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Abstract

A number of possible designs of external and in-vessel coils generating resonant magnetic perturbations (RMPs) for Type I edge localized modes (ELMs) control in ITER are analysed for the reference scenarios (H-mode, Hybrid and Steady-State) taking into account physical, technical and spatial constraints. The level of stochasticity (Chirikov parameter ~1 at Psi{1/2} ~ 0.95) generated by the I-coils in the DIII-D experiments on ELMs suppression was taken as a reference. Designs with a toroidal symmetry n = 3 were considered to avoid lower n numbers producing larger central islands, a potential trigger of MHD instabilities. The evaluation of RMP coils designs is done with respect to the RMPs spectrum that should produce enough edge ergodisation and minimum central perturbations at minimum current. The proposed designs include in-vessel, mid-ports and external coils. Changes in the equilibrium due to changes in the internal inductance l(i), the poloidal beta beta(p) and the edge magnetic shear in a reasonable range for ITER scenarios were demonstrated to have a small effect on the edge ergodisation. Present estimations were done without margins and for vacuum fields neglecting plasma response on RMPs. The validity of the vacuum approach was estimated analytically in the visco-resistive linear response regime using [1]. The typical radial magnetic field amplitudes produced by RMP coils in DIII-D and ITER are an order of magnitude or slightly above the critical values for the 'downward' bifurcation to the reconnected stage indicating the possibility of the islands formation in the pedestal region. Central islands (from the top of the pedestal) are expected to be screened.

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Authors: BÉCOULET M, Département de Recherches sur la Fusion Contrôlée, Association Euratom-CEA sur la Fusion, CEA Cadarache, Saint-Paul-lez-Durance (FR);NARDON E, Département de Recherches sur la Fusion Contrôlée, Association Euratom-CEA sur la Fusion, CEA Cadarache, Saint-Paul-lez-Durance (FR);HUYSMANS G, Département de Recherches sur la Fusion Contrôlée, Association Euratom-CEA sur la Fusion, CEA Cadarache, Saint-Paul-lez-Durance (FR);ZWINGMANN W, Département de Recherches sur la Fusion Contrôlée, Association Euratom-CEA sur la Fusion, CEA Cadarache, Saint-Paul-lez-Durance (FR);THOMAS P, Département de Recherches sur la Fusion Contrôlée, Association Euratom-CEA sur la Fusion, CEA Cadarache, Saint-Paul-lez-Durance (FR);LIPA M, Département de Recherches sur la Fusion Contrôlée, Association Euratom-CEA sur la Fusion, CEA Cadarache, Saint-Paul-lez-Durance (FR);MOYER R, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla (US);EVANS T, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla (US);CHUYANOV V, General Atomics, San Diego (US);GRIBOV Y, General Atomics, San Diego (US);POLEVOI A, General Atomics, San Diego (US);VAYAKIS G, General Atomics, San Diego (US);FEDERICI G, ITER JWS Cadarache, St Paul-lez-Durance (FR);SAIBENE G, ITER JWS Cadarache, St Paul-lez-Durance (FR);PORTONE A, ITER JWS Cadarache, St Paul-lez-Durance (FR);LOARTE A, ITER JWS Cadarache, St Paul-lez-Durance (FR);DOEBERT C, ITER JWS Cadarache, St Paul-lez-Durance (FR);GIMBLETT C, EFDA Close Support Unit, Garching (DE);HASTIE J, EFDA Close Support Unit, Garching (DE);PARAIL V, EFDA Close Support Unit, Garching (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: An article published in: Nuclear Fusion 48 024003 (2008)
Availability: This article can be accessed online by subscribers, and can be ordered online by non-subscribers, at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0029-5515/48/2/024003
Record Number: 200819696 / Last updated on: 2008-02-15
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
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