Optimization of the IGNITOR operating scenario at 11 MA

Ramogida Giuseppe, Cocilovo Valter, Coletti Alberto, Cucchiaro Antonio, Galasso Giuseppe, Pizzuto Aldo, Rita Camillo, Roccella Massimo, Santinelli Maurizio, Coppi Bruno

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Several endeavours have been made, in the frame of the IGNITOR design, in order to minimize technological problems, reducing electromagnetic loads, power supply requirements while avoiding the use of not completely proven materials. The present design modifications comprise both the operating scenario for the poloidal field (PF) currents and the PF coils geometry. The new scenario and a relevant simulation of a related typical fast vertical disruption, in the most dangerous plasma conditions in IGNITOR, have been simulated with the MAXFEA code. In order to reduce the EM loads on plasma chamber and the related stresses due to plasma disruptions, a new approach has been investigated based on the possibility of mitigating these loads by using copper toroidal layers added to the plasma chamber in proper positions. We found that this expedient could be quite effective not only in increasing the time constant of the plasma displacement but even in reducing the vertical force and its combined effect with hoop force on the vessel during a vertical displacement event (VDE). © 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)507 - 514
Number of pages8
JournalFusion Engineering and Design
Issue number1-4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2005
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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

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Giuseppe, R., Valter, C., Alberto, C., Antonio, C., Giuseppe, G., Aldo, P., ... Bruno, C. (2005). Optimization of the IGNITOR operating scenario at 11 MA. Fusion Engineering and Design, 74(1-4), 507 - 514. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fusengdes.2005.06.211