Effect of the European design of TBMs on ITER wall loads due to fast ions in the baseline (15 MA), hybrid (12.5 MA), steady-state (9 MA) and half-field (7.5 MA) scenarios
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2016

We assess the effect of the European design of the pebble-bed helium-cooled test blanket modules (TBM) on fast ion power loads on ITER material surfaces. For this purpose, the effect of not only the TBMs but also the ferritic inserts (FI), used for mitigating the toroidal field ripple, were included in unprecedented detail in the reconstruction of the 3-dimensional magnetic field. This is important because, due to their low collisionality, fast ions follow the magnetic geometry much more faithfully than the thermal plasma. The Monte Carlo orbit-following code ASCOT was used to simulate all the foreseen operating scenarios of ITER: the baseline 15 MA standard H-mode operation, the 12.5 MA hybrid scenario, the 9 MA advanced scenario, and the half-field scenario with helium plasma that will be ITER's initial operating scenario. The effect of TBMs was assessed by carrying out the simulations in pairs: one including only the effect of ferritic inserts, and the other including also the perturbation due to TBMs. Both thermonuclear fusion alphas and NBI ions from ITER heating beams were addressed. The TBMs are found to increase the power loads, but the absolute values remain small. Neither do they produce any additional hot spots.

fusion energy


energetic ions

power loads

Monte Carlo method


Taina Kurki-Suonio

Chalmers, Fysik, Subatomär fysik och plasmafysik

S. Akaslompolo

Max Planck-institutet

Aalto University

K. Sarkimaki

Aalto University

J. Varje

Aalto University

O. Asunta

Aalto University

Tokamak Energy Ltd

M. Cavinato

Fusion for Energy

M. Gagliardi

Fusion for Energy

E. Hirvijoki

Princeton University

Aalto University

V. Parail

Culham Lab

G. Saibene

Fusion for Energy

S. Sipila

Aalto University

A. Snicker

Max Planck-institutet

Aalto University

Nuclear Fusion

0029-5515 (ISSN)

Vol. 56


Fusion, plasma och rymdfysik