Potential failure mode and effects analysis for the ITER NB injector

M. Boldrin, A. De Lorenzi, A. Fiorentin, L. Grando, D. Marcuzzi, S. Peruzzo, N. Pomaro, W. Rigato, G. Serianni

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The failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA) is a widely used analytical technique that helps in identifying and reducing the risks of failure in a system, component or process. The application of a systematic method like the FMEA was deemed necessary and adequate to support the design process of the ITER NBI (neutral beam injector). The approach adopted was to develop a FMEA at a general "system level", focusing the study on the main functions of the system and ensuring that all the interfaces and interactions are covered among the various subsystems. The FMEA was extended to the whole NBI system taking into account the present design status. The FMEA procedure will be then applied to the detailed design phase at the component level, in particular to identify (or define) the ITER Class of Risk. Several important failure modes were evidenced, and estimates of subsystems and components reliability are now available. FMEA procedure resulted essential to identify and confirm the diagnostic systems required for protection and control, and the outcome of this analysis will represent the baseline document for the design of the NBI and NBTF integrated protection system. In the paper, rationale and background of the FMEA for ITER NBI are presented, methods employed are described and most interesting results are reported and discussed. © 2009 EURATOM.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)466 - 469
Number of pages4
JournalFusion Engineering and Design
Issue number2-6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2009
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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Boldrin, M., De Lorenzi, A., Fiorentin, A., Grando, L., Marcuzzi, D., Peruzzo, S., ... Serianni, G. (2009). Potential failure mode and effects analysis for the ITER NB injector. Fusion Engineering and Design, 84(2-6), 466 - 469. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fusengdes.2009.02.010