Developments and needs in nuclear analysis of fusion technology

R. Pampin, A. Davis, J. Izquierdo, D. Leichtle, M.J. Loughlin, J. Sanz, A. Turner, R. Villari, P.P.H. Wilson

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Nuclear analyses provide essential input to the conceptual design, optimisation, engineering and safety case of fusion technology in current experiments, ITER, next-step devices and power plant studies. Calculations are intricate and computer-intensive, typically requiring detailed geometry models, sophisticated acceleration algorithms, high-performance parallel computations, and coupling of large and complex transport and activation codes and databases. This paper reports progress on some key areas in the development of tools and methods to meet the specific needs of fusion nuclear analyses. In particular, advances in the production and modernisation of reference models, in the preparation and quality assurance of acceleration algorithms and coupling schemes, and in the evaluation and adaptation of alternative transport codes are presented. Emphasis is given to ITER-relevant activities, which are the main driver of advances in the field. Discussion is made of the importance of efforts in these and other areas, considering some of the more pressing needs and requirements. In some cases, they call for a more efficient and coordinated use of the scarce resources available. © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)454 - 460
Number of pages7
JournalFusion Engineering and Design
Issue number6-8
Publication statusPublished - 2013
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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Pampin, R., Davis, A., Izquierdo, J., Leichtle, D., Loughlin, M. J., Sanz, J., ... Wilson, P. P. H. (2013). Developments and needs in nuclear analysis of fusion technology. Fusion Engineering and Design, 88(6-8), 454 - 460.