Magnetic and thermo-structural design optimization of the Plasma Grid for the MITICA neutral beam injector

N. Marconato, P. Agostinetti, G. Chitarin

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MITICA is a prototype of the heating neutral beam (HNB) Injectors for ITER, built with the purpose of validating the injector design and optimizing its operation. Its goal is to produce a focused beam of neutral particles (H or D) with energy up to 1 MeV and power of 16 MW for 1 h. MITICA includes a Radio Frequency (RF) Plasma Source for the production of negative ions, a multi-stage electrostatic accelerator (up to 1 MV and 40 A), a neutralizer, a residual ion dump and a calorimeter. A transverse magnetic field in the Ion source and accelerator, including both a long-range component and a local component is crucial for obtaining the required Ion current and accelerator efficiency. The long-range component is produced by the current flowing through the plasma grid (PG) and related bus-bars. The PG current distribution and the uniformity of the resulting magnetic field have been optimized by detailed finite element (FEM) models. Hollow volumes in the thick copper part of the PG among beamlet groups allow a more uniform PG current distribution and a consequently uniform magnetic field in front of the grid. The paper describes in detail the PG geometry optimization procedure and the related magnetic and thermo-structural FEM analyses.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)517 - 521
Number of pages5
JournalFusion Engineering and Design
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2015
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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

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