Within the framework of EUROfusion R&D activities an intense research campaign has been carried out at the University of Palermo, in close cooperation with ENEA Brasimone, in order to investigate the thermo-mechanical performances of the DEMO water-cooled lithium lead breeding blanket (WCLL). In particular, attention has been paid to the most recent geometric configuration of the DEMO WCLL outboard equatorial module, as designed by WCLL project team during 2015, endowed with an attachment system based on the use of radial pins, purposely outlined to connect the module back-plate to its back-supporting structure, that have been properly considered to simulate more realistically the module thermo-mechanical behaviour. The research campaign has been mainly focused on the investigation of the module thermo-mechanical performances under the Normal Operation (Level A) and Over Pressurization (Level D) steady state loading scenarios envisaged for the DEMO WCLL. A theoretical-numerical approach, based on the Finite Element Method (FEM), has been followed and the qualified ABAQUS v. 6.14 commercial FEM code has been adopted. Thermo-mechanical results obtained have been assessed in order to verify their compliance with the design criteria foreseen for the structural material. To this purpose, a stress linearization procedure has been performed along the most critical paths located within the module structure, in order to check the fulfilment of both Level A and Level D rules prescribed by the SDC-IC structural design code. Results obtained are herewith presented and critically discussed, highlighting the open issues and suggesting the pertinent modifications to DEMO WCLL outboard equatorial module design aimed to obtain the complete fulfilment of the prescribed design criteria.
|Numero di pagine||5|
|Rivista||Fusion Engineering and Design|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2017|
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