Vacuum boundary modifications of the RFX-mod machine

Nisarg Patel, Mauro Dalla Palma, Samuele Dal Bello, Luca Grando, Simone Peruzzo, Piergiorgio Sonato

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The results produced by experimental campaigns of RFX-mod shows the need to improve passive MHD control and minimise braking torque on plasma. These improvements require major mechanical changes on the present components of the machine including first wall, vacuum vessel, and toroidal support structure (TSS). The vacuum vessel will be removed and the first wall tiles will be directly supported by the passive stabilising shell, so increasing the poloidal cross section by 28 mm radially and bringing the passive stabilising shell as close as possible to the plasma boundary. This paper presents the mechanical design modifications of the torus assembly. Composite rings are designed to support the passive stabilising shell on the TSS. The vacuum boundary is shifted at the TSS by developing different joint solutions compatible with the stringent requirements of the present components: ceramic-metal brazed rings at the two poloidal joints, fully welded solution at the external equatorial joint, and resistive weld plate at the internal equatorial joint. The vacuum vessel portholes for pumping, fuelling, diagnostics, and sensor cable routing are redesigned to be integrated onto the TSS. The design is supported by thermo-mechanical analyses and verifications carried out applying load combinations corresponding to the expected load cases.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)777 - 783
Number of pages7
JournalFusion Engineering and Design
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

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Patel, N., Dalla Palma, M., Dal Bello, S., Grando, L., Peruzzo, S., & Sonato, P. (2016). Vacuum boundary modifications of the RFX-mod machine. Fusion Engineering and Design, 109-111, 777 - 783.