Controlled thermonuclear fusion : research into magnetic fusion
Recent progress in thermonuclear fusion research suggests that scientists may be able to keep to their projected timetable for demonstrating its technical feasibility and may reach the break-even point during the next decade. A new generation of experiments must be carried out before ignition can be achieved. Plans for such experiments are currently under consideration. Fusion reactors will be very different from the familiar nuclear fusion reactors and will produce a different kind of waste. While it is too soon to specify the design for a fusion reactor, it is thought best to start from the design of a toroidal mechanism such as the tokamak and to resolve each problem as it arises. In future experimental installations where ignition will be possible, the fast neutron flux will be strong, making it possible to study the low activation materials which will be used in the reactor structure. The work is painstaking and often interrelated effects can only be resolved by a numeric code simulation.
Bibliographic Reference: Report: LRP 352/88 FR (1988)
Availability: Available from Confédération Suisse, Centre de Recherches en Physique des Plasmas, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, 21 avenue des Bains, 1007 Lausanne (CH)
Record Number: 198910597 / Last updated on: 1994-12-01
Original language: fr
Available languages: fr