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Femtosecond electron and x-ray generation by laser andplasma-based sources

Description: The generation of ultra-short x-rays by Thomson scattering intense laser pulses from electron beams is discussed, including recent experimental results and methods for enhancing the x-ray flux. A high flux of x-rays in a femtosecond pulse requires the generation of femtosecond electron bunches and a head-on Thomson scattering geometry. The generation of ultrashort electron bunches in a plasma-based accelerator with an injection technique that uses two colliding laser pulses is discussed. Simulations indicate the bunches as short as a few fs can be produced. Conversion of the fs electron pulse to a fs x-ray pulse can be accomplished by Bremsstrahlung or Thomson scattering.
Date: February 1, 2000
Creator: Esarey, E. & Leemans, W.P.
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Design of Racetrack Coils for High Field Dipole Magnets

Description: The magnet group at LBNL is currently in the process of developing high-field accelerator magnets for use in future colliders. One of the primary challenges is to provide a design which is cost-effective and simple to manufacture, at the same time resulting in good training performance and field quality adequate for accelerator operation. Recent studies have focused on a racetrack geometry that has the virtues of simplicity and conductor compatibility. The results have been applied to the design of a series of prototype high-field magnets based on Nb{sub 3}Sn conductor.
Date: September 8, 2000
Creator: Sabbi, G.; Caspi, S.; Gourlay, S.A.; Hafalia, R.; Jackson, A.; Lietzke, A. et al.
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Description: Tokamaks are, in many respects, the most promising avenue for the development of fusion power. The continual improvement in the performance of these devices and their understanding of them is due in greater measure to the development of accurate plasma diagnostics. Many of the most crucial measurements required to assess their progress on these experiments are based in one way or another upon collisional interactions of injected neutral beams with the plasma. These measurements include such fundamental parameters as the ion temperature, rotation, and density profiles, electric and magnetic field structure, and local studies of the plasma turbulent transport. Maximizing the obtained information for a given geometry of plasma, beams, and possible viewchords represents an interesting challenge to the experimentalist. Advances in detector and analysis techniques allow them to take full advantage of the beam/plasma emission for these measurements.
Date: September 1, 2000
Creator: THOMAS, D.M.
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A Tow-Level Progressive Damage for Simulating Carbon-Fiber Textile Composites: Interim Report

Description: A numerical approach to model the elasto-plastic and tensile damage response of tri-axially braided carbon-fiber polymeric-matrix composites is developed. It is micromechanically based and consists of a simplified unit cell geometry, a plane-stress tow-level constitutive relationship, a one-dimensional undulation constitutive law, and a non-traditional shell element integration rule. The braided composite lamina is idealized as periodic in the plane, and a simplified three-layer representative volume (RV) is assembled from axial and braider tows and pure resin regions. The constituents in each layer are homogenized with an iso-strain assumption in the fiber-direction and an iso-stress condition in the other directions. In the upper and lower layers, the fiber-direction strain is additively decomposed into an undulation and a tow portion. A finite-deformation tow model predicts the plane-stress tow response and is coupled to the undulation constitutive relationship. The overall braid model is implemented in DYNA3D and works with traditional shell elements. The finite-deformation tow constitutive relationship is derived from the fiber elasticity and the isotropic elasto-plastic power-law hardening matrix response using a thermodynamic framework and simple homogenization assumptions. The model replicates tensile damage evolution, in a smeared sense, parallel and perpendicular to the fiber axis and is regularized to yield mesh independent results. The tow-level model demonstrates reasonable agreement, prior to damage, with detailed three-dimensional FE (finite element) elasto-plastic simulations of aligned, periodically arranged, uni-directional composites. The 3-layer braid model response is compared with predictions obtained from detailed micromechanical simulations of the braid's unit cell in uni-axial extension, shear, and flexure for three braid angles. The elastic properties show good agreement as does the non-linear response for loadings dominated by the axial tows. In loadings dominated by the braider tow response, the absence of a non-linear undulation model deteriorates the agreement. Nonetheless, the present approach is applicable to a broad range of ...
Date: July 1, 2000
Creator: Zywicz, E.
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Test Design Calculations II

