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Journal Articles

Liquid divertor

Shimada, Michiya; Miyazawa, Junichi*

Purazuma, Kaku Yugo Gakkai-Shi, 92(2), p.119 - 124, 2016/02


Actively convected liquid metal divertor is promising for providing a solution for issues of DEMO reactors including heat removal and disruptions. This chapter gives an overview of the motivation, research history, recent development, future perspective and issues to be resolved.

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Progress of ITER full tungsten divertor technology qualification in Japan

Ezato, Koichiro; Suzuki, Satoshi; Seki, Yohji; Mori, Kensuke; Yokoyama, Kenji; Escourbiac, F.*; Hirai, Takeshi*; Kuznetsov, V.*

Fusion Engineering and Design, 98-99, p.1281 - 1284, 2015/10

 Times Cited Count:28 Percentile:95.79(Nuclear Science & Technology)

Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) is now devoting to development of Full-W ITER divertor outer vertical target (OVT), especially, PFU that needs to withstand the repetitive heat load as high as 20MW/m$$^{2}$$. JAEA have succeeded in demonstrating that the soundness of a bonding technology is sufficient for the full-W ITER divertor. For the development of bonding technology, the load carrying capability test on the W monoblock with a leg attachment to an OVT support structure was carried out and shows that the attachment can withstand against the uniaxial load more than 20 kN which is three times higher than the IO requirement. JAEA manufactured 6 small-scale mock-ups and tested under the repetitive heat load of 10 and 20 MW/m$$^{2}$$ to examine the durability of the divertor structure including W tile bonding and the cooling tube. All of the mock-ups could survived 5000 cycles at 10 MW/m$$^{2}$$ and 1000 cycles 20 MW/m$$^{2}$$ with no failure such as debonding of the W tile and water leak from the cooling tube. The number of cycles at 20 MW/m$$^{2}$$ is three times longer than the requirement of ITER divertor.

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Actively convected liquid metal divertor

Shimada, Michiya; Hirooka, Yoshihiko*

Nuclear Fusion, 54(12), p.122002_1 - 122002_7, 2014/12

 Times Cited Count:29 Percentile:86.5(Physics, Fluids & Plasmas)

Tungsten is considered to be the most promising material for divertor in a fusion reactor. Tungsten divertor can withstand the heat loads of ITER, but the heat loads of DEMO divertor is a challenge. Pulsive heat loads as those associated with disruption could melt tungsten targets. The surface would not be flat after subsequent resolidification, which would significantly deteriorate its heat handling capability. Furthermore, DBTT of tungsten is rather high: $$sim$$ 400$$^{circ}$$C, which would become even higher after neutron irradiation, possibly resulting in cracks in tungsten. Our proposal is to use liquid metal for the divertor target material and actively circulate it with $$j$$ $$times$$ $$B$$ force. A simplified analysis of mhd equation in a cylindrical geometry suggests that the engineering requirement is modest. This analysis suggests that this new divertor concept merits further investigation.

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Kinetic modelling of divertor fluxes during ELMs in ITER

Hosokawa, Masanari*; Loarte, A.*; Huijsmans, G.*; Takizuka, Tomonori*; Hayashi, Nobuhiko

Europhysics Conference Abstracts (Internet), 38F, p.P5.003_1 - P5.003_4, 2014/06

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Particle simulation of the transient behavior of one-dimensional SOL-divertor plasmas after an ELM crash

Takizuka, Tomonori; Hosokawa, Masanari*

Contributions to Plasma Physics, 46(7-9), p.698 - 703, 2006/09

 Times Cited Count:13 Percentile:44.28(Physics, Fluids & Plasmas)

Enhanced heat and particle fluxes to the divertor plates after an ELM crash in H-mode plasmas are the crucial issues for the tokamak reactor operation. Kinetic effect in the transient behaviour of SOL-divertor plasmas for this case is not yet well known. We investigate above problems with an advanced particle simulation code, PARASOL. Dependence of the particle and heat propagations on the collisionality is studied systematically. Effect of the particle recycling is also studied.

