Enhancement of the remote handling strategy for the refurbishment of the backplate bayonet concept of IFMIF target system

G. Miccich, L. Lorenzelli, D. Bernardi, V. Queral

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One of the most technically challenging activities of the IFMIF facility is the maintenance and the refurbishment of its components, and among these the target system appears to be critical since it is located in the most severe region of neutron irradiation (60 dpa/fpy). Two different target assembly systems have been developed: the first is known as integral target while the second one is based on the so called replaceable backplate bayonet concept. The present remote handling (RH) procedures developed for the refurbishment of the removable backplate foresee the removal of all the components from the upper part of the test cell. This operation has a strong impact on the intervention time for the backplate refurbishment which has to be repeated at least every year. Consequently the need to update the RH strategy for the refurbishment of this component becomes a precondition in order to fulfill the stringent requirement to enhance the duty cycle of IFMIF plant. In this paper two potential approaches are presented: the first relies on the possibility to perform all the refurbishment operations in situ in the test cell cavern, whilst the second one foresees to perform these operations off-line in a hot cell. Advantages and disadvantages of these approaches together with the RH requirements for the refurbishment operations of the backplate bayonet concepts are also reported. © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2109 - 2112
Number of pages4
JournalFusion Engineering and Design
Issue number9-11
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2011
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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