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Process Development and Micro-Machining of MARBLE Foam-Cored Rexolite Hemi-Shell Ablator Capsules

Randall B. Randolph, John A. Oertel, Derek W. Schmidt, Matthew N. Lee, Brian M. Patterson, Kevin C. Henderson, Christopher E. Hamilton

Fusion Science and Technology / Volume 70 / Number 2 / August-September 2016 / Pages 230-236

Technical Paper /

First Online Publication:June 30, 2016
Updated:August 9, 2016

Machined CH hemi-shell ablator capsules have been successfully produced by the MST-7 Target Fabrication Team at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Process development and micro-machining techniques have been developed to produce capsules for both the Omega and National Ignition Facility (NIF) campaigns. These capsules are gas filled up to 10 atm and consist of a machined plastic hemi-shell outer layer that accommodates various specially engineered low-density polystyrene foam cores. Machining and assembly of the two-part, step-jointed plastic hemi-shell outer layer required development of new techniques, processes, and tooling while still meeting very aggressive shot schedules for both campaigns. Problems encountered and process improvements will be discussed that describe this very unique, complex capsule design approach through the first Omega proof-of-concept version to the larger NIF version.

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