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1. chinaXiv:201710.00095 [pdf]

Mechanical design and error prediction of a flexible manipulator system applied in nuclear fusion environment

Subjects: Nuclear Science and Technology >> Engineering Technology of Nuclear Fusion

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to develop a serial redundant manipulator system applied in nuclear fusion environment. It will allow remote inspection and maintenance of plasma facing components in the vacuum vessel of fusion device without breaking down the ultra-high vacuum condition during physical experiments. Design/methodology/approach – Firstly, considering the dynamic sealing of actuators to avoid polluting the vacuum condition inside fusion reactor, the mechanical design of robot system has been introduced. The redundant manipulator system has 11 degree of freedoms in total with an identical modular design. Besides, to improve the position accuracy, an error prediction model has been built based on the experimental study and back-propagation neural network (BPNN) algorithm. Findings – Currently, the implementation of the manipulator system has been successfully finished in both atmosphere and vacuum condition. The validation of BPNN model shown an acceptable prediction accuracy (94%~98%) compared with the real measurement. Originality/value – This is a special robot system which is practically used in a nuclear fusion device in China. Its design, mechanism and error prediction strategy have great reference values to the similar robots in vacuum and temperature applications.

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2. chinaXiv:201710.00096 [pdf]

Solid lubrication with MoS2-Ti-C films for high-vacuum applications in a nuclear fusion device

Subjects: Nuclear Science and Technology >> Engineering Technology of Nuclear Fusion

Structured Abstract: Purpose: EAST is a tokamak fusion device running in ultra-high vacuum condition. To avoid polluting the inner vessel environment, solid lubrication has been applied on the surface of bearings and gears which exposed to the vacuum. Design/methodology/approach: anti-friction MoS2 coatings penetrating with different atoms have been developed by multi-target magnetron sputtering deposition technique. This paper presents the comparative testing of tribological properties for three kinds of MoS2-based coating layers. Findings: based on the test results, MoS2-Ti-C coating films are supposed to be the final selection due to the better performance of friction coefficient and lubrication longevity. Originality/value: finally, the detailed information has been characterized for the hybrid coatings which can provide some references for applications of solid lubrications in similar condition of high vacuum and temperature.

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