Test of piezo-ceramic motor technology in ITER relevant high magnetic fields

Chiara Monti, Ugo Besi Vetrella, Giampiero Mugnaini, Carlo Neri, Paolo Rossi, Rosario Viola, Gregory Dubus, Carlo Damiani

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In the framework of a Fusion for Energy (F4E) grant, a test campaign started in 2012 in order to assess the performance of the in-vessel viewing system (IVVS) probe concept and to verify its compatibility when exposed to ITER typical working conditions. ENEA laboratories went through with several tests simulating high magnetic fields, high temperature, high vacuum, gamma radiation and neutron radiation. A customized motor has been adopted to study the performances of ultrasonic piezo motors technology in high magnetic field conditions. This paper reports on the testing activity performed on the motor in a multi Tesla magnetic field. The job was carried out in a test facility of ENEA laboratories able to achieve 14 T. A maximum field of 10 T, fully compliant with ITER requirements (8 T), was applied. A specific mechanical assembly has been designed and manufactured to hold the motor in the region with high homogeneity of the field. Results obtained so far indicate that the motor is compatible with high magnetic fields, and are presented in the paper. © 2014 EURATOM-ENEA Association.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2304 - 2308
Number of pages5
JournalFusion Engineering and Design
Issue number9-10
Publication statusPublished - 2014
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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