ITER neutral beam Vacuum Vessel design

E. Delmas, G. Agarici, D. Boilson, J. Chareyre, C.-H. Choi, B. Chuilon, M. Dalla Palma, M. Dremel, A. El Ouazzani, F. Geli, J. Graceffa, R. Hemsworth, P.R. Jones, P. Mackay, D. Marcuzzi, W. Rigato, K. Roux, D. Shah, R. Stafford-Allen, M. UrbaniM. Valente, R. Verhoeven, P. Zaccaria

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The Vacuum vessel of the ITER Heating Neutral Beam injector is a key component of the neutral beam system. It supports the injector components and is also an extension of the ITER Vacuum Vessel. This paper presents the status of the design of the vessel. In the first part of this paper we present the main design requirements. Besides the pressure and thermal loads, the various interfaces with other components are important constraints for the design. Some have specific requirements concerning displacement, or require specific features for their maintenance. Indeed all maintenance involving opening of the vessel needs to be performed using remote handling systems. The second part aims at presenting the present design of the NB vessel. Various concepts were studied before coming to the present design. Structures were optimised to satisfy the chosen design code (RCC-MR) under the various loading scenarios applied to the vessel, both for normal and accidental cases. In addition, the vessel incorporates two sets of long lip seals which tolerate limited displacements. Limiting the displacement is a real challenge considering the size of the flange and the forces involved. An innovative solution has been developed to improve the mechanical connection between the lids and the vessel walls in order to fulfil the requirements. The vessel displacement is also important for the alignment of the Beam Line Components with respect to the neutral beam and for the cryopumps interfaces. The geometry of the vessel was optimised to reduce the electric field stresses and to increase the voltage holding of the Beam Source, which is at 1MV potential. The present design satisfies all the requirements. The main issues have been solved, and the proposed design is now being optimised to facilitate manufacturing. © 2013 IEEE.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event2013 IEEE 25th Symposium on Fusion Engineering, SOFE 2013 - , United States
Duration: 1 Jan 2013 → …


Conference2013 IEEE 25th Symposium on Fusion Engineering, SOFE 2013
CountryUnited States
Period1/1/13 → …


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Delmas, E., Agarici, G., Boilson, D., Chareyre, J., Choi, C-H., Chuilon, B., ... Zaccaria, P. (2013). ITER neutral beam Vacuum Vessel design. Paper presented at 2013 IEEE 25th Symposium on Fusion Engineering, SOFE 2013, United States.