Why Is Full Remote Handling an Area of Unfilled DEMO R&D Gap? Tom Burgess for NCT Discussion Group. What Is Full Remote Handling, required by Demo?
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Why Is Full Remote Handling an Area of Unfilled DEMO R&D Gap?
Tom Burgess for NCT Discussion Group
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Cutaway of Target
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Size: 103 Ft Long x 14 ft Wide x 30 feet High
An inaccessible area where all process systems are fully remotely maintained with state-of-the-art robotic remote handling systemSNS Hot Cell Interior Looking Towards Target
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Blanket handling Plant
Upper port handling
Equatorial port handling
In-vessel viewing systemCTF Builds On ITER Remote Maintenance Approach
ITER Remote Handling Systems
Assembly / Disassembly
Upper Blanket Assy
Lower Blanket Assy
Upper PF coil
Lower PF coil
CTF Vacuum Vessel, Blanket and Port Assembly Shielding Allows Ex-Vessel Hands-on Access
VV, blanket and port shielding (steel & water)
Activated Components Transferred Between Machine and Service Hot Cell by RH Casks
Midplane Port RH Cask
Test Blanket Module
Cask Docking Ports
* Includes active remote maintenance time only. Actual machine shutdown period will be longer by ~ > 1 month.
Time estimates are rough approximations based on similar operations estimated for ITER and FIRE.
Port assembly installed requirement, particularly for frequently handled items
Port assembly removed to cask
Port assembly RH tractor
Port assembly and RH cask interface to VV
ITER equatorial port assembly remote handling system
Port assembly and RH cask interface requires requirement, particularly for frequently handled items > 50 cm clearance measured from nearest component to inside port opening
Note: Design has been optimized to minimize space, requires R&D to verify, and is subject to increases
ITER VV port access clearance requirements