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Unitized Wire Arrays for Z-Pinch Machines: A Feasibility Study

R. Gallix, J. W. Crippen, D. G. Czechowicz, A. C. Forsman, E. M. Giraldez, J. F. Hund, J. S. Jaquez, A. Q. L. Nguyen

Fusion Science and Technology / Volume 51 / Number 4 / May 2007 / Pages 772-775

Technical Paper /

For electricity production in a 1000 MW(e) Z-Pinch Inertial Fusion Energy (IFE) power plant, a wire array must be produced and shot every second. The slow and painstaking manual assembly and insertion process developed for the present Z-Pinch experimental machines will have to be replaced with mass production and rapid auto matic handling. This could be facilitated by making one-piece, or unitized, wire arrays (UWA). This paper reviews potential UWA manufacturing processes; describes the results of etching, milling, laser-cutting, and lithography tests applied to an UWA design that could be shot on the Z-R machine for validation; assesses the feasibility of these processes for mass production; and proposes an alternate UWA design concept for easier manufacturing.

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