Proposal of an improved design of IFMIF Test Cell components for enhanced handling and reliability

V. Queral, A. García, G. Miccichè, A. Ibarra, N. Casal, F. Mota, D. Rapisarda

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An adequate design of components to be manipulated by remote handling is a key factor in the success of any activated facility, having a decisive impact on availability, prompt and safe maintenance, occupational exposures and flexibility of the facility. Such components should satisfy at least the basic remote handling requirements of simplicity, accessibility, modularity, standardization and assembling adequacy. Highly activated components in the IFMIF facility are found in the Test Cell, a pit closed by stepped shielding plugs. The Test Cell confines the Test Modules which contain the samples and experiments. The present reference design of the IFMIF Test Cell shows some drawbacks, in particular the jamming tendency of the shielding plugs, slow and complex access to the Backplate, a low lifetime component, and difficult positioning of the Test Modules. This paper summarises several modifications aiming at improving, under such remote handling requirements, the present reference design of the Test Cell shielding plugs and aspects of the geometrical structure of the Test Cell. A functional modularization of the present shielding plugs has been carried out and positioning guides for the Test Modules have been devised. © 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1548 - 1552
Number of pages5
JournalFusion Engineering and Design
Issue number7-11
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2009
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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Queral, V., García, A., Miccichè, G., Ibarra, A., Casal, N., Mota, F., & Rapisarda, D. (2009). Proposal of an improved design of IFMIF Test Cell components for enhanced handling and reliability. Fusion Engineering and Design, 84(7-11), 1548 - 1552.