The ITER EC H&CD Upper Launcher: Analysis of vertical Remote Handling applied to the BSM maintenance

TitleThe ITER EC H&CD Upper Launcher: Analysis of vertical Remote Handling applied to the BSM maintenance
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsG. Grossetti, G. Aiello, C. Heemskerk, B. Elzendoorn, R. Geßner, J. Koning, A. Meier, D. Ronden, P. Späh, T. Scherer, S. Schreck, D. Strauß, A. Vaccaro
JournalFusion Engineering and Design
Volume88
Number9–10
Pagination1929 - 1933
KeywordsElectron Cyclotron Upper Launcher, ITER, Nuclear fusion, Remote handling
Abstract

This paper deals with Remote Handling activities foreseen on the Blanket Shield Module, the plasma facing component of the ITER Electron Cyclotron Heating and Current Drive Upper Launcher. The maintenance configuration considered here is the Vertical Remote Handling, meaning gravity acting along the launcher radial axis. The plant, where the maintenance under consideration is occurring, is the Hot Cell Facility Work Cell.

The study here reported has been carried out within the presently ongoing EFDA Goal Oriented Training program on Remote Handling (GOT-RH), which aims to support ITER activities. This document and its contents have to be considered as part of a more vast RAMI analysis to be developed within the GOT-RH, which aims to maximize the Electron Cyclotron Heating and Current Drive system availability.

The Baseline CAD model of the Electron Cyclotron Heating and Current Drive Upper Launcher is currently in its preliminary design phase and does not provide enough details for developing a fully detailed maintenance strategy. Therefore, through a System Engineering approach, a set of assumptions was conceived on the launcher structure, as a basis for development of a Remote Handling strategy. Moreover, to compare different design solutions related to the possibility of integrating a quasi-optical component into the Blanket Shield Module, a Trade-Off was made, and its contents are shown here.

The outcome of this System Engineering approach has been formalized into Task Definition Forms whose contents are reported here. The Remote Handling strategy presented in this work will be tested in the near future both through Virtual Reality simulations and through prototype experiments.

URLhttp://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0920379613004377
DOI10.1016/j.fusengdes.2013.05.005
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Alternate TitleFusion Eng. Des.

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