Evaluation of divertor conceptual designs for a fusion power plant

M. Ferrari, L. Giancarli, K. Kleefeldt, C. Nardi, M. Rödig, J. Reimann, J.F. Salavy

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In the frame of the preliminary study of plants suitable for the energy production from the fusion power, particular emphasis has been given on the divertor studies. Since a significant percentage of the power generated from the fusion process is absorbed in the divertor, the thermal efficiency of the power conversion cycle requires a high coolant outlet temperature of the divertor, leading to solutions that are different from those adopted for the present experimental fusion plants. Therefore, copper alloys having extremely high thermal conductivity, cannot be used as structural material for this kind of devices. The most suitable coolants to be used in the divertor are water, helium and liquid metals. A conceptual design study has been developed for each of these three fluids, with the aim to evaluate the maximum allowable thermal flux at the divertor target plate and the R&D requirements for each solution. While a water-cooled divertor can be designed with a limited R&D effort, the development of helium or liquid metal cooled divertors requires a more engaging R&D program. © 2001 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255 - 259
Number of pages5
JournalFusion Engineering and Design
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2001
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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

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Ferrari, M., Giancarli, L., Kleefeldt, K., Nardi, C., Rödig, M., Reimann, J., & Salavy, J. F. (2001). Evaluation of divertor conceptual designs for a fusion power plant. Fusion Engineering and Design, 56-57, 255 - 259. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0920-3796(01)00296-4