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Thermal properties of redeposition layers in the JT-60U divertor region

Ishimoto, Yuki; Goto, Yoshitaka*; Arai, Takashi; Masaki, Kei; Miya, Naoyuki; Oyama, Naoyuki; Asakura, Nobuyuki

Journal of Nuclear Materials, 350(3), p.301 - 309, 2006/05

 Times Cited Count:20 Percentile:81.23(Materials Science, Multidisciplinary)

Thermal properties of the redeposition layer on the inner plate of the W-shaped divertor of JT-60U have been measured with laser flash method for the first time so as to estimate transient heat loads onto the divertor. Measurement of a redeposition layer sample of more than 200 m thick showed following results: (1) the bulk density of the redeposition layer is about half of that of carbon fiber composite material; (2) the specific heat of the layer is roughly equal to that of the isotropic graphite; (3) the thermal conductivity of the redeposition layer is two orders of magnitude smaller than that of the carbon fiber composite. The difference between the divertor heat loads and the loss of the plasma stored energy becomes smaller taking account of thermal properties of the redeposition layer on the inner divertor, whereas estimated heat loads due to the ELMs is still larger than the loss. This is probably caused by the poloidal distribution of the thermal properties and heat flux asymmetry inherent in the device.

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Impact of wall saturation on particle control in long and high-power-heated discharges in JT-60U

Nakano, Tomohide; Asakura, Nobuyuki; Takenaga, Hidenobu; Kubo, Hirotaka; Miura, Yukitoshi; Shimizu, Katsuhiro; Konoshima, Shigeru; Masaki, Kei; Higashijima, Satoru; JT-60 Team

Nuclear Fusion, 46(5), p.626 - 634, 2006/05

 Times Cited Count:19 Percentile:56.94(Physics, Fluids & Plasmas)

In order to understand plasma-wall interactions in a long time scale, the discharge pulse length has been extended from 15 s to 65 s, with the NB-heating duration extended to 30 s. Nearly-saturation of the divertor plates was observed in the latter half of long pulse ELMy H-mode discharges. Particle sink into the divertor plates gradually decreased, and subsequently, wall-pumping efficiency became zero. This wall saturation resulted in a rise of the main plasma density without any auxiliary particle supply besides NB with divertor-pumping. Even when the total injected energy reached up to $$sim$$ 350 MJ in a discharge, neither sudden increase of carbon generation such as carbon bloom nor increase of the dilution of the main plasma was observed.

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First wall and divertor engineering research for power plant in JAERI

Suzuki, Satoshi; Ezato, Koichiro; Hirose, Takanori; Sato, Kazuyoshi; Yoshida, Hajime; Enoeda, Mikio; Akiba, Masato

Fusion Engineering and Design, 81(1-7), p.93 - 103, 2006/02

 Times Cited Count:12 Percentile:65.95(Nuclear Science & Technology)

This paper presents an R&D activity on the plasma facing components (PFCs), such as first wall and divertor, for the fusion power plant. The PFCs of the power plant will be subjected to heavy neutron irradiation and high heat/particle flux from plasma during the continuous operation. In the present design of the PFCs, the candidate structural material is a reduced activation ferritic-martensitic steel, F82H, from the viewpoints of low activation and high robustness against neutron irradiation, and the candidate armor material is tungsten from the low sputtering yield and low tritium retention points of view. To realize the PFCs using such materials, JAERI has bee extensively conducting R&Ds on; (1) high performance cooling tube, (2) tungsten armor materials, (3) selection of a bonding technique for F82H and tungsten materials and (4) evaluation of structural integrity. Recent achievements on these R&Ds are presented.

