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Title: Center for Extended Magnetohydrodynamic Modeling (CEMM), Final Technical Report for UW-Madison Engineering Physics

Abstract

The Center for Extended Magnetohydrodynamic Modeling (CEMM) focused on the further development, verification, validation, and application of two scientific computation programs, the NIMROD and M3D-C1 codes, for modeling macroscopic dynamics in magnetized plasma. Both NIMROD and M3D-C1 solve the mathematical equations that model two-fluid 3D magnetohydrodynamic (MHD). They are designed and optimized to be efficient and accurate for toroidal confinement physics calculations. The effort improved the fidelity of the physics models, the realism of the treatment of the surrounding vessel, coils, and other structures, the accuracy and efficiency of the algorithms, and the ability to scale calculations to thousands of processors in order to take advantage of leading-edge computers. The primary application areas of Resonant Magnetic Perturbations (RMP), Edge Harmonic Oscillations (EHO), Edge Localized Modes (ELMs), Disruption Studies, Sawteeth and Stationary States, and Kinetic MHD and Neoclassical Tearing Modes (NTM) are of concern for the international ITER experiment, which is under construction in France. The effort by the UW-Madison Engineering Physics component of CEMM improved the numerical methods in the NIMROD code with respect to modeling MHD interchange and two-fluid effects. It also improved the algorithm for solving large algebraic systems to enhance NIMROD's computational performance when running the codemore » in parallel on increasing numbers of processor cores. The modeling efforts included a study of the nonlinear evolution of ballooning, and the findings were supported by analytical theory and computation. Numerical MHD modeling also examined the influences of two-fluid effects on ELMs and RMPs, where "two-fluid" refers to separation of electron dynamics from ion dynamics. Another related aspect considered the effects of a localized layer of electrical current density near the edge of the plasma confinement region. Two-fluid effects on resonant reconnecting instabilities were verified and applied to computations of sawtooth and drift-tearing dynamics.« less

Authors:
 [1]
  1. Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Fusion Energy Sciences (FES) (SC-24)
OSTI Identifier:
1437186
Report Number(s):
DOE/ER-54975
DOE Contract Number:  
FC02-08ER54975
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; Plasma confinement; magnetohydrodynamic computation

Citation Formats

Sovinec, C. R. Center for Extended Magnetohydrodynamic Modeling (CEMM), Final Technical Report for UW-Madison Engineering Physics. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.2172/1437186.
Sovinec, C. R. Center for Extended Magnetohydrodynamic Modeling (CEMM), Final Technical Report for UW-Madison Engineering Physics. United States. doi:10.2172/1437186.
Sovinec, C. R. Tue . "Center for Extended Magnetohydrodynamic Modeling (CEMM), Final Technical Report for UW-Madison Engineering Physics". United States. doi:10.2172/1437186. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1437186.
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abstractNote = {The Center for Extended Magnetohydrodynamic Modeling (CEMM) focused on the further development, verification, validation, and application of two scientific computation programs, the NIMROD and M3D-C1 codes, for modeling macroscopic dynamics in magnetized plasma. Both NIMROD and M3D-C1 solve the mathematical equations that model two-fluid 3D magnetohydrodynamic (MHD). They are designed and optimized to be efficient and accurate for toroidal confinement physics calculations. The effort improved the fidelity of the physics models, the realism of the treatment of the surrounding vessel, coils, and other structures, the accuracy and efficiency of the algorithms, and the ability to scale calculations to thousands of processors in order to take advantage of leading-edge computers. The primary application areas of Resonant Magnetic Perturbations (RMP), Edge Harmonic Oscillations (EHO), Edge Localized Modes (ELMs), Disruption Studies, Sawteeth and Stationary States, and Kinetic MHD and Neoclassical Tearing Modes (NTM) are of concern for the international ITER experiment, which is under construction in France. The effort by the UW-Madison Engineering Physics component of CEMM improved the numerical methods in the NIMROD code with respect to modeling MHD interchange and two-fluid effects. It also improved the algorithm for solving large algebraic systems to enhance NIMROD's computational performance when running the code in parallel on increasing numbers of processor cores. The modeling efforts included a study of the nonlinear evolution of ballooning, and the findings were supported by analytical theory and computation. Numerical MHD modeling also examined the influences of two-fluid effects on ELMs and RMPs, where "two-fluid" refers to separation of electron dynamics from ion dynamics. Another related aspect considered the effects of a localized layer of electrical current density near the edge of the plasma confinement region. Two-fluid effects on resonant reconnecting instabilities were verified and applied to computations of sawtooth and drift-tearing dynamics.},
doi = {10.2172/1437186},
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place = {United States},
year = {Tue May 15 00:00:00 EDT 2018},
month = {Tue May 15 00:00:00 EDT 2018}
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