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Nuclear Fusion Technology

Course 0000MW2427 in WS 2019/20

General Data

Course Type lecture
Semester Weekly Hours 3 SWS
Organisational Unit Chair of Nuclear Technology (Prof. Macian-Juan)
Lecturers Antonino Cardella
Dates Mon, 16:00–17:30, MW 1250
Tue, 17:00–18:30, MW 2050

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additional remarks The course will introduce the fundamentals of nuclear fusion technology and nuclear fusion reactor engineering. After introducing the main nuclear fusion reactions and the physical backgrounds, it will describe the operating principles of existing fusion devices and those under construction with focus on the Tokamak machines. It will also introduce the concepts of future thermonuclear reactors. An important part of the course is the description of advanced technologies that in several cases are also used in other high-tech engineering fields such as: - Superconducting Magnets - Cryotechnology - Plasma Technologies - High heat flux component technologies - High power Radiofrequency and Microwave heating - Neutral Beam Injectors - Breeding balnkets Lesson 1: Main Nuclear Fusion Reactions and Approach to Fusion as Energy Source • Why Nuclear Fusion • Main Definitions in Nuclear Physics • The mass defect and binding energy • Important Nuclear fusion reactions • Why Nuclear Fusion is difficult Lesson 2: Ways to obtain Nuclear Fusion Part 1: • Gravity -> the STARS • The tunnel effect and the High Energy Tail of the Maxwellian Distribution Lesson 2: Ways to obtain Nuclear Fusion Part 2: • Accelerators • The cross section σ and the reaction rate • Thermonuclear Power Production Lesson 3: Outline of Nuclear Fusion Devices 1 • Accelerators and Muon Catalised Fusion (mention) • The Thermonuclear Fusion Reactor • Magnetic Confinement Lesson 4: Outline of Nuclear Fusion Devices 2 • Magnetic Confinement Devices: - The Tokamak Concept - The Stellarator Concept - Magnetic Mirror Concept • Inertial Confinement • The EU roadmap to Commercial use of Fusion in 2050 Lesson 5:The Plasma • What is the Plasma • Plasma Appearances • Plasma Discharges • Plasma Characteristics: - Debye Shielding, Electrical Resistivity - Runaway Electrons, Diamagnetism - The β parameter, The rotational transform & safety Factor - Plasma Losses Lesson 6: Plasma Main Operation – Tokamaks part 1 • JET Tokamak • ITER Tokamak • Tokamak Plasma Operation Lesson 7: Plasma Main Operation – Tokamaks part 2 • One operation cycle • Tokamak Plasma Confinement • Plasma Instabilities • Plasma Disruption Lesson 8: Superconducting Magnets • Superconductivity (Outline) • Superconductor production • Superconducting magnets Technology for Fusion Devices • W7-X Magnets • ITER Magnets • Next Step Lesson 9: In Vessel Components – Tokamak • Plasma Facing Components - Armour and Heat Sink • Materials and Joining Technologies • Shielding Blanket System • Divertor System • Special Manufacturing technologies incl. • Advanced Cooling Systems Lesson 10: Vacuum Vessel & Cryostat – Tokamaks • The Vacuum Vessel • Vacuum Vessel Manufacturing Technologies • Cryostat • Ultra-High Vacuum Lesson 11: Fuel Cycle and Breeding Blankets – Outline MHD • Fuel cycle and breeding blankets (theory) • Fuel cycle and breeding blankets (technology) • Magnetohydrodynamics (outline) Lesson 12: Plasma Heating part 1 • Ohmic Heating • Neutral Beam Injectors Lesson 13: Plasma Heating part 2 • RF and Microwave Heating Lesson 14: Cryogenic Technology • Cryogenics and cryogenic Processes • Cooling Cycles and Liquefaction of Gases • Materials for cryogenic applications • Storage and transfer.
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Equivalent Courses (e. g. in other semesters)

SemesterTitleLecturersDates
WS 2020/1 Nuclear Fusion Technology Cardella, A. Mon, 16:00–17:30, MW 1250
Tue, 17:00–18:30, MW 2050
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