Tritium transport issues for helium-cooled breeding blankets

Fabrizio Franza, Lorenzo Virgillio Boccaccini, David Demange, Andrea Ciampichetti, Massimo Zucchetti

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Tritium mobility through breeding blanket (BB) and steam generator heat transfer areas is a crucial aspect for the design of the next generation DEMO fusion power plants. Tritium is generated inside the breeder, dissolves in and permeates through materials, thus leading to a potential hazard for the environment. For this reason, it is important to carry out the tritium migration analysis for a specific DEMO blanket configuration to predict the released amount of tritium during the plant operation. Unfortunately, tritium assessments are often affected by several uncertainties implying very important modeling and parametric issues. In this paper, the main permeation issues are identified and possible solutions are discussed to address the modeling issues and the parametric uncertainties affecting the T migration assessments for the two DEMO helium-cooled BBs: 1) helium-cooled pebble beds and 2) helium-cooled lithium-lead. For these two helium-cooled blanket concepts various tritium migration analyses will be carried out by means of the computational tool FUS-TPC to define proper and feasible tritium mitigation techniques, which are needed to keep the tritium losses lower than the allowable environmental release (i.e., 20 Ci/d). © 1973-2012 IEEE.
Original languageEnglish
Article number6842692
Pages (from-to)1951 - 1957
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Transactions on Plasma Science
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Franza, F., Boccaccini, L. V., Demange, D., Ciampichetti, A., & Zucchetti, M. (2014). Tritium transport issues for helium-cooled breeding blankets. IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, 42(7), 1951 - 1957. [6842692].