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Advanced reactors: Now comes the hard part
Designing a reactor is complicated but building one may be harder. Even companies that have had lots of practice haven’t always done it well. And all the power reactors in service today were built by companies that had years of experience in other kinds of big steam-electric power plants. In contrast, some of the creative new designs now moving toward commercialization come from start-ups that have never built anything at all. How should they prepare?
E. D. Fredrickson, M. C. Zarnstorff, E. A. Lazarus
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 51 | Number 2 | February 2007 | Pages 232-237
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST07-A1301
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Predictive simulations of target plasmas for the National Compact Stellarator Experiment (NCSX) were performed as part of the design effort. The resistive stability of these simulated target plasmas was studied using a quasi-cylindrical ' stability code, as has been done with some success for W7-AS plasmas. The plasmas were found to be classically unstable to an m = 2, n = 1 tearing mode during the start-up, but the 2/1 saturated island size in the target equilibrium was small, <2%. Inclusion of neoclassical effects resulted in negligible island sizes throughout.