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The percentages of power in the neutrons from the plasma for various tritium percentages extracted (50 to 90%) and for 50%
and 100% of this tritium returned as helium-3.
Tritium 0% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90%
Percentage 0 50 100 50 100 50 100 50 100 50 100
2.45 MeV 5.7 6.3 5.6 6.4 5.6 6.6 5.6 6.7 5.6 6.9 5.6
14.1 Mev 32.6 18.1 16.2 14.8 12.9 11.3 9.7 7.7 6.4 4.0 3.2
III. REFERENCE TOKAMAK POWER PLANT.
Large tokamak power plants are used to illustrate the approach,
because it is possible to use "ITER rules"  to develop a
consistent system. In reality, at large scale - 5000 to 6000 MW
thermal - other systems may turn out to be superior. The design
of the plant and the general approach is consistent with the
Wildcat study , calculations by Houlberg and Attenberger ,
and recent calculations by Paul Rutherford . A preliminary
calculation suggests that it should be possible to extract 70%
or more of the tritium using radio-frequency waves at _
15% of the electrical output. Several mechanisms have been
proposed by which ion cyclotron waves can be employed to
produce fluxes of cyclotron resonant particles. C. S. Chang
has studied a transport mechanism resulting from
asymmetric friction driven by waves with a non-symmetric
ki spectrum. Other studies have considered transport due to
the direct effect of RF on particle orbits through
perpendicular heating, or coupling of parallel momentum.
Particle fluxes from each of the mechanisms scale in a
similar way. To obtain a rough estimate of the power
required we approximate the RF drive tritium flux as [ref 1,
,rf Pr P
where ppis the poloidal gyroradius, C0is the characteristic
tritium particle energy and P is the RF power deposition
density in the transported particles. We assume that most
of the tritium produced is pumped out before it reacts. If
that is the case then in steady state the particle flux at each
radius must balance the tritium production inside that
radius. A more detailed analysis is planned.
A. Example Tokamak parameters
R = 9 m, R/a = 2.75, a = 3.27 m, K = 2.4, 6= 0.65, 3N =5,
q95 = 3.1. Bc01 = 14 T, B = 7.31 T, the separation from the
toroidal coil to the plasma on the inside is 1.03 m.
I = 84.5 MA, 3= 17.7 %.
ne = neo [1 - a2/r2]05 ; at start up nD is 0.7 ne, at equilibrium
it is 0.65 ne, ,
The average electron density is 2.64 x 1020, the
Greenwald limit is 2.52 x 1020.
Te = Teo [1 - a2/r2]1 7 , T, = To [1 - a2/r2]20.
The average electron temperature is 34 keV, while the average
ion temperature is 37 keV.
At start up Zeff = 1.3 and at equilibrium it equals 1.4.
Note that T, > T, for r/a < 0.7. In the central region it is
assumed that 30% of the fast ion power went to the ions and
70% to the electrons. A large chunk of the ion power is then
transferred by collisions to the electrons, because they need to
handle the bremsstrahlung and synchrotron and line radiation.
It is assumed that, in the center, the ion thermal conductivity
is less than that of the electrons (about a factor of five). The
pressure due to fast particles is assumed to be 7% of the total
thermal plasma pressure.
B. Power and power fluxes
The equilibrium charged particle power is 4,600 MW + 560
MW of neutrons. With the Wildcat blanket gains, there would
be a total of 1,940 MW of neutron generated power.
Bremsstrahlung power is 1,500 MW and synchrotron radiation
power is 930 MW at a wall reflectivity of 0.85. In addition there
will be auxiliary power of a few 100 MWs and line radiation
( hopefully mainly from the edge region).
In the equilibrium case, assuming that it would be possible
to transport 50% of the synchrotron radiated power out of
the vacuum vessel, the thermal load on the wall would be
about 1.95 MW/m2. This is a little high, but the neutron
flux would only be 0.3 MW/m2. Furthermore, the 14.1
MeV flux would be only about 0.1 MW/m2. One can hope
that in this situation the wall and shield might survive at
least 30 years. When allowance is made for the start up
phase, in the first plant, the 14.1 MeV part is on average
about 1.5 times higher, but this would still only amount to
a 14.1 MeV neutron fluence of 4.5 MW.y/m over thirty
years. The total neutron fluence is 10.5 MW.y m2 over 30
years. In later plants it will be even less.
In a deployment of such power plants, the first plant might
run for 3 years with 50% tritium removal, then 2 years with
75% removal before reaching the ultimate 90% tritium
removal. With helium-3 recycled the year after it is produced,
this system reaches an equilibrium with 50% of the extracted
tritium returned as helium-3 after 15 years. Delaying recycling
helium-3 for a year should account for any real-world
innefficiencies. In another variant, 90% of the tritium might
be extracted from the start.
At year 16, two new plants could start up using surplus
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