.1 MPa. The characteristics and data base of the recently developed 3D-SiC/SiC composite, Cerasep trademark N3-1, are reported and discussed in relation to the identified blanket design requirements. The progress on joining techniques is briefly reported. For the time being, the best results have been obtained using Si-based brazing systems initially developed for SiC ceramics and whose major issue is the higher porosity of the SiC/SiC composites. (orig.)

  11. Glass-ceramic joining and coating of SiC/SiC for fusion applications

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    The aim of this work is the joining and the coating of SiC/SiC composites by a simple, pressureless, low cost technique. A calcia-alumina glass-ceramic was chosen as joining and coating material, because its thermal and thermomechanical properties can be tailored by changing the composition, it does not contain boron oxide (incompatible with fusion applications) and it has high characteristic temperatures (softening point at about 1400 C). Furthermore, the absence of silica makes this glass-ceramic compatible with ceramic breeder materials (i.e. lithium-silicates, -alluminates or -zirconates). Coatings and joints were successfully obtained with Hi-Nicalon fiber-reinforced CVI silicon carbide matrix composite. Mechanical shear strength tests were performed on joined samples and the compatibility with a ceramic breeder material was examined. (orig.)

  12. Comparative study of systems and nuclear data in calculated to experimental value ratios for a series of JAERI/USDOE collaborative fusion blanket experiments

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    Calculated results for JAERI/USDOE collaborative experiments on fusion blanket neutronics have been compared with the experimental results, based on the same nuclear data and calculational code. The experiments include various geometrical and material configurations. The main interesting result is the tritium production rate in the lithium oxide breeder zone. The comparisons made it clear that there exist systematic discrepancies in the tritium production cross section of 7Li and beryllium scattering cross section. For tritium production, the present calculation can predict within 10% the experimental values. (orig.)

  13. Gas-cooled fast breeder reactor

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    Almost all the R D works of gas-cooled fast breeder reactor in the world were terminated at the end of the year 1980. In order to show that the R D termination was not due to technical difficulties of the reactor itself, the present paper describes the reactor plant concept, reactor performances, safety, economics and fuel cycle characteristics of the reactor, and also describes the reactor technologies developed so far, technological problems remained to be solved and planned development schedules of the reactor. (author)

  14. Liquid metal cooled fast breeder nuclear reactor

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    A liquid metal cooled fast breeder nuclear reactor has a core comprising a plurality of fuel assemblies supported on a diagrid and submerged in a pool of liquid metal coolant within a containment vessel, the diagrid being of triple component construction and formed of a short cylindrical plenum mounted on a conical undershell and loosely embraced by a fuel store carrier. The plenum merely distributes coolant through the fuel assemblies, the load of the assemblies being carried by the undershell by means of struts which penetrate the plenum. The reactor core, fuel store carrier and undershell provide secondary containment for the plenum. (UK)

  15. Large scale breeder reactor pump dynamic analyses

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    The lateral natural frequency and vibration response analyses of the Large Scale Breeder Reactor (LSBR) primary pump were performed as part of the total dynamic analysis effort to obtain the fabrication release. The special features of pump modeling are outlined in this paper. The analysis clearly demonstrates the method of increasing the system natural frequency by reducing the generalized mass without significantly changing the generalized stiffness of the structure. Also, a method of computing the maximum relative and absolute steady state responses and associated phase angles at given locations is provided. This type of information is very helpful in generating response versus frequency and phase angle versus frequency plots

  16. Diffusive heat blanketing envelopes of neutron stars

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    Beznogov, M V; Yakovlev, D G

    2016-01-01

    We construct new models of outer heat blanketing envelopes of neutron stars composed of binary ion mixtures (H - He, He - C, C - Fe) in and out of diffusive equilibrium. To this aim, we generalize our previous work on diffusion of ions in isothermal gaseous or Coulomb liquid plasmas to handle non-isothermal systems. We calculate the relations between the effective surface temperature Ts and the temperature Tb at the bottom of heat blanketing envelopes (at a density rhob= 1e8 -- 1e10 g/cc) for diffusively equilibrated and non-equilibrated distributions of ion species at different masses DeltaM of lighter ions in the envelope. Our principal result is that the Ts - Tb relations are fairly insensitive to detailed distribution of ion fractions over the envelope (diffusively equilibrated or not) and depend almost solely on DeltaM. The obtained relations are approximated by analytic expressions which are convenient for modeling the evolution of neutron stars.

  17. Novel method for sludge blanket measurements.

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    Schewerda, J; Förster, G; Heinrichmeier, J

    2014-01-01

    The most widely used methods for sludge blanket measurements are based on acoustic or optic principles. In operation, both methods are expensive and often maintenance-intensive. Therefore a novel, reliable and simple method for sludge blanket measurement is proposed. It is based on the differential pressure measurement in the sludge zone compared with the differential pressure in the clear water zone, so that it is possible to measure the upper and the lower sludge level in a tank. Full-scale tests of this method were done in the secondary clarifier at the waste water treatment plant in Hecklingen, Germany. The result shows a good approximation of the manually measured sludge level. PMID:24569276

  18. HIP technologies for fusion reactor blankets fabrication

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    The benefit of HIP techniques applied to the fabrication of fusion internal components for higher performances, reliability and cost savings are emphasized. To demonstrate the potential of the techniques, design of new blankets concepts and mock-ups fabrication are currently performed by CEA. A coiled tube concept that allows cooling arrangement flexibility, strong reduction of the machining and number of welds is proposed for ITER IAM. Medium size mock-ups according to the WCLL breeding blanket concept have been manufactured. The fabrication of a large size mock-up is under progress. These activities are supported by numerical calculations to predict the deformations of the parts during HIP'ing. Finally, several HIP techniques issues have been identified and are discussed

  19. Stellar model atmospheres with magnetic line blanketing

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    2004-01-01

    Model atmospheres of A and B stars are computed taking into account magnetic line blanketing. These calculations are based on the new stellar model atmosphere code LLModels which implements direct treatment of the opacities due to the bound-bound transitions and ensures an accurate and detailed description of the line absorption. The anomalous Zeeman effect was calculated for the field strengths between 1 and 40 kG and a field vector perpendicular to the line of sight. The model structure, high-resolution energy distribution, photometric colors, metallic line spectra and the hydrogen Balmer line profiles are computed for magnetic stars with different metallicities and are discussed with respect to those of non-magnetic reference models. The magnetically enhanced line blanketing changes the atmospheric structure and leads to a redistribution of energy in the stellar spectrum. The most noticeable feature in the optical region is the appearance of the 5200 A depression. However, this effect is prominent only in ...

  20. Blankets for fusion reactors : materials and neutronics

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    The studies about Fusion Reactors have lead to several problems for which there is no general agreement about the best solution. Nevertheless, several points seem to be well defined, at least for the first generation of reactors. The fuel, for example, should be a mixture of deuterium and tritium. Therefore, the reactor should be able to generate the tritium to be burned and also to transform kinetic energy of the fusion neutrons into heat in a process similar to the fission reactors. The best materials for the composition of the blanket were first selected and then the neutronics for the proposed system was developed. The neutron flux in the blanket was calculated using the discrete ordinates transport code, ANISN. All the nuclides cross sections came from the DLC-28/CTR library, that processed the ENDF/B data, using the SUPERTOG Program. (Author)

  1. Analysis of Consistency of Printing Blankets using Correlation Technique

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    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents the application of an analytical tool to quantify material consistency of offset printing blankets. Printing blankets are essentially viscoelastic rubber composites of several laminas. High levels of material consistency are expected from rubber blankets for quality print and for quick recovery from smash encountered during the printing process. The present study aims at determining objectively the consistency of printing blankets at three specific torque levels of tension under two distinct stages; 1. under normal printing conditions and 2. on recovery after smash. The experiment devised exhibits a variation in tone reproduction properties of each blanket signifying the levels of inconsistency also in thickness direction. Correlation technique was employed on ink density variations obtained from the blanket on paper. Both blankets exhibited good consistency over three torque levels under normal printing conditions. However on smash the recovery of blanket and its consistency was a function of manufacturing and torque levels. This study attempts to provide a new metrics for failure analysis of offset printing blankets. It also underscores the need for optimising the torque for blankets from different manufacturers.

  2. Analysis of Consistency of Printing Blankets using Correlation Technique

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    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents the application of an analytical tool to quantify material consistency of offset printing blankets. Printing blankets are essentially viscoelastic rubber composites of several laminas. High levels of material consistency are expected from rubber blankets for quality print and for quick recovery from smash encountered during the printing process. The present study aims at determining objectively the consistency of printing blankets at three specific torque levels of tension under two distinct stages; 1. under normal printing conditions and 2. on recovery after smash. The experiment devised exhibits a variation in tone reproduction properties of each blanket signifying the levels of inconsistency also in thicknessdirection. Correlation technique was employed on ink density variations obtained from the blanket on paper. Both blankets exhibited good consistency over three torque levels under normal printing conditions. However on smash the recovery of blanket and its consistency was a function of manufacturing and torque levels. This study attempts to provide a new metrics for failure analysis of offset printing blankets. It also underscores the need for optimizing the torque for blankets from different manufacturers.

  3. Neutronics Assessment of Molten Salt Breeding Blanket Design Options

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    Neutronics assessment has been performed for molten salt breeding blanket design options that can be utilized in fusion power plants. The concepts evaluated are a self-cooled Flinabe blanket with Be multiplier and dual-coolant blankets with He-cooled FW and structure. Three different molten salts were considered including the high melting point Flibe, a low melting point Flibe, and Flinabe. The same TBR can be achieved with a thinner self-cooled blanket compared to the dual-coolant blanket. A thicker Be zone is required in designs with Flinabe. The overall TBR will be ∼1.07 based on 3-D calculations without breeding in the divertor region. Using Be yields higher blanket energy multiplication than obtainable with Pb. A modest amount of tritium is produced in the Be (∼3 kg) over the blanket lifetime of ∼3 FPY. Using He gas in the dual-coolant blanket results in about a factor of 2 lower blanket shielding effectiveness. We show that it is possible to ensure that the shield is a lifetime component, the vacuum vessel is reweldable, and the magnets are adequately shielded. We conclude that molten salt blankets can be designed for fusion power plants with neutronics requirements such as adequate tritium breeding and shielding being satisfied

  4. Engineering ceramics

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    Bengisu, Murat

    2001-01-01

    This is a comprehensive book applying especially to junior and senior engineering students pursuing Materials Science/ Engineering, Ceramic Engineering and Mechanical Engineering degrees. It is also a reference book for other disciplines such as Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering and Environmental Engineering. Important properties of most engineering ceramics are given in detailed tables. Many current and possible applications of engineering ceramics are described, which can be used as a guide for materials selection and for potential future research. While covering all relevant information regarding raw materials, processing properties, characterization and applications of engineering ceramics, the book also summarizes most recent innovations and developments in this field as a result of extensive literature search.

