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R&D on major components of control system for ITER blanket maintenance equipment

Takeda, Nobukazu; Kakudate, Satoshi; Matsumoto, Yasuhiro; Kozaka, Hiroshi; Aburadani, Atsushi; Negishi, Yusuke; Nakahira, Masataka*; Tesini, A.*

Fusion Engineering and Design, 85(7-9), p.1190 - 1195, 2010/12

 Times Cited Count:1 Percentile:11(Nuclear Science & Technology)

Several R&Ds for the ITER blanket remote handling system had been performed from the Engineering Design Activity phase until now and only several technical issues regarding the control system remained such as noise caused by slip ring, control of cable handling system, signal transmission through very long cable and radiation-hard amplifier. This study concentrates on these issues. As a conclusion, major issues for the control system have been solved and the ITER blanket remote handling system becomes further feasible.

Journal Articles

Design progress of the ITER blanket remote handling equipment

Nakahira, Masataka; Matsumoto, Yasuhiro; Kakudate, Satoshi; Takeda, Nobukazu; Shibanuma, Kiyoshi; Tesini, A.*

Fusion Engineering and Design, 84(7-11), p.1394 - 1398, 2009/06

 Times Cited Count:19 Percentile:79.52(Nuclear Science & Technology)

Invessel components of ITER have to be maintained by remote handling (RH) equipment due to high radiation level in the vacuum vessel (VV) after D-D operation. Blanket module (BM) is maintained by a manipulator mounted on a vehicle traveled through an articulated rail deployed inside the VV. Towards the construction, the BLRH equipment design has been improved and developed in more detail. The overview of design results are introduced in this paper. The design of rail deployment system of the BLRH has been updated to enable the rail connection in the transfer cask in order to minimize occupation space. For this purpose, design works have been performed for concept, sequence and typical simulation of BL replacement in the VV and rail deployment of the RH equipment in the cask, including cask docking. The technical issues of the rail connection in the cask are (1) tight tolerance of a pin at a hinge, (2) limited space of the connection inside a cask and (3) tight positioning accuracy. This paper summarizes the idea to solve these issues and a result of the design work. The paper also introduces a new cable handling equipment, rail support equipment and BL receiver/transporter.

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Mock-up test on key components of ITER blanket remote handling system

Takeda, Nobukazu; Kakudate, Satoshi; Nakahira, Masataka; Matsumoto, Yasuhiro; Taguchi, Ko; Kozaka, Hiroshi; Shibanuma, Kiyoshi; Tesini, A.*

Fusion Engineering and Design, 84(7-11), p.1813 - 1817, 2009/06

 Times Cited Count:11 Percentile:63.13(Nuclear Science & Technology)

The maintenance operation of the ITER in-vessel component, such as a blanket and divertor, must be executed by the remote equipment because of the high $$gamma$$-ray environment. During the Engineering Design Activity (EDA), the Japan Atomic Energy Agency had been fabricated the prototype of the vehicle manipulator system for the blanket remote handling and confirmed feasibility of this system including automatic positioning of the blanket and rail deployment procedure of the articulated rail. The JAEA is continuing several R&Ds so that the system can be procured smoothly to ITER. The residual key issues after the EDA are rail connection, cable handling and in-situ replacement of first wall. The last issue is newly raised and currently under the discussion. This presentation concentrates on the former two issues.

Journal Articles

Interlaboratory comparison of positron annihilation lifetime measurements

Ito, Kenji*; Oka, Toshitaka*; Kobayashi, Yoshinori*; Shirai, Yasuharu*; Wada, Kenichiro*; Matsumoto, Masataka*; Fujinami, Masanori*; Hirade, Tetsuya; Honda, Yoshihide*; Hosomi, Hiroyuki*; et al.

