Methodology of the source term estimation for DEMO reactor

Guido Mazzini, Tadas Kaliatka, Maria Teresa Porfiri, Luigi Antonio Poggi, Andrea Malizia, Pasqualino Gaudio

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The problem of source term qualification is one of the most important topics in order to predict possible releases of the Activation Products (APs) and Tritium from the DEMO Fusion reactor. The prevention of any possible consequence, which can affect the environment and the population, is the mission of Fusion technology. In the frame of the EUROfusion Work Package of Safety and Environment (WPSAE) a methodology to scale and evaluate the source terms assessed for ITER and the Fusion Power Plant Conceptual Study (PPCS) has been studied. This paper refers to the activity currently conducted for the DEMO source terms assessment and the preliminary results obtained. During activities in the task, the methodology was developed for the evaluation of Tritium and APs concentration inventory. The methodology is explained in detail for the prediction of the Tritium and APs concentration in Vacuum Vessel (VV) and in the Breeding Blanket (BB) starting from the DEMO current design data and the inventories assumed in ITER, PPCS and SEAFP programs. These results refer to the Helium Cooled Lead Liquid (HCLL) and the Helium Cooled Pebble Bed (HCPB) concepts. The approach is based on the foundations, set in the fission technology safety analysis of the Design Basis Accidents (DBA), Design Extension Conditions (DEC) and Beyond Design Basis Accident (BDBA).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1199 - 1202
Number of pages4
JournalFusion Engineering and Design
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2017
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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

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