A set of novel design solutions for high performance cooling systems have been developed and tested by Consorzio RFX, achieving, with experimental tests, the challenging heat transfer conditions foreseen for Heating and Current Drive Systems of present and future nuclear fusion devices. The project, called Multi-design Innovative Cooling Research & Optimization (MICRO), has the triple objective of: • Verifying the full qualification of the manufacturing process and assess the cooling performance of the present solutions applied on the acceleration grids designed for ITER Heating Neutral Beam Injectors and MITICA experiment, which have similar heat loads as for DEMO1. • Identifying alternative designs realizable with presently qualified manufacturing processes for improving heat transfer mechanisms with limited pressure drops. • Developing further optimized solutions by means of the investigation of the interrelated effects of geometric parameters and thermofluid dynamic properties of the coolant fluid. The main aim of present work is to extend the fatigue life-cycle of high thermal stress components. In the first part of the paper the design description and constraints are presented together with the results obtained from numerical analyses carried out on the full-scaled model of the electrostatic grids; the outcomes of the experimental campaign, together with the characterization of the properties and performance of a set of alternative dielectric fluids, are shown in the second one.
|Titolo:||Numerical analyses and tests for optimized and enhanced heat transfer solutions in DEMO|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2019|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|