The SPIDER and MITICA experiments, planned to be built at Consorzio RFX for the development and optimization of the ITER Heating and Current Drive Neutral Beam Injectors, feature a number of components intercepted by high heat fluxes, that must be cooled during operations by means of suitable high performance cooling systems. As the design for such cooling systems presents some technological and heat transfer issues, a specific R&D program has been carried out, particularly referred to the accelerator grids that are among the most critical components. These components are foreseen to be manufactured by electrodeposition of pure copper onto a copper base plate to realize cooling channels and magnets slots, while the connection with the feeding manifolds is foreseen to be realized by friction welding or electron beam welding. Suitable manufacturing parameters and production methodologies have been identified by constructing and testing a first series of prototypes. A set of thermocouples have been embedded in some prototypes, to allow the evaluation of local heat transfer coefficients and the identification of local spots where dry-out phenomena might occur. To this purpose, a dedicated electrodeposition process has been developed. © 2011 Andrea Rizzolo Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Civil and Structural Engineering
- Materials Science(all)
- Nuclear Energy and Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
Fantini, F., Agostinetti, P., Cervaro, V., Bello, S. D., Maniero, M., Pomaro, N., ... Zaccaria, P. (2011). Realization of a first series of single channel prototypes for the SPIDER grids. Fusion Engineering and Design, 86(6-8), 896 - 900. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fusengdes.2011.02.048