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There are 26 TS'IA personnel who are responsible for operation of
TSTA, 11 professional staff, four Facility operators, three mechanical
technicians, three electrical technicians, one Health Physics Technician
(HPT) and four JAERI staff.
Actual daily operations are the responsibility of the Operatior.al
Safety and Integration Team. The daily operations are coordinated by the
TSTA Facility Operators.
TSTA EXPERIMENTS AND SYSTEMS
There are varied experiments ongoing at TSTA. The primary goal of
TSTA is the operation of the TSTA tritium process flow loop. This loop
is used to simulate the fueling systems for a fusion reactor. This svs-
tem is described in detail in ref. 1. Current status of TSTA is pre-
seated in ref. 2 at this meeting. The primary components of the loop
are: transfer pumps for moving the DT gas through the system; a fuel
cleanup system for the removal of impurities from the gas stream, a
cryogenic isotope separation sYstem for the separation of hydrogen
isotopes in to streams of T2, D, and DT: and a cryogenic vacuum pumping
system for pumping a simulated torus.
The second type of experiments at TSTA are those involved with
small scale nonloop experiments. These experiments are necessary for de-
termining the design of cu.npcnents and testing of new components for the
fuel processing :oop. Some of these experiments are: a tritium pellet
injector ; a palladium diffuser for the separation of hydrogen isotopes
from Irdpuritics; a ceramic electrolysis cell for the electrolysis of
trlrl:ted water; a test of the t.-itium compat ibtlit-y of it plezo electric
valve: and measurements o" catalyst conversion efficiencv. Other ex-
perimt-nts at TSTA involve testing of tritium contamination effects. In
general, these experiments are (tone with personnel from other flrstorion en-
ergy programs from tle ITS and foreign countries.
The loop experiments are controlled by a main process computer'
control :In drat,* acquisition s's(em CMCAC). Nonloop experiments are coil-
trolled (Iin'lv either through tr.aruala operate! lrs or a local comptr er.
There -tre safety sv't ems to clipport the experiments. Tie-e rI r : a
Sst em to treat wasfU gases Iti r( no.e t ri t iumn before the gases :Ire
released to the environmen: a swftem to te ve acCIde'tif al v released
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Carlson, R.V.; Binning, K.E.; Cole, S.P.; Jenkins, E.M.; Wilhelm, R.C. & Cole, S.P. Operating experience and procedures at the tritium systems test assembly, article, January 1, 1988; New Mexico. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1056576/m1/3/: accessed March 19, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.