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Fusion Engineering and Design 23 (1993)251-297 251 North-Holland

Summary: Fusion Engineering and Design 23 (1993)251-297 251
Critical technical issues and evaluation and comparison studies
for inertial fusion energy reactors
M.A. Abdou a, A.Y. Ying a, M.S. Tillack a, N.M. Ghoniem a, L.M. Waganer b, D.E. Driemeyer b,
G.J. Linford c and D.J. Drake d
aMechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering Department, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles,
California, USA
bMcDonnell Douglas Aerospace, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
c TRW Space and Electronics Division, Redondo Beach, California, USA
d Formerly of KMS Fusion Inc., Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Submitted 30 July 1993,revised version 1 September 1993;accepted 2 September 1993
The critical technical issues, evaluation and comparison of two inertial fusion energy (IFE) r~actor design concepts
developed in the Prometheus studies are presented. The objectives of this study were (1) to identify and characterize the
critical issues and the R&D required to resolve them, and (2) to establish a sound basis for future IFE technical and
programmatic decisions by evaluating and comparing the different design concepts. Each critical issue contains several key
physics and engineering issues associated with the major reactor components and impacts key aspects of feasibility, safety,
and economic potential of IFE reactors. Generic critical issues center around: (1) demonstration of moderate gain at low
driver energy, (2) feasibility of direct drive targets, (3) feasibility of indirect drive targets for heavy ions, (4) feasibility of
indirect drive targets for lasers, (5) cost reduction strategies for heavyion drivers, (6) demonstration of higher overall laser


Source: Abdou, Mohamed - Fusion Science and Technology Center, University of California at Los Angeles
Ghoniem, Nasr M. - Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of California at Los Angeles


Collections: Materials Science; Plasma Physics and Fusion