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WEBEXPIR: Windowless target electron beam experimental irradiation

Abstract : The windowless target electron beam experimental irradiation (WEBEXPIR) program was set-up as part of the MYRRHA/XT-ADS R&D effort on the spallation target design to investigate the interaction of a proton beam with a liquid lead–bismuth eutectic (LBE) free surface. In particular, possible free surface distortion or shockwave effects in nominal conditions and during sudden beam on/off transient situations, as well as possible enhanced evaporation were assessed. An experiment was conceived at the IBA TT-1000 Rhodotron, where a 7 MeV electron beam was used to simulate the high power deposition at the MYRRHA/XT-ADS LBE free surface. The geometry and the LBE flow characteristics in the WEBEXPIR set-up were made as representative as possible of the actual situation in the MYRRHA/XT-ADS spallation target. Irradiation experiments were carried out at beam currents of up to 10 mA, corresponding to 40 times the nominal beam current necessary to reproduce the MYRRHA/XT-ADS conditions. Preliminary analyses show that the WEBEXPIR free surface flow was not disturbed by the interaction with the electron beam and that vacuum conditions stayed well within the design specifications.
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M. Dierckx, P. Schuurmans, J. Heyse, K. Rosseel, K. van Tichelen, et al.. WEBEXPIR: Windowless target electron beam experimental irradiation. Fourth International Workshop on Materials for Heavy Liquid Metal Cooled Reactors and Related Technologies, May 2007, Rome, Italy. pp.302-306, ⟨10.1016/j.jnucmat.2008.02.015⟩. ⟨in2p3-00289298⟩



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