Design and Analysis of Steerable ECRH Launcher for SST-1 Tokamak
Institute for Plasma Research, Bhat, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India - 382428
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Published online: 24 July 2017
In the tokamaks ECRH system is used for pre-ionization, start up, heating, current drive and suppression of NTMs (Neo Classical Tearing Modes). A Standard ECRH system consists of high power microwave source Gyrotron, circular corrugated waveguide based transmission line and launcher. The Focused ECH power is launched into plasma through launcher. The microwave beam emerges out from circular corrugated waveguide and propagates freely in air with finite divergence. So focusing and plane mirror combination is used to launch focused beam in plasma. Thus an ECRH launcher consists of metallic profiled and plane mirror, UHV compatible vacuum barrier window and a UHV gate valve. One 42 GHz gyrotron capable of delivering 500 kW of power for 500 ms and other 82 GHz gyrotron capable of delivering 200 kW of power for 1000s are used for SST-1 ECRH system. The launcher design consists of mirror design, design of supports and design of steering mechanism to provide suitable movements with minimum backless error. The whole assembly is UHV compatible. The launcher is capable of steering the beams by ±20° in both toroidal and poloidal directions. Mirrors are given motion by means of one rotary and one linear feedthrough. For 82 GHz launcher active cooling is provided, whereas for 42 GHz launcher no active cooling is provided.
A detailed analysis is carried out for the mirrors of the high power launcher. The heat load for the 82 GHz launcher is 2 kW (~1% absorption) and for 42 GHz launcher it is 5 kW. For 82 GHz launcher, the maximum steady state surface temperatures of focusing and reflecting mirrors are 315K and 323K and von-mises stresses are within 10 MPa. Similarly for 42 GHz launcher maximum temperatures observed during 500 ms pulse are 301K and 303K for focusing and reflecting mirrors respectively. This paper explains the mechanical and thermal design and analysis of the launcher for the ECRH system.
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