  5. Ceramic glossary

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    This book is a 2nd edition that contains new terms reflecting advances in high technology applications of ceramic materials. Definitions for terms which materials scientists, engineers, and technicians need to know are included

  6. Fissile fuel breeding in DT fusion reactor blankets

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    Results of neutronic evaluations of fissile fuel breeding in a variety of DT fusion hybrid-reactor blankets are presented. The blankets are of the fast-fission or fission-suppressed rather than fission-enhanced designs, i.e. in the blankets considered emphasis is on fissile fuel rather than power production. For 233U breeding, when Li metal is the coolant for the first wall and the graphite moderator and the tritium breeding constituent of the blanket, the number of atoms of 233U produced per fusion in blankets that could be of practical interest is in the range 0.5 - 0.68, with the lower value applying to water-cooled ThO2 fertile fuel, the upper to gas-cooled Th-metal fuel located next to the reactor first wall. Neutron multipliers like Pb or Be can increase the production to about 0.74. For 239Pu breeding, the production ratio in practical blankets is 0.6 - 1.64, with the best results being for gas, Na- or Li-metal-cooled U-metal fuels located adjacent to the first wall (the U is depleted uranium). Gas-cooled U-Th-metal blankets, optimized for 233U breeding, yield 0.76 atoms of 233U and 0.38 atoms of 239Pu. The blanket energy multiplication factors are in the range 1.6 - 2.5 for Th blankets, 2.5 - 9.0 for U blankets and approximately 5.5 for the U-Th-metal blanket. The tritium breeding ratio in all blankets is 1.075. Blankets with other first wall, coolant and tritium breeding constituents are also considered. The fusion power requirements of hybrids that could supply the fuel needs of thorium-burning CANDU power reactors, and the allowed costs for building the hybrids are indicated

  7. On the numerical assessment of the thermo-mechanical performances of the DEMO Helium-Cooled Pebble Bed breeding blanket module

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    Highlights: • HCPB blanket module thermo-mechanical behavior has been investigated under normal operation and over-pressurization steady state scenarios. • A theoretical–computational approach based on the finite element method (FEM) has been followed, adopting a qualified commercial FEM code. • Under normal operation scenario, SDC-IC safety rule relevant to the loss of ductility is not fulfilled in the FW and in the hot spots of SPv. • Under over-pressurization scenario, SDC-IC safety rule relevant to the loss of ductility is not met in the hot spots of lower and upper SPv. - Abstract: Within the framework of the European DEMO Breeder Blanket Programme, a research campaign has been launched by University of Palermo, ENEA-Brasimone and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology to theoretically investigate the thermo-mechanical behavior of the Helium-Cooled Pebble Bed (HCPB) breeding blanket module of the DEMO1 blanket vertical segment, under normal operation and over-pressurization loading scenarios. The research campaign has been carried out following a theoretical–computational approach based on the finite element method (FEM) and adopting a qualified commercial FEM code. A realistic 3D FEM model of the HCPB blanket module central poloidal–radial region has been developed, including one breeder cell in the toroidal direction and all the five cells in the poloidal one. No Breeder Units have been modeled, their presence being simulated by effective thermo-mechanical loads. Two sets of uncoupled steady state thermo-mechanical analyses have been carried out with reference to the investigated loading scenarios. In particular, under normal operation scenario (level A) the module has been supposed to undergo both 8 MPa coolant pressure on its cooling channel walls and thermal deformations due to the flat-top plasma operational state thermal field, while under over-pressurization scenario (level D) it has been assumed to experience 8 MPa coolant pressure on its

  8. The Shippingport Pressurized Water Reactor and Light Water Breeder Reactor

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    This report discusses the Shippingport Atomic Power Station, located in Shippingport, Pennsylvania, which was the first large-scale nuclear power plant in the United States and the first plant of such size in the world operated solely to produce electric power. A program was started in 1953 at the Bettis Laboratory to confirm the practical application of nuclear power for large-scale electric power generation. It led to the development of zirconium alloy (Zircaloy) clad fuel element containing bulk actinide oxide ceramics (UO2, ThO2, ThO2 -- UO2, ZrO2 -- UO2) as nuclear reactor fuels. The program provided much of the technology being used for design and operation of the commercial, central-station nuclear power plants now in use. The Shippingport Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) began initial power operation on December 18, 1957, and was a reliable electric power producer until February 1974. In 1965, subsequent to the successful operation of the Shippingport PWR (UO2, ZrO2 -- UO2 fuels), the Bettis Laboratory undertook a research and development program to design and build a Light Water Breeder Reactor (LWBR) core for operation in the Shippingport Station. Thorium was the fertile fuel in the LWBR core and was the base oxide for ThO2 and ThO2 -- UO2 fuel pellets. The LWBR core was installed in the pressure vessel of the original Shippingport PWR as its last core before decommissioning. The LWBR core started operation in the Shippingport Station in the autumn of 1977 and finished routine power operation on October 1, 1982. Successful LWBR power operation to over 160% of design lifetime demonstrated the performance capability of the core for both base-load and swing-load operation. Postirradiation examinations confirmed breeding and successful performance of the fuel system

  9. Tokamak blanket design study, final report

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    A cylindrical module concept was developed, analyzed, and incorporated in a tokamak blanket system that includes piping systems, vacuum boundary sealing, and support structures. The design is based on the use of state-of-the-art structural materials (20% cold-worked type 316 stainless steel), lithium as the breeding material, and pressurized helium as the coolant. The module design consists of nested concentric cylinders (with an outer diameter of 10 cm) and features direct wall cooling by helium flowing between the outer (first-wall) cylinder and the inner (lithium-containing) cylinder. Each cylinder can withstand full coolant pressure, thus enhancing reliability. Results show that stainless steel is a viable material for a first wall subjected to a neutron wall loading of 4 MW/m2 and a particle heat flux of 1 MW/m2. Lifetime analysis shows that the first-wall design meets the goal of operating at 20-min cycles with 95% duty for 100,000 cycles. To reduce system complexity, a larger 20-cm-diam module also was analyzed for incorporation in the blanket assembly. Reliability assessment indicates that it may be possible to double the module in size from 10 to 20 cm in diameter. With a modest increase in coolant pumping power, a blanket assembly comprising 20-cm-diam modules can still achieve 100,000 operating cycles - equivalent to a 3.6-year design lifetime - with only one or two helium coolant leaks into the plasma

  10. Development of hi-tech ceramics fabrication technology

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    There are some ceramic materials being used in the nuclear energy such as nuclear fuel, coolant pump seals, tritium breeder materials, a high temperature absorber, and the solid electrolyte for recovering tritium. In addition, lots of researches recently have been conducted on the development of highly functional ceramics such as highly efficient shielding materials, functional graded materials and radioactive isotopes-separating materials. Therefore, one of the objectives of this project is to develop ultra-fine and pure powder manufacturing technology. Tritium breeder materials, LiAlO2, Li2ZrO3 and Li2TiO3 were made with a combustion process of mixed fuels that is developed indigenously in this project. Additionally, this study also focused on the development of promising low temperature electrolytes of ceria. By using the ceria powder made by the combustion process of GNP was investigated their sinterability and the electrolytic characteristics. (author). 167 refs., 74 tabs., 91 figs

  11. Tailored ceramics

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    In polyphase tailored ceramic forms two distinct modes of radionuclide immobilization occur. At high waste loadings the radionuclides are distributed through most of the ceramic phases in dilute solid solution, as indicated schematically in this paper. However, in the case of low waste loadings, or a high loading of a waste with low radionuclide content, the ceramic can be designed with only selected phases containing the radionuclides. The remaining material forms nonradioactive phases which provide a degree of physical microstructural isolation. The research and development work with polyphase ceramic nuclear waste forms over the past ten years is discussed. It has demonstrated the critical attributes which suggest them as a waste form for future HLW disposal. From a safety standpoint, the crystalline phases in the ceramic waste forms offer the potential for demonstrable chemical durability in immobilizing the long-lived radionuclides in a geologic environment. With continued experimental research on pure phases, analysis of mineral analogue behavior in geochemical environments, and the study of radiation effects, realistic predictive models for waste form behavior over geologic time scales are feasible. The ceramic forms extend the degree of freedom for the economic optimization of the waste disposal system

  12. Fast breeder reactor fuel reprocessing in France

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    Simultaneous with the effort on fast breeder reactors launched several years ago in France, equivalent investigations have been conducted on the fuel cycle, and in particular on reprocessing, which is an indispensable operation for this reactor. The Rapsodie experimental reactor was associated with the La Hague reprocessing plant AT1 (1 kg/day), which has reprocessed about one ton of fuel. The fuel from the Phenix demonstration reactor is reprocessed partly at the La Hague UP2 plant and partly at the Marcoule pilot facility, undergoing transformation to reprocess all the fuel (TOR project, 5 t/y). The fuel from the Creys Malville prototype power plant will be reprocessed in a specific plant, which is in the design stage. The preliminary project, named MAR 600 (50 t/y), will mobilize a growing share of the CEA's R and D resources, as the engineering needs of the UP3 ''light water'' plant begins to decline. Nearly 20 tonnes of heavy metals irradiated in fast breeder reactors have been processed in France, 17 of which came from Phenix. The plutonium recovered during this reprocessing allowed the power plant cycle to be closed. This power plant now contains approximately 140 fuel asemblies made up with recycled plutonium, that is, more than 75% of the fuel assemblies in the Phenix core

  13. Prototype fast breeder reactor main options

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    Fast reactor programme gets importance in the Indian energy market because of continuous growing demand of electricity and resources limited to only coal and FBR. India started its fast reactor programme with the construction of 40 MWt Fast Breeder Test Reactor (FBTR). The reactor attained its first criticality in October 1985. The reactor power will be raised to 40 MWt in near future. As a logical follow-up of FBTR, it was decided to build a prototype fast breeder reactor, PFBR. Considering significant effects of capital cost and construction period on economy, systematic efforts are made to reduce the same. The number of primary and secondary sodium loops and components have been reduced. Sodium coolant, pool type concept, oxide fuel, 20% CW D9, SS 316 LN and modified 9Cr-1Mo steel (T91) materials have been selected for PFBR. Based on the operating experience, the integrity of the high temperature components including fuel and cost optimization aspects, the plant temperatures are recommended. Steam temperature of 763 K at 16.6 MPa and a single TG of 500 MWe gross output have been decided. PFBR will be located at Kalpakkam site on the coast of Bay of Bengal. The plant life is designed for 30 y and 75% load factor. In this paper the justifications for the main options chosen are given in brief. (author). 2 figs, 2 tabs

  14. Industrial solar breeder project using concentrator photovoltaics

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    Hamilton, R; Wohlgemuth, J; Burkholder, J; Levine, A; Storti, G; Wrigley, C; McKegg, A

    1979-08-01

    The purpose of this program is to demonstrate the use of a concentrating photovoltaic system to provide the energy for operating a silicon solar cell production facility, i.e., to demonstrate a solar breeder. Solarex has proposed to conduct the first real test of the solar breeder concept by building and operating a 200 kW(e) (peak) concentrating photovoltaic system based on the prototype and system design developed during Phase I. This system will provide all of the electrical and thermal energy required to operate a solar cell production line. This demonstration would be conducted at the Solarex Rockville facility, with the photovoltaic array located over the company parking lot and on an otherwise unusable flood plain. Phase I of this program included a comprehensive analysis of the application, prototype fabrication and evaluation, system design and specification, and a detailed plan for Phases II and III. A number of prototype tracking concentrator solar collectors were constructed and operated. Extensive system analysis was performed to design the Phase II system as a stand-alone power supply for a solar cell production line. Finally, a detailed system fabrication proposal for Phase II and an operation and evaluation plan for Phase III were completed. These proposals included technical, management, and cost plans for the fabrication and exercise of the proposed system.