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Experimental examination of heat removal limitation of screw cooling tube at high pressure and temperature conditions

Ezato, Koichiro; Suzuki, Satoshi; Dairaku, Masayuki; Akiba, Masato

Fusion Engineering and Design, 81(1-7), p.347 - 354, 2006/02

 Times Cited Count:10 Percentile:52.29(Nuclear Science & Technology)

no abstracts in English

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Heating, current drive, and advanced plasma control in JFT-2M

Hoshino, Katsumichi; Yamamoto, Takumi; Tamai, Hiroshi; Oasa, Kazumi; Kawashima, Hisato; Miura, Yukitoshi; Ogawa, Toshihide; Shoji, Teruaki*; Shibata, Takatoshi; Kikuchi, Kazuo; et al.

Fusion Science and Technology, 49(2), p.139 - 167, 2006/02

 Times Cited Count:2 Percentile:18.25(Nuclear Science & Technology)

The main results obtained by the various heating and current drive systems, external coil system and divertor bias system are reviewed from the viewpoint of the advanced active control of the tokamak plasma. Also, the features of each system are described. The contribution of the JFT-2M in these areas are summarized.

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Study of SOL/divertor plasmas in JFT-2M

Kawashima, Hisato; Sengoku, Seio; Uehara, Kazuya; Tamai, Hiroshi; Shoji, Teruaki*; Ogawa, Hiroaki; Shibata, Takatoshi; Yamamoto, Masahiro*; Miura, Yukitoshi; Kusama, Yoshinori; et al.

Fusion Science and Technology, 49(2), p.168 - 186, 2006/02

 Times Cited Count:2 Percentile:18.25(Nuclear Science & Technology)

Experimental efforts on JFT-2M have been devoted to understand SOL/Divertor plasmas and to investigate power and particle controllability. Open divertor configuration was used for the first decade of JFT-2M started in 1984. We found out the SOL/Divertor plasma properties such as in/out asymmetry, heat and particle diffusivities, and SOL current at ELMs. Handling of power and particle was demonstrated by active control methods such as local pumping, edge ergodization, divertor biasing, and edge heating. For improvement of power and particle control capability of divertor, it was modified to closed configuration in 1995, which demonstrated the baffling effects with narrower divertor throat. Dense and cold divertor state (n$$_{e}$$$$^{div}$$ = 4$$times$$10$$^{19}$$ m$$^{-3}$$ and T$$_{e}$$$$^{div}$$ = 4 eV), compatible with the improved confinement modes (e.g. H-mode), was realized by strong gas puffing. Being related with the core confinement at H-mode, the edge plasma fluctuations were identified by an electrostatic probe. These are reviewed in this paper.

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Deuterium depth profiling in JT-60U W-shaped divertor tiles by nuclear reaction analysis

Hayashi, Takao; Ochiai, Kentaro; Masaki, Kei; Goto, Yoshitaka*; Kutsukake, Chuzo; Arai, Takashi; Nishitani, Takeo; Miya, Naoyuki

Journal of Nuclear Materials, 349(1-2), p.6 - 16, 2006/02

 Times Cited Count:10 Percentile:59.81(Materials Science, Multidisciplinary)

Deuterium concentrations and depth profiles in plasma-facing graphite tiles used in the divertor of JT-60U were investigated by NRA. The highest deuterium concentration of D/$$^{12}$$C of 0.053 was found in the outer dome wing tile, where the deuterium accumulated probably through the deuterium-carbon co-deposition. In the outer and inner divertor target tiles, the D/$$^{12}$$C data were lower than 0.006. Additionally, the maximum (H+D)/$$^{12}$$C in the dome top tile was estimated to be 0.023 from the results of NRA and SIMS. OFMC simulation showed energetic deuterons caused by NBI were implanted into the dome region with high heat flux. Furthermore, the surface temperature and conditions such as deposition and erosion significantly influenced the accumulation process of deuterium. The deuterium depth profile, SEM observation and OFMC simulation indicated the deuterium was considered to accumulate through three processes: the deuterium-carbon co-deposition, the implantation of energetic deuterons and the deuterium diffusion into the bulk.

