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NCSU’s advanced research reactor study to be funded by state
North Carolina’s fiscal year 2024 budget for the state has allocated $3 million for North Carolina State University, in Raleigh, to conduct a study to assess the feasibility for the establishment of an advanced nuclear research reactor.
Wenjun Yang, Guoqiang Li, Xiang Gao, Xueyu Gong
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 79 | Number 5 | July 2023 | Pages 528-536
Technical Paper | doi.org/10.1080/15361055.2022.2151279
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The stability of Alfvén eigenmodes (AEs) driven by fast ions is investigated in the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST). It is demonstrated that all AEs found in toroidal AE gaps are stable and that the least stable mode is a reversed shear Alfvén eigenmode (RSAE) with . The calculation results show that collisional damping is the main damping mechanism for toroidal mode number . The excitation threshold for the RSAE is about βcrit,b = 3.33%, bigger than the value of the central beam ion beta βb = 1.01%. The results show that AEs driven by fast ions are stable in EAST, at least for the parameters shown in this work. The effect of beam ion pressure and energy on AE stability is also presented. The drive coming from fast ions increases with the pressure gradient, and the drive mainly comes from 3 resonance.