Accession Number:

ADA109854

Title:

Coalescence of Spheromaks,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

MARYLAND UNIV COLLEGE PARK LAB FOR PLASMA AND FUSION ENERGY STUDIES

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1981-07-01

Pagination or Media Count:

45.0

Abstract:

The coalescence of two spheromaks is described using the quasi-ideal model of reconnection. Nonaxisymmetric effects are found to play an important role in general. Possible applications of repeated coalescence are studied, including heating the spheromak plasma, building up a large spheromak from smaller ones, and maintaining a spheromak in steady state. The analysis suggests that coalescence experiments could also provide a valuable method for studying magnetic field relaxation. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Fusion Devices (Thermonuclear)
  • Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE