TEARING MODES IN TOROIDAL GEOMETRY
The separation of the cylindrical tearing mode stability problem into a resistive resonant layer calculation and an external marginal ideal mhd ("TRIANGLE"') calculation is generalised to axisymmetric toroidal geometry. The general structure of this separation is analysed and the marginal ideal mhd information (the toroidal generalisation of "TRIANGLE"') required to discuss stability is isolated. This can then, in principle, be combined with relevant resonant layer calculations to determine tearing mode growth rates in realistic situations. Two examples are given: the first is an analytic treatment of toroidally coupled (m = 1, n = 1) and (m = 2, n = 1) tearing modes in a large aspect ratio torus; the second, a numerical treatment of the toroidal coupling of three tearing modes through finite pressure effects in a large aspect ratio torus. In addition the use of a coupling integral approach to determining the stability of coupled tearing modes is discussed. Finally, the possibility of using initial value resistive mhd codes in realistic toroidal geometry to determine the necessary information from the ideal mhd marginal solution is debated.
Bibliographic Reference: WRITE TO THE LIBRARIAN, UKAEA, CULHAM LABORATORY, ABINGDON, OXON OX14 3DB (UK), MENTIONING REPORT CLM-P817, 1987
Record Number: 1989126008800 / Last updated on: 1988-02-01
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