Present status of the Belgian contribution to the validation and design activities for the development of the IFMIF radiation-testing modules

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Belgium has decided to join the Broader Approach. SCK•CEN has been designated by the Belgian Government to lead and coordinate the Belgian in-kind contributions. Three main tasks are directly performed within SCK•CEN itself, all related to the engineering of the test cell of IFMIF: • Irradiation of the high flux test modules (HFTM) test rigs in the BR2, for validation purposes. • Preliminary design of the start-up monitoring module (STUMM). • Conceptual design of the low flux test module (LFTM). The irradiation in the high flux BR2 reactor (Mol, Belgium) will allow validating the design of the HFTMV (vertical lay-out) and is mostly focused on the heating system and the instrumentation performance and endurance under intense neutron flux. The STUMM will be loaded during the commissioning phase of the installation and will simulate the HFTM while monitoring the various parameters for characterizing the facility. Finally, the main objective of the task dedicated to the low flux test module is to pre-design the modules to be loaded in this area; but a first step is to check if the irradiation conditions fit with the ones foreseen in a DEMO-type reactor for remote components situated behind the blanket and further outwards.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)627-631
JournalFusion Engineering & Design
Issue number6-8
StatePublished - Oct 2011
EventSOFT2010 - Instituto de Plasmas e Fusão Nuclear, Porto
Duration: 27 Sep 20101 Oct 2010

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