Fusion Science and Technology / Volume 11 / Number 2 / March 1987 / Pages 374-399
Technical Paper / Fusion Reactor / dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST87-A25015
An introduction to and overview of conceptual system designs for heavy-ion beam driven inertial confinement fusion power generation is presented. The basic properties and parameters of the three main system components-the pellet, the driver, and the reactor chamber-are treated with emphasis on their interrelations. Some technical details are discussed for reactor chambers but not for pellets and drivers, for which considerable specialized literature exists. A few published system designs are briefly presented. Environmental and safety properties are considered, and costs are discussed.