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Finding fusion’s place
Fusion energy is attracting significant interest from governments and private capital markets. The deployment of fusion energy on a timeline that will affect climate change and offer another tool for energy security will require support from stakeholders, regulators, and policymakers around the world. Without broad support, fusion may fail to reach its potential as a “game-changing” technology to make a meaningful difference in addressing the twin challenges of climate change and geopolitical energy security.
The process of developing the necessary policy and regulatory support is already underway around the world. Leaders in the United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union, China, and elsewhere are engaging with the key issues and will lead the way in setting the foundation for a global fusion industry.
C. Koehly, L. Bühler
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 72 | Number 4 | November 2017 | Pages 660-666
Technical Note | dx.doi.org/10.1080/15361055.2017.1350477
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The dual-coolant lead lithium (DCLL) blanket in which the eutectic lead-lithium alloy is used as tritium breeder and coolant is a promising concept for applications in fusion power plants. The interaction of the moving electrically conducting liquid metal with the plasma-confining magnetic field induces electric currents and creates strong electromagnetic Lorentz forces opposing the flow. This may lead to high magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) pressure drops. Efficient cooling requires a sufficiently high flow velocity and, under these conditions, if currents find a shortcut through electrically conducting walls, the pressure drop will be very large. One way to reduce the MHD pressure drop in ducts is to decouple electrically the coolant flow from the load-carrying walls by insulating flow channel inserts (FCI). In order to demonstrate the capability of pressure drop reduction by FCIs in 3D MHD flow, a test section is currently being designed and manufactured for experiments in the MEKKA laboratory at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. The used FCIs are of sandwich-type with a ceramic layer protected from both sides by thin sheets of steel to prevent direct contact of the insulator with liquid metal. This technical note focuses on fabrication issues of sandwich-type flow channel inserts for circular pipes and shows methods and techniques for successful manufacturing.