High-Power Testing of Guided-Wave Components for the ITER ECH Upper Launcher at the FALCON Test Facility

Each of the four ITER electron cyclotron heating (ECH) upper launchers (ULs) features eight transmission lines (TLs) made of guided-wave components used to inject 170-GHz microwave power into the plasma at a level of up to 1.31 MW per line, at the TL diamond window unit (DWU). The guided-wave components include a DWU, an isolation valve (IV), waveguides (WGs), and miter bends (MBs). These form part of the first confinement system (FCS) of the ITER UL. They must withstand the nominal mechanical structural stresses, the electromagnetic forces, and the dynamic loads (VDE, MD, and Seismic), while being compatible with the most stringent ITER vacuum and safety classification. Here, we report new results on plans for high-power testing of guided-wave components that the Swiss Plasma Center (SPC) of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) has developed for the FCS. FALCON is home to testing equipment provided by Fusion for Energy (F4E) and ITER, including an ITER-grade 170-GHz GYCOM gyrotron and a matching optics unit (MOU), an evacuated TL including a power monitor MB (PMMB), a downtaper (DT) to the 50-mm ITER TL diameter, and a matched RF load (RFL). The facility is operated by the SPC.


Published in:
Ieee Transactions On Plasma Science, 48, 6, 1537-1542
Year:
Jun 01 2020
Publisher:
Piscataway, IEEE-INST ELECTRICAL ELECTRONICS ENGINEERS INC
ISSN:
0093-3813
1939-9375
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Laboratories:
SPC




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