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Fixed- and free-boundary equilibria for Wendelstein 7-X (W7-X) [W.Lotz et al, Plasma Physics and Controlled Nuclear Fusion research 1990 (Proc. 13th Int. conf. Washington, DC 1990)., (International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna, 1991), Vol. 2 p. 603] configurations are calculated using the Princeton Iterative Equilibrium Solver (PIES) [A.H. Reiman et al, Comput. Phys. Commun, 43 157 (1986)] to deal with magnetic islands and stochastic regions. Usually, these W7-X configurations require a large number of iterations for PIES convergence. Here, two methods have been successfully tested in an attempt to decrease the number of iterations needed for convergence. First, periodic sequences of different blending parameters are used. Second, the initial guess is vastly improved by using results of the Variational Moments Equilibrium Code (VMEC) [S.P.Hirshmann et al, Phys. Fluids 26 3553 (1983)]. Use of these two methods have allowed verification of the Hamada condition and tendency of "self-healing" of islands has been observed.

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Bibliographic Reference: Article: Physics of Plasmas, 6 (1999) 4, 1246-1252
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