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The use of fibre composite technology and finite element analyses on both micro- and macro-scale can bring innovative solutions to the design of the divertor plate for future experimental fusion reactors. Overall divertor problems are discussed. An original and versatile solution is proposed and some promising results from a thermo-mechanical analysis are presented, using two- and three-dimensional modelling and a realistic heat flux profile, without separatrix sweeping. The effect of the third dimension is a major consideration. The integration of the micro- and macro-scale results is also important. Finally, inherent design weaknesses and improvements are discussed.

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Authors: MATERA R, JRC Ispra (IT);JANSSENS W, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Heverlee (BE);DE MEESTER P, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Heverlee (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Tenth Topical Meeting on the Technology of Fusion Energy, Boston (US), June 7-11, 1992
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 36798 ORA
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