Investigation of neutral beam arc chamber failure during helium operations at DIII-D

J.P. Beckers, B. Crowley, J.T. Scoville, R.J.E. Jaspers, A. Sobota

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Abstract

The Neutral Beam system on the DIII-D tokamak consists of eight ion sources using the Common Long Pulse Source (CLPS) design. During helium operation, desired for research regarding the ITER pre-nuclear phase, it has been observed that the ion source arc chamber performance steadily deteriorates, eventually failing due to electrical breakdown across the insulation. This poster presents the details and preliminary results of an experimental effort to replicate the problem in a bench top ion source with similar plasma parameters. The initial aim of the experiment is to test the hypothesis that during helium operation there is increased tungsten evaporation and sputtering due to ion bombardment of the hot cathodes, leading to the deposition of filament material on the insulation and subsequent short circuits. Ultimately the aim of the experiment is to find methods to ameliorate the problems associated with helium operation at DIII-D.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 59th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Plasma Physics, 23-27 October 2017, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Publication statusPublished - 25 Oct 2017
Event59th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Plasma Physics (DDP 2017), October 23 - 27, 2017 • Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - Hilton Milwaukee City Center Hotel, Milwaukee, United States
Duration: 23 Oct 201727 Oct 2017

Conference

Conference59th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Plasma Physics (DDP 2017), October 23 - 27, 2017 • Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
CountryUnited States
CityMilwaukee
Period23/10/1727/10/17

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    Beckers, J. P., Crowley, B., Scoville, J. T., Jaspers, R. J. E., & Sobota, A. (2017). Investigation of neutral beam arc chamber failure during helium operations at DIII-D. In Proceedings of the 59th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Plasma Physics, 23-27 October 2017, Milwaukee, Wisconsin http://meetings.aps.org/Meeting/DPP17/Session/NP11.108