|SUBJECT:||M.S. Thesis Presentation|
|TIME:||Tuesday, March 29, 2016, 10:30 a.m.|
|TITLE:||Confinement Tuning of a 0-D Plasma Dynamics Model|
|COMMITTEE:||Dr. Weston Stacey, Chair (NRE)
Dr. Bojan Petrovich (NRE)
Dr. Franklin DuBose (NRE (Former))
Fusion power excursions resulting from the strong positive temperature dependence of the D-T fusion rate would have significant consequences for heat removal in ITER and subsequent tokamaks. While several active power excursion control mechanisms have been and continue to be investigated, the impending operation of ITER provides a strong incentive to investigate the possibility of physical mechanisms and configurations that would inherently limit incipient power excursions. To this end, a computationally efficient predictive model has been developed that adjusts confinement characteristics based on results from regression analyses of DIII-D data.