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Title: Fueling method for small, steady-state, aneutronic FRC fusion reactors

Abstract

A system and method for fueling a fusion reactor. The system includes a reactor chamber containing a stable plasma including a fusion fuel; a heating system configured to heat the plasma and increase an ion energy of the plasma to a level sufficient for producing net power from fusion reactions in the stable plasma; a plurality of magnets coaxial to the reactor chamber, the plurality of magnets producing a magnetic field sufficient to confine the stable plasma and promote rapid loss of fusion products into a scrape off layer; and a neutral beam injection system configured to inject additional quantities of the fusion fuel to sustain the power output of the fusion reaction.

Inventors:
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Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Princeton Plasma Physics Lab. (PPPL), Princeton, NJ (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1771539
Patent Number(s):
10811159
Application Number:
14/477,319
Assignee:
Trustees of Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
H - ELECTRICITY H05 - ELECTRIC TECHNIQUES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR H05H - PLASMA TECHNIQUE
Y - NEW / CROSS SECTIONAL TECHNOLOGIES Y02 - TECHNOLOGIES OR APPLICATIONS FOR MITIGATION OR ADAPTATION AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE Y02E - REDUCTION OF GREENHOUSE GAS [GHG] EMISSIONS, RELATED TO ENERGY GENERATION, TRANSMISSION OR DISTRIBUTION
DOE Contract Number:  
AC02-09CH11466
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 09/04/2014
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

Citation Formats

Cohen, Samuel A., Stotler, Daren, and Buttolph, Michael. Fueling method for small, steady-state, aneutronic FRC fusion reactors. United States: N. p., 2020. Web.
Cohen, Samuel A., Stotler, Daren, & Buttolph, Michael. Fueling method for small, steady-state, aneutronic FRC fusion reactors. United States.
Cohen, Samuel A., Stotler, Daren, and Buttolph, Michael. Tue . "Fueling method for small, steady-state, aneutronic FRC fusion reactors". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1771539.
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