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A day in the life of the nuclear community
The November issue of Nuclear News is focused on the individuals who make up our nuclear community.
We invited a small group of those individuals to tell us about their day-to-day work in some of the many occupations and applications of nuclear science and technology, and they responded generously. They were ready to tell us about the part they play, together with colleagues and team members, in supplying clean energy, advancing technology, protecting safety and health, and exploring fundamental science.
In these pages, we see a community that can celebrate both those workdays that record progress moving at a steady pace and the exceptional days when a goal is reached, a briefing is delivered, a contract goes through, a discovery is made, or an unforeseen challenge is overcome.
The Nuclear News staff hopes that you enjoy meeting these members of our community—or maybe get reacquainted with friends—through their words and photos.
Fumito Okino, Laetitia Frances, David Demange, Ryuta Kasada, Satoshi Konishi
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 71 | Number 4 | May 2017 | Pages 575-583
Technical Note | dx.doi.org/10.1080/15361055.2017.1290972
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Quantitative feasibility analysis of the tritium recovery efficiency from multiple columns of liquid PbLi droplets was conducted. Then a case study based on the HCLL specification was performed. Main concern was whether the experimentally obtained recovery efficiency from a column of droplets is applicable for the efficiency estimation from the multiple columns of droplets without any mutual degrading effects. To maintaining a safe side assumption, the tritium once released and reabsorbed on another droplet was considered to be not re-emitted while falling. By the analogy with the thermal radiation theory, the view factor which expresses the intersection ratio of radiation on another surface was applied for the estimation. The dependences on nozzle design parameters, such as nozzle pitch, number of nozzles, chamber wall clearance, and exhaust port design, were investigated. Case study results suggest that, by choosing well-suited parameters approximately 40% to 60% of the single column recovery efficiency was secured for multiple columns even on the conservative condition. The release chamber exhaust port design had a major influence. Nozzle pitch and array design have less influences, but are not negligible. However, it has to be experimentally verified to the scale-size effects and experimental programs are currently underway.