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Title: High-beta analytic equilibria in circular, elliptical, and D-shaped large aspect ratio axisymmetric configurations with poloidal and toroidal flows

The Grad-Shafranov-Bernoulli system of equations is a single fluid magnetohydrodynamical description of axisymmetric equilibria with mass flows. Using a variational perturbative approach [E. Hameiri, Phys. Plasmas 20, 024504 (2013)], analytic approximations for high-beta equilibria in circular, elliptical, and D-shaped cross sections in the high aspect ratio approximation are found, which include finite toroidal and poloidal flows. Assuming a polynomial dependence of the free functions on the poloidal flux, the equilibrium problem is reduced to an inhomogeneous Helmholtz partial differential equation (PDE) subject to homogeneous Dirichlet conditions. An application of the Green's function method leads to a closed form for the circular solution and to a series solution in terms of Mathieu functions for the elliptical case, which is valid for arbitrary elongations. In order to extend the elliptical solution to a D-shaped domain, a boundary perturbation in terms of the triangularity is used. A comparison with the code FLOW [L. Guazzotto et al., Phys. Plasmas 11(2), 604-614 (2004)] is presented for relevant scenarios.
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  1. Auburn Univ., AL (United States). Physics Dept.
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Physics of Plasmas
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Journal Volume: 24; Journal Issue: 3; Journal ID: ISSN 1070-664X
American Institute of Physics (AIP)
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Auburn Univ., AL (United States)
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United States
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; 22 GENERAL STUDIES OF NUCLEAR REACTORS; plasma flows; Bernoulli's principle; Lagrangian mechanics; tokamaks; magnetohydrodynamics; toroidal plasma confinement; boundary value problems; Green's function methods; numerical solutions
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OSTI ID: 1348948