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Fusion Engineering and Design 82 (2007) 22172225 Integrated thermo-fluid analysis towards helium flow

Summary: Fusion Engineering and Design 82 (2007) 2217­2225
Integrated thermo-fluid analysis towards helium flow
path design for an ITER solid breeder blanket module
A. Yinga,, M. Narulaa, R. Hunta, M. Abdoua, Y. Andob, I. Komadab
a Fusion Engineering Sciences, Mechanical and Aerospace Eng. Department, University of California,
Los Angeles, 420 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1597, USA
b Software CRADLE Co. Ltd., Osaka 532-0011, Japan
Received 31 July 2006; received in revised form 28 May 2007; accepted 29 May 2007
Available online 20 July 2007
The successful design and development of a complex system, like the ITER test blanket module (TBM) warrants the need
of extensive computer aided engineering (CAE) activities. In this light, a sophisticated numerical flow solver (`SC/Tetra' by
), with a robust CAD interface, has been used to develop and evaluate helium coolant flow schemes for a solid breeder
test blanket module design currently proposed by the US for testing in ITER. The traits of a particular cooling strategy for the
TBM, namely the exit temperature of coolant, overall pressure drop, uniformity of temperature in the structure, robustness
against transients, etc. can only be predicted by carrying out a complete three dimensional thermal-fluid analysis of the system
in its entirety including all the structural and fluid components. The primary objective of this paper is to introduce the procedure
for carrying out complex thermo-fluid analysis using the complete three dimensional CAD models of the TBM to evaluate the
performance of TBM cooling schemes and to illustrate the way in which the results from these analyses can be useful towards


Source: Abdou, Mohamed - Fusion Science and Technology Center, University of California at Los Angeles


Collections: Plasma Physics and Fusion