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Optimization of ITER operational space for long-pulse scenarios

Polevoi, A. R.*; Hayashi, Nobuhiko; Kim, H. S.*; Kim, S. H.*; Koechl, F.*; Kukushkin, A. S.*; Leonov, V. M.*; Loarte, A.*; Medvedev, S. Yu.*; Murakami, Masakatsu*; Na, Y. S.*; Pankin, A. Y.*; Park, J. M.*; Snyder, P. B.*; Snipes, J. A.*; ITPA Integrated Operation Scenarios Topical Group*

Long-pulse operation $$Delta t sim$$ 1000 s with $$Q ge$$ 5 is foreseen in ITER to demonstrate high neutron fluence scenarios which can be of use for the nuclear technology and for the TBM. In this study we address the viability of achieving ITER's long-pulse scenario in plasma regimes with H-mode confinement level by characterizing the current-density operational space and the achievable Q with long pulse burning phases. The EPED1 model with boundary conditions from SOLPS predicts no degradation of pedestal pressure with decreasing density in ITER. Modelling of core transport with 1.5D transport models carried out with pedestal parameters predicted by EPED1+SOLPS indicate that there is a large operational space for long pulse plasma operation with high fusion gain $$Q ge$$ 5. Reducing the plasma density to $$n_e sim$$ 5-6 10$$^{19}$$m$$^{-3}$$ leads to an increased plasma temperature (similar pedestal pressure) which reduces the loop voltage and increases the duration of the burn phase to $$Delta t sim$$ 1000 s with $$Q ge$$ 5 for $$I_p ge$$ 13 MA at moderate normalised pressure, $$beta_N sim$$ 2. Unlike the "hybrid" scenarios, these H-mode plasmas do not require specially shaped q profiles nor improved confinement in the core for the majority of the transport models considered in this study. Thus, these medium density H-mode plasma scenarios present an attractive alternative to hybrid scenarios to achieve ITER's long pulse.



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