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Title: Evaluation of Direct Drive Capsule Fill-Tube Assembly Survivability in Support of the 100 GBar Campaign

Abstract

Capsule fill-tube target assemblies (CFTAs) for direct-drive have been demonstrated in the past for Laser for Laboratory Energetics (LLE) cryogenic layering studies, evolving and building upon successful deliveries for NIF. The current 100 GigaBar (GBar) campaign requires increased tolerances over prior CFTA work in terms of robustness, cleanliness, reduced fill tube diameter and glue size. To tackle these challenges, GA and LLE are developing a direct drive CFTA that survives all fabrication activities, from assembly, qualification testing and transport to cryogenic layering and target chamber insertion at the OMEGA laser facility. Approximately 55 CFTAs of two main designs have been constructed and tested to date, building off the current LLE cryogenic layering study CFTA design (typically 870 µm diameter x 25 µm thick wall capsule). Variations of glass fill tubes sizes from 30, 20 and 10 µm diameter, which are inserted and glued into the capsule. Testing protocols were developed to enable comparison of different designs against one another and evaluate their robustness at room temperature. The testing protocols include pressure checks, resonant vibration mode sweeps, runout and vibration testing to a power spectral density (PSD) input. In this paper we will compare the different design tradeoffs, measurements and resultsmore » including glue fillets, sag of the fill tubes under gravity, runout and hysteresis, ringdown response, X-ray imaging of the pipette wall thicknesses, and scanning electron microscope (SEM) images taken of failed fill tubes and glue joints. Assessment of the modal vibration modeling for the designs will be compared against the vibration data. Lastly, a design recommendation is put forth meeting the design constraints, which consists of a polymicro composite tube and 10 µm fill tube, ensuring survivability at cryogenic temperatue, a higher first mode resonance and smaller fuel volume.« less

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [1];  [1];  [1];  [2];  [2];  [2];  [2]
  1. General Atomics, San Diego, CA (United States)
  2. Univ. of Rochester, NY (United States). Lab. for Laser Energetics
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
General Atomics, San Diego, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1462722
Grant/Contract Number:  
NA0001808
Resource Type:
Journal Article: Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Fusion Science and Technology
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 73; Journal Issue: 2; Journal ID: ISSN 1536-1055
Publisher:
American Nuclear Society
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING; Capsule fill-tube assembly; CFTA; 100 GBar; direct drive; polymicro; fill tube

Citation Formats

Carlson, L. C., Fitzsimmons, P., Pajoom, S., Petzoldt, R., Tambazidis, A., Harding, D., Chapman, R., Ulreich, J., and Wittman, M. Evaluation of Direct Drive Capsule Fill-Tube Assembly Survivability in Support of the 100 GBar Campaign. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1080/15361055.2017.1406240.
Carlson, L. C., Fitzsimmons, P., Pajoom, S., Petzoldt, R., Tambazidis, A., Harding, D., Chapman, R., Ulreich, J., & Wittman, M. Evaluation of Direct Drive Capsule Fill-Tube Assembly Survivability in Support of the 100 GBar Campaign. United States. doi:10.1080/15361055.2017.1406240.
Carlson, L. C., Fitzsimmons, P., Pajoom, S., Petzoldt, R., Tambazidis, A., Harding, D., Chapman, R., Ulreich, J., and Wittman, M. Fri . "Evaluation of Direct Drive Capsule Fill-Tube Assembly Survivability in Support of the 100 GBar Campaign". United States. doi:10.1080/15361055.2017.1406240. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1462722.
@article{osti_1462722,
title = {Evaluation of Direct Drive Capsule Fill-Tube Assembly Survivability in Support of the 100 GBar Campaign},
author = {Carlson, L. C. and Fitzsimmons, P. and Pajoom, S. and Petzoldt, R. and Tambazidis, A. and Harding, D. and Chapman, R. and Ulreich, J. and Wittman, M.},
abstractNote = {Capsule fill-tube target assemblies (CFTAs) for direct-drive have been demonstrated in the past for Laser for Laboratory Energetics (LLE) cryogenic layering studies, evolving and building upon successful deliveries for NIF. The current 100 GigaBar (GBar) campaign requires increased tolerances over prior CFTA work in terms of robustness, cleanliness, reduced fill tube diameter and glue size. To tackle these challenges, GA and LLE are developing a direct drive CFTA that survives all fabrication activities, from assembly, qualification testing and transport to cryogenic layering and target chamber insertion at the OMEGA laser facility. Approximately 55 CFTAs of two main designs have been constructed and tested to date, building off the current LLE cryogenic layering study CFTA design (typically 870 µm diameter x 25 µm thick wall capsule). Variations of glass fill tubes sizes from 30, 20 and 10 µm diameter, which are inserted and glued into the capsule. Testing protocols were developed to enable comparison of different designs against one another and evaluate their robustness at room temperature. The testing protocols include pressure checks, resonant vibration mode sweeps, runout and vibration testing to a power spectral density (PSD) input. In this paper we will compare the different design tradeoffs, measurements and results including glue fillets, sag of the fill tubes under gravity, runout and hysteresis, ringdown response, X-ray imaging of the pipette wall thicknesses, and scanning electron microscope (SEM) images taken of failed fill tubes and glue joints. Assessment of the modal vibration modeling for the designs will be compared against the vibration data. Lastly, a design recommendation is put forth meeting the design constraints, which consists of a polymicro composite tube and 10 µm fill tube, ensuring survivability at cryogenic temperatue, a higher first mode resonance and smaller fuel volume.},
doi = {10.1080/15361055.2017.1406240},
journal = {Fusion Science and Technology},
issn = {1536-1055},
number = 2,
volume = 73,
place = {United States},
year = {2017},
month = {12}
}

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Figure 1. Figure 1.: Conceptual drawings (not to scale) of (a) Tapered tube design utilizing a stainless steel tube over a drawn glass pipette, (b) fill-only design with glass pipette for cryogenic fill testing, (c,d) polymicro composite design with glass pipette inserted into the polymicro.

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