Design of a Permeator-Against-Vacuum mock-Up for the tritium extraction from PbLi at low speed

Vincenzo D'Auria, Sandra Dulla, Piero Ravetto, Laura Savoldi, Marco Utili, Roberto Zanino

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The Permeator Against Vacuum (PAV) is one of the candidate Tritium extraction and removal technology from the Lithium-Lead circulating in the breeding blanket currently under consideration for the EU DEMO. In this work the design of a PAV mock-up, dimensioned for the test in the TRIEX facility at ENEA Brasimone, is presented, together with a structural and fluid-dynamic analysis. The mock-up consists of parallel helical vanadium pipes inserted in a vacuum vessel, where the Tritium permeates from the PbLi. The extraction efficiency of the mock-up is computed using an established Tritium permeation model, demonstrating that the mock-up reaches the target 80% efficiency in nominal conditions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)198 - 203
Number of pages6
JournalFusion Engineering and Design
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2017
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanical Engineering

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