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Thermal hydraulics and mechanics research on fusion blanket system

Ezato, Koichiro; Seki, Yohji; Tanigawa, Hisashi; Hirose, Takanori; Tsuru, Daigo; Nishi, Hiroshi; Dairaku, Masayuki; Yokoyama, Kenji; Suzuki, Satoshi; Enoeda, Mikio

In-vessel components such as Blanket and Divertor in a fusion reactor have a function of exhausting high heat and particle loads in order to maintain the structural soundness of the reactor. In the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor called ITER, build by ITER Organization under the framework of collaboration of seven parties including Japan, there are two kinds of blanket systems will be install. One is a shield blanket, which consists of a first wall (FW) and a block module shielding against neutron flux to a vacuum chamber and a superconducting magnet system. The other blanket system is called as a Test Blanket Module (TBM). TBM is a kind of prototype blanket for a fusion power plant and has functions of breeding of tritium (T) and extraction of energy from fusion plasma. TBM consists of FW and T-breeding/neutron (n)-multiplier zone. A concept of TBM developed by JAEA is water-cooled pebble-bed type, which means that FW and other structures are cooled by pressurized high temperature water and T-breeding/n-multiplier zone consists of multiple layers of pebble bed made of T-breeding and n-multiplier material. This paper describes the status of R&Ds on FW and pebble beds from the view of thermo-hydraulics and mechanics.



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