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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?
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Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 51 | Number 2 | February 2007 | Pages 168-170
Technical Paper | Open Magnetic Systems for Plasma Confinement | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST07-A1341
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Plasma start-up experiments without using inductive field have been performed on the TST-2 spherical tokamak device. A low power ECH (2.45GHz/4kW) and a medium power High Harmonic Fast Wave (HHFW) (21MHz/up to 50kW) were used. Comparisons of various operational parameters were carried out to find the optimum conditions for the toroidal and the poloidal field strengths, poloidal field configurations, ECH power and HHFW power. Using only ECH, currents up to about 0.4 kA were generated. Current increments by up to 0.4 kA were observed when we apply HHFW to ECH plasmas.