Description: In an earlier report, we presented results of modeling calculations for one simple geometry that represents an experiment potentially to be performed at Sandia National Laboratory, which is examining equation of state issues of interest to the National Missile Defense Program. In the earlier report, we showed snapshots of calculations with two different initial zone dimensions for Gruneisen EOS and LEOS. We also showed pressure profiles at various locations in a witness plate out of the way of direct projectile impact, but hit by shrapnel generated during impact. It was found that the pressure profiles exhibit strong dependence on location, zone size, and equation of state. In this report we examine the overall momentum impacted to the witness plate. This momentum shows negligible dependence on the equation of state and some dependence on zone size.
Date: July 27, 2000
Creator: Gerassimenko, M.
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Effect of Magnetic Geometry on ELM Heat Flux Profiles

Description: In this paper we explore how precisely the magnetic up/down symmetry must be controlled to insure sharing of edge localized mode (ELM) heat flux between upper and lower diverters in a double-null tokamak. We show for DIII-D, using infrared thermography, that the spatial distribution of Type-I ELM energy is less strongly affected by variations in magnetic geometry than is the time-averaged peak heat flux in attached discharges. The degree of control necessary to share ELM heat flux deposition equally between diverters was less stringent than the control needed to balance the time averaged heat flux. ELM energy is transported more than four times further into the scrape-off layer than the time-averaged heat flux.
Date: May 15, 2000
Creator: Lasnier, C.J.; Leonard, A.W.; Petrie, T.W. & Watkins, J.G.
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Description: In this study, we focus on the examination of ac losses in conductors utilizing Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O [BSCCO (2223)] high TC superconductors (HTS). In addition, we seek to assist other facilities such as the University of Wisconsin-Madison Applied Superconductivity Center (UW-ASC), Brookhaven National Laboratory, and other DoE facilities investigating the use of HTS in electric power applications (e.g., generators, motors, and transformers). To accomplish this we will develop an ac losses capability at Clark Atlanta University to complement the established ac losses efforts at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BSCCO) on BSCCO/Ag and various material characterization efforts taking place at the UW-ASC. Our goal is through this effort to gain a greater understanding of the effects on ac losses due to parameters such as ac/dc current, J{sub c}, tape geometry, voltage tap placement, field orientation, material anisotropy, surface irregularities, percolations and filament coupling effects. As a result, we expect to better understand how to minimize ac losses in applications requiring real or practical conductors. HTS conductors based on BSCCO-2223 are now being routinely produced in industrial lengths of high quality. Vendors such as Southwire and ASC are producing multi-filamentary tapes in lengths of 6 km or more carrying critical current densities of up to 3 kA/cm**2 at 77 K. While this is approaching the level of performance where some large-scale applications are considered to be economically viable, a number of problems remain to be solved. The remaining issues include: rapid reduction in JC in magnetic fields; and power dissipation due to varying magnetic fields or currents (ac losses).
Date: January 1, 2000
Creator: Hurley, John S.
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Flow Regimes of Air-Water Counterflow Through Cross Corrugated Parallel Plates

Description: Heretofore unknown flow regimes of air-water counterflow through a pair of transparent vertical parallel cross corrugated plates were observed via high-speed video. Air flows upward driven by pressure gradient and water, downward driven by gravity. The crimp geometry of the corrugations was drawn from typical corrugated sheets used as filling material in modern structured packed towers. Four regimes were featured, namely, rivulet, bicontinuous, flooding fronts, and flooding waves. It is conceivable that the regimes observed might constitute the basis for understanding how gas and liquid phases contend for available space in the interstices of structured packings in packed towers. Flow regime transitions were expressed in terms of liquid load (liquid superficial velocity) and gas flow factor parameters commonly used in pressure drop and capacity curves. We have carefully examined the range of parameters equivalent to the ill-understood high-liquid-flow operation in packed towers. More importantly, our findings should prove valuable in validating improved first-principles modeling of gas-liquid flows in these industrially important devices.
Date: June 7, 2000
Creator: de Almeida, V.F.
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TART 2000: A Coupled Neutron-Photon, 3-D, Combinatorial Geometry, Time Dependent, Monte Carlo Transport Code

