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[en] To study and optimise negative ion production for the ITER neutral beam injectors, a test facility is under construction in Padova with the aim of testing beam characteristics and to verify the source proper operation. The instrumented calorimeter STRIKE (short-time retractable instrumented kalorimeter experiment) is being developed to characterise the SPIDER (Source for Production of Ion of Deuterium Extracted from RF plasma) beam during short operations. The paper presents an investigation of the response of STRIKE measurement systems. It results that biasing is necessary to cope with the influence of secondary electrons on current measurements; moreover, despite the discretisation of the recorded thermal patterns introduced by the pixels of thermal cameras, a sufficient spatial resolution is expected
[en] An important feature of the ITER project is represented by additional heating via injection of neutral beams from accelerated negative ions. To study and optimise their production, the SPIDER test facility is under construction in Padova, with the aim of testing beam characteristics and to verify the source proper operation.STRIKE (Short-Time Retractable Instrumented Kalorimeter Experiment) is a diagnostic to characterise the SPIDER negative ion beam during short operation (several seconds). During long pulse operations, STRIKE is parked off-beam in the vacuum vessel. The most important measurements are beam uniformity, beamlet divergence and stripping losses. STRIKE is directly exposed to the beam and is formed of 16 tiles, one for each beamlet groups. The measurements are provided by thermal cameras, current sensors, thermocouples and electrostatic sensors. This paper presents the investigation of the influence on the response of STRIKE of: thermal characteristics of the tile material, exposure angle, features of some dedicated diagnostics. The uniformity of the beam will be studied by measurements of the current flowing through each tile and by thermal cameras. Simulations show that it will be possible to verify experimentally whether the beam meets the ITER requirement about the maximum allowed beam non-uniformity (below ±10%). In the simulations also the influence of the beam halo has been included; the effect of off-perveance conditions has been studied. To estimate the beamlet divergence, STRIKE can be moved along the beam direction at two different distances from the accelerator. The optimal positions have been defined taking into account design constraints. The effect of stripping on the comparison between currents and heat loads has been assessed; this will allow to obtain an experimental estimate of stripping. Electrostatic simulations have provided the suitable tile biasing voltage in order to reabsorb secondary particles into the same tile as the one where they were emitted from.
[en] In the development of the neutral beam injector for ITER experiment, the test facility SPIDER is going to be built. To measure the beam parameters, several diagnostics are used. One of them is the Short-Time Retractable Instrumented Kalorimeter Experiment (STRIKE) which measures beam uniformity, beamlet divergence, and stripping losses. This contribution gives an overview of the diagnostics dedicated to these measurements: thermal cameras, thermocouples, current sensors, and electrostatic sensors. The specifications of these diagnostics have been defined according to the results of electrostatic and thermal simulations. A failure modes and effects analysis has been performed during the design. Consequently the project of the STRIKE diagnostics has been optimized to reduce the possible failure risks.
