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Title: Numerical study of transition to supersonic flows in the edge plasma

The plasma scrape-off layer (SOL) in a tokamak is characterized by ion flow down a long narrow flux tube terminating on a solid surface. The ion flow velocity along a magnetic field line can be equal to or greater than sonic at the entrance of a Debye sheath or upstream in the presheath. This paper presents a numerical study of the transition between subsonic and supersonics flows. A quasineutral one-dimensional (1D) fluid code has been used for modeling of plasma transport in the SOL along magnetic field lines, both in steady state and under transient conditions. The model uses coupled equations for continuity, momentum, and energy balance with ionization, radiation, charge exchange, and recombination processes. The recycled neutrals are described in the diffusion approximation. Standard Bohm sheath criterion is used as boundary conditions at the material surface. Three conditions conducive for the generation of supersonic flows in SOL plasmas have been explored. It is found that in steady state high (attached) and low (detached) divertor temperatures cases, the role of particle, momentum, and energy loss is critical. For attached case, the appearance of shock waves in the divertor region if the incoming plasma flow is supersonic and its effect onmore » impurity retention is presented. In the third case, plasma expansion along the magnetic field can yield time-dependent supersonic solutions in the quasineutral rarefaction wave. Such situations can arise in the parallel transport of intermittent structures such as blobs and edge localized mode filaments along field lines.« less
Authors:
; ;  [1] ;  [2]
  1. CEA, IRFM, F-13108 Saint-Paul-lez-Durance (France)
  2. Institute for Plasma Research, Bhat, Gandhinagar—382428 (India)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22299828
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physics of Plasmas; Journal Volume: 21; Journal Issue: 7; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; APPROXIMATIONS; DIVERTORS; EDGE LOCALIZED MODES; ENERGY LOSSES; MAGNETIC FIELDS; NUMERICAL ANALYSIS; PLASMA; PLASMA EXPANSION; PLASMA SCRAPE-OFF LAYER; STEADY-STATE CONDITIONS; SUPERSONIC FLOW; TIME DEPENDENCE; TOKAMAK DEVICES