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Title: Integration of uncooled scraper elements and its diagnostics into Wendelstein 7-X

The modular stellarator Wendelstein 7-X in Greifswald (Germany) successfully started operation in 2015 with short pulse limiter plasmas. In 2017, the next operation phase (OP) OP1.2 will start once 10 uncooled test divertor units (TDU) with graphite armor will be installed. The TDUs allow for plasma pulses of 10 s with 8 MW heating. OP2, allowing for steady state operation, is planned for 2020 after the TDUs will be replaced by 10 water cooled CFC armored divertors. Due to the development of plasma currents like bootstrap currents in long pulse plasmas in OP2, the plasma could hit the edge of the divertor targets which has a reduced cooling capacity compared to the central part of the target tiles. To prevent overloading of these edges, a so-called scraper element can be positioned in front of the divertor, intersecting those strike lines that would otherwise hit the divertor edges. As a result, these edges are protected but as a drawback the pumping efficiency of neutrals is also reduced. As a test an uncooled scraper element with graphite tiles will be placed in two out of ten half modules in OP1.2. A decision to install ten water cooled scraper elements for OP2 ismore » pending on the results of this test in OP1.2. To monitor the impact of the scraper element on the plasma, Langmuir probes are integrated in the plasma facing surface, and a neutral gas manometer measures the neutral density directly behind the plasma facing surface. Moreover, IR and VIS cameras observe the plasma facing surface and thermocouples monitor the temperatures of the graphite tiles and underlying support structure. This paper describes the integration of the scraper element and its diagnostics in Wendelstein 7-X.« less
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  1. Max Planck Inst. for Plasmaphysik, Greifswald (Germany)
  2. Princeton Plasma Physics Lab. (PPPL), Princeton, NJ (United States)
  3. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
  4. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Publication Date:
Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 0920-3796; TRN: US1800709
Grant/Contract Number:
AC05-00OR22725; 633053; AC52-06NA25396
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Fusion Engineering and Design
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 124; Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 0920-3796
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC); USDOE Office of Science (SC). Fusion Energy Sciences (FES) (SC-24)
Country of Publication:
United States
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; Wendelstein 7-X; strike lines; heat loads; scraper element; Langmuir probes; neutral gas manometer; Magnetic Fusion Energy
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Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1430005