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Conceptual Fusion Reactor Design and System Studies of the Reversed-Field Pinch

CUSTOMER: Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM

CONTRACT #: 9-X62-9197K-1

STARTING DATE: May 1981                       

DURATION: 30 months

AMOUNT: $190,835

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Dr. Randy Hagenson

TECHNICAL MONITOR: Dr. Robert Krokowski, LANL

PUBLICATIONS/REPORTS:

K. F. Schoenberg, R. W. Moses, Jr. and Randy L. Hagenson (1984). Plasma resistivity in the presence of a reversed-field pinch dynamo. Phys. Fluids 27(7):1671 

R. L. Hagenson and R. A. Krakowski, (1982). Los Alamos National Laboratory Report No. LA-9389-MS.

R. L. Hagenson and R. A. Krakowski (1985). Steady-state spheromak reactor studies. Fusion Tech., 8:1606.

Hagenson, R.L. ; Krakowski, R.A. ; Dreicer, H. (1982) High-power-density approaches to magnetic fusion energy: problems and promise of compact Reversed-Field Pinch Reactors (CRFPR). Report Number LA-UR-82-1480; CONF-820644-2 DOE Conference on new trends in unconventional approaches to magnetic fusion, Stockholm, Sweden, 16 Jun 1982

Hagenson, R.L.; Krakowski, R.A. (1981). Utilization of the catalyzed-DD fuel cycle in reversed-field pinch reactors (RFPRs) Report Number LA-UR-82-207; CONF-811228-1 Conference: Alternate fuels reactor workshop, La Jolla, CA, USA, 7 Dec 1981

Summary

The work continued the assessment of the reactor potential of a compact, high-power-density version of the Reversed-Field Pinch (RFP) reactor.  The generally favorable results of the past Level I studies at Los Alamos during FY77-80, the strong experimental and theoretical interest at Los Alamos, and the recent results of studies of compact RFPs dictate a continued study of this fusion concept.  In addition the RFP, work on Compact Torus Reactor (CTOR) will proceed as time allows.  The Compact Torus is also a fusion concept with high interest at Los Alamos, and like the RFP has been the subject of previous reactor studies by the seller.