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Abstract

Fusion of the lightest elements to form heavier ones can yield large amounts of energy. The most promising method at present is the confinement of a gas (plasma) of the reactants at a very high temperature by means of a magnetic field of toroidal shape. The Joint European Torus (JET) is designed to demonstrate that the necessary standards of purity, of thermal insulation of heating power, and of a density and temperature can in fact be achieved. After successful operation of JET (or any of its near analogues elsewhere) it will be justifiable to mount a serious study of methods of utilizing such a system as the heat source for a major power station. Such a study has two parallel elements: a physics line to establish optimum control of the reacting plasma mass, and an engineering line to determine means of assembling the necessary heat removal, fuelling, and auxiliary services in a practical way. From the present position many of the broad parameters and the relations between them can be established and outline development plans indicated.

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Authors: LOMER W M CULHAM LABORATORY, ABINGDON, OXON. (UK), CULHAM LABORATORY, ABINGDON, OXON. (UK)
Bibliographic Reference: NUCLEAR ENERGY, VOL. 22 (1983), NO. 3, PP. 153-157
Record Number: 1989122046800 / Last updated on: 1987-01-01
Category: PUBLICATION
Available languages: en
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