At the FOM Institute of Plasma Physics in Rijnhuizen, the Netherlands, the linear plasma generator Magnum PSI is under construction. The plasma generated by this device can be used for plasma surface interaction studies under conditions similar to those found in the divertor of a fusion reactor. Numerical studies can provide useful information both in the development and operation stage of Magnum PSI. For this reason, a design study is carried out to investigate the use of the plasma modeling platform Plasimo for numerical modeling of this plasma. Characteristic for the Magnum PSI plasma are the magnetic confinement of the plasma and the compressibility of the flow. The magnetic field introduces anisotropy in the transport of mass, momentum and energy. First steps are made in the implementation of this anisotropy in the fluid equations of Plasimo. Furthermore, the composition and flow calculation are critically investigated.
|Date of Award
|30 Apr 2008
|J.J.A.M. van der Mullen (Supervisor 1) & M.J. van den Donker (Supervisor 2)