22.62 Fusion Energy
22.62 Fusion Energy. Spring 2020
Prof Ian Hutchinson (firstname.lastname@example.org) NW17-135, 3-8760
Admin: Valerie Censabella (email@example.com) NW17-133, 3-5456
Approximate weekly schedule. Subject to adjustment
|Feb ||3 ||5 ||Nuclear Energy. Fusion Reactions, Rates, Power density.|
|10 ||12 ||Confinement Requirements. Ignition. Breakeven.|
|18 ||19 ||Magnetic and Inertial approaches.|
|24 ||26 ||Tokamak components. MHD Force Balance. Instabilities|
|Mar ||2 ||4 ||Sawteeth. Disruptions. β, ne limits.|
|9 ||11 ||Transport and Confinement.|
|16 ||18 ||Scaling. Mid Term.|
|- ||- ||Spring Vacation.|
|Apr ||30 ||1 ||Performance. Fueling. Heating. |
|6 ||8 ||Neutral beams. Penetration. Thermalization. |
|13 ||15 ||RF heating. Cyclotron damping.|
|- ||22 ||Current drive. |
|27 ||29 ||Integrated performance. Popcon.|
|May ||4 ||6 ||Power and Particle Handling. Stellarators|
|11 ||- ||Alternates. Revision.|
Course Educational Objectives
- Understand the physical processes involved in fusion reactions
and their consequences for fusion energy.
- Understand the challenges, fundamental limitations, and
necessary characteristics of human-scale fusion energy, including
inertial and magnetic confinement approaches.
- Explore in detail the physics of magnetic confinement, heating,
and control of plasmas, and be aware of the main known physics
limitations and challenges, and how they arise.
- Become familiar with the engineering and technology needs for
making fusion energy practical, what the consequences for
feasibility are, and where the future engineering challenges lie.
- Explore the basis for current, upcoming and future fusion
experiments and reactors.
|Homework (problem sets)||27 |
|Mid-term (1.5hr closed book)||30 |
|Final (3 hr probably open book) ||40 |
|Class (interactions) ||3 |
I. Hutchinson. Fusion Energy. Lecture notes
I will make available from the lectures. They will often be hand
The only book required for this course is access to
J P Freidberg Plasma Physics and Fusion Energy, Cambridge
University Press, 2007.
It is based on this course as it has been taught at MIT for a long
time. In Freidberg rather than Hutchinson style! Covers most of the
material of this course and a lot more.
The following will
give you some starting points for additional background reading.
M Kikuchi, K Lackner, and M Q Tran Fusion Physics IAEA, 2012.
A compendium of authoritative reviews of fusion topics.
T J Dolan Fusion Research Pergamon.
Still useful. Based on Dolan's teaching from long ago.
J Raeder et al Controlled Nuclear Fusion Wiley 1986.
More focussed on engineering and technology.
J Wesson Tokamaks, Oxford University Press (3rd edition or
A handbook that covers in quite accessible fashion many topics in an
I H Hutchinson Introduction to plasma physics
These 22.611 notes prescribe roughly what the prerequisites of the
course are. If you have not taken 22.611j (or the Physics equivalent)
you might have to do some private study.
Academic Expectations for Homework
1. You are encouraged to do as much as possible of the problem
sets on your own. This is the most effective way to learn, provided
that you are not just spending hours and hours stuck.
2. You are permitted to consult with other students in the
course concerning points that you don't understand or when you are
stuck. However, it is recommended that you do not develop a
collaborative solution to problems. Also it is required that your
solutions be written out separately and submitted in your own words.
3. No collaboration or consultation will be permitted on the
exams. One good reason to get into the habit of doing the work
4. You may consult books or journal articles to assist if
needed. If you do significantly use such materials, you should give
5. There may, in some cases, be solutions from previous
years to problems in the homeworks or ones very like them, available
from the reading room or from more senior students. It is not permitted
to use or consult these solutions. To do so would invalidate the
process of using the homework marks as part of the course grade,
and disadvantage those who avoided such use. Please regard this as
a point of academic honour, and avoid the practice.
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