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​The US/Japan collaborative agreement on tritium plasma, heat and neutron irradiation experiments (PHENIX)

This agreement runs from April 2013 to March 2019, and it studies irradiated materials used to face the plasma and serve as armor on the walls of the fusion chamber, in particular tungsten, to withstand high heat and neutron irradiation. The FSP is the US lead under Task 3 of this agreement studying tritium retention and permeation of irradiated tungsten.

ITER International Project

The Fusion Safety Program supports the ITER International Project, a large tokamak experiment under construction at Cadarache, France. First plasma is expected in 2020. Research data on tritium behavior, dust characterization, material oxidation, and component reliability, as well as computer code development is being shared with ITER. The FSP has a contract to provide safety and reliability support work to the US ITER design team.

US-PRC Fusion Cooperative Program

Under this agreement, the FSP is collaborating with the ASIPP in studying the tritium retention and permeation under high heat flux on plasma facing component materials. This is a renewable two-year agreement, presently from 2014-2015.

ROK-US Fusion Collaboration

Under this task agreement between the NFRI and UCLA, both parties cooperate on fundamental R&D important to fusion nuclear science over the time period of 2014-2016. The FSP has partnered with UCLA and collaborates on safety analysis computer codes such as TMAP and MELCOR, and in tritium permeation experiments to be performed at STAR. The FSP work supports the Korean test blanket system design.

The International Energy Agency’s multilateral technology initiative on the Environmental, Safety and Economic Aspects of Fusion Power​

Participants include: China, EU, Japan, South Korea, China, and the US. Presently, this agreement spans 2012-2017. The focus of this agreement is to demonstrate the potential for Fusion Energy as a very safe, environmentally attractive and inexhaustible source of power. The FSP coordinates the research in four of the eight areas of this agreement: in-vessel source terms, activation product source terms, failure rate base, and magnet safety.

International Collaborators:

  •  National Institute of Fusion Science (NIFS), Japan
  •  The University of Tokyo, Japan
  •  Kyushu University, Japan
  •  Kyoto University, Japan
  •  Osaka University, Japan
  •  University of Toyama, Japan
  •  Shizuoka University, Japan
  •  Tohoku University, Japan
  •  Hokkaido University, Japan
  •  Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik (IPP), Germany
  •  Institute of Plasma Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (ASIPP), China
  •  National Fusion Research Institute (NFRI), Korea

US Collaborators:

  •  Princeton Plasma Physics Lab (PPPL)
  •  University of California-San Diego (UCSD)
  •  Georgia Institute of Technology (GIT)
  •  University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW)
  •  Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL)
  •  University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA)
  •  Lawrence Livermore National Lab (LLNL)
  •  Sandia National Laboratory (SNL)

Users of MELCOR for Fusion:

  •  ITER International Organization
  •  Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany
  •  Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE), UK
  •  Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), Japan
  •  Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)
  •  Studsvik Company, Sweden
  •  Centre for Energy, Environment and Technology (CIEMAT), Spain
  •  AMEC Company, UK
  •  Fusion for Energy Company (F4E), Spain

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