The DEGAS neutral atom transport code was used to simulate helium pumping and D/T throughput in ITER. The sensitivity of the simulation to two different reflection models, four transmission probabilities from the exit of the simulation to the pump (0.0625, 0.125, 0.1875 and 0.250), and a 2-D model versus a 3-D model were analyzed. The variation in reflection model changes the densities in the duct and the recycling of D/T by a factor of 1.6. The variation in the transmission probabilities affects these same quantities by a factor of 2.5. The dimensionality of the simulation affects the density profile in the duct. A transmission probability from the exit of the DEGAS simulation to the pump of 0.110 to 0.125 was calculated from the ITER reference drawings. Using this quantity and the DEGAS results, an exhaust rate of 112 to 127 moles/h is predicted, implying that the reference pumping systems may be larger than necessary by a factor of 2.
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- Nuclear and High Energy Physics
- Materials Science(all)
- Nuclear Energy and Engineering