Investigation of irradiation effects on highly integrated leading-edge electronic components of diagnostics and control systems for LHD deuterium operation

K. Ogawa, T. Nishitani, M. Isobe, I. Murata, Y. Hatano, S. Matsuyama, H. Nakanishi, K. Mukai, M. Sato, M. Yokota, T. Kobuchi, T. Nishimura, M. Osakabe

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Abstract

High-temperature and high-density plasmas are achieved by means of real-time control, fast diagnostic, and high-power heating systems. Those systems are precisely controlled via highly integrated electronic components, but can be seriously affected by radiation damage. Therefore, the effects of irradiation on currently used electronic components should be investigated for the control and measurement of Large Helical Device (LHD) deuterium plasmas. For the precise estimation of the radiation field in the LHD torus hall, the MCNP6 code is used with the cross-section library ENDF B-VI. The geometry is modeled on the computer-aided design. The dose on silicon, which is a major ingredient of electronic components, over nine years of LHD deuterium operation shows that the gamma-ray contribution is dominant. Neutron irradiation tests were performed in the OKTAVIAN at Osaka University and the Fast Neutron Laboratory at Tohoku University. Gamma-ray irradiation tests were performed at the Nagoya University Cobalt-60 irradiation facility. We found that there are ethernet connection failures of programmable logic controller (PLC) modules due to neutron irradiation with a neutron flux of 3 × 106 cm-2 s-1. This neutron flux is equivalent to that expected at basement level in the LHD torus hall without a neutron shield. Most modules of the PLC are broken around a gamma-ray dose of 100 Gy. This is comparable with the dose in the LHD torus hall over nine years. If we consider the dose only, these components may survive more than nine years. For the safety of the LHD operation, the electronic components in the torus hall have been rearranged.

Original languageEnglish
Article number086012
JournalNuclear Fusion
Volume57
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jun 14

Keywords

  • gamma-ray irradiation
  • irradiation on electronic components
  • large helical device
  • neutron irradiation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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