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Tritium Systems Test Assembly (TSTA)

The Tritium Systems Test Assembly (TSTA) was a facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory dedicated to the development and demonstration of technologies required for fusion-relevant Deuterium-Tritium processing. The facility design was launched in 1977. It was commissioned in 1982 and first tritium was processed in 1984. The maximum tritium inventory was 140 grams. Many publications were generated during this project.

Outside Front View of TSTA


TSTA sub-systems and major flowpaths


  1. ^ Anderson, J. L., T. Naito, et al. (1988). "Experience of TSTA milestone runs with 100 grams-level of tritium." Fusion Technology 14(2): 438-443.
  2. ^ Bartlit, J. R., J. L. Anderson, et al. (1983). Subsystem Cost Data for the Tritium Systems Test Assembly. 10th Symposium on Fusion Engineering, Philadelphia.
  3. ^ Sherman, R. H., J. R. Bartlit, et al. (1988). "Operation of the TSTA Isotope-Separation System with 100 Gram Tritium." Fusion Technology 14(2): 1273-1276.
  4. ^ Willms, R. S., D. J. Taylor, M. Enoeda and K. Okuno; "Practical-Scale Tests of Cryogenic Molecular Sieve for Separating Low-Concentration Hydrogen Isotopes from Helium", Fusion Engineering and Design 28, 386-391 (1995).
  5. ^ Willms, R. S. and K. Okuno; "Recovery of Hydrogen from Impurities Using a Palladium Membrane Reactor", Proceedings of the 15th IEEE Symposium on Fusion Engineering, Hyannis, Massachusetts, 85-90, October 11–15, 1993.
  6. ^ Konishi, S., R. S. Willms, et al.; "Extended Operation of Reactor-Scale Fusion Fuel Loop Under US-Japan Collaboration"; Proceedings of the 15th IEEE Symposium on Fusion Engineering, Hyannis, Massachusetts, 204-207, October 11–15, 1993.
  7. ^ Willms, R.S., K. Kobayashi, Y. Iwai, T. Hayashi, S. O'hira, M. Nishi, D. Hyatt and R.V. Carlson; "Behavior of tritium in the TSTA test cell combined with operation of the Experimental Tritium Cleanup (ETC) system"; Fusion Engineering and Design, 61-62, 575 - 583 (2002).