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NRC schedules webinars on Holtec’s proposed New Mexico storage site
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has scheduled four webinars in late August and early September to present its draft environmental findings and receive comments on Holtec International’s proposed consolidated spent nuclear fuel storage facility in New Mexico. Webinars were previously held on June 23 and July 9.
As published in the August 13 Federal Register, the public comment webinars will be held on August 20 from 6–9 p.m., August 25 from 2–5 p.m., August 26 from 6–9 p.m., and September 2 from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. All times are Eastern. Information for the webinars is posted on the NRC’s Public Meetings webpage.
Osamu Mitarai, Yuichi Takase
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 43 | Number 1 | January 2003 | Pages 67-90
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST43-67
Articles are hosted by Taylor and Francis Online.
To find a solution of the plasma current rampup problem in a low aspect ratio spherical tokamak (ST) reactor, the effect of the outer vertical field coils on plasma current rampup is studied with noninductively driven current and bootstrap current but without the OH transformer during the fusion power rampup phase. As a lower elongation of [kappa] = 2 does not allow a large poloidal beta, a low density discharge with high heating/current drive power is necessary to increase the noninductive plasma current up to 30 MA, and then the vertical field can ramp the plasma current up to 48 MA just before reaching the steady state fusion burn phase. A higher elongation of [kappa] = 3 can reach a higher p value, in which case the plasma current of 48 MA can be achieved by the vertical field without powerful heating/current drive. As the level of the vertical field current drive depends on the plasma energy, which is determined by the confinement time, a lower confinement factor can only produce a lower plasma current. The current rampup time can be chosen arbitrarily, shorter or longer, facilitating a flexible ST reactor operation.