ED3340 Fusion Technology 8.0 credits


The course gives an overview of fusion reactor technology and properties of wall materials required to withstand extreme conditions in operation of a reactor-class device. Particular emphasis is on heat loads and neutron irradiation. The course is a natural continuation of the introduction ED2240 basic course”Introduction to Fusion Technology”.

  • Education cycle

    Third cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

    P, F

Course offerings

Autumn 18 for programme students

  • Periods

    Autumn 18 P2 (8.0 credits)

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  • Campus

    KTH Campus

  • Tutoring time


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  • Number of places

    No limitation

Information for research students about course offerings

The course is given when there is sufficient demand. Please contact the examiner if you are interested in taking the course.

Intended learning outcomes

After completed course the students should have knowledge on the construction of a fusion reactor; the processes decisive for wall erosion and fuel retention; the criteria for material selection for reactor components; operation of the fuel plant; analysis of reactor materials: effects of neutrons on material damage; assessment of power loads; construction and application of diagnostics.

Course main content

Reactor-class fusion devices: concepts and structure. D – T fusion and consequences of energy release: power handling, material erosion and damage, selection and qualification of materials, armour materials, magnets. Vacuum technology for a reactor: vacuum vessel and vacuum pumps. Fuel handling: requirements, fuel cycle and fuel plant. Material testing and analysis, neutron-induced effects in construction and diagnostic materials; remote handling of components.


The course is composed of 8 lectures given by the tutor and a number seminars (50 min talk) prepared by students. Seminars are followed by discussion.



1. Monograph: “Physical Processes of the Interaction of Fusion Plasmas with Solids”, W. Hofer and J.  Roth (eds), Academic Press 1996. 

2. Review articles in the field fusion reactor materials and fusion technology

  • Nuclear Fusion 41 (2001) 1697.
  • ITER Physics Basis, Nuclear Fusion, Special Issue.

Articles from journals: Fusion Engineering and Design; Journal Nuclear Materials; Fusion Science and Technology.


  • EXA1 - Examination, 8.0, grading scale: P, F

Requirements for final grade

Final oral exam and seminar presentation.

Offered by

EECS/Fusion Plasma Physics


Marek Rubel


Marek Rubel <rubel@kth.se>


Course syllabus valid from: Spring 2012.
Examination information valid from: Spring 2019.