PCCE - A Predictive Code for Calorimetric Estimates in actively cooled components affected by pulsed power loads

P. Agostinetti, M. Dalla Palma, F. Fantini, F. Fellin, R. Pasqualotto

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The analytical interpretative models for calorimetric measurements currently available in the literature can consider close systems in steady-state and transient conditions, or open systems but only in steady-state conditions. The PCCE code (Predictive Code for Calorimetric Estimations), here presented, introduces some novelties. In fact, it can simulate with an analytical approach both the heated component and the cooling circuit, evaluating the heat fluxes due to conductive and convective processes both in steady-state and transient conditions. The main goal of this code is to model heating and cooling processes in actively cooled components of fusion experiments affected by high pulsed power loads, that are not easily analyzed with purely numerical approaches (like Finite Element Method or Computational Fluid Dynamics). A dedicated mathematical formulation, based on concentrated parameters, has been developed and is here described in detail. After a comparison and benchmark with the ANSYS® commercial code, the PCCE code is applied to predict the calorimetric parameters in simple scenarios of the SPIDER experiment. © 2011 P. Agostinetti. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1209 - 1212
Number of pages4
JournalFusion Engineering and Design
Issue number6-8
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2011
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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

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