IFMIF/EVEDA lithium test loop: Design and fabrication technology of target assembly as a key component

H. Kondo, T. Furukawa, Y. Hirakawa, K. Nakamura, M. Ida, K. Watanabe, T. Kanemura, E. Wakai, H. Horiike, N. Yamaoka, H. Sugiura, T. Terai, A. Suzuki, J. Yagi, S. Fukada, H. Nakamura, I. Matsushita, F. Groeschel, K. Fujishiro, P. GarinH. Kimura

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The engineering validation and engineering design activity (EVEDA) for the International Fusion Materials Irradiation Facility (IFMIF) is proceeding as one of the ITER broader approach activities. In the concept of the IFMIF, two 40 MeV deuteron beams are injected into a liquid Li stream (Li target) flowing at a velocity of 15 m s-1. The EVEDA Li test loop (ELTL) is aimed at validating the hydraulic stability of the Li target at a velocity up to 20 m s-1 under a vacuum condition of 10-3 Pa as the most important issue. Construction of the ELTL, which is the largest liquid metal loop possessing 5.0 m3 Li for the fusion research ever, was completed in the O-arai Research & Development Center in the Japan Atomic Energy Agency on 22 November 2010. This paper presents the design and fabrication technology of a target assembly called integrated target assembly, in which the Li target is produced by a contraction nozzle along a concave channel. There are two concepts regarding the target assembly: the integrated target assembly and the bayonet target assembly. Both target assemblies are outlined in this paper, and then the newly proposed design of the integrated target assembly for the ELTL and its fabrication technology are given. The integrated target assembly was processed by a five-axis milling machine and the processing accuracy was measured by 3D measurement tools. Finally, methods applied for the validation of the stability of the Li target are introduced in this paper.

Original languageEnglish
Article number123008
JournalNuclear Fusion
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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