A POROUS METAL HEAT EXCHANGER WITH A LIQUID METAL COOLANT FOR COOLING PLASM-FACING COMPONENTS

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 21113
Amount: $74,996.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1993
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Thermacore Inc.
780 Eden Rd, Lancaster, PA, 17601
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr John H Rosenfeld
 (717) 569-6551
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Research Institution
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Abstract
DIVERTOR PLATES USED IN TOKAMAK FUSION DEVICES CAN BE SUBJECTED TO HEAT FLUXES OF UP TO 1 TO 5 KW/CM(2). EFFICIENT COOLING OF THESE AND OTHER PLASMA-FACING SURFACES IS NECESSARY FOR RELIABLE TOKAMAK OPERATION. THE CAPABILITY FOR POROUS METAL HEAT TRANSFER TO HANDLE HEAT FLUX AS HIGH AS 6 TO 8 KW/CM(2) HAS RECENTLY BEEN DEMONSTRATED. THESE TESTS WERE CONDUCTED USING WATER COOLANT IN A COPPER HEAT EXCHANGER. IT IS PLANNED TO EXTEND THIS TECHNOLOGY TO LIQUID METAL COOLANTS IN A HIGH-TEMPERATURE POROUS METAL HEAT EXCHANGER TO PROVIDE EFFICIENT COOLING AT HIGH TEMPERATURES AND HEAT FLUXES WITHOUT WATER COOLANT. IN PHASE I, A POROUS METAL COOLED DIVERTOR DESIGN WILL BE COMPLETED, AND A TECHNOLOGY DEMONSTRATION TEST WILL BE COMPLETED, AND A TECHNOLOGY DEMONSTRATION TEST WILL BE COMPLETED. FOR THE PHASE I TEST, NAK IS PROPOSED AS THE LIQUID METAL COOLANT BECAUSE OF EASE OF HANDLING; ALTERNATIVE COOLANTS WILL BE EVALUATED FOR USE IN PHASE II. IN PHASE II, A REPRESENTATIVE POROUS METAL COOLED DIVERTOR PLATE PROTOTYPE WILL BE DESIGNED, BUILT, AND TESTED.

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