TO: PULSAR Study Team DATE: Aug 2, 1994

FROM: L. Waganer

SUBJECT: STARLITE Conference Call Minutes, Monday, Aug 1, 1994

PARTICIPANTS (by organization): Sze, Dean, Wong, Herring, Bathke, Waganer, Steiner, Hofer, Flynn, Mau, El-Guebaly


The 20 July Conference Call minutes were adopted with no changes. The date of the next STARLITE project meeting to be held at PPPL on 14-16 Sept. S. Jardin was not present, so Waganer will contact Jardin to see if any special arrangements (clearances, maps, hotel reservations) need to be made. The next conference call will be on Wednesday, August 17, 11:30 CDT using the normal conference call phone number, 314-232-7776.


Due to emphasis on the "ARIES Lessons Learned" document, the Systems Analysis chapter (Bathke) will be not be completed until 15 August. L. Bromberg is to confirm that the Magnet chapter figures have been sent to Najmabadi. C. Wong reported that the Reactor Engr chapter sections have been reviewed and are to be sent back to D.K. Sze and sub-section authors this week. The Safety Section has been forwarded to Najmabadi.


Action Items - C. Wong reported a holdup on the release of the ALWR requirements document due to copyright protection but a distribution list will be reviewed by EPRI. Distribution of the MHTGR is anticipated this week.

Task 1 - L. Waganer distributed a set of DEMO requirements complied by M. Abdou to the STARLITE team for comment. Our team should review these requirements to determine the applicability for such requirements on our DEMO facility.

Task 2. - It was reported that R. Miller is in transition to UCLA and ultimately UCSD.

Task 3. - T. Flynn reported that he is collecting and analyzing RAMI data in three general categories; a) BOP (large database available including advanced conversion systems), b) fusion heat source systems, and c) fusion heat source auxiliary systems (may apply redundancies to meet RAMI requirements).

Task 4. - G. Hofer reported he has just released a preliminary report on the NRC regulations which may apply to the licensing of fusion. In attempts to clarify this report, it is likely necessary to publish an additional three reports staged over the next three months. These are 1) an explanation of how NRC regulates the nuclear facilities, 2) how the licensing process would be conducted, and 3) how tritium processing would be controlled and regulated. It is thought that the NRC will eventually license and regulate all DOE nuclear facilities, but the exact timetable is uncertain. C. Wong reported that he and other STARLITE team members reviewed and commented on the INEL Safety Design Criteria document at the request of B. Dove. D. Steiner is collecting these comments for a safety review meeting in Boston next week. S. Herring also discussed the draft which he helped author.

Task 5. - There was no report of Task 5a work. On Task 5b, D.K. Sze mentioned he had recommended definition of the shield to only intercept only 1 % of the thermal energy. This would enable the shield to be a lower cost, permanent component of the fusion power core. C. Wong proposed several design approaches to stimulate thinking along these lines. Comparative costs of shield materials were again discussed, but in the context of costs, the requirements and applications must also be defined for meaningful comparisons. D.K. Sze reported past results of a past UofW experiment that indicated the compatibility of Li with organic coolants at elevated temperature. Task 5c (Plant layout), F. Najmabadi should contact S. Rosen to determine if he still wants to see the plant layout. C. Wong stated that he has a preliminary list of the DEMO WBS. He should send this list to G. Hofer so Greg can compare his data with our needs. C. Wong has complied a list of critical needs for the SiC structural material.