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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?
Sergei V. Ryzhkov (20R13)
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 51 | Number 2 | February 2007 | Pages 190-192
Technical Paper | Open Magnetic Systems for Plasma Confinement | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST07-A1347
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Field reversed configurations (FRC), as mirror machines have been developed as simple plasma confinement systems. FRC formed by reversing of magnetic field and reconnection and sustained by plasma current. Several mirrors may be linked together with solenoids - tandem mirrors (TM), end losses in the axisymmetric tandem mirror are reduced by ambipolar trapping - ambipolar trap (AT). Power balance of deuterium - helium-3 (D-3He) plasma in a prolate FRC power plant is compared with the power balance for a central cell of D-3He tandem mirror reactor (ambipolar trap). Deuterium - tritium (D-T) ITER, kinetically stabilized tandem mirror (KSTM) and D-3He FRC parameters are demonstrated.