A boundary element method for eddy-current problems in fusion devices

Paolo Bettini, Maurizio Furno Palumbo, Ruben Specogna

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In magnetic confinement fusion devices, close-fitting passive conducting structures surrounding the plasma are an efficient way to slow down the growth rate of magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) instabilities, enabling the possibility of an active stabilization by means of external actuators (coils). Nevertheless, a fully quantitative investigation, under realistic 3D boundary conditions, is still a very hard challenge. Moreover, the inclusion of fine geometrical details of actual passive structures might easily lead to impractical memory and computational time requirements if the problem is not carefully addressed. In this work we present an effective technique to solve eddy current problems in thin conductors of arbitrary topology by a boundary element method (BEM) based on a stream function. The proposed technique is applied to study the dynamic response of the stabilizing shell of RFX-mod, both to axisymmetric and non-axisymmetric external fields.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)620 - 623
Number of pages4
JournalFusion Engineering and Design
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2015
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanical Engineering

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