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Welding technology on sector assembly of the JT-60SA vacuum vessel

Shibama, Yusuke; Okano, Fuminori; Yagyu, Junichi; Kaminaga, Atsushi; Miyo, Yasuhiko; Hayakawa, Atsuro*; Sagawa, Keiich*; Mochida, Tsutomu*; Morimoto, Tamotsu*; Hamada, Takashi*; et al.

Fusion Engineering and Design, 98-99, p.1614 - 1619, 2015/10

 Times Cited Count:3 Percentile:32.14(Nuclear Science & Technology)

The JT-60SA vacuum vessel (150 tons) is a double wall torus structure and the maximum major radius of 5.0 m and height of 6.6 m. The manufacturing design concept is that the vessel is split in the 10 toroidal sectors manufactured at factory, and assembled on-site; seven of the 40-degree sectors, two of the 30-degree beside final one, and the final of the 20-degree. The final sector is assembled with the VV thermal shield and toroidal field magnets into the 340-degree as prepared in one sector. Sectors are temporally fitted on-site and adjusted one over the other before the assembly. After measurement of the dimensions and the reference, these sectors are transferred onto the cryostat base. First, three 80-degree sectors are manufactured with mating each 40-degree sector by direct joint welding. The rest sectors including the final sector are jointed with splice plates. Welding manipulator and its guide rails are used for these welding. In this paper, the detail of the VV sectors assembly including the final sector is explained. Welding technologies to joint the two of 40-degree sectors are reported with the present manufacturing status and the welding trial on the vertical stub with the partial mock-up of the final sector are discussed with the assembly process.

Journal Articles

Dismantlement of large fusion experimental device JT-60U

Ikeda, Yoshitaka; Okano, Fuminori; Sakasai, Akira; Hanada, Masaya; Akino, Noboru; Ichige, Hisashi; Kaminaga, Atsushi; Kiyono, Kimihiro; Kubo, Hirotaka; Kobayashi, Kazuhiro; et al.

Nihon Genshiryoku Gakkai Wabun Rombunshi, 13(4), p.167 - 178, 2014/12

The JT-60U torus was disassembled so as to newly install the superconducting tokamak JT-60SA torus. The JT-60U used the deuterium for 18 years, so the disassembly project of the JT-60U was the first disassembly experience of a fusion device with radioactivation in Japan. All disassembly components were stored with recording the data such as dose rate, weight and kind of material, so as to apply the clearance level regulation in future. The lessons learned from the disassembly project indicated that the cutting technologies and storage management of disassembly components were the key factors to conduct the disassembly project in an efficient way. After completing the disassembly project, efforts have been made to analyze the data for characterizing disassembly activities, so as to contribute the estimation of manpower needs and the radioactivation of the disassembly components on other fusion devices.

Journal Articles

Safe disassembly and storage of radioactive components of JT-60U torus

Ikeda, Yoshitaka; Okano, Fuminori; Hanada, Masaya; Sakasai, Akira; Kubo, Hirotaka; Akino, Noboru; Chiba, Shinichi; Ichige, Hisashi; Kaminaga, Atsushi; Kiyono, Kimihiro; et al.

Fusion Engineering and Design, 89(9-10), p.2018 - 2023, 2014/10

 Times Cited Count:2 Percentile:19.81(Nuclear Science & Technology)

Disassembly of the JT-60U torus was started in 2009 after 18-years D$$_{2}$$ operations, and was completed in October 2012. The JT-60U torus was featured by the complicated and welded structure against the strong electromagnetic force, and by the radioactivation due to D-D reactions. Since this work is the first experience of disassembling a large radioactive fusion device in Japan, careful disassembly activities have been made. About 13,000 components cut into pieces with measuring the dose rates were removed from the torus hall and stored safely in storage facilities by using a total wokers of 41,000 person-days during 3 years. The total weight of the disassembly components reached up to 5,400 tons. Most of the disassembly components will be treated as non-radioactive ones after the clearance verification under the Japanese regulation in future. The assembly of JT-60SA has started in January 2013 after this disassembly of JT-60U torus.

