Testing of tritium breeder blanket activation foil spectrometer during JET operations

Bethany Colling, P. Batistoni, S.C. Bradnam, Z. Ghani, M.R. Gilbert, C.R. Nobs, L.W. Packer, M. Pillon, S. Popovichev

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Accurate measurement of the nuclear environment within a test tritium breeding-blanket module of a fusion reactor is crucial to determine tritium production rates which are relevant to self-sufficiency of tritium fuel supply, tritium accountancy and also to the evaluation of localised power levels produced in blankets. This requires evaluation of the time-dependent spectral neutron flux within the test tritium breeding-blanket module under harsh radiation and temperature environments. The application of an activation foil-based spectrometer system to determine neutron flux density using a pneumatic transfer system in ITER has been studied, deployed and tested on the Joint European Torus (JET) machine in a recent deuterium - deuterium campaign for a selection of high purity activation foils. Deployment of the spectrometer system has provided important functional and practical testing of the detector measurement system, associated hardware and post processing techniques for the analysis of large data sets produced through the use of list mode data collection. The testing is invaluable for the optimisation of systems for future planned testing in tritium - tritium and deuterium - tritium conditions. Analysis of the time and energy spectra collected to date and the status of the development of methods for post-processing are presented in this paper.
Original languageEnglish
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JournalFusion Engineering and Design
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2018
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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Colling, B., Batistoni, P., Bradnam, S. C., Ghani, Z., Gilbert, M. R., Nobs, C. R., Packer, L. W., Pillon, M., & Popovichev, S. (Accepted/In press). Testing of tritium breeder blanket activation foil spectrometer during JET operations. Fusion Engineering and Design, -. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fusengdes.2018.02.005