Computational Modeling of the Trailmaster Procyon System
LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL LAB NM
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The goal of the Los Alamos Foil Implosion project Trail- master is the development of an intense source of soft x- rays for materials and fusion studies. The x-ray source in the Trailmaster project is a foil initiated z-pinch. The next system in the Trailmaster project is designed to deliver 15 MA of current to the imploding liner creating approximately 1 MJ of soft x-ray radiation in a submicrosecond pulse. This system, designated Procyon, will consist of a Mark IX helical explosive generator, an explosively formed fuse EFF opening switch, detonator closing switches, a vacuum powerflow channel, a plasma flow switch PFS, and the imploding foil load. Companion papers at this conference will discuss the status of subsystem experiments leading up to the Procyon system, Procyon diagnostics, 3 and details of MHD simulations of the plasma flow switch. 4 In the present paper we will focus on the computational modeling of the overall Procyon system. This effort includes circuit and zero- dimensional point mass slug modeling, 1-D and 2-D radiation MHD calculations, and 3-D radiation transport and view factor modeling of the vacuum powerflow channel.
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