Description: TART2000 is a coupled neutron-photon, 3 Dimensional, combinatorial geometry, time dependent Monte Carlo radiation transport code. This code can run on any modern computer. It is a complete system to assist you with input Preparation, running Monte Carlo calculations, and analysis of output results. TART2000 is also incredibly FAST; if you have used similar codes, you will be amazed at how fast this code is compared to other similar codes. Use of the entire system can save you a great deal of time and energy. TART2000 is distributed on CD. This CD contains on-line documentation for all codes included in the system, the codes configured to run on a variety of computers, and many example problems that you can use to familiarize yourself with the system. TART2000 completely supersedes all older versions of TART, and it is strongly recommended that users only use the most recent version of TART2000 and its data files.
Date: November 22, 2000
Creator: Cullen, D.E
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Formation of pyramid elements for hexahedra to tetrahedra transitions

Description: New algorithms are proposed for the modification of a mixed hexahedra-tetrahedra element mesh to maintain compatibility by the insertion of pyramid elements. Several methods for generation of the pyramids are presented involving local tetrahedral transformations and/or node insertion near the hex/tet interface. Local smoothing and topological operations improve the quality of the transition region. Results show superior performance of the resulting elements in a commercial finite element code over non-conforming interface conditions.
Date: February 24, 2000
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Tetrahedral mesh improvement via optimization of the element condition number

Description: The authors present a new shape measure for tetrahedral elements that is optimal in that it gives the distance of a tetrahedron from the set of inverted elements. This measure is constructed from the condition number of the linear transformation between a unit equilateral tetrahedron and any tetrahedron with positive volume. Using this shape measure, they formulate two optimization objective functions that are differentiated by their goal: the first seeks to improve the average quality of the tetrahedral mesh; the second aims to improve the worst-quality element in the mesh. They review the optimization techniques used with each objective function and presents experimental results that demonstrate the effectiveness of the mesh improvement methods. They show that a combined optimization approach that uses both objective functions obtains the best-quality meshes for several complex geometries.
Date: May 22, 2000
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Feature based volume decomposition for automatic hexahedral mesh generation

Description: Much progress has been made through these years to achieve automatic hexahedral mesh generation. While general meshing algorithms that can take on general geometry are not there yet; many well-proven automatic meshing algorithms now work on certain classes of geometry. This paper presents a feature based volume decomposition approach for automatic Hexahedral Mesh generation. In this approach, feature recognition techniques are introduced to determine decomposition features from a CAD model. The features are then decomposed and mapped with appropriate automatic meshing algorithms suitable for the correspondent geometry. Thus a formerly unmeshable CAD model may become meshable. The procedure of feature decomposition is recursive: sub-models are further decomposed until either they are matched with appropriate meshing algorithms or no more decomposition features are detected. The feature recognition methods employed are convexity based and use topology and geometry information, which is generally available in BREP solid models. The operations of volume decomposition are also detailed in the paper. The final section, the capability of the feature decomposer is demonstrated over some complicated manufactured parts.
Date: February 21, 2000
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Grazing incidence neutron diffraction from large scale 2D structures

Description: The distorted wave Born approximation (DWBA) is applied to evaluate the diffraction pattern of neutrons (or X-rays) from a 2D array of dots deposited onto a dissimilar substrate. With the radiation impinging on the surface at a grazing incidence angle {alpha}, the intensities diffracted both in and out the plane of specular reflection are calculated as a function of the periodicity of the array, height and diameter of the dots. The results are presented in the form of diffracted intensity contours in a plane with coordinates {alpha} and {alpha}{prime}, the latter being the glancing angle of scattering. The optimization of the experimental conditions for polarized neutron experiments on submicron dots is discussed. The feasibility of such measurements is confirmed by a test experiment.
Date: January 13, 2000
Creator: Toperverg, B. P.; Felcher, G. P.; Metlushko, V. V.; Leiner, V.; Siebrecht, R. & Nikonov, O.
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Hex-dominant mesh generation using 3D constrained triangulation

Description: A method for decomposing a volume with a prescribed quadrilateral surface mesh, into a hexahedral-dominated mesh is proposed. With this method, known as Hex-Morphing (H-Morph), an initial tetrahedral mesh is provided. Tetrahedral are transformed and combined starting from the boundary and working towards the interior of the volume. The quadrilateral faces of the hexahedra are treated as internal surfaces, which can be recovered using constrained triangulation techniques. Implementation details of the edge and face recovery process are included. Examples and performance of the H-Morph algorithm are also presented.
Date: May 30, 2000
Creator: Owen, Steven J.
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The Direction Cosine Method of Scatterer Location Extended to Spotlight-Mode IFSAR