Materials Science Forum, 607, p.248 - 250, 2009/00

So far no standard procedure for the positron annihilation lifetime (PAL) technique has been established. A lack of the standards has led to difficulty in ensuring the equivalency and reliability of data from different laboratories. As a first, we conducted an interlaboratory comparison of PAL measurements for metal, polymer and silica glass with agreed procedures for data recording and analysis. The PAL data recorded at different laboratories were analyzed with a single lifetime component for the metal sample and with three components for the others, respectively. Based on the results of the reported positron and ortho-positronium lifetimes, the possible sources of the uncertainties in the PAL measurements are discussed. To reduce the effect of scattered $$gamma$$ rays, a lead shield was placed between the detectors. The uncertainty was significantly decreased, signifying that placing lead shields between the detectors effectively reduced the false signals due to the scattered $$gamma$$ rays.

Journal Articles

Progress of R&D and design of blanket remote handling equipment for ITER

Kakudate, Satoshi; Takeda, Nobukazu; Nakahira, Masataka; Matsumoto, Yasuhiro; Shibanuma, Kiyoshi; Tesini, A.*

Fusion Engineering and Design, 83(10-12), p.1850 - 1855, 2008/12

 Times Cited Count:13 Percentile:68.01(Nuclear Science & Technology)

The design of in-vessel transporter (IVT) including vehicle manipulator has been updated according to the design changes such as blanket segmentation and structure, taking account of the interface between modules and vehicle manipulator. In particular, the updated design of the vehicle manipulator and rail has been carried out in order to avoid the interference between modules and vehicle manipulator. According to the updated design, the vehicle manipulator has been reduced by about 30%, compared with the reference design. In parallel with design activities, the R&D to clarify the specifications of the IVT design in detail is also performed, i.e., simulation system to provide the visual information during maintenance, dry lubricant to prevent the lubricant oil from spreading in the VV. The rail connection and cable handling in the transfer cask, which are critical issues for IVT system, are under preparation of the demonstration tests to finalize the design of the IVT system. Connection of the rail joint and cable handling test facilities are planned and under fabrication now. These test facility will be installed by the end of March 2008, and the performance tests will be carried out from April 2008.

Journal Articles

Interlaboratory comparison of positron annihilation lifetime measurements for synthetic fused silica and polycarbonate

Ito, Kenji*; Oka, Toshitaka*; Kobayashi, Yoshinori*; Shirai, Yasuharu*; Wada, Kenichiro*; Matsumoto, Masataka*; Fujinami, Masanori*; Hirade, Tetsuya; Honda, Yoshihide*; Hosomi, Hiroyuki*; et al.

Journal of Applied Physics, 104(2), p.026102_1 - 026102_3, 2008/07

 Times Cited Count:38 Percentile:80.56(Physics, Applied)

Interlaboratory comparison of positron annihilation lifetime measurements using synthetic fused silica and polycarbonate was conducted with the participation of 12 laboratories. By regulating procedures for the measurement and data analysis the uncertainties of the positron lifetimes obtained at different laboratories were significantly reduced in comparison with those reported in the past.

Journal Articles

Strain measurement under loading in laser weld on austenitic stainless steel using high-energy synchrotron radiation

Matsumoto, Keisuke*; Shobu, Takahisa; Akiniwa, Yoshiaki*; Yagi, Tsuyoshi*; Yamamoto, Masataka*

Zairyo, 57(7), p.654 - 659, 2008/07

Journal Articles

Measurement of strain distribution around weld zone for railway carbody structure using high-energy synchrotron radiation

Matsumoto, Keisuke*; Shobu, Takahisa; Akiniwa, Yoshiaki*; Yagi, Tsuyoshi*; Yamamoto, Masataka*

Materials Science Forum, 571-572, p.321 - 326, 2008/00

Journal Articles

Mechanical characteristics and position control of vehicle/manipulator for ITER blanket remote maintenance

Kakudate, Satoshi; Oka, Kiyoshi; Yoshimi, Takashi*; Taguchi, Ko*; Nakahira, Masataka; Takeda, Nobukazu; Shibanuma, Kiyoshi; Obara, Kenjiro; Tada, Eisuke; Matsumoto, Yasuhiro*; et al.

