EU-DEMO vacuum vessel port closure plate fastening developments

T. Haertl*, C. Bachmann, G. Janeschitz, T. Steinbacher, Z. Vizvary

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The EU-DEMO project, which has been in the Concept Design phase since 2021, is already focusing on the integration of the main system components but is also analysing variants to simplify this process. One of these is the fastening and sealing of vacuum vessel closures, known as port closure plates, in order to simplify the execution of the work with the aid of remote maintenance. Recognising the key role of industry, the fusion programme roadmap foresees intensive industry involvement in specific tasks. To provide a starting point for such collaboration, the Fusion Technology Department (FTD) has developed an initial design for a mechanical fastening solution based on the design of ship bulkhead doors. This could be combined with a welded seal, also developed to an early stage in FTD, which could cope with all load cases without additional measures. This system of easy to use fastening and reliable welded seal could be a significant simplification compared to other established technical solutions to this function. This paper presents the above issues and describes the current state of development. It also outlines initial plans to involve experienced industrial partners in these tasks.

Original languageEnglish
Article number114141
JournalFusion Engineering and Design
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2024


  • Fastening
  • Fixation
  • Port closure plate
  • Remote maintenance
  • Sealing
  • Vacuum vessel
  • Welded gasket


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