J. Phys. IV France
Volume 133, June 2006
Page(s) 825 - 827
Publié en ligne 16 juin 2006
Inertial Fusion Sciences and Applications 2005
J.-C. Gauthier, et al.
J. Phys. IV France 133 (2006) 825-827

DOI: 10.1051/jp4:2006133165

Proposed design and mass production of wire arrays and targets for a Z-pinch IFE power plant

R. Gallix1, W.S. Rickman2 and N.B. Alexander1

1  General Atomics, PO Box 85608, San Diego, CA 92186-5608, USA
2  TSD Management Associates, PO Box 401, Castalian Springs, TN 37031, USA

This paper summarizes the results of a detailed study reported in Ref. [1]. A concept for a 1000 MW(e) Z-Pinch IFE power plant has ten reactor chambers. A Load, consisting of a wire array surrounding a cryogenic dynamic hohlraum target with a 3-GJ yield, must be produced, inserted into a Replaceable Transmission Lines (RTL), transported to one of the chambers, and shot every second. The conceptual design of the load facilitates automatic mass manufacturing and insertion at 1 Hz at minimum cost. A sequence of operations necessary to (1) fabricate each wire array on a holding and insertion tool, (2) manufacture, evacuate, fill with DT, freeze, layer, and assemble each target with helium gas and liquid hydrogen, (3) insert a wire array and a target under vacuum into an RTL, and (4) remove their debris, is described. Detailed cost estimates derived for the complete load production and solid debris removal cycle in a commercial-scale facility are summarized.

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