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MHD issues related to the use of Lithium Lead eutectic as breeder material for blankets of fusion power plants

G. Aiello1 - C. Mistrangelo2 - L. Bühler2 - E. Mas de les Valls3 - J. Aubert1 - A. Li-Puma1 - D. Rapisarda4 - A. Del Nevo5

1 CEA-Saclay, DEN/DANS/DM2S, 91191 Gif Sur Yvette Cedex, France
2 Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Postfach 3640, 76021 Karlsruhe, Germany
3 UPC-BarcelonaTech, C. Jordi Girona, 31. 08034 Barcelona, Spain
4 Laboratorio Nacional de Fusión -- CIEMAT, Avda. Complutense 40, 28040 Madrid, Spain
5 ENEA UTIS-TCI, C.R. Brasimone, 40032 Camugnano, Italy

The European Community is committed to the development of a DEMOnstration fusion power plant whose operation could start as soon as 2050. The blanket is one of the most critical components in a fusion reactor; three of the four blanket concepts currently under development are based on the use of the liquid eutectic alloy Pb-15.7Li. Since the blanket will operate under the strong magnetic field used to confine the plasma, electromagnetic forces will occur in the PbLi flow, giving rise to magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) phenomena. Tables 1, Figs 5, Refs 23.

Magnetohydrodynamics 51, No. 2, 185-194, 2015 [PDF, 7.67 Mb]

Copyright: Institute of Physics, University of Latvia
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