Preliminary 2D code simulation of the quasi-snowflake divertor configuration in the FAST tokamak

V. Pericoli Ridolfini, R. Zagórski, G. Artaserse, G. Calabrò, F. Crisanti, G. Maddaluno, G. Ramogida, B. Viola

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The behaviour of the SOL in FAST for the new quasi snowflake configuration of the divertor is compared with that of the conventional single null case for three main scenarios: reference, advanced and extreme H-mode. The flexible, quick and versatile 2D code TECXY is used. The main physics processes occurring at the edge are carefully taken into account but the neutral dynamics is simplified. Even though the status close to detachment conditions cannot be detailed, new phenomena generated by the configuration are clearly highlighted. The heat load is strongly mitigated to a level that is much easier to tackle with the present technology. Mitigation is always stronger than expected from the magnetic topology only, especially in the high density regimes. This is attributed to the much longer time that the SOL particles spend in the quite cold region of the X point where mostly the connection length of the magnetic lines is strongly increased and hence to the much more intense interaction of the plasma particle with the background neutrals. © 2013 Elsevier B.V.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1677 - 1681
Number of pages5
JournalFusion Engineering and Design
Issue number9-10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 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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Ridolfini, V. P., Zagórski, R., Artaserse, G., Calabrò, G., Crisanti, F., Maddaluno, G., ... Viola, B. (2013). Preliminary 2D code simulation of the quasi-snowflake divertor configuration in the FAST tokamak. Fusion Engineering and Design, 88(9-10), 1677 - 1681.