Numerical assessment of the thermomechanical behaviour of the DEMO Water-Cooled Lithium Lead inboard blanket equatorial module

P.A. Di Maio, P. Arena, G. Bongiovì, P. Chiovaro, A. Del Nevo, R. Forte

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Within the framework of EUROfusion R&D activity, a research campaign has been carried out at the University of Palermo, in close cooperation with ENEA labs, in order to assess the thermo-mechanical performances of the DEMO Water-Cooled Lithium Lead (WCLL) inboard blanket equatorial module, whether properly integrated within its whole inboard segment. In particular, a detailed 3D model of this segment, including all the other modules, the back-supporting structure and the attachment system, has been considered in order to realistically simulate the boundary conditions affecting the equatorial module behaviour. The study has been focused on the investigation of the module thermo-mechanical performances under the Over Pressurization (Level D) loading scenario envisaged for the DEMO WCLL breeding blanket as a consequence of a small in-box Loss Of Coolant Accident (LOCA) accident. A theoretical-numerical approach, based on the Finite Element Method (FEM), has been followed and the qualified ABAQUS v. 6.14 commercial FEM code has been adopted. The obtained thermo-mechanical results have been assessed in order to verify their compliance with the design criteria foreseen for the structural material. To this purpose, a stress linearization procedure has been performed along the most critical paths located within the inboard equatorial module structure, in order to check the fulfilment of Level D rules prescribed by the SDC-IC structural design code. The obtained results are herewith presented and critically discussed.
Original languageEnglish
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JournalFusion Engineering and Design
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2018
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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