Nozzle-to-target distance effect on the cooling performances of a jet-impingement helium-cooled divertor

Namkyu Lee, Joon Soo Lim, B. E. Ghidersa, Hyung Hee Cho

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The power exhaust from high temperature plasma at the level of divertor is one of the biggest technological challenges in the path to establish fusion power reactors. At the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), a novel helium-cooled divertor using jet impingement cooling array has been investigated as one of the possible solutions for a DEMO tokamak. The concept, consisting of tungsten armour slabs fixed on a tungsten-laminate tube inside which a jet distribution cartridge is placed, has undergone an extensive optimization process. Among other things, the heat transfer coefficient (HTC) and pressure drop over a divertor unit have been thoroughly looked upon in order to improve the divertor thermohydraulic performance. The present paper is presenting such an optimization study in which the effect on the divertor performances of the distance between the cartridge and the heat loaded surface is investigated. Given the geometrical constraints, the nozzle-to-target surface distance is changed either by increasing the diameter of the inlet manifold, or, by varying the cartridge position, starting from a coaxial configuration, to various positions closer to the impingement surface.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)803-808
Number of pages6
JournalFusion Engineering and Design
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Nov

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanical Engineering


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