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UWC 2020: A call for transformational change
Bowing to current COVID-19 realities but buoyed by the success of June’s virtual Annual Meeting, ANS event planners returned to the virtual realm for this year’s Utility Working Conference. Originally scheduled for August 9–12 at Marco Island, Fla., the condensed event was held Wednesday, August 11, wherever registrants’ computer devices happened to be located.
In addition to 26 educational sessions and workshops, UWC 2020 featured an opening plenary session titled “Achieving Transformational Change: A leadership discussion,” moderated by Bob Coward, MPR Associates principal officer and ANS past president (2017–2018). Plenary panelists included representatives from three utilities—Arizona Public Service (APS), Exelon, and Xcel Energy—plus the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
F. Castejón, A. J. Rubio-Montero, A. López-Fraguas, E. Ascasíbar, R. Mayo-García
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 70 | Number 3 | November 2016 | Pages 406-416
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST15-165
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Neoclassical transport properties are studied in the TJ-II stellarator, taking effective ripple and plateau factor as the figures of merit. Using the DKES code run by grid computing techniques, these two quantities have been estimated as functions of rotational transform and plasma volume. The effective helical ripple increases with plasma volume and rotational transform. These findings suggest the degradation of confinement with iota or volume, which contradicts the scaling laws of energy confinement and the TJ-II experimental results. The plateau factor is almost constant with volume, but it increases following an almost quadratic law with rotational transform. This indicates that the improvement in confinement with iota cannot be explained by neoclassical transport in TJ-II.