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Title: Overview of design and analysis activities for the W7-X scraper element

The Wendelstein 7-X stellarator is in final stages of commissioning, and will begin operation in late 2015. In the first phase, the machine will operate with a limiter, and will be restricted to low power and short pulse. But in 2019, plans are for an actively cooled divertor to be installed, and the machine will operate in steady state at full power. Recently, plasma simulations have indicated that, in this final operational phase, a bootstrap current will evolve in certain scenarios. This will cause the sensitive ends of the divertor target to be overloaded beyond their qualified limit. A high heat flux scraper element (HHF-SE) has been proposed in order to take up some of the convective flux and reduce the load on the divertor. In order to examine whether the HHF-SE will be able to effectively reduce the plasma flux in the divertor region of concern, and to determine how the pumping effectiveness will be affected by such a component, it is planned to include a test divertor unit scraper element (TDU-SE) in 2017 during an earlier operational phase. Several U.S. fusion energy science laboratories have been involved in the design, analysis (structural and thermal finite element, as wellmore » as computational fluid dynamics), plasma simulation, planning, prototyping, and diagnostic development around the scraper element program (both TDU-SE and HHF-SE). As a result, this paper presents an overview of all of these activities and their current status.« less
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  1. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
  2. Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics, Garching bei Munchen (Germany)
  3. Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States)
  4. Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics, Greifswald (Germany)
  5. Princeton Plasma Physics Lab. (PPPL), Princeton, NJ (United States)
  6. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Publication Date:
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 44; Journal Issue: 9; Conference: 26th Symposium on Fusion Engineering (SOFE) colocated with the 20th Pulsed Power Conference , Austin, TX (United States), 31 May - 4 Jun 2015; Journal ID: ISSN 0093-3813
Research Org:
Princeton Plasma Physics Lab. (PPPL), Princeton, NJ (United States)
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Country of Publication:
United States
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; 42 ENGINEERING; divertor; high heat flux; modeling and simulation; Wendelstein 7X (W7-X)
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