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Title: Tearing modes in toroidal geometry

Abstract

The separation of the cylindrical tearing mode stability problem into a resistive resonant layer calculation and an external marginal ideal magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) calculation (..delta..' calculation) is generalized to axisymmetric toroidal geometry. The general structure of this separation is analyzed and the marginal ideal MHD information (the toroidal generalization of ..delta..') required to discuss stability is isolated. This can then, in principle, be combined with relevant resonant layer calculations to determine tearing mode growth rates in realistic situations. Two examples are given: the first is an analytic treatment of toroidally coupled (m = 1, n = 1) and (m = 2, n = 1) tearing modes in a large aspect ratio torus; the second, a numerical treatment of the toroidal coupling of three tearing modes through finite pressure effects in a large aspect ratio torus. In addition, the use of a coupling integral approach for determining the stability of coupled tearing modes is discussed. Finally, the possibility of using initial value resistive MHD codes in realistic toroidal geometry to determine the necessary information from the ideal MHD marginal solution is discussed.

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Culham Laboratory (EURATOM/UKAEA Fusion Association), Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14 3DB, England
OSTI Identifier:
5398993
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Phys. Fluids; (United States)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 31:3
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; PLASMA; MAGNETOHYDRODYNAMICS; TEARING INSTABILITY; CYLINDRICAL CONFIGURATION; TOROIDAL CONFIGURATION; ANNULAR SPACE; CONFIGURATION; FLUID MECHANICS; HYDRODYNAMICS; INSTABILITY; MECHANICS; PLASMA INSTABILITY; PLASMA MACROINSTABILITIES; SPACE; 700107* - Fusion Energy- Plasma Research- Instabilities

Citation Formats

Connor, J.W., Cowley, S.C., Hastie, R.J., Hender, T.C., Hood, A., and Martin, T.J. Tearing modes in toroidal geometry. United States: N. p., 1988. Web. doi:10.1063/1.866840.
Connor, J.W., Cowley, S.C., Hastie, R.J., Hender, T.C., Hood, A., & Martin, T.J. Tearing modes in toroidal geometry. United States. doi:10.1063/1.866840.
Connor, J.W., Cowley, S.C., Hastie, R.J., Hender, T.C., Hood, A., and Martin, T.J. Tue . "Tearing modes in toroidal geometry". United States. doi:10.1063/1.866840.
@article{osti_5398993,
title = {Tearing modes in toroidal geometry},
author = {Connor, J.W. and Cowley, S.C. and Hastie, R.J. and Hender, T.C. and Hood, A. and Martin, T.J.},
abstractNote = {The separation of the cylindrical tearing mode stability problem into a resistive resonant layer calculation and an external marginal ideal magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) calculation (..delta..' calculation) is generalized to axisymmetric toroidal geometry. The general structure of this separation is analyzed and the marginal ideal MHD information (the toroidal generalization of ..delta..') required to discuss stability is isolated. This can then, in principle, be combined with relevant resonant layer calculations to determine tearing mode growth rates in realistic situations. Two examples are given: the first is an analytic treatment of toroidally coupled (m = 1, n = 1) and (m = 2, n = 1) tearing modes in a large aspect ratio torus; the second, a numerical treatment of the toroidal coupling of three tearing modes through finite pressure effects in a large aspect ratio torus. In addition, the use of a coupling integral approach for determining the stability of coupled tearing modes is discussed. Finally, the possibility of using initial value resistive MHD codes in realistic toroidal geometry to determine the necessary information from the ideal MHD marginal solution is discussed.},
doi = {10.1063/1.866840},
journal = {Phys. Fluids; (United States)},
number = ,
volume = 31:3,
place = {United States},
year = {1988},
month = {3}
}