Author: Kim, D.
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MOPLS09 Engineering Design of Gallium-Nickel Target in Niobium Capsule, with a Major Focus on Determining the Thermal Properties of Gallium-Nickel Through Thermal Testing and FEA, for Irradiation at BLIP 170
  • S.K. Nayak, S. Bellavia, H. Chelminski, C.S. Cutler, D. Kim, D. Medvedev
    BNL, Upton, New York, USA
  Funding: Funding:This abstract is authored by BSA operated under contract number DE-SC0012704. This research is supported by the U.S. DOE Isotope Program, managed by the Office of Science for Nuclear Physics.
The Brookhaven Linac Isotope Producer (BLIP) produces several radioisotopes using a variable energy and current proton beam. The targets irradiated at BLIP are cooled by water and required to be isolated in a target capsule. During the design stage, thermal analysis of the target and cladding is carried out to determine the maximum beam power a target can handle during irradiation without destruction. In this work we designed a capsule for Gallium-Nickel (Ga 80%, Ni 20%) alloy target material and irradiated the target at the BLIP to produce the radioisotope Ge-68. Since no literature data is available on Ga4Ni’s thermal conductivity (K) and specific heat (C), measurements were carried out using thermal testing in conjunction with Finite Element Analysis (FEA). Steady-state one dimensional heat conduction method was used to determine the thermal conductivity. Transient method was used to calculate the specific heat. The test setup with same methodologies can be used to assess other targets in the future. Here, we will detail these studies and discuss the improved design and fabrication of this target.
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About • paper received ※ 27 August 2019       paper accepted ※ 03 September 2019       issue date ※ 08 October 2019  
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