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Title: Physics-magnetics trade studies for tandem mirror reactors

Abstract

We describe and present results obtained from the optimization package of the Tandem Mirror Reactor Systems Code. We have found it to be very useful in searching through multidimensional parameter space, and have applied it here to study the effect of choke coil field strength and net electric power on cost of electricity (COE) and mass utilization factor (MUF) for MINIMARS type reactors. We have found that a broad optimum occurs at B/sub choke/ = 26 T for both COE and MUF. The COE economy of scale approaches saturation at quite low powers, around 600 MW(e). The saturation is mainly due to longer construction times for large plants, and the associated time related costs. The MUF economy of scale does not saturate, at least for powers up to 2400 MW(e).

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (USA); Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (USA)
OSTI Identifier:
5882787
Report Number(s):
UCRL-92098; CONF-850310-57
ON: DE85010043
DOE Contract Number:  
W-7405-ENG-48
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: 6. topical meeting on the technology of fusion energy, San Francisco, CA, USA, 3 Mar 1985
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; TMR REACTORS; DESIGN; COST; MAGNET COILS; MAGNETIC FIELD CONFIGURATIONS; OPTIMIZATION; PARAMETRIC ANALYSIS; ELECTRIC COILS; ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT; EQUIPMENT; MAGNETIC MIRROR TYPE REACTORS; THERMONUCLEAR REACTORS; 700200* - Fusion Energy- Fusion Power Plant Technology

Citation Formats

Campbell, R B, Perkins, L J, and Blackfield, D T. Physics-magnetics trade studies for tandem mirror reactors. United States: N. p., 1985. Web.
Campbell, R B, Perkins, L J, & Blackfield, D T. Physics-magnetics trade studies for tandem mirror reactors. United States.
Campbell, R B, Perkins, L J, and Blackfield, D T. Fri . "Physics-magnetics trade studies for tandem mirror reactors". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/5882787.
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abstractNote = {We describe and present results obtained from the optimization package of the Tandem Mirror Reactor Systems Code. We have found it to be very useful in searching through multidimensional parameter space, and have applied it here to study the effect of choke coil field strength and net electric power on cost of electricity (COE) and mass utilization factor (MUF) for MINIMARS type reactors. We have found that a broad optimum occurs at B/sub choke/ = 26 T for both COE and MUF. The COE economy of scale approaches saturation at quite low powers, around 600 MW(e). The saturation is mainly due to longer construction times for large plants, and the associated time related costs. The MUF economy of scale does not saturate, at least for powers up to 2400 MW(e).},
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url = {https://www.osti.gov/biblio/5882787}, journal = {},
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place = {United States},
year = {1985},
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