SolEdge2D-Eirene simulations of Pilot-PSI plasmas

K. Ješko, Y. Marandet, H. Bufferand, J. P. Gunn, M. Valentinuzzi, G. Ciraolo, H. J. van der Meiden

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The exhaust of power is a crucial issue for ITER and next step fusion devices [1]. Predictions for divertor operation are heavily dependent on edge plasma simulations typically utilizing a fluid plasma code in combination with a Monte Carlo code for neutral species. Therefore it is important to validate the codes using well-diagnosed experimental setups. The Pilot-PSI device offers a high density (ne ~ 1019 – 1021 m-3), low temperature (Te < 5.0 eV) plasma comparable to that expected in the ITER divertor region. In this work, hydrogen plasma discharges in Pilot-PSI have been modelled using the Soledge2D fluid plasma code [2] coupled to the Eirene neutral Monte Carlo code. In the model, the plasma is generated using external volumetric sources of plasma density and power in the region of the cascaded arc plasma source and a constant H2 gas inflow rate. The external power source is found to be the main control parameter of the simulations and is set in order to match experimental ne, Te profiles from Thomson scattering (TS) 4 cm downstream of the cascaded arc nozzle. The total injected power is typically 2 – 3 kW. The simulation results are compared to TS measurements 56 cm downstream from the source nozzle (2 cm in front of the Pilot-PSI target) and a Langmuir probe embedded in the target.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication44th EPS Conference on Plasma Physics, EPS 2017
EditorsA. Bret, M. Fajardo, E. Westerhof, A. Melzer, B. Dromey, C. Riconda
Place of PublicationMulhouse
PublisherEuropean Physical Society (EPS)
Number of pages1
ISBN (Print)9781510849303
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017
Event44th European Physical Society Conference on Plasma Physics (EPS 2017) - Belfast, United Kingdom
Duration: 26 Jun 201730 Jun 2017
Conference number: 44


Conference44th European Physical Society Conference on Plasma Physics (EPS 2017)
Abbreviated titleEPS 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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