  15. Coincidence measurements of FFTF breeder fuel subassemblies

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    A prototype coincidence counter developed to assay fast breeder reactor fuel was used to measure four fast-flux test facility subassemblies at the Hanford Engineering Development Laboratory in Richland, Washington. Plutonium contents in the four subassemblies ranged between 7.4 and 9.7 kg with corresponding 240Pu-effective contents between 0.9 and 1.2 kg. Large count rates were observed from the measurements, and plots of the data showed significant multiplication in the fuel. The measured data were corrected for deadtime and multiplication effects using established formulas. These corrections require accurate knowledge of the plutonium isotopics and 241Am content in the fuel. Multiplication-corrected coincidence count rates agreed with the expected count rates based on spontaneous fission-neutron emission rates. These measurements indicate that breeder fuel subassemblies with 240Pu-effective contents up to 1.2 kg can be nondestructively assayed using the shift-register electronics with the prototype counters. Measurements using the standard Los Alamos National Laboratory shift-register coincidence electronics unit can produce an assay value accurate to +-1% in 1000 s. The uncertainty results from counting statistics and deadtime-correction errors. 3 references, 8 figures, 8 tables

  16. Improved structural materials for fast breeder reactors

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    Electricity plays a crucial role in the economic development of our country. Coal is the primary fuel for generation of electricity in India as in many other countries. In India, generation of power by nuclear reactors is very important because of (i) availability of large thorium resource, (ii) constraints on setting up of fossil fuel based power plants and (iii) the negligibly small green house gas emissions by nuclear energy. The nuclear programme of the country is being implemented in three stages: (i) pressurized heavy water reactors of the CANDU type, (ii) sodium-cooled fast reactors and (iii) thorium-based reactors. Sodium-cooled fast reactor (SFR) technology is envisioned to make use of the large thorium reserves available. India has undertaken and made rapid strides in developing SFR technology and building of fast reactors for energy generation. A Fast Breeder Test Reactor (FBTR) of 40 MWt is operating successfully for over 25 years at Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research. Based on the design, construction and operational experience, a 500 MWe Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) has been designed indigenously and is in an advanced stage of construction. Its design is being further optimised for enhanced economy with respect to cost of electricity production, for use in commercial reactors. Currently, several R and D programmes are under implementation for the development of new materials required for improved economy of commercial fast reactors

  17. The fast breeder reactor. v. 1

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    The Energy Committee's report was prepared after hearing evidence (the minutes of which are published in Volume II) from the Central Electricity Generating Board, the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority and the Department of Energy. Memoranda received from other interested bodies or individuals were also considered and members of the Committee visited fast breeder projects in France, West Germany and Japan. As well as the development of the fast reactors, the economics and timescale were reviewed. The particular case of the fast breeder reactor and proposed fuel reprocessing plant at Dounreay was considered. The main conclusion is that major expenditure on fast reactor programmes can only be justified if there is a potential economic case, i.e. if the fuel cycle costs are lower than for PWRs. This would only be the case if uranium costs increased greatly. It is not considered worthwhile to participate in the European Fast Reactor although this should be reviewed in 1993 and 1997. The Committee agree with the Government's decision to cease funding the PFR in 1994 and endorses the need to regenerate the local economy which will be affected by this decision. (UK)

  18. The ITER Blanket System Design Challenge

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    Full text: The blanket system is one of the most technically challenging components of the ITER machine, having to accommodate high heat fluxes from the plasma, large electromagnetic loads during off-normal events and demanding interfaces with many key components (in particular the vacuum vessel and in-vessel coils) and the plasma. Plasma scenarios impose demanding requirements on the blanket in terms of heat fluxes on various areas of the first wall during different phases of operation (inboard and outboard midplane for start-up/shut-down scenarios and the top region close to the secondary X-point during flat top) as well as large electro-magnetic (EM) loads and transient energy deposition during off-normal plasma events (such as disruptions and vertical displacement events (VDE)). The high heat fluxes resulting in some areas have necessitated the use of “enhanced heat flux” panels capable of accommodating an incident heat flux of up to 5 MW/m2 in steady state. The other regions utilize “normal heat flux” panels, which have been developed and tested for a heat flux of the order of 1 — 2 MW/m2. The FW shaping design requires a compromise between the conflicting requirements for accommodation of steady state and transient loads (energy deposition during off-normal events). A shaped surface increases the heat loads which are due to plasma particles following the field lines compared to a perfectly toroidal surface. The blanket provides a major contribution to the shielding of the vacuum vessel and coils. A challenging criterion is the need to limit the integrated heating in the toroidal field coil (TFC) to ∼ 14 kW. This is particularly severe on the inboard leg where approximately 80% of the total nuclear heat on the TFC is deposited. Several design modifications were considered and analyzed to help achieve this, including increasing the inboard blanket radial thickness and reducing the assembly gaps. This paper summarizes the latest progress in the

  19. Activation Calculation for a Fusion Experimental Breeder FEB-E

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    2002-01-01

    A fusion breeder might be an essential intermediate application of fusion energy at earlier term, since it has the potential to provide plenty of commercial fissile fuel. Based on fusion physics and technologies available at present and in the near future, the realistic fusion experimental breeder, FEB-E was designed.

  20. Lay out and materials for in pile tritium transport testing of breeder-inside-tube pin assemblies

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    An irradiation experiment (90 FPD in SILOE reactor) has been designed in order to evaluate the in-situ effect of red-ox power of sweeping gas (helium with 100 vpm of H2/H2O with relative concentrations varying from pure H2 to pure H2O) on tritium removal from LiAlO2 and Li2ZrO3; and tritium permeation through AlSl-316L SS tubes with bare and coated surfaces. The conditions and materials explored were selected in order to test possible improvements with respect to critical issues for the 'Breeder Inside Tube' (BIT) blanket concept development. (author) 6 refs.; 4 figs.; 2 tabs

  1. Advanced Acoustic Blankets for Improved Aircraft Interior Noise Reduction Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — In this project advanced acoustic blankets for improved low frequency interior noise control in aircraft will be developed and demonstrated. The improved...

  2. Report of a technical evaluation panel on the use of beryllium for ITER plasma facing material and blanket breeder material

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    Beryllium because of its low atomic number and high thermal conductivity, is a candidate for both ITER first wall and divertor surfaces. This study addresses the following: why beryllium; design requirements for the ITER divertor; beryllium supply and unirradiated physical/mechanical property database; effects of irradiation on beryllium properties; tritium issues; beryllium health and safety; beryllium-coolant interactions and safety; thermal and mechanical tests; plasma erosion of beryllium; recommended beryllium grades for ITER plasma facing components; proposed manufacturing methods to produce beryllium parts for ITER; emerging beryllium materials; proposed inspection and maintenance techniques for beryllium components and coatings; time table and costs; and the importance of integrating materials and manufacturing personnel with designers

  3. Report of a technical evaluation panel on the use of beryllium for ITER plasma facing material and blanket breeder material

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    Ulrickson, M.A. [ed.] [Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States); Manly, W.D. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States); Dombrowski, D.E. [Brush Wellman, Inc., Cleveland, OH (United States)] [and others

    1995-08-01

    Beryllium because of its low atomic number and high thermal conductivity, is a candidate for both ITER first wall and divertor surfaces. This study addresses the following: why beryllium; design requirements for the ITER divertor; beryllium supply and unirradiated physical/mechanical property database; effects of irradiation on beryllium properties; tritium issues; beryllium health and safety; beryllium-coolant interactions and safety; thermal and mechanical tests; plasma erosion of beryllium; recommended beryllium grades for ITER plasma facing components; proposed manufacturing methods to produce beryllium parts for ITER; emerging beryllium materials; proposed inspection and maintenance techniques for beryllium components and coatings; time table and costs; and the importance of integrating materials and manufacturing personnel with designers.

  4. Water chemistry of breeder reactor steam generators

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    The water quality requirements will be described for breeder reactor steam generators, as well as specifications for balance of plant protection. Water chemistry details will be discussed for the following power plant conditions: feedwater and recirculation water at above and below 5% plant power, refueling or standby, makeup water, and wet layup. Experimental data will be presented from tests which included a departure from nucleate boiling experiment, the Few Tube Test, with a seven tube evaporator and three tube superheater, and a verification of control and on-line measurement of sodium ion in the ppB range. Sampling and instrumentation requirements to insure adherence to the specified water quality will be described. Evaporator cleaning criteria and data from laboratory testing of chemical cleaning solutions with emphasis on flow, chemical composition, and temperature will be discussed

  5. Clinch River Breeder Reactor Plant. License application, statement of general information

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    Application is made for a reactor facility consisting of a liquid metal cooled reactor and steam generator system, a steam turbine driven electric generating system, electrical switchyard, and related auxiliaries and supporting structures. The primary system is located in an inert atmosphere in shielded vaults within a containment structure. Sodium coolant is used to remove heat from the core and radial blanket. Heat from the primary sodium is transferred in heat exchangers to non radioactive sodium which is used to convert feed-water into steam which is superheated to drive a tandem-compound generator. A single shaft multi-stage turbine generator produces 380 MW(e) with steam conditions of 1450 psig at 9000F. Fuel is sintered ceramic pellets of mixed uranium-plutonium oxides encapsulated in stainless steel. There are 198 fuel assemblies with each assembly consisting of 217 fuel rods placed in a hexagonal channel. Plutonium enrichment ranges from 1817 to 32.0 percent by weight. Axial blanket sections contain depleted UO2 with 99.8 percent 238U and 0.2 percent 235U by weight. The proposed location of the plant is within the corporate limits of the city of Oak Ridge in Roane County, Tennessee. (U.S.)

