KU Leuven

Promotor / Supervisor

  •   Prof. dr. ir. Martine Baelmans (promotor)
  •   Prof. dr. Detlev Reiter (co-promotor) , Forschungszentrum Jülich

Samenvatting van het onderzoek / Summary of Research

With a clean, cheap, widely available and virtually inexhaustible fuel,nuclear fusion has the potential to provide a safe and sustainable answer to our energy needs. However, several issues have to be resolved in order to enable its commercial realization. An important issue is the efficient removal of power and reaction products from the reactor. Most currently-known materials cannot resist the extreme conditions in the reactor for a sufficiently long time, thereby limiting the continuous operation of a fusion power plant. In this doctoral project, the aim is to optimize the design of the exhaust system, called divertor. By carefully designing the divertor shape, efficient removal of the reaction products can be combined with an optimal spreading of the heat load across the divertor. This enhances the divertor life time, and is an important step towards a reliable fusion power plant. Presently, divertor design is mainlybased on trial-and-error procedures. In this doctoral project, on the other hand, dedicated software is developed to partially automate the design process.

Volledige tekst van het doctoraat / full text

Examencommissie / Board of examiners

  •   Prof. dr. ir. Martine Baelmans (promotor)
  •   Prof. dr. Detlev Reiter (co-promotor) , Forschungszentrum Jülich
  •   Prof. dr. ir. Hugo Hens (voorzitter/chairman)
  •   Prof. dr. Johan Meyers (secretaris/secretary)
  •   Prof. dr. Stefaan Poedts
  •   Prof. dr. ir. William D'haeseleer
  •   Prof. dr. Nicolas R. Gauger , RWTH Aachen University
  •   Dr. Richard A. Pitts , ITER Organization