JAEA Reports

Storage management of disassembled and radioactive components of JT-60 tokamak device; Storage of radioactive components by containers

Nishiyama, Tomokazu; Miyo, Yasuhiko; Okano, Fuminori; Sasajima, Tadayuki; Ichige, Hisashi; Kaminaga, Atsushi; Miya, Naoyuki; Sukegawa, Atsuhiko; Ikeda, Yoshitaka; Sakasai, Akira

JAEA-Technology 2014-006, 30 Pages, 2014/03

JAEA-Technology-2014-006.pdf:4.87MB

JT-60 tokamak device and the peripheral equipment were disassembled so as to be upgraded to the superconducting tokamak JT-60SA. The disassembled components were stored into storage and airtight containers at the radioactive control area. The total weight and the total number of those components are about 1,100 tons and about 11,500 except for large components. Radiation measurements and records of the radioactive components were required one by one under the law of Act on Prevention of Radiation Disease Due to Radioisotopes, etc. for the control of transport and storage from the radioactive control area to the other area. The storage management of the radioactive components was implemented by establishing the work procedure and the component management system by barcode tags. The radioactive components as many as 11,500 were surely and effectively stored under the law. The report gives the outline of the storage of JT-60 radioactive components by the storage containers.

JAEA Reports

Disassembly of JT-60 tokamak device and ancillary facilities for JT-60 tokamak

Okano, Fuminori; Ichige, Hisashi; Miyo, Yasuhiko; Kaminaga, Atsushi; Sasajima, Tadayuki; Nishiyama, Tomokazu; Yagyu, Junichi; Ishige, Yoichi; Suzuki, Hiroaki; Komuro, Kenichi; et al.

JAEA-Technology 2014-003, 125 Pages, 2014/03

JAEA-Technology-2014-003.pdf:13.32MB

The disassembly of JT-60 tokamak device and its peripheral equipments, where the total weight was about 5400 tons, started in 2009 and accomplished in October 2012. This disassembly was required process for JT-60SA project, which is the Satellite Tokamak project under Japan-EU international corroboration to modify the JT-60 to the superconducting tokamak. This work was the first experience of disassembling a large radioactive fusion device based on Radiation Hazard Prevention Act in Japan. The cutting was one of the main problems in this disassembly, such as to cut the wielded parts together with toroidal field coils, and to cut the vacuum vessel into two. After solving these problems, the disassembly completed without disaster and accident. This report presents the outline of the JT-60 disassembly, especially tokamak device and ancillary facilities for tokamak device.

JAEA Reports

Assembly work and transport of JT-60SA cryostat base

Okano, Fuminori; Masaki, Kei; Yagyu, Junichi; Shibama, Yusuke; Sakasai, Akira; Miyo, Yasuhiko; Kaminaga, Atsushi; Nishiyama, Tomokazu; Suzuki, Sadaaki; Nakamura, Shigetoshi; et al.

JAEA-Technology 2013-032, 32 Pages, 2013/11

JAEA-Technology-2013-032.pdf:8.86MB

Japan Atomic Energy Agency started to construct a fully superconducting tokamak experiment device, JT-60SA, to support the ITER since January, 2013 at the Fusion Research and Development Directorate in Naka, Japan. The JT-60SA will be constructed with enhancing the previous JT-60 infrastructures, in the JT-60 torus hall, where the ex-JT-60 machine was disassembled. The JT-60SA Cryostat Base, for base of the entire tokamak structure, were assembly as first step of this construction. The Cryostat Base (CB, 250 tons) is consists of 7 main made of stainless steel, 12m diameter and 3m height. It was built in the Spain and transported to the Naka site with the seven major parts split, via Hitachi port. The assembly work of these steps, preliminary measurements, sole plate adjustments of its height and flatness, and assembly of the CB. Introduces the concrete result of assembly work and transport of JT-60SA cryostat base.