  6. Systematic methodology for estimating direct capital costs for blanket tritium processing systems

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    This paper describes the methodology developed for estimating the relative capital costs of blanket processing systems. The capital costs of the nine blanket concepts selected in the Blanket Comparison and Selection Study are presented and compared

  7. Accelerator breeder nuclear fuel production: concept evaluation of a modified design for ORNL's proposed TME-ENFP

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    Recent advances in accelerator beam technology have made it possible to improve the target/blanket design of the Ternary Metal Fueled Electronuclear Fuel Producer (TMF-ENFP), an accelerator-breeder design concept proposed by Burnss et al. for subcritical breeding of the fissile isotope 233U. In the original TMF-ENFP the 300-mA, 1100-MeV proton beam was limited to a small diameter whose power density was so high that a solid metal target could not be used for producing the spallation neutrons needed to drive the breeding process. Instead the target was a central column of circulating liquid sodium, which was surrounded by an inner multiplying region of ternary fuel rods (239Pu, 232Th, and 238U) and an outer blanket region of 232Th rods, with the entire system cooled by circulating sodium. In the modified design proposed here, the proton beam is sufficiently spread out to allow the ternary fuel to reside directly in the beam and to be preceded by a thin (nonstructural) V-Ti steel firThe spread beam mandated a change in the design configuration (from a cylindrical shape to an Erlenmeyer flask shape), which, in turn, required that the fuel rods (and blanket rods) be replaced by fuel pebbles. The fuel residence time in both systems was assumed to be 90 full power days. A series of parameter optimization calculations for the modified TMF-ENFP led to a semioptimized system in which the initial 239Pu inventory of the ternary fuel was 6% and the fuel pebble diameter was 0.5 cm. With this system the 233Pu production rate of 5.8 kg/day reported for the original TMF-ENFP was increased to 9.3 kg/day, and the thermal power production at beginning of cycle was increased from 3300 MW(t) to 5240 MW(t). 31 refs., 32 figs., 6 tabs

  8. ITER blanket manifold system: Integration, assembly and maintenance

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    Martin, Alex, E-mail: alex.martin@iter.org [ITER Organization, Route de Vinon sur Verdon, 13115 Saint Paul Lez Durance (France); Dellopoulos, George [F4E, EU ITER Domestic Agency, Barcelona (Spain); Edwards, Paul; Furmanek, Andreas; Gicquel, Stefan; Macklin, Brian [ITER Organization, Route de Vinon sur Verdon, 13115 Saint Paul Lez Durance (France); Martin, Patrick [RÜECKER LYPSA, Carretera del Prat, 65, Cornellá de Llobregat (Spain); Merola, Mario; Norman, Mark; Raffray, Rene [ITER Organization, Route de Vinon sur Verdon, 13115 Saint Paul Lez Durance (France)

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    Highlights: •The ITER in-vessel components have experienced a major redesign since the ITER Design Review of 2007. •-The blanket manifold system has been redesigned to improve leak detection and localization. •-The redesign of the blanket manifold system into a system based on individual pipes has proven to be a major engineering challenge. -- Abstract: The ITER Tokamak Cooling Water System (TCWS) provides coolant for blankets and divertor. The blanket system consists of 440 blanket modules (BMs). The blanket manifold consists of a system of seamless pipes arranged in bundles and routed in poloidal direction from the upper ports of the Vacuum Vessel (VV) to the bottom of the machine. In each of the 18 upper ports there are 20 inlet and 20 outlet pipes, which split at the port exit in two directions, supplying cooling water to either the inboard or the outboard blanket modules. The manifold is routed between the VV and BMs. Branch pipes provide the connection between the manifold and the blanket cooling circuits through a coaxial connector welded to the shield block. A complex, sequential installation sequence has been developed in order to enable the assembly. Once installed the manifold is considered a semi-permanent component, but since failure would prevent ITER operation a maintenance strategy has been planned.

  9. Remote handling demonstration of ITER blanket module replacement

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    In ITER, the in-vessel components such as blanket are to be maintained or replaced remotely since they will be activated by 14 MeV neutrons, and a complete exchange of shielding blanket with breeding blanket is foreseen after the Basic Performance Phase. The blanket is segmented into about seven hundred modules to facilitate remote maintainability and allow individual module replacement. For this, the remote handing equipment for blanket maintenance is required to handle a module with a dead weight of about 4 tonne within a positioning accuracy of a few mm under intense gamma radiation. According to the ITER R and D program, a rail-mounted vehicle manipulator system was developed and the basic feasibility of this system was verified through prototype testing. Following this, development of full-scale remote handling equipment has been conducted as one of the ITER Seven R and D Projects aiming at a remote handling demonstration of the ITER blanket. As a result, the Blanket Test Platform (BTP) composed of the full-scale remote handling equipment has been completed and the first integrated performance test in March 1998 has shown that the fabricate remote handling equipment satisfies the main requirements of ITER blanket maintenance. (author)

  10. Heterogeneous structure effect on molten salt blanket neutronics

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    Grebyonkin, K.F.; Kandiev, Ya.Z.; Malyshkin, G.N.; Orlov, A.I. [Inst. of Technical Pysics, Chelyabinsk (Russian Federation). Dept. of Physics

    1997-09-01

    The report presents the results of the molten salt blanket neutronics calculations performed for researchers of a facility for accelerator-driven transmutation of long-lived radioactive wastes and plutonium conversion. Heterogeneous structure effect on molten salt blanket neutronics was studied through computation. 4 refs., 1 fig., 1 tab.

  11. Breeding blanket concepts for fusion and materials requirements

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    This paper summarizes the design and performances of recent breeding blanket concepts and identifies the key material issues associated with them. An assessment of different classes of concepts is carried out by balancing out the potential performance of the concepts with the risk associated with the required material development. Finally, an example strategy for blanket development is discussed

  12. ITER blanket manifold system: Integration, assembly and maintenance

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    Highlights: •The ITER in-vessel components have experienced a major redesign since the ITER Design Review of 2007. •-The blanket manifold system has been redesigned to improve leak detection and localization. •-The redesign of the blanket manifold system into a system based on individual pipes has proven to be a major engineering challenge. -- Abstract: The ITER Tokamak Cooling Water System (TCWS) provides coolant for blankets and divertor. The blanket system consists of 440 blanket modules (BMs). The blanket manifold consists of a system of seamless pipes arranged in bundles and routed in poloidal direction from the upper ports of the Vacuum Vessel (VV) to the bottom of the machine. In each of the 18 upper ports there are 20 inlet and 20 outlet pipes, which split at the port exit in two directions, supplying cooling water to either the inboard or the outboard blanket modules. The manifold is routed between the VV and BMs. Branch pipes provide the connection between the manifold and the blanket cooling circuits through a coaxial connector welded to the shield block. A complex, sequential installation sequence has been developed in order to enable the assembly. Once installed the manifold is considered a semi-permanent component, but since failure would prevent ITER operation a maintenance strategy has been planned

  13. Appendix for blanket - University of Wisconsin: tritium issues

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    The selection of the liquid metal alloys, Li17Pb83, as the tritium breeder with helium serving as the heat transfer fluid suggests two alternative techniques for the removal of tritium from the breeder. The low solubility of tritium in this liquid breeder requires only a simple vacuum degassing technique for tritium removal. Because of this high tritium partial pressure, tritium removal in the present design could potentially be achieved by either (a) slow circulation of the liquid LiPb alloy to an external degassing system, or (b) noncirculation of the liquid breeder so that the tritium permeates through the walls of the coolant tubes into the circulating helium for subsequent recovery. Both of these techniques were investigated with special attention given to the resultant tritium inventories in the liquid breeder and the helium system, and the potential for tritium permeation at the steam generator (SG)

  14. MIT LMFBR blanket research project. Final summary report

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    Driscoll, M.J.

    1983-08-01

    This is a final summary report on an experimental and analytical program for the investigation of LMFBR blanket characteristics carried out at MIT in the period 1969 to 1983. During this span of time, work was carried out on a wide range of subtasks, ranging from neutronic and photonic measurements in mockups of blankets using the Blanket Test Facility at the MIT Research Reactor, to analytic/numerical investigations of blanket design and economics. The main function of this report is to serve as a resource document which will permit ready reference to the more detailed topical reports and theses issued over the years on the various aspects of project activities. In addition, one aspect of work completed during the final year of the project, on doubly-heterogeneous blanket configurations, is documented for the record.

  15. LMFBR Blanket Physics Project progress report No. 6

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    Progress is summarized in experimental and analytical investigations of the neutronics and photonics of benchmark mockups of LMFBR blankets. During the reporting period work was devoted primarily to a wide range of analytical/numerical investigations, including blanket fuel management/economics studies, evaluation of improved blanket designs, and assessment of state-of-the-art methods for gamma heating calculations. Experimental work included preparations for resumption of MIT Reactor operations, primarily fabrication of improved steel reflector assemblies for blanket mockups, and development of an improved radiophotoluminescent readout device for LiF thermoluminescent detectors. The most significant finding was that the neutronic and economic performance of radial blanket assemblies are essentially independent of core size (rating) for radially-power-flattened cores. Hence the methodology and results of current experiments and calculations should be valid for the large commercial LMFBR's of the future

  16. LMFBR Blanket Physics Project progress report No. 6

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    Driscoll, M.J. (ed.)

    1975-06-30

    Progress is summarized in experimental and analytical investigations of the neutronics and photonics of benchmark mockups of LMFBR blankets. During the reporting period work was devoted primarily to a wide range of analytical/numerical investigations, including blanket fuel management/economics studies, evaluation of improved blanket designs, and assessment of state-of-the-art methods for gamma heating calculations. Experimental work included preparations for resumption of MIT Reactor operations, primarily fabrication of improved steel reflector assemblies for blanket mockups, and development of an improved radiophotoluminescent readout device for LiF thermoluminescent detectors. The most significant finding was that the neutronic and economic performance of radial blanket assemblies are essentially independent of core size (rating) for radially-power-flattened cores. Hence the methodology and results of current experiments and calculations should be valid for the large commercial LMFBR's of the future.

