STARDUST-U experiments on fluid-dynamic conditions affecting dust mobilization during LOVAs

L.A. Poggi, A. Malizia, J.F. Ciparisse, F. Tieri, M. Gelfusa, A. Murari, C. Del Papa, I. Giovannangeli, P. Gaudio

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Since 2006 the Quantum Electronics and Plasma Physics (QEP)Research Group together with ENEA FusTech of Frascati have been working on dust re-suspension inside tokamaks and its potential capability to jeopardize the integrity of future fusion nuclear plants (i.e. ITER or DEMO) and to be a risk for the health of the operators. Actually, this team is working with the improved version of the "STARDUST" facility, i.e. "STARDUST-Upgrade". STARDUST-U facility has four new air inlet ports that allow the experimental replication of Loss of Vacuum Accidents (LOVAs). The experimental campaign to detect the different pressurization rates, local air velocity, temperature, have been carried out from all the ports in different accident conditions and the principal results will be analyzed and compared with the numerical simulations obtained through a CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamic) code. This preliminary thermo fluid-dynamic analysis of the accident is crucial for numerical model development and validation, and for the incoming experimental campaign of dust resuspension inside STARDUST-U due to well-defined accidents presented in this paper.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberC07012
Pages (from-to)-
JournalJournal of Instrumentation
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jul 2016
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Instrumentation
  • Mathematical Physics

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Poggi, L. A., Malizia, A., Ciparisse, J. F., Tieri, F., Gelfusa, M., Murari, A., ... Gaudio, P. (2016). STARDUST-U experiments on fluid-dynamic conditions affecting dust mobilization during LOVAs. Journal of Instrumentation, 11(7), -. [C07012].