Effect of thermal conduction on pressure-driven modes in the reversed-field pinch
2012 (English)In: Nuclear Fusion, ISSN 0029-5515, E-ISSN 1741-4326, Vol. 52, no 12, 123012- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Classical linearized resistive magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) stability theory predicts unstable pressure-driven modes even at low plasma beta values for the reversed-field pinch (RFP) because of its unfavourable curvature and strong poloidal magnetic field. These resistive g-modes undermine energy confinement and are detrimental to the RFP reactor potential. In the analysis, one aspect is common, which is the usage of the adiabatic energy equation, ignoring the contribution due to thermal conduction effects. However, in recent analysis, stabilization of pressure-driven modes is demonstrated through inclusion of thermal conductivity. In this paper, we compare the results obtained from both classical and thermal conduction modified boundary layer stability analysis with those from a time-spectral resistive linearized MHD code. Ohmic heating and thermal conduction effects are included in the calculations. We have found that thermal conduction effects stabilize pressure-driven resistive g-modes only for very low values of plasma beta. In addition, analytical and numerical investigation of the equilibrium reveal that, for reactor relevant values of S-0 and tearing stable plasmas, the scaling gamma similar to S-0(-1/5) for the growth rate of these modes is weaker than that for the adiabatic case gamma similar to S-0(-1/3).
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 52, no 12, 123012- p.
Magnetohydrodynamic Transport Model, Resistive Instabilities, Toroidal Plasma, Configurations, Systems
Fusion, Plasma and Space Physics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-105494DOI: 10.1088/0029-5515/52/12/123012ISI: 000311754900015ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84870162299OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-105494DiVA: diva2:571175
QC 201301092012-11-212012-11-212013-05-02Bibliographically approved