  17. MIT LMFBR blanket research project. Final summary report

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    This is a final summary report on an experimental and analytical program for the investigation of LMFBR blanket characteristics carried out at MIT in the period 1969 to 1983. During this span of time, work was carried out on a wide range of subtasks, ranging from neutronic and photonic measurements in mockups of blankets using the Blanket Test Facility at the MIT Research Reactor, to analytic/numerical investigations of blanket design and economics. The main function of this report is to serve as a resource document which will permit ready reference to the more detailed topical reports and theses issued over the years on the various aspects of project activities. In addition, one aspect of work completed during the final year of the project, on doubly-heterogeneous blanket configurations, is documented for the record

  18. LMFBR Blanket Physics Project progress report No. 2

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    This is the second annual report of an experimental program for the investigation of the neutronics of benchmark mock-ups of LMFBR blankets. Work was devoted primarily to measurements on Blanket Mock-Up No. 2, a simulation of a typical large LMFBR radial blanket and its steel reflector. Activation traverses and neutron spectra were measured in the blanket; calculations of activities and spectra were made for comparison with the measured data. The heterogeneous self-shielding effect for 238U capture was found to be the most important factor affecting the comparison. Optimization and economic studies were made which indicate that the use of a high-albedo reflector material such as BeO or graphite may improve blanket neutronics and economics

  19. Influence of chemisorption products of carbon dioxide and water vapour on radiolysis of tritium breeder

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    Highlights: • Chemisorption products affect formation proceses of radiation-induced defects. • Radiolysis of chemisorption products increase amount of radiation-induced defects. • Irradiation atmosphere influence radiolysis of lithium orthosilicate pebbles. - Abstract: Lithium orthosilicate pebbles with 2.5 wt% excess of silica are the reference tritium breeding material for the European solid breeder test blanket modules. On the surface of the pebbles chemisorption products of carbon dioxide and water vapour (lithium carbonate and hydroxide) may accumulate during the fabrication process. In this study the influence of the chemisorption products on radiolysis of the pebbles was investigated. Using nanosized lithium orthosilicate powders, factors, which can influence the formation and radiolysis of the chemisorption products, were determined and described as well. The formation of radiation-induced defects and radiolysis products was studied with electron spin resonance and the method of chemical scavengers. It was found that the radiolysis of the chemisorption products on the surface of the pebbles can increase the concentration of radiation-induced defects and so could affect the tritium diffusion, retention and the released species

  20. Tritium permeation and recovery for the helium-cooled molten salt fusion breeder

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    Design concepts are presented to control tritium permeation from a molten salt/helium fusion breeder reactor. This study assumes tritium to be a gas dissolved in molten salt, with TF formation suppressed. Tritium permeates readily through the hot steel tubes of the reactor and steam generator and will leak into the steam system at the rate of about one gram per day in the absence of special permeation barriers, assuming that 1% of the helium coolant flow rate is processed for tritium recovery at 90% efficiency per pass. The proposed permeation barrier for the reactor tubes is a 10 μm layer of tungsten which, in principle, will reduce tritium blanket permeation by a factor of about 300 below the bare-steel rate. A research and development effort is needed to prove feasibility or to develop alternative barriers. A 1 mm aluminum sleeve is proposed to suppress permeation through the steam generator tubes. This gives a calculated reduction factor of more than 500 relative to bare steel, including a factor of 30 due to an assumed oxide layer. The permeation equations are developed in detail for a multi-layer tube wall including a frozen salt layer and with two fluid boundary-layer resistances. Conditions are discussed for which Sievert's or Henry's Law materials become flux limiters. An analytical model is developed to establish the tritium split between wall permeation and reactor-tube flow

  1. Optimization of the Westinghouse/Stone and Webster prototype large breeder reactor

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    The optimization of the Westinghouse/Stone and Webster Prototype Large Breeder Reactor (PLBR) is described. This reactor plant, designed for ERDA and EPRI, resulted from optimization and tradeoffs on plant size, number of loops, steam cycles, system temperature, pump location, refueling concept, reactor shut-down system logic, control system logic, steam generating system, residual heat removal system, core arrangement and reactor vessel. The result is a three loop LMFBR rated at 1000 MWe gross with sodium entering the reactor vessel at 6500F (3450C) and leaving at 9500F) (5100C). The reactor vessel has a flat closure head on top, containing three rotating plugs on which are mounted the upper internals structure and the in-vessel transfer machine. The core has three radial layers of core material separating four radial blanket regions. An inclined refueling chute penetrates the reactor vessel. Plant efficiency of 37% is achieved with the use of once-through steam generators operating in the modified Sulzer mode, producing 2200 psi, 8500F (15.2 x 106 pa/4550C) steam. The residual heat removal system (RHRS) consists of three independent heat removal paths in which the intermediate sodium is cooled in air blast heat exchangers (author)

  2. Activation characteristics and waste management options for some candidate tritium breeders

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    Activation and transmutation characteristics are calculated for the candidate breeder compositions Li2O, LiAlO2, Li2SiO3, Li2ZrO3, LiVO3 and 17Li-83Pb. Irradiation conditions comprise a 2.5 y continuous exposure to the neutron flux appropriate to the outboard blanket zone of the EEF reference reactor with an assumed first wall neutron loading of 5 MW m-2. Results are presented for specific activity, surface γ-dose rate, ingestion and inhalation doses and compositional changes. Neglecting any retained tritium, activity is least for Li2 and LiVO3 and greatest for Li2ZrO3 and 17Li-83Pb. The silicate and aluminate are intermediate in level. Following reactor service, all the materials should be suitable, after appropriate conditioning, for geological disposal as Intermediate Level Waste. Alternatively, they could be considered for recycling to reclaim the unused lithium. In all cases, recycling is probably feasible within 10 y of removal from service and should be easier for the oxide silicate and vanadate. (orig.)

  3. Construction of PREMUX and preliminary experimental results, as preparation for the HCPB breeder unit mock-up testing

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    Highlights: • PREMUX has been constructed as preparation for a future out-of-pile thermo-mechanical qualification of a HCPB breeder unit mock-up. • The rationale and constructive details of PREMUX are reported in this paper. • PREMUX serves as a test rig for the new heater system developed for the HCPB-BU mock-up. • PREMUX will be used as benchmark for the thermal and thermo-mechanical models developed in ANSYS for the pebble beds of the HCPB-BU. • Preliminary results show the functionality of PREMUX and the good agreement of the measured temperatures with the thermal model developed in ANSYS. - Abstract: One of the European blanket designs for ITER is the Helium Cooled Pebble Bed (HCPB) blanket. The core of the HCPB-TBM consists of so-called breeder units (BUs), which encloses beryllium as neutron multiplier and lithium orthosilicate (Li4SiO4) as tritium breeder in form of pebble beds. After the design phase of the HCPB-BU, a non-nuclear thermal and thermo-mechanical qualification program for this device is running at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. Before the complex full scale BU testing, a pre-test mock-up experiment (PREMUX) has been constructed, which consists of a slice of the BU containing the Li4SiO4 pebble bed. PREMUX is going to be operated under highly ITER-relevant conditions and has the following goals: (1) as a testing rig of new heater concept based on a matrix of wire heaters, (2) as benchmark for the existing finite element method (FEM) codes used for the thermo-mechanical assessment of the Li4SiO4 pebble bed, and (3) in situ measurement of thermal conductivity of the Li4SiO4 pebble bed during the tests. This paper describes the construction of PREMUX, its rationale and the experimental campaign planned with the device. Preliminary results testing the algorithm used for the temperature reconstruction of the pebble bed are reported and compared qualitatively with first analyses completed with the FEM codes

  4. Exploring new coolants for nuclear breeder reactors

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    Breeder reactors are considered a unique tool for fully exploiting natural nuclear resources. In current Light Water Reactors (LWR), only 0.5% of the primary energy contained in the nuclei removed from a mine is converted into useful heat. The rest remains in the depleted uranium or spent fuel. The need to improve resource-efficiency has stimulated interest in Fast-Reactor-based fuel cycles, which can exploit a much higher fraction of the energy content of mined uranium by burning U-238, mainly after conversion into Pu-239. Thorium fuel cycles also offer several potential advantages over a uranium fuel cycle. The coolant initially selected for most of the FBR programs launched in the 1960s was sodium, which is still considered the best candidate for these reactors. However, Na-cooled FBRs have a positive void reactivity coefficient. Among other factors, this fundamental drawback has resulted in the canceled deployment of these reactors. Therefore, it seems reasonable to explore new options for breeder coolants. In this paper, a proposal is presented for a new molten salt (F2Be) coolant that could overcome the safety issues related to the positive void reactivity coefficient of molten metal coolants. Although it is a very innovative proposal that would require an extensive R and D program, this paper presents the very appealing properties of this salt when using a specific type of fuel that is similar to that of pebble bed reactors. The F2Be concept was studied over a typical MOX composition and extended to a thorium-based cycle. The general analysis took into account the requirements for criticality (opening the option of hybrid subcritical systems); the requirements for breeding; and the safety requirement of having a negative coolant void reactivity coefficient. A design window was found in the definition of a F2Be cooled reactor where the safety requirement was met, unlike for molten metal-cooled reactors, which always have positive void reactivity coefficients

  5. Simulation of physical parameter for in-pipe tritium breeder

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    It is necessary to build in-pipe tritium breeder in our country in order to assess breeder material of tritium breeder module (TBM) and to find the release law of tritium. The irradiation vessel is one of the key components of TBM. The physical parameters about in-pipe tritium breeder were simulated with MCNP code. The values of the self-shielding factor, equivalent cross-section, daily production of tritium and total heating power are separately 0.435, 1.09 x 10-22 cm2, 2.8 x 1010 Bq and 8.2 kW. And they would provide necessary data for designing the irradiation vessel. (authors)

  6. Fast-breeder-power reactor records in the INIS database

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    This report presents a statistical analysis of more than 19,700 records of publications concerned with research and technology in the field of fast breeder power fission reactors which are included in the INIS Bibliographic Database for the period from 1970. to 1999. The main objectives of this bibliometric study were: to make an inventory of the fast breeder power reactor related records in the INIS Database; to provide statistics and scientific indicators for the INIS users, namely science managers, researchers, engineers, operators, scientific editors and publishers, decision-makers in the field of fast breeder power reactors related subjects; to extract other useful information from the INIS Bibliographic Database about articles published in fast breeder reactors research and technology. The quantitative data in this report are obtained for various properties of relevant INIS records such as year of publication, secondary subject categories, countries of publication, language, publication types, literary types, etc. (author)

  7. Research about the Influence of Environmental Factors on Breeders Quality

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    Adina Popescu

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Along the growth period of the breeders, the monitoring of environmental parameters is a fundamental condition toensure the quality of the breeders used for reproduction. The results from the research presented in this paper wereobtained following experimental type investigations developed in vegetation and cold season within Carja 1-Vasluifish farm, on chemical and biological samples which were analyzed within the research laboratory of the Departmentof Aquaculture, Environmental Science and Cadastre. Were analyzed parameters which influence bio-productivity:temperature, oxygen, pH, the concentration of nitrites, nitrates, phosphates, the density and abundance ofphytoplankton and zooplankton, the individual weight and health condition of breeders. Analyzed parametersincluded mean values recorded in the optimal range for fish waters, as reflected in the numerical density andabundance of plankton and the average weight of Asian cyprinids breeders with a plankton nutritional spectrum.

  8. Characterization of the thermal conductivity for ceramic pebble beds

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    Lo Frano, R.; Aquaro, D.; Scaletti, L.; Olivi, N.