JAEA Reports

Disassembly of JT-60 tokamak device

Okano, Fuminori; Ikeda, Yoshitaka; Sakasai, Akira; Hanada, Masaya; Ichige, Hisashi; Miyo, Yasuhiko; Kaminaga, Atsushi; Sasajima, Tadayuki; Nishiyama, Tomokazu; Yagyu, Junichi; et al.

JAEA-Technology 2013-031, 42 Pages, 2013/11

JAEA-Technology-2013-031.pdf:18.1MB

The disassembly of JT-60 tokamak device and its peripheral equipments, where the total weight was about 6200 tons, started in 2009 and accomplished in October 2012. This disassembly was required process for JT-60SA project, which is the Satellite Tokamak project under Japan-EU international corroboration to modify the JT-60 to the superconducting tokamak. This work was the first experience of disassembling a large radioactive fusion device based on Radiation Hazard Prevention Act in Japan. The cutting was one of the main problems in this disassembly, such as to cut the wielded parts together with toroidal field coils, and to cut the vacuum vessel into two. After solving these problems, the disassembly completed without disaster and accident. This report presents the outline of the JT-60 disassembly, especially tokamak device.

Journal Articles

Carbon transport and fuel retention in JT-60U with higher temperature operation based on postmortem analysis

Yoshida, Masafumi; Tanabe, Tetsuo*; Adachi, Ayumu*; Hayashi, Takao; Nakano, Tomohide; Fukumoto, Masakatsu; Yagyu, Junichi; Miyo, Yasuhiko; Masaki, Kei; Itami, Kiyoshi

Journal of Nuclear Materials, 438, p.S1261 - S1265, 2013/07

 Times Cited Count:6 Percentile:49.64(Materials Science, Multidisciplinary)

Fuel retention rates and carbon re-deposition rates in the plasma shadowed areas in JT-60U were measured. Distributions of the fuel retention as well as the carbon re-deposition in the whole in-vessel of a large tokamak were clarified for the first time in the world. The fuel retention in the plasma shadowed areas was about two times larger than that in the carbon re-deposited layers on the plasma facing surface, although the amount of the carbon re-deposited on the plasma shadowed areas were about a half of that on the plasma facing surface, because of relatively lower temperature in the shadow areas causing higher hydrogen saturation concentration in the carbon re-deposited layers. The total fuel retention rate in JT-60U, including previously measured for all plasma facing areas, was evaluated to be 1.3$$times$$10$$^{20}$$ H+Ds$$^{-1}$$, which was lower than that in other devices, due to probably to higher temperature operation in JT-60U.

Journal Articles

Hydrogen isotopes retention in gaps at the JT-60U first wall tiles

Yoshida, Masafumi; Tanabe, Tetsuo*; Hayashi, Takao; Nakano, Tomohide; Fukumoto, Masakatsu; Yagyu, Junichi; Miyo, Yasuhiko; Masaki, Kei; Itami, Kiyoshi

Fusion Science and Technology, 63(1T), p.367 - 370, 2013/05

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0.01(Nuclear Science & Technology)

In this study, the retentions of hydrogen isotopes (H and D) in the gaps in JT-60U are clarified. Carbon tiles used in 1992-2004 were poloidally and toroidally taken out from outboard first wall in JT-60U to measure the retentions. The H and D retentions in the samples were measured by thermal desorption spectrometry (TDS). The H+D retention in the top side was higher than that of the bottom side, which might be due to thicker re-deposited carbon layers on the surface of the top side. The retentions in the surface of the side surfaces were slightly lower than that in the plasma facing surface where the retention was saturated to be 3-4e22 atoms/m$$^{2}$$. The retention rate was evaluated to be 3e17 H+D atoms/m$$^{2}$$/s from the measured retentions in two different discharge times by assuming the retention to increase linearly with the discharge time.

