Conceptual Design and Neutronics Analyses of a Fusion Reactor Blanket Simulation Facility
AIR FORCE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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A new conceptual design of a fusion reactor blanket simulation facility has been developed. This design follows the principles that have been successfully employed in the Purdue Fast Breeder Blanket Facility FBBF, because experiments conducted in it have resulted in the discovery of deficiencies in neutronics prediction methods. With this design, discrepancies between calculation and experimental data can be fully attributed to calculation methods because design deficiencies which could affect results are insignificant. Inelastic scattering cross sections are identified as a major source of these discrepancies. The conceptual design of this FBBF-analog, the fusion reactor blanket facility FRBF, is presented. Essential features are a cylindrical geometry and a distributed, cosine-shaped line source of 14 MeV neutrons. This source can be created by sweeping a deuteron beam over an elongated titanium-tritide target.
- Fission Reactor Physics
- Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics