Recent helicity source and power supply improvements in CTX

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Since the last CT Symposium, two major changes in CTX have been the introduction of pulse forming networks (PFNs) to drive the coaxial electrode helicity source, and the very recent installation of a larger source with electrode diameters about twice of the previous ones. The power supplies used for CTX have ranged from the simple connection of the capacitor bank across the electrode collector plates (slow mode) to the more sophisticated PFNs, described here, which optimize the energy transfer from the capacitor bank to the magnetic fields of the spheromak. Using the PFNs, the formation and sustainment phase to peak ... continued below

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Henins, I.; Knox, S.O.; Jarboe, T.R. & Barnes, C.W. January 1, 1985.

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Since the last CT Symposium, two major changes in CTX have been the introduction of pulse forming networks (PFNs) to drive the coaxial electrode helicity source, and the very recent installation of a larger source with electrode diameters about twice of the previous ones. The power supplies used for CTX have ranged from the simple connection of the capacitor bank across the electrode collector plates (slow mode) to the more sophisticated PFNs, described here, which optimize the energy transfer from the capacitor bank to the magnetic fields of the spheromak. Using the PFNs, the formation and sustainment phase to peak toroidal plasma current lasts longer (approx. =0.7 ms) than in the slow mode (approx. =0.05 ms), thus lowering the peak current that must flow through the electrode surfaces. Also, by supplying the source electrodes with both a square pulse current waveform and a quasi-steady source flux, phi/sub g/, one can generate helicity at a constant source lambda/sub g/ parameter. The use of a larger diameter helicity source will improve the energy efficiency of helicity injection and allow higher source current for the same surface current density because of the larger electrode surface area.

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  • 7. US symposium on compact toroid research, Santa Fe, NM, USA, 21 May 1985

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  • Other: DE85012741
  • Report No.: LA-UR-85-1790
  • Report No.: CONF-8505100-4
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-36
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Henins, I.; Knox, S.O.; Jarboe, T.R. & Barnes, C.W. Recent helicity source and power supply improvements in CTX, article, January 1, 1985; New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1092902/: accessed September 25, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.