Journal Articles

Design and test of JT-60SA gas injection system

Miyo, Yasuhiko; Nakano, Tomohide; Sakurai, Shinji; Sakasai, Akira

Dai-18-Kai Bunshi Kagaku Kenkyusho Gijutsu Kenkyukai Hokokushu (CD-ROM), 5 Pages, 2012/00

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Report of detaching of internal tile according to dismantlement of JT-60

Yagyu, Junichi; Miyo, Yasuhiko; Sasajima, Tadayuki; Sakasai, Akira; Shibanuma, Kiyoshi

Heisei-22-Nendo Kumamoto Daigaku Sogo Gijutsu Kenkyukai Hokokushu (CD-ROM), 4 Pages, 2011/03

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Storage and safety management of radioactive components for disassembly of JT-60 tokamak device

Nishiyama, Tomokazu; Okano, Fuminori; Miyo, Yasuhiko; Kubo, Hirotaka; Miya, Naoyuki; Oikawa, Akira; Sasajima, Tadayuki; Sakasai, Akira

Heisei-22-Nendo Kumamoto Daigaku Sogo Gijutsu Kenkyukai Hokokushu (CD-ROM), 5 Pages, 2011/03

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Heat transfer characteristics of the first wall with graphite sheet interlayer

Masaki, Kei; Miyo, Yasuhiko; Sakurai, Shinji; Ezato, Koichiro; Suzuki, Satoshi; Sakasai, Akira

Fusion Engineering and Design, 85(10-12), p.1732 - 1735, 2010/12

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

Steady-state research is indispensable to establish scientific and technological basis for the next fusion devices. In JT-60, long pulse operation of up to 65s (OH) with a neutral beam heating power of $$sim$$12 MW (30s) was conducted to investigate the plasma behavior in several tens of seconds. However, the structure of the JT-60U first wall, which was composed of bolted graphite tiles and backings, restricted the flexibility of the plasma operation, because the first wall was not actively cooled. To improve the heat transfer characteristics of the first wall taking into account the cost, a candidate is to insert a graphite sheet between the graphite tile and the backing plate. Aiming at a design study for next fusion devices, the heat transfer characteristics of the first wall structure were investigated with a variety of graphite sheets and fixing-bolt torque conditions. The first wall mockup used for the experiment was composed of three CFC tiles (125(L) $$times$$110(W)$$times$$24(T) mm for each tile) and a cupper-alloy heat sink (377(L)$$times$$100(W)$$times$$20(T) mm) with two cooling channels of 10 mm diameter. Four types of the graphite sheets, 0.1-mm thickness PGS (Pyrolytic Graphite Sheet; Panasoic Co., Ltd), 0.2-mm PF (Perma Foil; Toyo Tanso Co., Ltd) 0.38-mm PF, 0.6-mm PF, were examined in the experiment. The heat load tests of the mockup were performed with the heat fluxes of 1 and 3 MW/m$$^{2}$$ on the JAERI electron beam irradiation stand. The experimental results showed that the structure with 0.1-mm thickness $$times$$ 3 PGSs had the highest heat transfer performance in the experiment. The first wall structure with the PGS sheets withstood the heat flux of 1 MW/m$$^{2}$$$$times$$100s. The maximum surface temperature of the CFC tile was 500$$^{circ}$$C. Furthermore, the results indicated that the structure could be used at the steady-state condition with the heat flux of $$sim$$1 MW/m$$^{2}$$. In the paper, detail of the results will be presented and discussed.

Journal Articles

Fuelling characteristics of supersonic molecular beam injection in JT-60U

Takenaga, Hidenobu; Miyo, Yasuhiko; Bucalossi, J.*; Marty, V.*; Urano, Hajime; Asakura, Nobuyuki; Nishiyama, Tomokazu; Sasajima, Tadayuki; Masaki, Kei; Kaminaga, Atsushi

Nuclear Fusion, 50(11), p.115003_1 - 115003_10, 2010/11

 Times Cited Count:17 Percentile:59.53(Physics, Fluids & Plasmas)

