Thermo-mechanical testing of Li-ceramic for the helium cooled pebble bed (HCPB) breeding blanket

G. Dell'Orco, A. Ancona, A. DiMaio, M. Simoncini, G. Vella

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The helium cooled pebble bed (HCPB) Test blanket module (TBM) for the DEMO Reactor foresees the utilization of lithiate ceramics as breeder in form of pebble beds. The pebbles are organized in several layers alternatively stacked among couples of cooling plates (CP). ENEA has launched an experimental programme for the out-of-pile thermo-mechanical testing of mock-ups simulating a portion of the HCPB-TBM. The programme foresees the fabrication and testing of different mock-ups, to be tested in the HE-FUS3 facility at ENEA Brasimone. The paper describes the HELICHETTA III campaign carried-out in 2003. In particular, the test section layout, the pebble filling procedure, the experimental set-up and the results of the relevant thermo-mechanical test are herewith presented. © 2004 Published by Elsevier B.V.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1305 - 1308
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Nuclear Materials
Issue number1-3 PART B
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2004
Externally publishedYes


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  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials

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