Description: In this paper we have shown how the direction cosine method of stripmap-mode IFSAR maybe modified for use in the spotlight-mode case. Spotlight-mode IFSAR geometry dictates a common aperture phase center, velocity vector, and baseline vector for every pixel in an image. Angle with respect to the velocity vector is the same for every pixel in a given column and can be computed from the column index, the Doppler of the motion compensation point and the Doppler column sample spacing used in image formation. With these modifications, the direction cosines and length of the line of sight vector to every scatterer in the scene may be computed directly from the raw radar measurements of range, Doppler, and interferometric phase.
Date: October 26, 2000
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An Innovative Reactor Analysis Methodology Based on a Quasidiffusion Nodal Core Model. Quarterly Technical Progress Report, April 1 - June 30, 2000

Description: The status summary of Nuclear Energy Research Initiative (NERI) Tasks - Phase 1 are: Task 1--The development of the following methods in 1D slab geometry: (1) Homogenization and definition of discontinuity factors, (2) Group constants functionalization using assembly transport solution of multigroup eigenvalue problem with albedo boundary conditions, and (3) solving coarse-mesh effective few-group 1D QD moment equations using tables of data parameterized with respect to the ratio {rvec n} {center_dot} {rvec J}{sup G}/{tilde {phi}{sup G}} on boundaries. Status summary of NERI Tasks - Phase 1: Task 2--Development of a numerical method for solving the 2D few-group moment QD equations: (1) Development of a nodal discretization method for 2D moment QD equations, and (2) Development of an efficient iteration method for solving the system of equations of the nodal discretization method for 2D moment QD equations.
Date: July 25, 2000
Creator: Anistratov, Dmitriy Y.; Adams, Marvin L.; Palmer, Todd S. & Smith, Kord S.
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Time Critical Isosurface Refinement and Smoothing

Description: Multi-resolution data-structures and algorithms are key in Visualization to achieve real-time interaction with large data-sets. Research has been primarily focused on the off-line construction of such representations mostly using decimation schemes. Drawbacks of this class of approaches include: (i) the inability to maintain interactivity when the displayed surface changes frequently, (ii) inability to control the global geometry of the embedding (no self-intersections) of any approximated level of detail of the output surface. In this paper we introduce a technique for on-line construction and smoothing of progressive isosurfaces. Our hybrid approach combines the flexibility of a progressive multi-resolution representation with the advantages of a recursive sub-division scheme. Our main contributions are: (i) a progressive algorithm that builds a multi-resolution surface by successive refinements so that a coarse representation of the output is generated as soon as a coarse representation of the input is provided, (ii) application of the same scheme to smooth the surface by means of a 3D recursive subdivision rule, (iii) a multi-resolution representation where any adaptively selected level of detail surface is guaranteed to be free of self-intersections.
Date: July 10, 2000
Creator: Pascucci, V. & Bajaj, C. L.
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GRAVE: An Interactive Geometry Construction and Visualization Software System for the TORT Nuclear Radiation Transport Code

Description: A software system, GRAVE (Geometry Rendering and Visual Editor), has been developed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to perform interactive visualization and development of models used as input to the TORT three-dimensional discrete ordinates radiation transport code. Three-dimensional and two-dimensional visualization displays are included. Display capabilities include image rotation, zoom, translation, wire-frame and translucent display, geometry cuts and slices, and display of individual component bodies and material zones. The geometry can be interactively edited and saved in TORT input file format. This system is an advancement over the current, non-interactive, two-dimensional display software. GRAVE is programmed in the Java programming language and can be implemented on a variety of computer platforms. Three- dimensional visualization is enabled through the Visualization Toolkit (VTK), a free-ware C++ software library developed for geometric and data visual display. Future plans include an extension of the system to read inputs using binary zone maps and combinatorial geometry models containing curved surfaces, such as those used for Monte Carlo code inputs. Also GRAVE will be extended to geometry visualization/editing for the DORT two-dimensional transport code and will be integrated into a single GUI-based system for all of the ORNL discrete ordinates transport codes.
Date: May 7, 2000
Creator: Blakeman, E.D.
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Probabilistic structural response of a valve assembly to high impact loading