The supersonic molecular beam injection (SMBI) was successfully operated in JT-60U. Frequent density jumps were clearly observed in the main plasma against the SMBI pulses with the background gas pressure ($$P$$$$_{rm BK}$$) of 2-6 bar. Fuelling efficiency exhibited weak dependence on $$P$$$$_{rm BK}$$ and the injection direction (high- and low-field-side injections). The amount of the fuelling necessary for achieving the same density level is much smaller for the SMBI than for the gas-puffing. It is comparable for the SMBI and the pellet injection even with shallower penetration of the SMBI as discussed below. The SMBI ionization area was estimated based on emission measured using the fast TV camera with a time resolution of 0.167 ms. The estimations indicated similar penetration position for $$P$$$$_{rm BK}$$ = 6 and 2 bar, although the ionization area was larger for 6 bar. This result supports the weak $$P$$$$_{rm BK}$$ dependence of the fuelling efficiency. The front of the ionization area moved between first and second frames of the fast TV camera and it reached just inside the separatrix in the second frame. The ionization area was significantly expanded from the expected SMB size and the expansion was also enhanced between two frames. These relatively slow changes between two frames suggest that interaction between SMB and plasma significantly influences the fuelling characteristics.

Journal Articles

The Characteristics of the internal transport barrier under reactor relevant conditions in JT-60U weak shear plasmas

Takenaga, Hidenobu; Oyama, Naoyuki; Urano, Hajime; Sakamoto, Yoshiteru; Asakura, Nobuyuki; Kamiya, Kensaku; Miyo, Yasuhiko; Nishiyama, Tomokazu; Sasajima, Tadayuki; Masaki, Kei; et al.

Nuclear Fusion, 49(7), p.075012_1 - 075012_11, 2009/07

 Times Cited Count:9 Percentile:36.96(Physics, Fluids & Plasmas)

Characteristics of internal transport barrier (ITB) have been investigated under reactor relevant condition with edge fuelling and electron heating in JT-60U weak shear plasmas. High confinement was sustained at high density with edge fuelling by shallow pellet injection or supersonic molecular beam injection (SMBI). The ion temperature (T$$_{i}$$) in the central region inside the ITB decreased due to cold pulse propagation even with edge fuelling. By optimizing the injection frequency and the penetration depth, the decreased central T$$_{i}$$ was recovered and good ITB was sustained with enhanced pedestal pressure. The T$$_{i}$$-ITB also degraded significantly with electron cyclotron heating (ECH), when stiffness feature was strong in the electron temperature (T$$_{e}$$) profile. The ion thermal diffusivity in the ITB region increased with the electron thermal diffusivity, indicating existence of clear relation between ion and electron thermal transport. On the other hand, T$$_{i}$$-ITB unchanged or even grew, when stiffness feature was weak in the T$$_{e}$$ profile. Density fluctuation level at ITB seemed to be unchanged during ECH, however, correlation length became longer in the T$$_{i}$$-ITB degradation case and shorter in the T$$_{i}$$-ITB unchanging case.

Journal Articles

Characteristics of internal transport barrier under reactor relevant condition in JT-60U weak shear plasmas

Takenaga, Hidenobu; Oyama, Naoyuki; Urano, Hajime; Sakamoto, Yoshiteru; Kamiya, Kensaku; Miyo, Yasuhiko; Nishiyama, Tomokazu; Sasajima, Tadayuki; Masaki, Kei; Kaminaga, Atsushi; et al.

Proceedings of 22nd IAEA Fusion Energy Conference (FEC 2008) (CD-ROM), 8 Pages, 2008/10

Characteristics of internal transport barrier (ITB) have been investigated under reactor relevant condition with edge fuelling and electron heating in JT-60U weak shear plasmas. High confinement was sustained at high density with edge fuelling by shallow pellet injection or supersonic molecular beam injection (SMBI). The ion temperature ($$T_{i}$$) in the central region decreased even with edge fuelling. The $${it T}_{i}$$ decrease with edge fuelling was larger inside the ITB than that outside the ITB, which can be described by cold pulse propagation using the ion thermal diffusivity ($$chi_{i}$$) estimated from power balance analysis in the SMBI case. By optimizing the injection frequency and the penetration depth, the decreased $$T_{i}$$ was recovered and good ITB was sustained with enhanced pedestal pressure. The $$T_{i}$$-ITB also degraded significantly when stiffness feature was strong in the electron temperature ($$T_{e}$$) profile against electron cyclotron heating (ECH). The value of $$chi_{i}$$ in the ITB region increased with the electron thermal diffusivity ($${it chi}_{e}$$), indicating existence of clear relation between ion and electron thermal transport. On the other hand, $$T_{i}$$-ITB unchanged or even grew, when stiffness feature was weak in the $$T_{e}$$ profile. Density fluctuation level seemed to be unchanged during ECH, however, correlation length became longer in the $${it T}_{i}$$-ITB degradation case and shorter in the $$T_{i}$$-ITB unchanging case.

