Development of Dust Removal System Using static Electricity for Fusion Experimental Reactors
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<BR>Tests to collect and transport metallic and non-metallic dust particles have been conducted using static electricity in a vacuum environment to investigate the applicability of a static electricity dust removal system for fusion experimental reactors. The dust particles are charged by electrostatic induction, floated and collected due to the Coulomb force generated by the AC electric field. They axe then transported due to the gradient force induced by the electric curtain of the non-uniform travelling-wave electric field. Using a fully insulated electrode with a single-phase AC voltage up to 15kV, aluminum and carbon dust were successfully collected. The highest collection rates for the aluminum and carbon dust were around 30 and 2g/min, respectively. The linear-type electrodes, using as high as 22kV of the three-phase AC voltage, transported aluminum dust up to an angle of 60°C. Applying a guide electrode to the linear-type electrode, the transportation rate was approximately doubled and almost constant at every angle, including a 90° angle. The system transported aluminum dust up to the rate of 13g/min. The influence of the 0.15T magnetic field on the dust collection and transportation efficiencies was found to be negligible.
- Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology
Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology 34(11), 1031-1038, 1997-11-25
Atomic Energy Society of Japan