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Study of particle behavior for steady-state operation in JT-60U

Kubo, Hirotaka; JT-60 Team

Plasma Science and Technology, 8(1), p.50 - 54, 2006/01

 Times Cited Count:2 Percentile:7.57(Physics, Fluids & Plasmas)

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Cross sections of charge transfer by slow doubly-charged carbon ions from various carbon containing molecules

Kusakabe, Toshio*; Shiota, Kenji*; Kubo, Hirotaka; Shirai, Toshizo*

Journal of Plasma and Fusion Research SERIES, Vol.7, p.237 - 239, 2006/00

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Electron capture processes in low energy collisions of C$$^{4+}$$ ions with excited H atoms

Shimakura, Noriyuki*; Homma, Mayumi*; Kubo, Hirotaka

Journal of Plasma and Fusion Research SERIES, Vol.7, p.199 - 202, 2006/00

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Incident energy dependence of blistering at tungsten irradiated by low energy high flux deuterium plasma beams

Luo, G.; Shu, Wataru; Nishi, Masataka

Journal of Nuclear Materials, 347(1-2), p.111 - 117, 2005/12

 Times Cited Count:74 Percentile:98.03(Materials Science, Multidisciplinary)

Polycrystalline tungsten samples have been irradiated at room temperature by high flux (1$$times$$10$$^{22}$$ D/m$$^{2}$$/s) deuterium plasma beams with incident energies ranging 7 $$sim$$ 98 eV/D. Surface blistering occurred at all energies. The critical fluence for blistering $$Phi$$$$_{cr}$$ was found to increase with decreasing the incident energy. At energies $$<$$ 20 eV/D, $$Phi$$$$_{cr}$$ increased more rapidly. This energy dependence of $$Phi$$$$_{cr}$$ may be explained by a proposed model dealing with the oxide barrier to deuterium uptake into and release from the bulk W. At all energies, the blisters increased in their size and number with fluence within the corresponding low fluence ranges. However the size stopped increasing at certain fluences, while the number kept increasing within the experimental fluence range, which could be attributed to rupturing of blisters at a certain size of about 2$$mu$$m.

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Design study of national centralized tokamak facility for the demonstration of steady state high-$$beta$$ plasma operation

Tamai, Hiroshi; Akiba, Masato; Azechi, Hiroshi*; Fujita, Takaaki; Hamamatsu, Kiyotaka; Hashizume, Hidetoshi*; Hayashi, Nobuhiko; Horiike, Hiroshi*; Hosogane, Nobuyuki; Ichimura, Makoto*; et al.

Nuclear Fusion, 45(12), p.1676 - 1683, 2005/12

 Times Cited Count:15 Percentile:48.09(Physics, Fluids & Plasmas)

Design studies are shown on the National Centralized Tokamak facility. The machine design is carried out to investigate the capability for the flexibility in aspect ratio and shape controllability for the demonstration of the high-beta steady state operation with nation-wide collaboration, in parallel with ITER towards DEMO. Two designs are proposed and assessed with respect to the physics requirements such as confinement, stability, current drive, divertor, and energetic particle confinement. The operation range in the aspect ratio and the plasma shape is widely enhanced in consistent with the sufficient divertor pumping. Evaluations of the plasma performance towards the determination of machine design are presented.

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Critical heat flux testing on screw cooling tube made of RAFM-steel F82H for divertor application

Ezato, Koichiro; Suzuki, Satoshi; Dairaku, Masayuki; Akiba, Masato

Fusion Engineering and Design, 75-79, p.313 - 318, 2005/11

 Times Cited Count:8 Percentile:47.08(Nuclear Science & Technology)

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Proposal of hot-pressed, rod-shaped tungsten armor concept for ITER divertor and its high-heat-flux performances

Sato, Kazuyoshi; Ezato, Koichiro; Taniguchi, Masaki; Suzuki, Satoshi; Akiba, Masato

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 42(7), p.643 - 650, 2005/07

 Times Cited Count:4 Percentile:32.08(Nuclear Science & Technology)

no abstracts in English

JAEA Reports

Research and development plan of fusion technologies in JAERI toward DEMO reactors

Department of Fusion Engineering Research

JAERI-Review 2005-011, 139 Pages, 2005/03


no abstracts in English

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