Fusion Engineering and Design, 51-52(1-4), p.993 - 999, 2000/11

 Times Cited Count:9 Percentile:55.69(Nuclear Science & Technology)

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Development of in-vessel remote maintenance system

Kakudate, Satoshi; *; Nakahira, Masataka; Takeda, Nobukazu; Adachi, Junichi*; Matsumoto, Yasuhiro*

Purazuma, Kaku Yugo Gakkai-Shi, 73(1), p.29 - 41, 1997/01

no abstracts in English

Oral presentation

Current status of research and development for ITER blanket remote maintenance system

Takeda, Nobukazu; Kakudate, Satoshi; Nakahira, Masataka; Matsumoto, Yasuhiro; Taguchi, Ko; Kozaka, Hiroshi; Shibanuma, Kiyoshi

no journal, , 

no abstracts in English

Oral presentation

Evaluation of fatigue damage around the weld zones of railway carbody structures using high-energy synchrotron radiation

Shobu, Takahisa; Matsumoto, Keisuke*; Yamamoto, Masataka*; Yagi, Tsuyoshi*; Okino, Tomohiro*

no journal, , 

no abstracts in English

Oral presentation

Interlaboratry comparison of psotitron annihilation lifetime measurement

Ito, Kenji*; Oka, Toshitaka*; Kobayashi, Yoshinori*; Shirai, Yasuharu*; Wada, Kenichiro*; Matsumoto, Masataka*; Fujinami, Masanori*; Hirade, Tetsuya; Honda, Yoshihide*; Hosomi, Hiroyuki*; et al.

no journal, , 

So far no standard procedure for the positron annihilation lifetime (PAL) technique has been established. A lack of the standards has led to difficulty in ensuring equivalency and reliability of data from different laboratories. Recently, as a first step toward the standardization of the PAL technique, we conducted an interlaboratory comparison of PAL measurements for fused silica, polycarbonate and metal with agreed procedures for data recording and analysis. Based on the results of the reported lifetimes, possible sources of the uncertainties in the PAL measurements is probably caused by the backscattered $$gamma$$-rays by other detectors. We succeeded to show that inserting shields between detectors can reduce the uncertainty.

Oral presentation

Estimation of measurement uncertainty for positron annihilation lifetimes at an interlaboratory comparison

Ito, Kenji*; Oka, Toshitaka*; Kobayashi, Yoshinori*; Shirai, Yasuharu*; Wada, Kenichiro*; Matsumoto, Masataka*; Fujinami, Masanori*; Hirade, Tetsuya; Honda, Yoshihide*; Hosomi, Hiroyuki*; et al.

no journal, , 

An interlaboratory comparison for positron annihilation lifetime measurements for pure nickel, polycarbonate (PC) and fused silica was performed. Based on the reported data of positron (for nickel) and positronium (for PC and fused silica) components, the uncertainties in the PAL measurements were estimated and their possible source was discussed.

Oral presentation

Tribological proof test results of Diamond Like Carbon (DLC) film to lubricate the mechanical gear for ITER remote handling equipment under GPa level high contact stress

Kakudate, Satoshi; Takeda, Nobukazu; Nakahira, Masataka*; Aburadani, Atsushi; Matsumoto, Yasuhiro; Kozaka, Hiroshi; Negishi, Yusuke

no journal, , 

no abstracts in English

Oral presentation

R&D for major devices of ITER blanket remote handling system to finalize design for procurement

Aburadani, Atsushi; Kozaka, Hiroshi; Kakudate, Satoshi; Negishi, Yusuke; Matsumoto, Yasuhiro*; Nakahira, Masataka*; Tesini, A.*; Takeda, Nobukazu

no journal, , 

R&D for the major devices, rail deployment equipment and cable handling system, was performed for the ITER blanket remote handling system. Regarding the rail deployment, the relation between the Oldham's coupling used for the positioning arm and the positioning error at the end of rail was investigated. The result shows that the coupling allowing 4 mm displacement causes the positioning error of 19 mm. The possible countermeasures are suggested. Regarding the cable handling system, a possibility is shown to keep the cable tension at the adequate level by controlling the torque of the cable handling system. A schedule for the procurement of the blanket remote handling system, which will be delivered to the ITER in 2016, is also shown.

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