Engineering the National Ignition Facility

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The engineering team of the National Ignition Facility (NIF) has developed a highly optimized hardware design that satisfies stringent cost, performance and schedule requirements. After a 3-year effort, the design will culminate at the end of FY98 with the completion of major Title II design reviews. Every element of the facility from optic configuration, facility layout and hardware specifications to material selection, fabrication techniques and part tolerancing has been examined to assure the minimum cost per joule of laser energy delivered on target. In this paper, the design of the major subsystems will be discussed from the perspective of this ... continued below

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Bowers, J; Hackel, R; Larson, D; Manes, K; Murray, J & Sawicki, R August 19, 1998.

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The engineering team of the National Ignition Facility (NIF) has developed a highly optimized hardware design that satisfies stringent cost, performance and schedule requirements. After a 3-year effort, the design will culminate at the end of FY98 with the completion of major Title II design reviews. Every element of the facility from optic configuration, facility layout and hardware specifications to material selection, fabrication techniques and part tolerancing has been examined to assure the minimum cost per joule of laser energy delivered on target. In this paper, the design of the major subsystems will be discussed from the perspective of this optimization emphasis. Focus will be placed on the special equipment hardware which includes laser, beam transport, opto-mechanical , system control and target area systems. Some of the unique features in each of these areas will be discussed to highlight how significant cost savings have been achieved while maintaining reasonable and acceptable performance risk. Key to the success has also been a vigorous development program that commenced nearly 4 years ago and has been highly responsive to the specific needs of the NIF project. Supporting analyses and prototyping work that evolved from these parallel activities will also be discussed.

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  • 1998 ANS Annual Meeting: Topical Meeting on Technology of Fusion Energy, Nashville, TN, June 7-11, 1998

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  • Other: DE00003452
  • Report No.: UCRL-JC-131522
  • Grant Number: W-7405-Eng-48
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 3452
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc688993

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Bowers, J; Hackel, R; Larson, D; Manes, K; Murray, J & Sawicki, R. Engineering the National Ignition Facility, article, August 19, 1998; Livermore, California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc688993/: accessed May 27, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.