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DOE renews Portsmouth grant to Ohio University
The Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management has renewed a $2.5 million grant to Ohio University to support community redevelopment around the DOE’s Portsmouth Site. Since 2016, the DOE has provided a total of $8.2 million to the university for work with the communities.
The DOE grant, which began on October 1, will be administered over five years through September 30, 2027. A previous grant expired on September 30.
Victor Bykov, Jiawu Zhu, Andre Carls, Ilia Ivashov, Joachim Geiger, Bernd Hein, Hans-Stephan Bosch, Lutz Wegener, the W7-X Team
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 75 | Number 7 | October 2019 | Pages 730-739
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.1080/15361055.2019.1623568
Articles are hosted by Taylor and Francis Online.
The largest modular stellarator, the Wendelstein 7-X (W7-X), has completed its second phase of operation, OP1.2, in Greifswald, Germany. The inertially cooled divertor installed between mid-2016 and mid-2017 has allowed a wider range of plasma configurations in comparison with the first operation phase, OP1. The sophisticated W7-X superconducting magnet system is further loaded up to 70% of its maximum design loads for all main components. The extensive set of mechanical sensors clearly shows a highly nonlinear system response, which is in rather good correspondence with the predictions from the available advanced numerical models.
However, there are also significant deviations observed in several areas. Therefore, modeling improvements and/or parameter variation analyses are necessary to clarify the issues in preparation for the upcoming, more demanding phase OP2 (2021+) with the actively cooled divertor and longer plasma pulses to guarantee safe and reliable W7-X operation.
The updated strategy to release multiple new plasma configurations being compatible with W7-X component design values is described briefly. In this approach, the numerical model linearization in the vicinity of an accurately analyzed point is a key method to accelerate the process and to highlight areas for vacuum field parameters not allowed for plasma operation due to structural criticality.
A brief overview of the W7-X measurement results, the observed deviations with numerical models, and the implemented improvements, as well as the lessons learned so far, are presented.