ENEA and Ansaldo Nucleare S.p.A. are currently working on the fabrication of full scale prototypes of inner vertical target component for ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor). The requirements is to manufacture a component by means of a qualified technology which uses armour and cooling pipe materials defined by ITER organization specification. A dedicated new Hot Radial Pressing facility was designed and finally installed in ENEA for the fabrication of the full scale Plasma Facing Units of the inner vertical target component prototype. HRP technology was widely tested with small mock-ups and medium qualification prototypes but its applicability to fabricate full scale units has to be anyway demonstrated and, therefore, their joint quality and also dimensions and shape has to be properly checked. The compliance of the joint quality with the acceptance criteria is then performed by ultrasonic water gap technique, using the qualified ENEA testing equipment. Dimensional check is performed as well by analyzing acquired data points compared to the reference drawings and 3D model.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Civil and Structural Engineering
- Nuclear Energy and Engineering
- Materials Science(all)
- Mechanical Engineering
Visca, E., Roccella, S., Rossi, P., Candura, D., & Palermo, M. (2017). Fabrication and acceptance of ITER vertical target divertor full scale plasma facing units fabricated by HRP. Fusion Engineering and Design, 124, 191 - 195. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fusengdes.2017.03.012