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The Helias reactor is an upgraded version of the Wendelstein 7-X experiment. A straightforward extrapolation of Wendelstein 7-X leads to HSR5/22, which has 5 field periods and a major radius of 22 m. HSR4/18 is a more compact Helias reactor with 4 field periods and an 18 m major radius. Stability limit and energy confinement times are nearly the same as in HSR5/22, thus the same fusion power (3000 MW) is expected in both configurations. Neoclassical transport in HSR4/18 is very low, and the effective helical ripple is below 1%. The article describes the power balance of the Helias reactor, and the blanket and maintenance concepts. The coil system of HSR4/18 comprises 40 modular coils with NbTi superconducting cables. The reduction from 5 to 4 field periods and the concomitant reduction in size will also reduce the cost of the Helias reactor.

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Authors: BEIDLER C D ET AL, Max-Planck-Institut fur Plasmaphysik, IPP-EURATOM Association, Garching (DE);KOLESNICHENKO YA I ET AL, Institute for Nuclear Research, Kiev (UA)
Bibliographic Reference: An article published in:Nuclear Fusion, 41 (12), (2001), pp. 1759-1766
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