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Title: Boronization on NSTX using Deuterated Trimethylboron

Abstract

Boronization on the National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX) has proved to be quite beneficial with increases in confinement and density, and decreases in impurities observed in the plasma. The boron has been applied to the interior surfaces of NSTX, about every 2 to 3 weeks of plasma operation, by producing a glow discharge in the vacuum vessel using deuterated trimethylboron (TMB) in a 10% mixture with helium. Special NSTX requirements restricted the selection of the candidate boronization method to the use of deuterated boron compounds. Deuterated TMB met these requirements, but is a hazardous gas and special care in the execution of the boronization process is required. This paper describes the existing GDC, Gas Injection, and Torus Vacuum Pumping System hardware used for this process, the glow discharge process, and the automated control system that allows for remote operation to maximize both the safety and efficacy of applying the boron coating. The administrative requirements and the detailed procedure for the setup, operation and shutdown of the process are also described.

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Princeton Plasma Physics Lab., NJ (US)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (US)
OSTI Identifier:
793031
Report Number(s):
PPPL-3655
TRN: US0200889
DOE Contract Number:  
AC02-76CH03073
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 28 Jan 2002
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; BORON; BORON COMPOUNDS; CONFINEMENT; CONTROL SYSTEMS; GAS INJECTION; GLOW DISCHARGES; HELIUM; IMPURITIES; MIXTURES; PUMPING; SAFETY; SHUTDOWN

Citation Formats

W.R. Blanchard, R.C. Gernhardt, H.W. Kugel, and P.H. LaMarche. Boronization on NSTX using Deuterated Trimethylboron. United States: N. p., 2002. Web. doi:10.2172/793031.
W.R. Blanchard, R.C. Gernhardt, H.W. Kugel, & P.H. LaMarche. Boronization on NSTX using Deuterated Trimethylboron. United States. doi:10.2172/793031.
W.R. Blanchard, R.C. Gernhardt, H.W. Kugel, and P.H. LaMarche. Mon . "Boronization on NSTX using Deuterated Trimethylboron". United States. doi:10.2172/793031. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/793031.
@article{osti_793031,
title = {Boronization on NSTX using Deuterated Trimethylboron},
author = {W.R. Blanchard and R.C. Gernhardt and H.W. Kugel and P.H. LaMarche},
abstractNote = {Boronization on the National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX) has proved to be quite beneficial with increases in confinement and density, and decreases in impurities observed in the plasma. The boron has been applied to the interior surfaces of NSTX, about every 2 to 3 weeks of plasma operation, by producing a glow discharge in the vacuum vessel using deuterated trimethylboron (TMB) in a 10% mixture with helium. Special NSTX requirements restricted the selection of the candidate boronization method to the use of deuterated boron compounds. Deuterated TMB met these requirements, but is a hazardous gas and special care in the execution of the boronization process is required. This paper describes the existing GDC, Gas Injection, and Torus Vacuum Pumping System hardware used for this process, the glow discharge process, and the automated control system that allows for remote operation to maximize both the safety and efficacy of applying the boron coating. The administrative requirements and the detailed procedure for the setup, operation and shutdown of the process are also described.},
doi = {10.2172/793031},
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number = ,
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place = {United States},
year = {Mon Jan 28 00:00:00 EST 2002},
month = {Mon Jan 28 00:00:00 EST 2002}
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