Description: Engineers at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) are currently developing capabilities, in cooperation with Southwest Research Institute, to provide reliability-based structural evaluation techniques for performing weapon component and system reliability assessments. The development and applications of Probabilistic Structural Analysis Methods (PSAM) is an important ingredient in the overall weapon reliability assessments. Focus, herein, is placed on the uncertainty associated with the structural response of an explosive actuated valve-piston assembly. The probabilistic dynamic response of the piston upon impact is evaluated through the coupling of the probabilistic code NESSUS (Numerical Evaluation of Stochastic Structures Under Stress) [1] with the non-linear structural dynamics code, ABAQUS/Explicit [2]. The probabilistic model includes variations in piston mass and geometry, and mechanical properties, such as Young's Modulus, yield strength, and flow characteristics. Finally, the probability of exceeding a specified strain limit, which is related to piston fracture, is determined.
Date: October 1, 2000
Creator: Rodriguez, E.A. & Thacker, B.H.
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Safety Considerations for Laser Power on Metals in Contact with High Explosives-Experimental an Calculational Results

Description: Measurements have been made to determine safe levels of laser exposure on common metals used in contact with high explosive (HE) samples. Laser light is often used on metals in contact with HE during alignment procedures and experimental data collection. The measurements look at temperature rise of the surface of the metal in contact with HE when laser energy is incident on the opposite side of the metal. The temperature rise was measured as a function of incident laser power, spot size, metal composition and metal thickness. Numerical simulations were also performed to solve the two-dimensional heat flow problem for the experimental geometry. In order to allow a single numerical simulation to represent a large number of physical cases, the equations used in the simulation were expressed in terms of dimensionless variables. The normalized numerical solutions can then be compared with the various experimental configurations used. Calculations and experiment agree well over the range measured.
Date: April 19, 2000
Creator: Roeske, F. & Carpenter, K. H.
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Resistive Instabilities in Hall Current Plasma Discharge

Description: Plasma perturbations in the acceleration channel of a Hall thruster are found to be unstable in the presence of collisions. Both electrostatic lower-hybrid waves and electromagnetic Alfven waves transverse to the applied electric and magnetic field are found to be unstable due to collisions in the E X B electron flow. These results are obtained assuming a two-fluid hydrodynamic model in slab geometry. The characterisitic frequencies of these modes are consistent with experimental observations in Hall current plasma thrusters.
Date: November 16, 2000
Creator: Litvak, Andrei A. & Fisch, Nathaniel J.
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Adjustable cutting tool holder

Description: This patent application describes a device for varying the geometry of a cutting tool for use in machining operations.
Date: September 21, 2000
Creator: Steinhour, William Lee III; West, Drew; Honeycutt, Steve; Frank, Steven & Krishnamurthy, Kallutla
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Multi-Resolution Indexing for Hierarchical Out-of-Core Traversal of Rectilinear Grids

Description: The real time processing of very large volumetric meshes introduces specific algorithmic challenges due to the impossibility of fitting the input data in the main memory of a computer. The basic assumption (RAM computational model) of uniform-constant-time access to each memory location is not valid because part of the data is stored out-of-core or in external memory. The performance of most algorithms does not scale well in the transition from the in-core to the out-of-core processing conditions. The performance degradation is due to the high frequency of I/O operations that may start dominating the overall running time. Out-of-core computing [28] addresses specifically the issues of algorithm redesign and data layout restructuring to enable data access patterns with minimal performance degradation in out-of-core processing. Results in this area are also valuable in parallel and distributed computing where one has to deal with the similar issue of balancing processing time with data migration time. The solution of the out-of-core processing problem is typically divided into two parts: (i) analysis of a specific algorithm to understand its data access patterns and, when possible, redesign the algorithm to maximize their locality; and (ii) storage of the data in secondary memory with a layout consistent with the access patterns of the algorithm to amortize the cost of each I/O operation over several memory access operations. In the case of a hierarchical visualization algorithms for volumetric data the 3D input hierarchy is traversed to build derived geometric models with adaptive levels of detail. The shape of the output models is then modified dynamically with incremental updates of their level of detail. The parameters that govern this continuous modification of the output geometry are dependent on the runtime user interaction making it impossible to determine a priori what levels of detail are going to be constructed. For ...
Date: July 10, 2000
Creator: Pascucci, V.
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