Within the framework of the R&D activities promoted by European Fusion Development Agreement on the Helium-Cooled Pebble Bed Test Blanket Module to be irradiated in ITER, ENEA Brasimone and the Department of Nuclear Engineering of the University of Palermo (DIN) performed intense research activities on the modelling of the thermo-mechanical behaviour of both beryllium and lithiated ceramics pebble beds, that are envisaged to be used, respectively, as neutron multiplier and tritium breeder. In particular, the DIN developed a thermo-mechanical constitutive model for these pebble beds to be validated against the HEXCALIBER mock-up test campaign, carried out at the ENEA HE-FUS3 facility. The paper presents the main results of the mock-up experimental tests and of their numerical simulations performed adopting the finite element method, which allowed the DIN constitutive model to be assessed and validated. © 2010 Elsevier B.V.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Civil and Structural Engineering
- Nuclear Energy and Engineering
- Materials Science(all)
- Mechanical Engineering
Dell'Orco, G., Di Maio, P. A., Giammusso, R., Tincani, A., & Vella, G. (2010). On the theoretical-numerical study of the HEXCALIBER mock-up thermo-mechanical behaviour. Fusion Engineering and Design, 85(5), 694 - 706. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fusengdes.2010.04.006