Neutronics studies for the novel design of lower port in DEMO

The conceptual design activity of the Demonstration Fusion Power Reactor (DEMO) is in progress in the Power Plant Physics and Technology (PPPT) programme, within the EUROfusion Consortium. In this work neutronics studies, fundamental for the nuclear design of DEMO, are presented for a novel design o...

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Published in:Fusion engineering and design : an international journal for fusion energy and technology devoted to experiments, theory, methods, and design, Vol. 146 (2019), p. 1394-1397
Main Author: Flammini, Davide
Other Involved Persons: Bachmann, Christian ; Colangeli, Andrea ; Gliss, Curt ; Moro, Fabio ; Villari, Rosaria
Format: electronic Article
Language:English
ISSN:0920-3796
Physical Description:Online-Ressource
DOI:10.1016/j.fusengdes.2019.02.092
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  • The conceptual design activity of the Demonstration Fusion Power Reactor (DEMO) is in progress in the Power Plant Physics and Technology (PPPT) programme, within the EUROfusion Consortium. In this work neutronics studies, fundamental for the nuclear design of DEMO, are presented for a novel design of the lower port (LP). Two possible configurations of the LP have been investigated: the vacuum pumping port, with the pumping unit located inside the port, and an empty port designed for remote handling. For both configurations 3-dimensional Monte Carlo calculations have been performed with MCNP5 to assess the neutron flux inside and around the port and the nuclear heating in sensitive components, such as the toroidal field coil conductor, the vacuum pumps, the shielding elements and the port closure plate. Different shielding configurations have been considered, by adding shielding blocks at the lower port entrance. Single and double wall port walls and closure plates with different thickness have been studied to reduce nuclear loads and neutron flux. Nuclear quantities under analysis were found to be within the limit for all the components, with the exception of the nuclear heating on the toroidal field coils. The absence of any shield of the divertor cassette pumping duct, as in the DEMO 2017 baseline configuration, is responsible for a huge amount of radiation streaming inside the pumping duct that can cause the excess of heating on the coil conductor. The use of a liner, or of an equivalent shielding component, is proposed, but further improvements are needed to keep the nuclear loads on the coil conductor within the limit.