Preliminary electromagnetic, thermal and mechanical design for first wall and vacuum vessel of FAST

F. Lucca, C. Bertolini, F. Crescenzi, F. Crisanti, G. Di Gironimo, C. Labate, M. Manzoni, M. Marconi, I. Pagani, G. Ramogida, F. Renno, M. Roccella, S. Roccella, F. Viganò

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The fusion advanced study torus (FAST), with its compact design, high toroidal field and plasma current, faces many of the problems met by ITER, and at the same time anticipates much of the DEMO relevant physics and technology. The conceptual design of the first wall (FW) and the vacuum vessel (VV) has been defined on the basis of FAST operative conditions and of "Snow Flakes" (SF) magnetic topology, which is also relevant for DEMO. The EM loads are one of the most critical load components for the FW and the VV during plasma disruptions and a first dimensioning of these components for such loads is mandatory. During this first phase of R&D activities the conceptual design of the FW and VV have been assessed estimating, by means of FE simulations, the EM loads due to a typical vertical disruption event (VDE) in FAST. EM loads were then transferred on a FE mechanical model of the FAST structures and the mechanical response of the FW and VV design for the analyzed VDE event was assessed. The results indicate that design criteria are not fully satisfied by the current drawing of the VV and FW components. The most critical regions have been individuated and the effect of some geometrical and material changes has been checked in order to improve the structure.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1538 - 1542
Number of pages5
JournalFusion Engineering and Design
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2015
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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Lucca, F., Bertolini, C., Crescenzi, F., Crisanti, F., Di Gironimo, G., Labate, C., ... Viganò, F. (2015). Preliminary electromagnetic, thermal and mechanical design for first wall and vacuum vessel of FAST. Fusion Engineering and Design, 98-99, 1538 - 1542.