In this paper, we analyse the main features of the pulsed poloidal current drive (PPCD) technique, used in the reversed field pinch configuration to achieve improved confinement conditions. In the RFX experiment, PPCD corresponds to a decrease of the magnetic fluctuations, to a peaking of the temperature profile, and to a reduced transport and plasma-wall interaction. A three-dimensional MHD nonlinear code and one-dimensional time-dependent transport models have been applied to study the effect of PPCD on the magnetic and plasma profiles. The three-dimensional MHD simulations show that the external inductive drive pinches and peaks the current profile driving the configuration through a transient phase, where the spontaneous turbulent dynamo action is quenched. The one-dimensional transport codes indicate that the experimental profile modifications associated with PPCD are consistent with a reduction of the stochastic transport.

Analysis and modelling of the magnetic and plasma profiles during PPCD experiments in RFX

MARTIN, PIERO;T. BOLZONELLA;BETTINI, PAOLO;CHITARIN, GIUSEPPE;CRAVOTTA, ANDREA;DESIDERI, DANIELE;FIORENTIN, PIETRO;GIUDICOTTI, LEONARDO;GNESOTTO, FRANCESCO;MALESANI, GAETANO;MORESCO, MAURIZIO;PRETI, GIOVANNI;ROSTAGNI, GIORGIO;SONATO, PIERGIORGIO;ZILLI, ENRICO;ZOLLINO, GIUSEPPE;
2003

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In this paper, we analyse the main features of the pulsed poloidal current drive (PPCD) technique, used in the reversed field pinch configuration to achieve improved confinement conditions. In the RFX experiment, PPCD corresponds to a decrease of the magnetic fluctuations, to a peaking of the temperature profile, and to a reduced transport and plasma-wall interaction. A three-dimensional MHD nonlinear code and one-dimensional time-dependent transport models have been applied to study the effect of PPCD on the magnetic and plasma profiles. The three-dimensional MHD simulations show that the external inductive drive pinches and peaks the current profile driving the configuration through a transient phase, where the spontaneous turbulent dynamo action is quenched. The one-dimensional transport codes indicate that the experimental profile modifications associated with PPCD are consistent with a reduction of the stochastic transport.
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