Alpha particle loss due to the toroidal field ripple is significantly enhanced in reversed shear plasmas, especially in a high-q regime. To ensure a tolerable heat load on the wall due to the loss of alpha particle in reversed shear discharges with various q profiles, ferritic steel (FS) inserts are considered as a countermeasure for reducing the ripple amplitude at a low cost. With this being the situation, an assessment of ripple loss for various conditions in ITER is an important study that should to be conducted in the International Tokamak Physics Activities. This paper describes an assessment result, indicating that FS inserts lead to a dramatic reduction of ripple loss. When the arrangement of the FS inserts is optimized, the resulting alpha particle loss is anticipated to be reduced by an order of magnitude or more, and the power loss fraction is as low as 1% even for a reversed shear plasma with a relatively high qmin of 3.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Nuclear Energy and Engineering
- Condensed Matter Physics