    2015-11-01

    The evaluation of the thermal conductivity of breeder materials is one of the main goals to find the best candidate material for the fusion reactor technology. The aim of this paper is to evaluate experimentally the thermal conductivity of a ceramic material by applying the hot wire method at different temperatures, ranging from 50 to about 800°C. The updated experimental facility, available at the Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering (DICI) of the University of Pisa, used to determine the thermal conductivity of a ceramic material (alumina), will be described along with the measurement acquisition system. Moreover it will be also provided an overview of the current state of art of the ceramic pebble bed breeder thermos-mechanics R&D (e.g. Lithium Orthosilicate (Li4SiO4) and Lithium Metatitanate (Li2TiO3)) focusing on the up-to-date analysis. The methodological approach adopted is articulated in two phase: the first one aimed at the experimental evaluation of thermal conductivity of a ceramic material by means of hot wire method, to be subsequently used in the second phase that is based on the test rig method, through which is measured the thermal conductivity of pebble bed material. In this framework, the experimental procedure and the measured results obtained varying the temperature, are presented and discussed.

  9. Pulsed activation analyses of the ITER blanket design options considered in the blanket trade-off study

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    The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project began a new design phase called the Engineering Design Activity (EDA) which started in July 1992. A variety of blanket designs options were analyzed as a part of the U.S. ITER home team blanket option trade-off study (BOTS) which began in May 1993. The options considered were a self-cooled Li/V blanket, a helium cooled Li/V blanket and a water cooled 316 SS nonbreeding shield option. Detailed activation, dose rate and waste disposal rating calculations have been performed for these different ITER blanket design options based on a fluence of 3.0 MWa/m2 and an average neutron wall loading of 2.0 MW/m2. A continuous operation assumption was utilized in the analysis. The results of this work are presented in this conference

  10. Reprocessing of fast breeder reactor fuels in France

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    The reprocessing of breeder reactor fuels is a direct technical descendant of the reprocessing of thermal reactor fuels which was developped first. The process used is in both cases the PUREX process, which consists in dissolution by nitric acid followed by selective extraction using TBP. In France, the application of this technique to breeder reactor fuels greatly benefited from the scientific and industrial experience initially acquired with metallic fuels of the MAGNOX type and then with oxide fuels of the LWR type

  11. Development of Liquid Type Breeder Technology for ITER-TBM

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    Jung, Ki Sok; Hong, Bong Geun; Lee, Dong Won

    2008-07-15

    In relation to liquid type TBM technology development, various works are performed. We established a test loop concept to test the MHD effects and materials compatibility for the Pb-17Li breeder material. For the loop construction, electromagnetic pump and storage tank for the Pb-17Li loop was manufactured and some technical requirements are summarised. As a reference, technical literatures relevant to the liquid type TBM materials and the tritium extraction from breeder materials are also surveyed.

  12. Exploding the myths about the fast breeder reactor

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    Burns, S.

    1979-01-01

    This paper discusses the facts and figures about the effects of conservation policies, the benefits of the Clinch River Breeder Reactor demonstration plant, the feasibility of nuclear weapons manufacture from reactor-grade plutonium, diversion of plutonium from nuclear plants, radioactive waste disposal, and the toxicity of plutonium. The paper concludes that the U.S. is not proceeding with a high confidence strategy for breeder development because of a variety of false assumptions.

  13. Group size adjustment to ecological demand in a cooperative breeder

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    Zöttl, Markus; Frommen, Joachim G.; Taborsky, Michael

    2013-01-01

    Environmental factors can determine which group size will maximize the fitness of group members. This is particularly important in cooperative breeders, where group members often serve different purposes. Experimental studies are yet lacking to check whether ecologically mediated need for help will change the propensity of dominant group members to accept immigrants. Here, we manipulated the perceived risk of predation for dominant breeders of the cooperatively breeding cichlid fish Neolampro...

  14. The future of the Fast Breeder

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    Fast Breeder Reactors (FBRs) can produce more fissile nuclei than they consume whilst, at the same time, generating energy using fast neutrons. By conversion of uranium isotope 238 into a fissionable fuel, FBRs provide over 60 times more energy than can be extracted from the uranium reserves by thermal reactors. Their development is therefore an essential objective in the next century, particularly for those industrialised countries that have little or no energy resources of their own. The European countries which have been engaged in the development of FBRs for more than 25 years have decided to collaborate in an advanced design, the European Fast Reactor (EFR) which uses the best of previous national projects and draws on extensive operating experience from FBR plants in Europe. The naturally safe characteristics and technological features of sodium-cooled Fast Reactors will be fully utilised in an EFR design which meets the same safety level as the Light Water Reactors (LWRs). Owing to technical progress and series construction effect, the EFR is expected to achieve competitiveness with contemporary LWRs with the higher capital cost of the Fast Reactor offset by its markedly lower fuel cycle cost. (author)

  15. Liquid metal tribology in fast breeder reactors

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    Liquid Metal Cooled Fast Breeder Reactors (LMFBR) require mechanisms operating in various sodium liquid and sodium vapor environments for extended periods of time up to temperatures of 900 K under different chemical properties of the fluid. The design of tribological systems in those reactors cannot be based on data and past experience of so-called conventional tribology. Although basic tribological phenomena and their scientific interpretation apply in this field, operating conditions specific to nuclear reactors and prevailing especially in the nuclear part of such facilities pose special problems. Therefore, in the framework of the R and D-program accompanying the construction phase of SNR 300 experiments were carried out to provide data and knowledge necessary for the lay-out of friction systems between mating surfaces of contacting components. Initially, screening tests isolated material pairs with good slipping properties and maximum wear resistance. Those materials were subjected to comprehensive parameter investigations. A multitude of laboratory scale tests have been performed under largely reactor specific conditions. Unusual superimpositions of parameters were analyzed and separated to find their individual influence on the friction process. The results of these experiments were made available to the reactor industry as well as to factories producing special tribo-materials. (orig.)

  16. Effective Thermal Property Estimation of Unitary Pebble Beds Based on a CFD-DEM Coupled Method for a Fusion Blanket

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    Chen, Lei; Chen, Youhua; Huang, Kai; Liu, Songlin

    2015-12-01

    Lithium ceramic pebble beds have been considered in the solid blanket design for fusion reactors. To characterize the fusion solid blanket thermal performance, studies of the effective thermal properties, i.e. the effective thermal conductivity and heat transfer coefficient, of the pebble beds are necessary. In this paper, a 3D computational fluid dynamics discrete element method (CFD-DEM) coupled numerical model was proposed to simulate heat transfer and thereby estimate the effective thermal properties. The DEM was applied to produce a geometric topology of a prototypical blanket pebble bed by directly simulating the contact state of each individual particle using basic interaction laws. Based on this geometric topology, a CFD model was built to analyze the temperature distribution and obtain the effective thermal properties. The current numerical model was shown to be in good agreement with the existing experimental data for effective thermal conductivity available in the literature. supported by National Special Project for Magnetic Confined Nuclear Fusion Energy of China (Nos. 2013GB108004, 2015GB108002, 2014GB122000 and 2014GB119000), and National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 11175207)

  17. Industrial ceramics

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    After having given the definition of the term 'ceramics', the author describes the different manufacturing processes of these compounds. These materials are particularly used in the fields of 1)petroleum industry (in primary and secondary reforming units, in carbon black reactors and ethylene furnaces). 2)nuclear industry (for instance UO2 and PuO2 as fuels; SiC for encapsulation; boron carbides for control systems..)

  18. Manufacture of blanket shield modules for ITER

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    Lorenzetto, P. [EFDA CSU Garching, Boltzmannstr. 2, D-85748 Garching (Germany)]. E-mail: Patrick.Lorenzetto@tech.efda.org; Boireau, B. [AREVA Centre Technique de Framatome, BP181, F-71200 Le Creusot (France); Boudot, C. [AREVA Centre Technique de Framatome, BP181, F-71200 Le Creusot (France); Bucci, P. [CEA, DTEN/S3ME/LMIC, 17 rue des Martyrs, F-38054 Grenoble (France); Furmanek, A. [EFDA CSU Garching, Boltzmannstr. 2, D-85748 Garching (Germany); Ioki, K. [ITER IT, Boltzmannstr. 2, D-85748 Garching (Germany); Liimatainen, J. [Metso Powdermet, P.O. Box 306, FIN-33101 Tampere (Finland); Peacock, A. [EFDA CSU Garching, Boltzmannstr. 2, D-85748 Garching (Germany); Sherlock, P. [NNC Ltd., Booths Hall, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 8QZ (United Kingdom); Taehtinen, S. [VTT Industrial Systems, P.O. Box 1704, Espoo, FIN-02044 VTT (Finland)

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    A research and development programme for the ITER blanket shield modules has been implemented in Europe to provide input for the design and the manufacture of the full-scale production components. It involves in particular the fabrication and testing of mock-ups (small scale and medium scale) and full-scale prototypes of shield blocks (SB) and first wall (FW) panels. The manufacturing feasibility of FW panels has been demonstrated for two copper alloy candidates. Two designs have been developed for the manufacture of the SB, one for a conventional fabrication route and one for a fabrication route based on the hot isostatic press technology. This paper presents the fabrication routes developed in Europe for the manufacture of the ITER Shield modules.

  19. Spacecraft thermal blanket cleaning: Vacuum bake of gaseous flow purging

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    Scialdone, John J.

    1990-01-01

    The mass losses and the outgassing rates per unit area of three thermal blankets consisting of various combinations of Mylar and Kapton, with interposed Dacron nets, were measured with a microbalance using two methods. The blankets at 25 deg C were either outgassed in vacuum for 20 hours, or were purged with a dry nitrogen flow of 3 cu. ft. per hour at 25 deg C for 20 hours. The two methods were compared for their effectiveness in cleaning the blankets for their use in space applications. The measurements were carried out using blanket strips and rolled-up blanket samples fitting the microbalance cylindrical plenum. Also, temperature scanning tests were carried out to indicate the optimum temperature for purging and vacuum cleaning. The data indicate that the purging for 20 hours with the above N2 flow can accomplish the same level of cleaning provided by the vacuum with the blankets at 25 deg C for 20 hours, In both cases, the rate of outgassing after 20 hours is reduced by 3 orders of magnitude, and the weight losses are in the range of 10E-4 gr/sq cm. Equivalent mass loss time constants, regained mass in air as a function of time, and other parameters were obtained for those blankets.

  20. Compatibility of sodium with ceramic oxides employed in nuclear reactors; Compatibilidad del sodio con oxidos ceramicos utilizados en reactores nucleares

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    Acena Moreno, V.

