Progress on fatigue characterization of ITER primary first wall mock-ups

G. Dell'Orco, P. Lorenzetto, I. Alessandrini, G. Bernardi, A. Malavasi, L. Sansone, G. Venturi

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In 2001, EFDA has assigned to ENEA a contract for the thermomechanical testing of six mock-ups of the ITER primary wall module. These small scale mock-ups, reproducing representative portions of the reference ITER primary wall panels, were fabricated during ITER EDA phase by solid hot isostatic pressing (HIPping) of an AISI 316L stainless steel back structure to a alumina dispersion strengthened (DS)-Cu alloy heat sink armored with beryllium tiles. The experimental program, carried-out at ENEA Brasimone CEF 1-2 thermal hydraulic facility, was focused on the thermal mechanical testing of these mock-ups aiming at verifying which tile geometry and manufacturing procedure assures the required reliability of the beryllium/DS-Cu alloy/SS joints at high incident heat flux (<0.8 MW/m2) both at steady state and under thermal fatigue tests. The paper presents the progress in the experimental activity of the first test campaign and the main thermomechanical FEM analyses after the detachment and rupture of Beryllium tiles from one mock-up. © 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)311 - 316
Number of pages6
JournalFusion Engineering and Design
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2003
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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Dell'Orco, G., Lorenzetto, P., Alessandrini, I., Bernardi, G., Malavasi, A., Sansone, L., & Venturi, G. (2003). Progress on fatigue characterization of ITER primary first wall mock-ups. Fusion Engineering and Design, 66-68, 311 - 316.