Mission and Readiness Assessment for Fusion Nuclear Facilities

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Magnetic fusion development toward DEMO will most likely require a number of fusion nuclear facilities (FNF), intermediate between ITER and DEMO, to test and validate plasma and nuclear technologies and to advance the level of system integration. The FNF mission space is wide, ranging from basic materials research to net electricity demonstration, so there is correspondingly a choice among machine options, scope, and risk in planning such a step. Readiness requirements to proceed with a DEMO are examined, and two FNF options are assessed in terms of the contributions they would make to closing DEMO readiness gaps, and their readiness ... continued below

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Neilson, G. H.; Brown, T. G.; Gates, D. A.; Kessel, C. E.; Menard, J. E.; Prager, S. C. et al. December 12, 2012.

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Magnetic fusion development toward DEMO will most likely require a number of fusion nuclear facilities (FNF), intermediate between ITER and DEMO, to test and validate plasma and nuclear technologies and to advance the level of system integration. The FNF mission space is wide, ranging from basic materials research to net electricity demonstration, so there is correspondingly a choice among machine options, scope, and risk in planning such a step. Readiness requirements to proceed with a DEMO are examined, and two FNF options are assessed in terms of the contributions they would make to closing DEMO readiness gaps, and their readiness to themselves proceed with engineering design about ten years from now. An advanced tokamak (AT) pilot plant with superconducting coils and a mission to demonstrate net electricity generation would go a long way toward DEMO. As a next step, however, a pilot plant would entail greater risk than a copper-coil FNSF-AT with its more focussed mission and technology requirements. The stellarator path to DEMO is briefly discussed. Regardless of the choice of FNF option, an accompanying science and technology development program, also aimed at DEMO readiness, is absolutely essential.

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  • Fusion Science and Technology (December 2012)

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  • Report No.: PPPL-4837
  • Grant Number: DE-ACO2-09CH11466
  • DOI: 10.2172/1057470 | External Link
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  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc832876

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Neilson, G. H.; Brown, T. G.; Gates, D. A.; Kessel, C. E.; Menard, J. E.; Prager, S. C. et al. Mission and Readiness Assessment for Fusion Nuclear Facilities, report, December 12, 2012; Princeton, New Jersey. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc832876/: accessed October 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.