Thermal analysis of a graphite first wall for RFX fusion experiment

P. Brunello, F. Gnesotto, C. Majorana, B. A. Schrefler

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All today's large thermonuclear fusion experiments based on the magnetic confinement of low-density plasmas in a torus are equipped with metal vessels whose purpose is twofold: to maintain the vacuum, and to act as a first wall to the ionized gas. A torus is one of the commonest configurations for the magnetic confinement of the plasma in the vacuum vessel, and is used in a major fusion experiment, called RFX, under construction at Padova. In order to assess the thermal behavior of the RFX first wall, a detailed three-dimensional thermal simulation model (suitable in principle for analyzing any toroidal chamber) has been developed, and is presented in this paper along with simulation results obtained for RFX full-performance operations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)647-656
Number of pages10
JournalCommunications in Applied Numerical Methods
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1988

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