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U.S. Burning Plasma Organization eNews
October 31, 2016 (Issue 109)


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Director’s Corner
C.M. Greenfield
Schedule of Burning Plasma Events  
Contact and Contribution Information

Director's Corner

C.M. Greenfield

Reminder: Please come hear about ITER during the APS-DPP Conference

The USBPO is organizing two events next Thursday, November 3, during the upcoming annual meeting of the APS Division of Plasma Physics in San Jose. We will host a town meeting on ITER on Thursday evening at 7:30PM in room 230B. The featured speaker will be David Campbell, Director of the ITER Science and Operations Department. Dr. Campbell will speak about Progress in ITER Construction and Strategy Towards the Operations Phase.

The ninth annual Research in Support of ITER contributed oral session will be held earlier the same day in room 230A. This year’s agenda is as follows:

Speaker Institution Title
W. Suttrop IPP Garching AUG/DIII-D RMP ELM Suppression Similarity Experiment
P. Snyder GA Prediction and OPtimization of the ITER Pedestal
Larry Baylor ORNL ELM Mitigation in Low-rotation ITER Baselin Scenario Plasmas on DIII-D with High Frequency Deuterium Pellet Injection
L. Cui PPPL Transport modeling of DIII-D RMP ELM controlled plasmas
y.-K. Oh NFRI Highlights of the KSTAR Research relevant to ITER
D. Brennan Princeton U Progress and challenges in predictive modeling of runaway electron generation in ITER
A. Tinguely MIT Analysis of Runaway Electron Synchroton Emission in Alcator C-Mod
E. Kolemen Princeton U Transient-Free Operations With Physics-Based Real-time Analysis and Control
A. Hassanein Purdue Secondary radiation damage effects during transient events on ITER divertor and nearby
T. Abrams ORAU Characterizing the intra-ELM tungsten erosion profile in the DIII-D divertor in different ELM regimes
W. Choi Columbia Feed-back control of 2/1 locked mode phase: experiment on DIII-D and modeling for ITER
J. Wright MIT Application of the three ion species ICRF scenario to ITER operations
F. Poli PPPL EC power management for NTM control in ITER
M. Brookman U of Texas Experimental Evidence of ECH Deposition Broadening on DIII-D
J. McGlenaghan ORAU Extrapolations of the high betaP scenario to ITER using TGYRO modeling

ITER news

As I told you in June, ITER is now working from a resource-loaded integrated schedule with an anticipated first plasma in 2025. Construction now seems to be moving forward and keeping on schedule. The next step is to develop a staged plan to move from first plasma to DT operation in the mid 2030s. That plan is now in the final stages of development, and was a major topic of discussion at the 21st meeting of the ITER Science and Technology Advisory Committee (STAC) held October 13-15 near Nara, Japan.

ITER Science and Technology Advisory Committee (STAC) held October 13-15 near Nara, Japan. This was the first time the STAC met away from the ITER site, making access to the ITER Central Team challenging, but thanks to videoconferencing, not impossible. The US participants were Chuck Greenfield (GA and USBPO), Earl Marmar (MIT), Juergen Rapp (ORNL), and Jim Van Dam (USDOE). The STAC had only two charges for this meeting, the first of which was a review of the aforementioned plan:

  1. Evaluate the technical aspects of the plan for staged operation (three stages and four stages) including:
    • availability of heating, fuelling and diagnostics systems and machine capabilities for each of the operational stages;
    • the objectives of scientific research in each of the operational stages and the associated outline Research Plan up to DT Operation.
  2. Evaluate the technical aspects of the Risk Management Plan in the context of the resource loaded schedule to First Plasma.

(Left) The venue of all previous STAC meetings in St. Paul lez Durance, France. The ITER tokamak assembly building is in the center of the picture (Photo c ITER Organization). (Right) The venue for STAC-21 was very di erent. Those are deer in Nara Park, they are the size of a large dog, and they have no fear of people.

Although I think all of us would like to see ITER reach its full capabilities sooner, the scheduling exercise is working to reconcile a best technical and scientific approach with realistic estimates of when each of the seven ITER partners can provide its contributions. The good news is that ITER is progressing toward a realistic plan that we believe they can follow through with.

The plan is being reviewed by the Management Advisory Committee (MAC) at their meeting this week, in preparation for presentation to the ITER Council at their November meeting. Once it is adopted I hope we’ll be able to give a lot more detail, but you should be able to hear quite a bit about it at David Campbell’s talk at next Thursday’s town meeting.

Schedule of Burning Plasma Events

USBPO Public Calendar: View Online or Subscribe

2016         --- 10th Anniversary of USBPO Formation ---

October 31 - November 4, 58th APS Division of Plasma Physics, San Jose, California, United States
November 7-9, 21st MHD workshop, La Jolla, California, United States
November 7-10, 31st Diagnostics ITPA meeting, ITER Organization, St. Paul Lez Durance, France
December 6-8, 7th Coordinating Committee meeting, ITER Organization, St. Paul Lez Durance, France
December 8, 7th Executive Coordinating Committee ITPA meeting, ITER Organization, St. Paul Lez Durance, France
December 13-14, 37th Fusion Power Associates Annual Meeting and Symposium, Fusion Power Development: An International Venture


June 4-8, 27th IEEE Symposium on Fusion Engineering (SOFE2017), Shanghai, China


June 24-28, 2018 IEEE International Conference on Plasma Science (ICOPS), Denver, Colorado, USA

2019         --- JET DT-campaign - JT60-SA First Plasma ----

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