Overview of ITER and Implications of Utilizing Beryllium Components
Dr. Raffray will present an overview of the ITER project and its status, then cover the beryllium application in ITER, in particular its use as plasma facing armor for the First Wall, and discuss some specific health & safety considerations that come into play.
René Raffray received his doctoral degree from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Davis in 1985. After an eight-year period as a research engineer in the Fusion Technology Group of UCLA, he was nominated to work as part of an international team at the Max-Planck-Institute in Garching, Germany on the design and R&D of the ITER experimental fusion reactor. He joined the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department and the Center for Energy Research at UCSD in January 1999 as a Research Scientist and Lecturer. His responsibilities were mostly split between two multi-institution programs: the ARIES advanced design studies of fusion power plants for which he was the Engineering Leader, and the High Average Power Laser (HAPL) program for which he was the Chamber Task Coordinator. He joined the ITER Organization in Cadarache, France in 2009 where he is Blanket Section Leader and Blanket IPT Leader. He leads the Blanket Section design and procurement of associated systems (including first wall panels, shield blocks, manifolds), including overseeing all technical aspects and monitoring & controlling costs and schedules for all Section activities as well organizing all design and procurement-related activities within the Blanket Integrated Product Team (IPT) with participants from the ITER Organization and the Domestic Agencies. In June 2015, he was appointed by the ITER Director General as Chair of the ITER Beryllium Management Committee (IBMC) whose key objective is to ensure the sound establishment and ongoing effectiveness of the beryllium safety program at the IO in order to deliver the safe working environment demanded by all stakeholders.
He has been involved in a number of professional activities over the years including as Chair of the Technical Program Committee for the 23th IEEE/NPSS SOFE in San Diego in 2009, as editor of different Fusion Engineering and Design issues, as member of several review panels and as Chair of the Fusion Energy Division of ANS. He has won several awards and is a Fellow of ANS. He has more than 150 peer-reviewed publications and more than 60 articles in conference proceedings (author or co-author).