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Perspectives on Magnetized Target Fusion power plants
Author: Ronald L. Miller
Submitted: 2005-12-21 17:59:15
813 Calle David
Santa Fe, NM 87506-6
One approach to Magnetized Target Fusion (MTF) builds upon the ongoing experimental effort (FRX-L) to generate a Field Reversed Configuration (FRC) target plasma suitable for translation and cylindrical-liner (i.e., converging flux conserver) implosion. Numerical modeling is underway to elucidate key performance drivers, both for the near-term experiment and for possible future power-plant extrapolations. The fusion gain, Q (ratio of DT fusion yield to the sum of initial liner kinetic energy plus plasma formation energy), sets the power-plant duty cycle for a nominal design electric power [e.g. 1,000 MWe(net)]. A pulsed MTF power plant of this type derives from the historic Fast Liner Reactor (FLR) concept (cf. Los Alamos National Laboratory, c1979) and shares attributes with the recent Inertial Fusion Energy (IFE) Z-pinch (cf. Sandia National Laboratories) and laser-driven HYLIFE-II (cf. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory) conceptual designs. A channel incorporated into a Recyclable Transmission Line (RTL) isolates and protects the FRC formation apparatus and allows translation of the pre-implosion FRC to the sacrificial liner front end. Both the FLR and Z-pinch IFE invoke in situ plasma formation. Mitigation of debris fouling of the primary coolant loop and economic remanufacture of destroyed RTLs are concerns for both the Z-pinch IFE and MTF. This work contributes to the MTF collaboration and is supported by the Office of Science, OFES, through Los Alamos National Laboratory, under DOE contract W-7405-ENG-36.
suggest poster contiguous with MTF work of Intrator and Wurden