Journal Articles

Tokamak machine monitoring and control system for JT-60

Miyo, Yasuhiko; Yagyu, Junichi; Nishiyama, Tomokazu; Honda, Masao; Ichige, Hisashi; Kaminaga, Atsushi; Sasajima, Tadayuki; Arai, Takashi; Sakasai, Akira

Fusion Engineering and Design, 83(2-3), p.337 - 340, 2008/04

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0.01(Nuclear Science & Technology)

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Structural design of ferritic steel tiles for ripple reduction of toroidal magnetic field in JT-60U

Shibama, Yusuke; Arai, Takashi; Miyo, Yasuhiko; Sawai, Tomotsugu; Sakurai, Shinji; Masaki, Kei; Suzuki, Yutaka; Jitsukawa, Shiro; Miya, Naoyuki

Fusion Engineering and Design, 82(15-24), p.2462 - 2470, 2007/10

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0.01(Nuclear Science & Technology)

The structural design of the tile as a ripple reduction for toroidal magnetic field in JT-60U was outlined. 8Cr-2W-0.2V ferritic steel plates were fabricated and mechanical and vacuum properties were evaluated to assess the design conditions. Tensile properties were uniform in yield and tensile strength at ambient temperature and sufficient strength as the structural integrity at operational temperature of 423 K and 573 K. Vacuum property was measured with the baking at 473 K and similar to the conventional stainless steel but not satisfy the JT-60 standard of the in-situ material of the vacuum vessel. The ferritic steel was judged as an installable because of that the JT-60 baking temperature is 573 K higher than this test temperature of 473 K, and of that residual out-gassing was hydrogen which was the fuel of the operational plasma.

JAEA Reports

Development of magnetic probe; Application and result of AT-probes to JT-60U (Joint research)

Yagyu, Junichi; Sasajima, Tadayuki; Miyo, Yasuhiko; Sakakibara, Satoru*; Kawamata, Yoichi

JAEA-Technology 2007-015, 27 Pages, 2007/03

JAEA-Technology-2007-015.pdf:2.94MB

The feedback control of the plasma position and shape based on signals of magnetic probes is performed on JT-60. The fabrication cost of these magnetic probes is very high. Therefore, the cost reduction is required for the use in a next device. On the other hand, the magnetic field measurement in three axial directions with the advanced technology (AT) probes is simultaneously made on LHD of NIFS. The AT-probe has been developed at a low fabrication cost and in compact size and light weight. The possibility of application of the AT-probe in a Tokamak device (JT-60U) has been investigated in collaboration between JAEA and NIFS. We designed and fabricated the casing and interface for the AT-probe, and installed it under the first wall of JT-60U. A comparison of output signals between the installed AT-probe and a existing magnetic probe was made. Tests have been carried out to evaluate the vibration resistance and the radioactive resistance through about two thousand shots with high performance plasmas including one hundred disruption shots in JT-60U. As a result, the AT-probe has a good performance and an enough usable prospect in environment of the Tokamak device.

Journal Articles

Pulsed supersonic gas injection installation for JT-60

Miyo, Yasuhiko; Nishiyama, Tomokazu; Takenaga, Hidenobu; Kaminaga, Atsushi; Sasajima, Tadayuki; Masaki, Kei

Heisei-18-Nendo Nagoya Daigaku Sogo Gijutsu Kenkyukai Sochi Gijutsu Kenkyukai Hokokushu, p.124 - 127, 2007/03

no abstracts in English

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