Experimental tests on Li-ceramic breeders for the helium cooled pebble bed (HCPB) blanket design

G. Dell'Orco, A. Ancona, P.A. Di Maio, L. Sansone, M. Simoncini, G. Vella

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The Helium Cooled Pebble Bed (HCPB) Test Blanket Module (TBM) to be tested in ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) Reactor foresees the utilization of Lithiate ceramics as Tritium breeder in form of pebble beds. Since 1998, ENEA has launched many experimental activities for the evaluation of the breeder thermomechanics and the interaction between the pebble beds and the prismatic steel containment walls. Main objectives of these activities are the measurement of the pebble bed effective thermal conductivity, the wall heat transfer coefficient, the pressure loads and deformations on the lateral walls and their dependency from the mechanical constraints. The paper presents the progress of the second test campaign performed at ENEA Brasimone HE-FUS3 facility on Li4SiO4pebbles. © 2003 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)233 - 240
Number of pages8
JournalFusion Engineering and Design
Issue number1-4 SPEC
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2003
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

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Dell'Orco, G., Ancona, A., Di Maio, P. A., Sansone, L., Simoncini, M., & Vella, G. (2003). Experimental tests on Li-ceramic breeders for the helium cooled pebble bed (HCPB) blanket design. Fusion Engineering and Design, 69(1-4 SPEC), 233 - 240. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0920-3796(03)00346-6