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Fukiushima Daiichi: 10 years on
The Fukushima Daiichi site before the accident. All images are provided courtesy of TEPCO unless noted otherwise.
It was a rather normal day back on March 11, 2011, at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant before 2:45 p.m. That was the time when the Great Tohoku Earthquake struck, followed by a massive tsunami that caused three reactor meltdowns and forever changed the nuclear power industry in Japan and worldwide. Now, 10 years later, much has been learned and done to improve nuclear safety, and despite many challenges, significant progress is being made to decontaminate and defuel the extensively damaged Fukushima Daiichi reactor site. This is a summary of what happened, progress to date, current situation, and the outlook for the future there.
Y. Kurumatani, T. Tsujimoto, Y. Yasaka, H. Takeno (19P67)
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 51 | Number 2 | February 2007 | Pages 391-393
Technical Paper | Open Magnetic Systems for Plasma Confinement | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST07-A1412
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In a D-3He fusion reactor, direct energy conversion is expected, and discrimination of charged particles from each other is needed to produce electric power. The authors have performed simulation experiments for discrimination and direct energy conversion in a CUSPDEC device with a slanted cusp magnetic field. This paper presents a scaling of particle discrimination with proposition of an appropriate scaling factor based on the consideration of the Störmer potential. Experimental results with the factor up to 0.7 for ions and 80 for electrons are presented. The paper also presents results of direct energy conversion of ions in higher energy region up to 5 keV. It is confirmed that the conversion efficiency does not depend on averaged energy, but depends on the broadness of energy distribution function.