Description: The one-dimensional initial value problem describing a hot, dense, thermonuclear reacting plasma which is magnetically insulated and contained between cold metal walls has been studied by means of computational simulation. The resulting time evolution of the plasma temperature, number density and magnetic field profiles includes the effects of thermal conduction and radiation energy losses from the plasma, convection, and a detailed treatment of alpha particle heating, as well as ohmic heating and magnetic field diffusion. The results are used to evaluate the net energy gains possible in a shock-heated, magnetically insulated, wall-confined fusion cycle.
Date: January 1, 1979
Creator: Kmetyk, L.N.
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