Status of ceramic breeder pebble bed thermo-mechanics R&D and impact on breeder material mechanical strength

Alice Ying, Jörg Reimann, Lorenzo Boccaccini, Mikio Enoeda, Marc Kamlah, Regina Knitter, Yixiang Gan, Jaap G. Van Der Laan, Lida Magielsen, P.A. Di Maio, G. Dell'Orco, Ratna Kumar Annabattula, Jon T. Van Lew, Hisashi Tanigawa, Sander Van Til

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Among the international fusion solid breeder blanket community, there exists steady progress on the experimental, phenomenological, and numerical characterizations of the pebble bed effective thermo physical and mechanical properties, and of thermomechanic state of the bed under prototypical operating conditions. This paper summarizes recent achievements in pebble bed thermomechanics that were carried out by members of the IEA Fusion Nuclear Technology Subtask I Solid Breeding Blanket. A major goal is on developing predictive capability while identifying a pre-conditioned equilibrium stress state that would warrant pebble bed integrity during operations. The paper reviews and synthesizes existing computational modeling approaches for pebble bed thermomechanics prediction, and differentiating points of convergence/divergence among existing approaches. The progress toward modeling benchmark is also discussed. These advancements have led to a framework to help navigate future research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1130 - 1137
Number of pages8
JournalFusion Engineering and Design
Issue number7-8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2012
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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Ying, A., Reimann, J., Boccaccini, L., Enoeda, M., Kamlah, M., Knitter, R., ... Van Til, S. (2012). Status of ceramic breeder pebble bed thermo-mechanics R&D and impact on breeder material mechanical strength. Fusion Engineering and Design, 87(7-8), 1130 - 1137.