High current and low q

G. Calabrò, F. Crisanti, G. Ramogida, P. Mantica, B. Baiocchi, A. Cucchiaro, P. Frosi, V. Fusco, Y. Liu, S. Mastrostefano, F. Villone, G. Vlad, R. Fresa

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The Fusion Advanced Study Torus (FAST) has been proposed as a possible European satellite, in view of ITER and DEMO, in order to: (a) explore plasma wall interaction in reactor relevant conditions, (b) test tools and scenarios for safe and reliable tokamak operation up to the border of stability, and (c) address fusion plasmas with a significant population of fast particles. A new FAST scenario has been designed focusing on low-q operation, at plasma current IP= 10 MA, toroidal field BT= 8.5 T, with a q95≈ 2.3 that would correspond to IP≈ 20 MA in ITER. The flat-top of the discharge can last a couple of seconds (i.e. half the diffusive resistive time and twice the energy confinement time), and is limited by the heating of the toroidal field coils. A preliminary evaluation of the end-of-pulse temperatures and of the electromagnetic forces acting on the central solenoid pack and poloidal field coils has been performed. Moreover, a VDE plasma disruption has been simulated and the maximum total vertical force applied on the vacuum vessel has been estimated. © 2013 Euratom-ENEA Association sulla Fusione.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)858 - 862
Number of pages5
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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Calabrò, G., Crisanti, F., Ramogida, G., Mantica, P., Baiocchi, B., Cucchiaro, A., ... Fresa, R. (2013). High current and low q. Fusion Engineering and Design, 88(6-8), 858 - 862. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fusengdes.2013.03.069