Performance and remote maintenance of attachment schemes for plasma facing components

J. Palmer, S. Chiocchio, C. Damiani, M. Irving, D. Maisonnier, E. Martin, A. Poggianti, M. Siuko, A. Turner

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The divertor design for the ITER-FEAT fusion reactor is based on cassettes which comprise a reusable body and three sacrificial Plasma Facing Components (PFCs) expected to be replaced in a hot-cell a number of times during machine lifetime. Central to this maintenance approach are the PFC-to-cassette attachments which must be readily assembled/disassembled by remote handling methods and withstand severe mechanical and thermal loading conditions during machine operation. This paper describes the facilities, equipment and methods used to carry out extensive testing of two attachment schemes, shear keys and multi-links, in order to assess their in-service performance and suitability to remote maintenance operations. © 2001 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)463 - 467
Number of pages5
JournalFusion Engineering and Design
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2001
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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Palmer, J., Chiocchio, S., Damiani, C., Irving, M., Maisonnier, D., Martin, E., ... Turner, A. (2001). Performance and remote maintenance of attachment schemes for plasma facing components. Fusion Engineering and Design, 58-59, 463 - 467.