[en] Highlights: • Prototype ITER neutral beam injector to study the beam source behavior requires beam characterization. • Among several types of diagnostic, a calorimeter made of fiber carbon composite (CFC) tiles will be used. • The CFC thermal behaviour is study by laser beam and will be characterize in particel beam. • Experiments and simulations results are discussed. • Designs for tests in particle beams are presented. -- Abstract: For ITER operations, additional heating systems are required. One of these systems is the neutral beam injector (NBI). The SPIDER experiment, a small-scale NBI, is going to be built with the aim to optimize the beam source. For this reason it is provided with several diagnostics, among which the Short-Time Retractable Instrumented Kalorimeter Experiment (STRIKE). In this contribution, a characterization of the Carbon Fiber Composite (CFC) tiles, which are the main component of the diagnostic, is presented. Such analyses include tests with a power laser, exposure to particle beams and thermal stress tests. The results are discussed, which will drive the definition of the acceptance tests of the final supply of CFC tiles
[en] Operation of the thermonuclear fusion experiment ITER requires additional heating via injection of neutral beams from accelerated negative ions. In the SPIDER test facility, under construction in Padova, the production of negative ions will be studied and optimised. STRIKE (Short-Time Retractable Instrumented Kalorimeter Experiment) is a diagnostic used to characterise the SPIDER beam during short pulse operation (several seconds) to verify if the beam meets the ITER requirements about the maximum allowed beam non-uniformity (below ±10%). The major components of STRIKE are 16 1D-CFC (Carbon-Carbon Fibre Composite) tiles, observed at the rear side by a thermal camera. This contribution gives an overview of some tests under high energy particle flux, aimed at verifying the thermo-mechanical behaviour of several CFC prototype tiles. The tests were performed in the GLADIS facility at IPP (Max-Plank-Institut für Plasmaphysik), Garching. Dedicated linear and nonlinear simulations were carried out to interpret the experiments and a comparison of the experimental data with the simulation results is presented. The results of some morphological and structural studies on the material after exposure to the GLADIS beam are also given
[en] The Source for Production of Ion of Deuterium Extracted from Rf plasma (SPIDER) test facility is under construction in Padova to optimise the operation of the beam source of ITER neutral beam injectors. The SPIDER beam will be characterised by the instrumented calorimeter STRIKE, whose main components are one-directional carbon-fibre-carbon-composite tiles. A small-scale version of the entire system has been employed in the BAvarian Test MAchine for Negative ions (BATMAN) testbed by arranging two prototype tiles in the vertical direction. The paper presents a description of the mini-STRIKE system and of the data analysis procedures, as well as some results concerning the BATMAN beam under varying operating conditions
[en] The megavolt ITER injector and concept advancement experiment is the prototype and the test bed of the ITER heating and current drive neutral beam injectors, currently in the final design phase, in view of the installation in Padova Research on Injector Megavolt Accelerated facility in Padova, Italy. The beam source is the key component of the system, as its goal is the generation of the 1 MeV accelerated beam of deuterium or hydrogen negative ions. This paper presents the highlights of the latest developments for the finalization of the MITICA beam source design, together with a description of the most recent analyses and R&D activities carried out in support of the design
[en] The radio frequency ion source NIO1, jointly developed by Consorzio RFX and INFN-LNL, will generate a 60kV-135mA hydrogen negative ion beam, composed of 9 beamlets over an area of about 40 × 40 mm2. This experiment will operate in continuous mode and in conditions similar to those foreseen for the larger ion sources of the Neutral Beam Injectors for ITER. The modular design of NIO1 is convenient to address the several still open important issues related to beam extraction, optics, and performance optimization. To this purpose a set of diagnostics is being implemented. Electric and water cooling plant related measurements will allow monitoring current, pressure, flow, and temperature. The plasma in the source will be characterized by emission spectroscopy, cavity ring-down and laser absorption spectroscopy. The accelerated beam will be analyzed with a fast emittance scanner, its intensity profile and divergence with beam emission spectroscopy and visible tomography. The power distribution of the beam on the calorimeter will be monitored by thermocouples and by an infrared camera. This contribution presents the implementation and initial operation of some of these diagnostics in the commissioning phase of the experiment, in particular the cooling water calorimetry and emission spectroscopy
[en] This paper presents the results of numerical simulations and experimental tests carried out to assess the feasibility and suitability of graphite castellated tiles as beam-facing component in the diagnostic calorimeter of the negative ion source SPIDER (Source for Production of Ions of Deuterium Extracted from Radio frequency plasma). The results indicate that this concept could be a reliable, although less performing, alternative for the present design based on carbon fiber composite tiles, as it provides thermal measurements on the required spatial scale
[en] The ITER heating neutral beam (HNB) injector, based on negative ions accelerated at 1 MV, will be tested and optimized in the SPIDER source and MITICA full injector prototypes, using a set of diagnostics not available on the ITER HNB. The RF source, where the H-/D- production is enhanced by cesium evaporation, will be monitored with thermocouples, electrostatic probes, optical emission spectroscopy, cavity ring down, and laser absorption spectroscopy. The beam is analyzed by cooling water calorimetry, a short pulse instrumented calorimeter, beam emission spectroscopy, visible tomography, and neutron imaging. Design of the diagnostic systems is presented.