Deuterium in-vessel retention characterisation through the use of particle balance on Tore Supra
Fuel retention inside plasma facing components will be a crucial issue not only in fusion reactors of the future, but also in ITER. The estimation of the fraction of the fuel which remains trapped inside the vessel is quite a difficult task. Particle balance analysis provides information for the whole vacuum chamber as a function of time and can be use to monitor the tritium in-vessel retention in real-time. On Tore Supra with a careful choice and position of pressure sensors, proper calibration procedures, the accuracy of the balance is around 10%. Particle balance analysis have been performed on many long pulse discharges and deuterium in-vessel retention has been found to be a constant around 5 x 1020 D/s after several minutes of plasma. The evolution of the retention rate with plasma parameters indicates that deuterium bulk implantation and diffusion could dominate codeposition with carbon atoms. Particle balance is a powerful tool that should be implemented in ITER.
Bibliographic Reference: An article published in: Journal of Nuclear Materials (2007), online edition
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Record Number: 200718966 / Last updated on: 2007-03-26
Original language: en
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