PSFC Seminar: John Canik

Friday, October 04, 2019 at 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Plasma Science and Fusion Center, NW17-218 175 Albany Street

Developing the physics basis for power exhaust solutions for a compact pilot plant

Predictions for the scrape-off layer (SOL) in future fusion devices based on empirical scalings imply extremely large parallel heat flux, q|| ~10 GW/m2, which is exacerbated for high-field concepts that may enable a Compact Pilot Plant (CPP) as recommended by a recent US strategic planning assessment. Here we discuss the framework of a program to more firmly establish the basis for power handling in tokamaks by extending the paradigm of solid (likely high-Z) walls using noble gas seeding to increase impurity radiation.  This is intended to take relatively mature science and technologies relevant to power exhaust and particle control (PFCs, pumping) and demonstrate the combined physics and engineering basis for a divertor solution for a tokamak-based CPP.   The aims of this program are to a) establish the predictive basis for projecting heat flux and the conditions for its mitigation; b) develop core confinement scenarios that minimize exhaust requirements on the divertor; c) test the interaction between radiative divertor and high-pressure pedestals at-scale; and d) explore the potential of alternative divertor geometries as risk mitigation should the conventional geometry employed in, e.g., ITER prove to be insufficient for CPP requirements. An important component of this program will require the US to fill a present worldwide capability gap with a new tokamak capable of exploring the physics of long-legged, tightly baffled divertors at high heat flux, investigating new regimes that are predicted to dramatically lessen the power exhaust challenge.

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