2021 Nuclear Fusion Reactor Engineering

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Academic unit or major
Graduate major in Nuclear Engineering
Instructor(s)
Tsutsui Hiroaki  Yoshida Katsumi  Kondo Masatoshi 
Course component(s)
Lecture    (ZOOM)
Day/Period(Room No.)
Tue5-6()  Fri5-6()  
Group
-
Course number
NCL.A402
Credits
2
Academic year
2021
Offered quarter
2Q
Syllabus updated
2021/6/10
Lecture notes updated
-
Language used
English
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Course description and aims

We elucidate the present status and prospects of fusion reactors which are considered to be ultimate energy source. Issues and engineering approaches to plasma confinement schemes for fusion reaction control, first walls, blanket, materials, and engineering concerning fusion reactor design are lectured.

Student learning outcomes

To understand the engineering issues to realize fusion reactors by obtaining knowledge about nuclear fusion reactions, plasmas, cooling, fusion materials, etc.

Keywords

nuclear fusion, plasma, magnetic confinement, tokamak, helical devices, blanket, neutron irradiation, cooling, fusion materials, super conducting magnet, plasma heating, plasma diagnostics

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Lectured are given by four professors.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Fusion reactions and inertial confinement Students shall understand and explain nuclear fusion reactions and inertial confinement. fusion.
Class 2 Fundamental prpperties of plasmas Students shall understand and explain fundamental characteristics of plasma.
Class 3 MHD equations and MHD equilibrium Students shall understand and explain MHD equation and its equilibria.
Class 4 MHD instabilities (1) Students shall understand and explain MHD instabilities.
Class 5 MHD instabilities (2) Students shall understand and explain MHD instabilities.
Class 6 History of research for magnetic confinement and tokamak devices Students can explain histories of research for magnetic confinement and tokamak devices.
Class 7 Tritium fuel cycle in fusion reactors Students can explain tritium fuel cycle in fusion reactors
Class 8 Plasma heating and current drive, plasma diagnostics and superconducting magnets Students can explain roles of plasma heating and current drive, plasma diagnostics and superconducting magnets in fusion devices.
Class 9 Tritium behaviors in various materials of fusion reactors Students can explain tritium behaviors in various materials of fusion reactors.
Class 10 Current status and issues of fusion materials under severe condition (1) Students can explain current status and issues of fusion materials under severe conditions.
Class 11 Safety issuses on fusion reactors Students can explain liquid metal MHD in fusion blanket.
Class 12 Current status and issues of fusion materials under severe condition (2) Students can explain current status and issues of fusion materials under severe conditions.
Class 13 Experimental fusion reactor ITER Students can explain an experimental fusion reactor, ITER.
Class 14 Design of fusion reactors and Tokamak prototype fusion reactors Students can understand and explain design of fusion reactors., and explain tokamak prototype fusion reactors.

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.

Textbook(s)

Nothing in particular, but some handouts and/or slides are uploaded to OCW-i.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Wston M. Stacey,""Fusion"", Wiley Interscience
K. Miyamoto, "Fundamentals of Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion", NIFS-PROC-48, 2000

Assessment criteria and methods

Reports the themes of which are given during lectures.

Related courses

  • NCL.N401 : Basic Nuclear Physics
  • NCL.N403 : Nuclear Materials and Structures

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

None required.

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