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Heat removal from the controlled thermonuclear reactor

F. Dobran

Department of Engineering, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY 11549 USA

Efficient heat removal from the controlled thermonuclear reactor depends on the development of several technologies. Among these are the advanced low activation materials employed to build the reactor, type of fuel used to produce fusion reactions, and choice of coolants utilized to remove large heat and neutron fluxes from the wall of the reactor chamber. Significant efforts are now being made to develop helium and liquid metal cooled wall blanket modules which incorporate low activation materials, solid and liquid tritium breeders, and high thermal performance heat removal schemes. Some of these technologies will be tested in the next generation tokamak machine and possibly employed in a demonstration fusion power plant. The current fusion technology is, however, not sufficiently mature to build a reliable, safe and efficient energy producing power plant. Figs 3, Refs 49.

Magnetohydrodynamics 48, No. 1, 177-190, 2012 [PDF, 1.26 Mb]

Copyright: Institute of Physics, University of Latvia
Electronic edition ISSN 1574-0579
Printed edition ISSN 0024-998X