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Title: The use of water in a fusion power core

Water has both advantages and disadvantages as a coolant in conceptual designs of future fusion power plants. In the United States, water has not been chosen as a fusion power core coolant for decades. Researchers in other countries continue to adopt water in their designs, in some cases as the leading or sole candidate. In this article, we summarize the technical challenges resulting from the choice of water coolant and the differences in approach and assumptions that lead to different design decisions amongst researchers in this field.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [3] ;  [4]
  1. Univ. of California, San Diego, CA (United States)
  2. Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
  3. Fusion Nuclear Technology Consulting, Linkenheim (Germany)
  4. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1177633
Report Number(s):
INL/JOU--15-34847
Journal ID: ISSN 0920-3796; TRN: US1500074
DOE Contract Number:
AC07-05ID14517
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Fusion Engineering and Design; Journal Volume: 91
Publisher:
Elsevier
Research Org:
Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; Thermonuclear Reactors; Reactor Cores; DESIGN; COOLANTS; WATER FUSION POWER CORE; BLANKETS; DIVERTORS; POWER PLANTS