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New U.S.-Japan agreement on HEU-to-LEU conversion
The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT). The MOU describes their commitment to convert the Kindai University Teaching and Research Reactor (UTR-KINKI) from high-enriched uranium fuel to low-enriched uranium fuel. The nuclear nonproliferation–related agreement also calls for the secure transport of all the HEU to the United States for either downblending to LEU or disposition.
Weston M. Stacey
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 75 | Number 4 | May 2019 | Pages 245-250
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.1080/15361055.2018.1506626
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This paper combines the older neoclassical gyroviscous model for toroidal viscosity in the plasma core, which is based on an axisymmetric magnetic field and obtains reasonable agreement with experiment for toroidal rotation in the plasma core but not in edge plasma, with recent models for neoclassical toroidal viscosity (NTV) based on nonaxisymmetric “perturbation” magnetic field components present primarily in the edge plasma to obtain a composite toroidal viscosity model for toroidal velocity calculations in the tokamak core and edge plasma. This combination is facilitated by the fact that the same form of “drag frequency” representation of the viscous torque used in many of the new (NTV) torque models arising from toroidally nonaxisymmetric perturbation magnetic fields that are present mostly in the plasma edge can also be used to represent the old neoclassical toroidal viscous torques arising from toroidally axisymmetric magnetic fields.