    1981-07-01

    This work is a review of experiments carried out up to the present time on the corrosion and compatibility of ceramic oxides with liquid sodium at temperatures corresponding to those in fast breeder reactors. The review also includes the results of a thermo-dynamic/liquid sodium reactions. The exercise has been conducted with a view to effecting experimental studies in the future. (Author)

  1. Hot isostatic pressing of ceramic waste from spent nuclear fuel

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    Argonne National Laboratory has developed a process to immobilize waste salt containing fission products, uranium, and transuranic elements as chlorides in a glass-bonded ceramic waste form. This salt was generated in the electrorefining operation used in electrometallurgical treatment of spent Experimental Breeder Reactor-II fuel. The ceramic waste process culminated with a hot isostatic pressing operation. This paper reviews the installation and operation of a hot isostatic press in a radioactive environment. Processing conditions for the hot isostatic press are presented for non-irradiated material and irradiated material. Sufficient testing was performed to demonstrate that a hot isostatic press could be used as the final step of the processing of ceramic waste for the electrometallurgical spent fuel treatment process

  2. Status of fast breeder reactor development in the United States

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    This document was prepared by the Office of the Program Director for Nuclear Energy, U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE). It sets forth the status and current activities for the development of fast breeder technology in the United States. In April 1977 the United States announced a change in its nuclear energy policy. Concern about the potential for the proliferation of nuclear weapons capability emerged as a major issue in considering whether to proceed with the development, demonstration and eventual deployment of breeder reactor energy systems. Plutonium recycle and the commercialization of the fast breeder were deferred indefinitely. This led to a reorientation of the nuclear fuel cycle program which was previously directed toward the commercialization of fuel reprocessing and plutonium recycle to the investigation of a full range of alternative fuel cycle technologies. Two major system evaluation programs, the Nonproliferation Alternative Systems Assessment Program (NASAP), which is domestic, and the International Nuclear Fuel Cycle Evaluation (INFCE), which is international, are assessing the nonproliferation advantages and other characteristics of advanced reactor concepts and fuel cycles. These evaluations will allow a decision in 1981 on the future direction of the breeder program. In the interim, the technologies of two fast breeder reactor concepts are being developed: the Liquid Metal Fast Breeder Reactor (LMFBR) and the Gas Cooled Fast Reactor (CFR). The principal goals of the fast breeder program are: LMFBR - through a strong R and D program, consistent with US nonproliferation objectives and anticipated national electric energy requirements, maintain the capability to commit to a breeder option; investigate alternative fuels and fuel cycles that might offer nonproliferation advantages; GCFR - provide a viable alternative to the LMFBR that will be consistent with the developing U.S. nonproliferation policy; provide GCFR technology and other needed

  3. Ceramic UO2 powder production at Cameco Corporation

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    This presentation covers the various aspects of ceramic grade uranium dioxide (UO2) powder production at Cameco Corporation and its use as fuel and blanket fuel for heavy-water and light-water reactors, respectively. In addition, it discusses the significant production variables that affect production and product quality. It also provides an insight into how various support groups such as Quality Assurance, Analytical Services, and Technology Development fit into the quality cycle and contribute to a successful operation. The ability of Cameco to identify, measure and control the physical and chemical properties of ceramic grade UO2 has resulted in the production of uniform quality powder. This has meant that 100% of Cameco's ceramic grade UO2 powder produced since mid-1989 has been accepted by the fuel manufacturers. (author)

  4. Evaluation of compatibility of flowing liquid lithium curtain for blanket with core plasma in fusion reactors

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    A global model analysis of the compatibility of flowing liquid lithium curtain for blanket with core plasma has been performed. The relationships between the surface temperature of lithium curtain and mean effective plasma charges, fuel dilution and produced fusion power have been obtained. Results show that under normal circumstances, the evaporation of liquid lithium does not affect Zeff seriously, but affects fuel dilution and fusion power sensitively. The authors have investigated the relationships between the flow velocity of liquid lithium and its surface temperature rise based on the conditions of the option II of the fusion experimental breeder (FEB-E) design with reversed shear configuration and fairly high power density. The authors concluded that the effects of evaporation from liquid lithium curtain for FEB-E on plasma are negligible even if the flow velocity of liquid lithium is as low as 0.5 m·s-1. Finally, the sputtering yield of liquid lithium saturated by hydrogen isotopes is briefly discussed

  5. A low-risk aqueous lithium salt blanket for engineering test reactors

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    A simple blanket concept is proposed based on 1-3 wt.% lithium dissolved as a salt in low temperature (80 degrees C) and low pressure (0.1 MPa) water. This concept can provide, for example, a 0.5 tritium breeding ratio with 60% steel structure and 70% coverage. The use of neutron multipliers, other structural materials (especially zirconium alloys), higher coverage and higher lithium salt concentrations allows tritium breeding ratios over unity if necessary. Other advantages of this concept include the simple shield-like geometry, substantial structural volume for mechanical strength, excellent heat transfer ability of water coolant, efficient neutron and gamma shielding through the combination of high-Z structure and low-Z water, and conventional tritium recovery and control technology. This concept could initially provide the shielding needs for an engineering test reactor and later, by the addition of lithium salt and tritium recovery systems, also provide tritium breeding. This staged operation and liquid breeder/coolant allows control over the tritium inventory in the device without machine disassembly. 14 refs

  6. Stability of LMR oxide pins and blanket rods during run-beyond-cladding-break (RBCB) operation

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    Since 1981, the U.S. Department of Energy and the Power Reactor and Nuclear Fuel Development Corporation of Japan have collaborated on an operational reliability testing program in the Experimental Breeder Reactor II. The tests were designed to determine the irradiation behavior of liquid-metal reactor (LMR) oxide pins and blanket rods during steady-state, transient, and run-beyond-claddin-breach (RBCB) operation. Phase I tests completed in 1987 involved current LMR oxide designs and claddings; the phase II tests begun in 1988 concentrate on advanced LMR designs, large-diameter pins (7.5 mm), and advance cladding alloys. The cladding breaches in these tests have been readily detected by fission-gas and delayed-neutron (DN) precursor release. The condition of the fuel pin has been monitored by these releases during RBCB operation. A variety of failures have been intentionally studied in the RBCB portion of the program for operating times of up to 142 full-power days; also, several failure types have been incidentally experienced during the transient tests. Types of failure have included those induced by gas-pressure loading either naturally or by prethinning of the cladding defects, and fuel-cladding mechanical interaction (FCMI)-induced failures or secondary failures caused by the formation of low-density fuel-sodium reaction product (FSRP). This paper summarizes this experience with regard to LMR oxide fuel stability during RBCB operation

  7. Non-destructive assay of EBR-II blanket elements using resonance transmission analysis.

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    Klann, R.T.; Poenitz, W.P.

    1998-09-11

    Resonance transmission analysis utilizing a faltered reactor beam was examined as a means of determining the {sup 239}Pu content in Experimental Breeder Reactor-II depleted uranium blanket elements. The technique uses cadmium and gadolinium falters along with a {sup 239}Pu fission chamber to isolate the 0.3 eV resonance in {sup 239}Pu. In the energy range of this resonance (0.1 eV to 0.5 ev), the total microscopic cross-section of {sup 239}Pu is significantly greater than the cross-sections of {sup 238}U and {sup 235}U. This large difference allows small changes in the {sup 239}Pu content of a sample to result in large changes in the mass signal response. Tests with small stacks of depleted uranium and {sup 239}Pu foils indicate a significant change in response based on the {sup 239}Pu content of the foil stack. In addition, the tests indicate good agreement between the measured and predicted values of {sup 239}Pu up to approximately two weight percent.

  8. Non-destructive assay of EBR-II blanket elements using resonance transmission analysis

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    Resonance transmission analysis utilizing a faltered reactor beam was examined as a means of determining the 239Pu content in Experimental Breeder Reactor-II depleted uranium blanket elements. The technique uses cadmium and gadolinium falters along with a 239Pu fission chamber to isolate the 0.3 eV resonance in 239Pu. In the energy range of this resonance (0.1 eV to 0.5 ev), the total microscopic cross-section of 239Pu is significantly greater than the cross-sections of 238U and 235U. This large difference allows small changes in the 239Pu content of a sample to result in large changes in the mass signal response. Tests with small stacks of depleted uranium and 239Pu foils indicate a significant change in response based on the 239Pu content of the foil stack. In addition, the tests indicate good agreement between the measured and predicted values of 239Pu up to approximately two weight percent

  9. Al-based anti-corrosion and T-permeation barrier development for future DEMO blankets

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    Krauss, W., E-mail: wolfgang.krauss@kit.edu [Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Hermann von Helmholtz Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany); Konys, J.; Holstein, N.; Zimmermann, H. [Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Hermann von Helmholtz Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany)

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    In the Helium-Cooled-Liquid-Lead (HCLL) design of Test-Blanket-Modules (TBM's) for a future fusion power plant Pb-15.7Li is used as liquid breeder which is in direct contact with the structure material, e.g. EUROFER steel. Compatibility testing showed that high corrosion attack appears and that the dissolved steel components form precipitates with a high risk of system blockages. A reliable operation needs coatings as corrosion barriers. The earlier developed Hot-Dip Aluminisation (HDA) process has shown that Al-based scales can act as anti-corrosion as well as T-permeation barriers. Meanwhile two advanced electro-chemically based processes for deposition of Al-scales were successfully developed. The first (ECA = Electro-Chemical Al-deposition) is working with an organic electrolyte and the second one (ECX = Electro-Chemical-X-metal-deposition) is based on ionic liquids. Coatings in the {mu}m-range were deposited homogeneously with exact controllable thicknesses. Metallurgical investigations showed the successful generation of protective scales and compatibility testing demonstrated the barrier function.

  10. Al-based anti-corrosion and T-permeation barrier development for future DEMO blankets

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    Krauss, W.; Konys, J.; Holstein, N.; Zimmermann, H.

    2011-10-01

    In the Helium-Cooled-Liquid-Lead (HCLL) design of Test-Blanket-Modules (TBM's) for a future fusion power plant Pb-15.7Li is used as liquid breeder which is in direct contact with the structure material, e.g. EUROFER steel. Compatibility testing showed that high corrosion attack appears and that the dissolved steel components form precipitates with a high risk of system blockages. A reliable operation needs coatings as corrosion barriers. The earlier developed Hot-Dip Aluminisation (HDA) process has shown that Al-based scales can act as anti-corrosion as well as T-permeation barriers. Meanwhile two advanced electro-chemically based processes for deposition of Al-scales were successfully developed. The first (ECA = Electro-Chemical Al-deposition) is working with an organic electrolyte and the second one (ECX = Electro-Chemical-X-metal-deposition) is based on ionic liquids. Coatings in the μm-range were deposited homogeneously with exact controllable thicknesses. Metallurgical investigations showed the successful generation of protective scales and compatibility testing demonstrated the barrier function.

  11. Al-based anti-corrosion and T-permeation barrier development for future DEMO blankets

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    In the Helium-Cooled-Liquid-Lead (HCLL) design of Test-Blanket-Modules (TBM's) for a future fusion power plant Pb-15.7Li is used as liquid breeder which is in direct contact with the structure material, e.g. EUROFER steel. Compatibility testing showed that high corrosion attack appears and that the dissolved steel components form precipitates with a high risk of system blockages. A reliable operation needs coatings as corrosion barriers. The earlier developed Hot-Dip Aluminisation (HDA) process has shown that Al-based scales can act as anti-corrosion as well as T-permeation barriers. Meanwhile two advanced electro-chemically based processes for deposition of Al-scales were successfully developed. The first (ECA = Electro-Chemical Al-deposition) is working with an organic electrolyte and the second one (ECX = Electro-Chemical-X-metal-deposition) is based on ionic liquids. Coatings in the μm-range were deposited homogeneously with exact controllable thicknesses. Metallurgical investigations showed the successful generation of protective scales and compatibility testing demonstrated the barrier function.

