ITER-like current ramps in JET with ILW: Experiments, modelling and consequences for ITER

G.M.D. Hogeweij, G. Calabr�, A.C.C. Sips, C.F. Maggi, G.M. De Tommasi, E. Joffrin, A. Loarte, F. Maviglia, J. Mlynar, F.G. Rimini, Th. P�tterich

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Since the ITER-like wall in JET (JET-ILW) came into operation, dedicated ITER-like plasma current (Ip) ramp-up (RU) and ramp-down (RD) experiments have been performed and matched to similar discharges with the carbon wall (JET-C). The experiments show that access to H-mode early in the IpRU phase and maintaining H-mode in the IpRD as long as possible are instrumental to achieve low internal plasma inductance (li) and to minimize flux consumption. In JET-ILW, at a given current rise rate similar variations in li(0.7-0.9) are obtained as in JET-C. In most discharges no strong W accumulation is observed. However, in some low density cases during the early phase of the Ipstrong core radiation due to W influx led to hollow electron temperature (Te) profiles. In JET-ILW Zeffis significantly lower than in JET-C. W significantly disturbs the discharge evolution when the W concentration approaches 10-4; this threshold is confirmed by predictive transport modelling using the CRONOS code. IpRD experiments in JET-ILW confirm the result of JET-C that sustained H-mode and elongation reduction are both instrumental in controlling li.
Original languageEnglish
Article number013009
Pages (from-to)-
JournalNuclear Fusion
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Hogeweij, G. M. D., Calabr�, G., Sips, A. C. C., Maggi, C. F., De Tommasi, G. M., Joffrin, E., ... P�tterich, T. (2015). ITER-like current ramps in JET with ILW: Experiments, modelling and consequences for ITER. Nuclear Fusion, 55(1), -. [013009].