Abstract Details

NCSX Construction Progress and Plans

Author: G. Hutch Neilson
Submitted: 2005-12-21 18:29:13

Co-authors: P.Heitzenroeder, B.Nelson, W.Reiersen, M.Zarnstorff, J.Lyon

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Princeton, NJ   08543

Abstract Text:
The National Compact Stellarator Experiment (NCSX) is being constructed at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) in partnership with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The stellarator core is designed to produce a compact 3-D plasma that combines stellarator and advanced tokamak physics advantages. The engineering challenges of NCSX stem from its 3D geometry. These issues were addressed in the construction
project through manufacturing R&D and system engineering. As
a result, the fabrication of the coil winding forms and vacuum
vessel are proceeding in industry without significant technical
issues, and winding the 3D coils at PPPL is underway. Design integration, analysis, and dimensional control ensure that the
finished product will satisfy the physics requirements, especially
accurate realization of the specified coil geometries. After
completion of construction in 2009, a research program to test
the expected physics benefits will start.

Characterization: A2,A3


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