Advanced spheromak fusion reactor

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The spheromak has no toroidal magnetic field coils or other structure along its geometric axis, and is thus more attractive than the leading magnetic fusion reactor concept, the tokamak. As a consequence of this and other attributes, the spheromak reactor may be compact and produce a power density sufficiently high to warrant consideration of a liquid `blanket` that breeds tritium, converts neutron kinetic energy to heat, and protects the reactor vessel from severe neutron damage. However, the physics is more complex, so that considerable research is required to learn how to achieve the reactor potential. Critical physics problems and possible ... continued below

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Fowler, T.K. & Hooper, E.B. June 19, 1996.

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  • Fowler, T.K. California Univ., Berkeley, CA (United States). Dept. of Nuclear Engineering
  • Hooper, E.B. Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (United States)

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The spheromak has no toroidal magnetic field coils or other structure along its geometric axis, and is thus more attractive than the leading magnetic fusion reactor concept, the tokamak. As a consequence of this and other attributes, the spheromak reactor may be compact and produce a power density sufficiently high to warrant consideration of a liquid `blanket` that breeds tritium, converts neutron kinetic energy to heat, and protects the reactor vessel from severe neutron damage. However, the physics is more complex, so that considerable research is required to learn how to achieve the reactor potential. Critical physics problems and possible ways of solving them are described. The opportunities and issues associated with a possible liquid wall are considered to direct future research.

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INIS; OSTI as DE96050266

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  • ICENES `96: emerging nuclear energy systems, Obninsk (Russian Federation), Jun 1996

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  • Other: DE96050266
  • Report No.: UCRL-JC--124363
  • Report No.: CONF-9606224--2
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-48
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 367055
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc682204

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Fowler, T.K. & Hooper, E.B. Advanced spheromak fusion reactor, article, June 19, 1996; California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc682204/: accessed August 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.