Liquid metals for DEMO divertor applications explored using linear plasma devices

For DEMO liquid metal plasma facing components are considered due to their resilience to erosion through flowed replacement, potential for cooling beyond conduction and inherent immunity to many of the issues of neutron loading compared to solid materials. The development curve of liquid metals is behind that of e.g. tungsten however and tokamak-based research is currently somewhat limited in scope. Therefore investigation in linear plasma devices can provide faster progress under controlled and well-diagnosed conditions in assessing many of the issues surrounding the use of liquid metals. The linear plasma devices Magnum-PSI and Pilot-PSI are capable of producing DEMO relevant plasma fluxes which well replicate expected divertor conditions, enabling the exploration of physics issues such as vapour-shielding by liquid metals, convective flow and overall power handing. This talk will give an overview of liquid metal research recently carried out in these devices.

Thursday, July 13, 2017 -
11:15 to 12:15
seminar room
Thomas Morgan