  12. Molten salt cooling/17Li-83Pb breeding blanket concept

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    A description of a fusion breeding blanket concept using draw salt coolant and static 17Li-83Pb is presented. 17Li-83Pb has high breeding capability and low tritium solubility. Draw salt operates at low pressure and is inert to water. Corrosion, MHD, and tritium containment problems associated with the MARS design are alleviated because of the use of a static LiPb blanket. Blanket tritium recovery is by permeation toward the plasma. A direct contact steam generator is proposed to eliminate some generic problems associated with a tube shell steam generator

  13. Demonstration Tokamak Hybrid Reactor (DTHR) blanket design study, December 1978

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    This work represents only the second iteration of the conceptual design of a DTHR blanket; consequently, a number of issues important to a detailed blanket design have not yet been evaluated. The most critical issues identified are those of two-phase flow maldistribution, flow instabilities, flow stratification for horizontal radial inflow of boiling water, fuel rod vibrations, corrosion of clad and structural materials by high quality steam, fretting and cyclic loads. Approaches to minimizing these problems are discussed and experimental testing with flow mock-ups is recommended. These implications on a commercial blanket design are discussed and critical data needs are identified

  14. Hybrid reactor blankets for constant energy multiplication and flat power distribution

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    Two blanket design difficulties are usually attributed to the blanket neutronic properties: high peak-to-average power density ratio distribution and the variation of the energy multiplication with burnup. This work shows that blankets can be designed to have a constant energy multiplication and a flat power distribution. These features are illustrated for light water hydrid reactor blankets

  15. Operating experience of Fast Breeder Test Reactor

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    Fast Breeder Test Reactor (FBTR) is a 40 MWt / 13.2 MWe sodium cooled, loop type mixed carbide fuelled reactor. Its main aim is to gain experience in the design, construction and operation of fast reactors and to serve as an irradiation facility for development of fuel and structural material for future fast reactors. The reactor achieved first criticality in October 1985 with small indigenously designed and fabricated Mark I core (70% PuC-30% UC). The reactor power was subsequently raised in steps to 17.4 MWt by addition of Mark II fuel subassemblies (55% PuC-45% UC) and with the Mark I fuel operating at the designed linear heat rating of 400 W/cm. The turbo-generator was synchronized with the grid in July 1997. The achieved peak burn-up is 137 000 MWd/t so far without any fuel-clad failure. Presently the reactor is being operated at a nominal power of 15.7 MWt for irradiation of a test fuel subassembly of the Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor, which is coming up at Kalpakkam. It is also planned to irradiate test subassemblies made of metallic fuel for future fast reactor program. Being a small reactor, all feed back coefficients of reactivity including void coefficient are negative and hence the reactor is inherently safe. This was confirmed by carrying out physics tests. The capability to remove decay heat under various incidental conditions including natural convection was demonstrated by carrying out engineering tests. Thermo couples are provided for on-line monitoring of fuel SA outlet temperature by dedicated real time computer and processed to generate trip signals for the reactor in case of power excursion, increase in clad hot spot temperature and subassembly flow blockage. All pipelines and capacities in primary main circuit are provided with segmented outer envelope to minimize and contain radioactive sodium leak while ensuring forced cooling through reactor to remove decay heat in case of failure of primary boundary. In secondary circuit, provision is

  16. Fast breeder physics and nuclear core design

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    This report gathers the papers that have been presented on January 18/19, 1983 at a seminar ''Fast breeder physics and nuclear core design'' held at KfK. These papers cover the results obtained within about the last five years in the r+d program and give some indication, what still has to be done. To begin with, the ''tools'' of the core designer, i.e. nuclear data and neutronics codes are covered in a comprehensive way, the seminar emphasized the applications, however. First of all the accuracies obtained for the most important parameters are presented for the design of homogeneous and heterogeneous cores of about 1000 MWe, they are based on the results of critical experiments. This is followed by a survey on activities related to the KNK II reactor, i.e. calculations concerning a modification of the core as well as critical experiments done with respect to re-loads. Finally, work concerning reactivity worths of accident configurations is presented: the generation of reactivity worths for the input of safety-related calculations of a SNR 2 design, and critical experiments to investigate the requirements for the codes to be used for these calculations. These papers are accompanied by two contributions from the industrial partners. The first one deals with the requirements to nuclear design methods as seen by the reactor designer and then shows what has been achieved. The latter one presents state, trends, and methods of the SNR 2 design. The concluding remarks compare the state of the art reached within DeBeNe with international achievements. (orig.)

  17. Status of fast breeder development in Germany

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    The German Minister for Research and Technology (BMFT), Dr. Heinz Riesenhuber, announced on March 20, 1991 that SNR 300, the fast breeder power plant at Kalkar, shall be abandoned. This message followed a top level meeting between BMFT officials and senior managers of Siemens, RWE, PreuBenElektra und Bayernwerk. BMFT, vendor Siemens and the three utilities had carried the interim finance costs of DM 105 million yearly since 1989. The licensing procedure had been obstructed during a long time by the responsible authorities. For several years the licensing process for the last permits on nuclear operation of KKW Kalkar had been held up by the government of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NWR). Licensing of nuclear power plants is the responsibility of the states, according to the German Atomic Act. The state of NRW turned against the SNR 300 project when the Social Democratic Party (SPD) started questioning nuclear power in 1985. Until then 17 partial licenses for SNR 300 had been granted, each time including an overall project approval. One of the consequences of the demise of SNR-300 was that Interatom GmbH, a subsidiary of Siemens AG, has been integrated into the division KWU of the Siemens AG on 1 October, 1991. For SNR 300 the turn-key contracts to the supplier company were cancelled by the operator on April 10, 1991 following the political termination of the SNR-300 Project. On August 23, 1991 after the termination of the SNR project, KfK decided to shutdown the KNK II reactor for final decommissioning

  18. The breeder reactor in electricity supply

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    Forecasts are made of Britain's energy prospects in the year 2000. It is concluded that fossil fuels and renewable energy sources will leave an energy gap and that dependence on nuclear power will be substantial. There will, however have been a rapid depletion of readily available uranium ore reserves and a growing availability of plutonium from thermal reactors. Britain's resources of plutonium and depleted uranium which the fast breeder reactor can use - will equal many thousand million tonnes of coal. Our nuclear programme should therefore include one or two FBRs. Resources should be pooled internationally and plants built to prove alternative options and consolidate an already highly developed technology. In Britain our earliest nuclear (Magnox) stations have served as well. In Scotland, where next year an estimated 30% of electricity output will be nuclear, Hunterston 'B' AGR has had a splendid first year of operation, and pumped storage capacity in Scotland has extended the benefits of low-cost generation. The FBR has many very satisfactory engineering features and is eminently controllable and well behaved. It is compact, with relatively low cooling-water requirements and it could be built, one hopes, close to our load centres. There can be confidence that it will be proved safe. An order for an FBR, on the earliest timescale that fits in with evidence of successful operation of the Dounreay PFR and an agreed international programme, would serve the national interest and ensure the survival of our plant manufacturers, so badly hit by the effects of stagnation of the U.K. economy. (author)

  19. Test blanket module maintenance operations between port plug and ancillary equipment unit in ITER

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    In collaboration between the FZK and KFKI-RMKI, in the frame of the activities of the EU Breeder Blanket Programme a concept for test blanket module (TBM) integration, maintenance schedules and all required special purpose equipments has been developed. During the first 10 years of ITER operation four different plasma scenarios will be used. Hence it will be possible to investigate the characteristics (e.g. tritium breeding performance) of different TBM concepts which will be installed during operation for the different phases of ITER operation in the equatorial ports 2, 16 and 18. In every port two TBMs will be accommodated, in the port 16 will be the European helium-cooled pebble bed blanket. In different phases of ITER operation different TBMs will be used. Therefore a complex maintenance process is necessary for the exchange of TBMs. Two TBMs are mounted onto one common frame, into a port plug (PP), which offers a standardised interface to the vacuum vessel (VV). It is cantilevered with a flange to VV port extension. This attachment system is the same in every equatorial port, so the exchange process of this structure with the TBMs is also the standard operation of ITER. Several components of the helium cooling system of the EU breeder modules, valves, pipes, gas mixers, thermal sleeves, pipes for tritium extraction, measurement system are integrated into the ancillary equipment unit (AEU), which during the operation will connect the port plug to the subsystems. The bigger part of the AEU is accommodated in the port cell and the rest part of it is penetrated into the interspace inside the bioshield and reach the back plane of the installed PP. The remote handling operations for connection/disconnection of an interface between the PP of the EU-TBMs and the AEU are investigated with the goal to reach a quick and simple TBM exchange procedure. The current design of the EU-TBMs foresees up to 18 supply lines for both TBMs. These lines have to be connected here. A

  20. Test blanket module maintenance operations between port plug and ancillary equipment unit in ITER

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    In collaboration between the FZK and KFKI-RMKI, in the frame of the activities of the EU Breeder Blanket Programme a concept for Test Blanket Module (TBM) integration, maintenance schedules and all required special purpose equipments has been developed. During the first 10 years of ITER operation 4 different plasma scenarios will be used. Hence it will be possible to investigate the characteristics (e.g. tritium breeding performance) of different TBM concepts which will be installed during operation for the different phases of ITER operation in the equatorial ports 2, 16 and 18. In every port will be two TBMs accomodated, in the port 16 will be the the European Helium Cooled Pebble Bed blanket. In the different phases of ITER operation different TBMs will be used. Therefore a complex maintenance process is necessary for exchange the TBMs. Two TBMs are mounted into one common frame, into a Port Plug (PP), which offers a standardised interface to the Vacuum Vessel (VV). It is cantilevered with a flange to VV Port Extension. This attachment system is the same in every equatorial port, so the exchange process of this structure with the TBMs are also standard operation of ITER. Several components of the Helium cooling system of the EU breeder modules, valves, pipes, gas mixers, thermal sleeves, pipes for tritium extraction, measurement system, etc. All of them is integrated into the Ancillary Equipment Unit (AEU) which during operation will connect the port plug to the sub systems. The bigger part of the AEU is accomodated in the Port Cell and the rest part of it is penetrate to the interspace inside the bioshield and reach the back plane of the installed PP. The remote handling operations for connection / disconnection of an interface between the PP of the EU-TBMs and the AEU are investigated with the goal to reach a quick and simple TBM exchange procedure. The current design of the EU-TBMs foresees up to 18 supply lines for both TBMs. These lines have to be connected