The SPIDER Beam Source (BS), the first prototype of a full scale ion source for the ITER Heating Neutral Beam injector, was delivered to the Neutral Beam Test Facility (NBTF) site in Padova (Italy) after about five years procurement phase. A huge effort was devoted during the procurement for quality controls and testing at the supplier’s work- shops. Several activities were also carried out on NBTF site for verification/adjustment of interfaces, solution of still open issues, as well as final tests before and after installation inside the vacuum vessel. The NBTF Team undertook the BS site acceptance tests including: pressure and leak tests of the hydraulic circuits; electrical tests; measurement of magnetic field profiles; functionality tests of diagnostics installed on the BS; checks of grids alignment by means of laser tracker. Accurate positioning of the BS inside the vacuum vessel was performed and various service lines were con- nected in a tight space. Several improvements were undertaken in order to guarantee reliability and reduce the risks during the commissioning and experimental campaign in 2018. After installation, the integrated commissioning phase was initiated, powering the RF and high voltage cir- cuits, followed by the first operation in vacuum.

Spider beam source ready for operation

Agostinetti, P.;Aprile, D.;Barzon, A.;Brombin, M.;Chitarin, G.;Fasolo, D.;Gambetta, G.;Grando, L.;Pasqualotto, R.;Recchia, M.;Serianni, G.;Tiso, A.;Tollin, M.;Zanotto, L.
2019

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The SPIDER Beam Source (BS), the first prototype of a full scale ion source for the ITER Heating Neutral Beam injector, was delivered to the Neutral Beam Test Facility (NBTF) site in Padova (Italy) after about five years procurement phase. A huge effort was devoted during the procurement for quality controls and testing at the supplier’s work- shops. Several activities were also carried out on NBTF site for verification/adjustment of interfaces, solution of still open issues, as well as final tests before and after installation inside the vacuum vessel. The NBTF Team undertook the BS site acceptance tests including: pressure and leak tests of the hydraulic circuits; electrical tests; measurement of magnetic field profiles; functionality tests of diagnostics installed on the BS; checks of grids alignment by means of laser tracker. Accurate positioning of the BS inside the vacuum vessel was performed and various service lines were con- nected in a tight space. Several improvements were undertaken in order to guarantee reliability and reduce the risks during the commissioning and experimental campaign in 2018. After installation, the integrated commissioning phase was initiated, powering the RF and high voltage cir- cuits, followed by the first operation in vacuum.
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