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Abstract

The principle findings of the investigations were: (1) mechanical deformation occurring at the end of the bellows section adjacent to the weld. (2) Very localized erosion on at least three deformed sections, leading in one case to the puncturing of the liner wall. These eroded spots were all at a region of the liner underneath a gap in the shell. The mechanism whereby the energy is deposited locally is not understood. (3) Deposition of stainless steel as molten droplets was observed over a much larger area adjacent to the shell gap. There is no obvious link between this deposition and the puncture. (4) Arcing is observed over a large proportion of the liner surface: the highest local density of arcs is found on the outer part of the torus, especially near the ports. (5) The inside of the vessel has large coloured areas which were identified as oxide layers probably formed as the result of liner heating by the plasma in the presence of leaks during the last weeks of operation.

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Authors: MC CRACKEN G M, CULHAM LABORATORY, ABINGDON, OXON (UK);METALLURGY DIVISION, AERE HARWELL, DIDCOT (UK);FIRTH L, CULHAM LABORATORY, ABINGDON, OXON (UK);METALLURGY DIVISION, AERE HARWELL, DIDCOT (UK);GOODALL D H J, CULHAM LABORATORY, ABINGDON, OXON (UK);METALLURGY DIVISION, AERE HARWELL, DIDCOT (UK);KING R E, CULHAM LABORATORY, ABINGDON, OXON (UK);METALLURGY DIVISION, AERE HARWELL, DIDCOT (UK);LAVENDER K E, CULHAM LABORATORY, ABINGDON, OXON (UK);METALLURGY DIVISION, AERE HARWELL, DIDCOT (UK);NEWTON A A, CULHAM LABORATORY, ABINGDON, OXON (UK);METALLURGY DIVISION, AERE HARWELL, DIDCOT (UK);THOMPSON V K, CULHAM LABORATORY, ABINGDON, OXON (UK);METALLURGY DIVISION, AERE HARWELL, DIDCOT (UK);EDWARDS B C, CULHAM LABORATORY, ABINGDON, OXON (UK);METALLURGY DIVISION, AERE HARWELL, DIDCOT (UK);TITCHMARSH J CULHAM LABORATORY, ABINGDON, OXON (UK), CULHAM LABORATORY, ABINGDON, OXON (UK);METALLURGY DIVISION, AERE HARWELL, DIDCOT (UK);METALLURGY DIVISION, AERE HARWELL, DIDCOT (UK), CULHAM LABORATORY, ABINGDON, OXON (UK);METALLURGY DIVISION, AERE HARWELL, DIDCOT (UK)
Bibliographic Reference: JOURNAL OF NUCLEAR MATERIALS, VOL. 111 & 112 (1983), PP. 522-525
Record Number: 1989122041000 / Last updated on: 1987-01-01
Category: PUBLICATION
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