Oct 11 – 15, 2021
Virtual in Consorzio RFX
Europe/Rome timezone

The MHD dynamo effect in reversed-field pinch and tokamak plasmas: indications from nonlinear 3D MHD simulations

Oct 12, 2021, 2:50 PM
1h 50m
Virtual in Consorzio RFX

Virtual in Consorzio RFX

Poster 1. Fusion devices: tokamaks, stellarators, reversed-field pinches, laser-induced ignition and new concepts POSTER SESSION


Daniele Bonfiglio (Consorzio RFX, Italy)


The MHD dynamo effect is an intrinsic and fundamental feature of reversed-field pinch (RFP) plasmas. It plays an important role in the tokamak as well (commonly as referred to as the "flux pumping" mechanism) in particular for the hybrid scenario with central safety factor close to one. In this contribution, we review results based on the above-mentioned nonlinear 3D MHD theory and simulations, and related experiments. Such results allow to identify the underlying physics of the MHD dynamo effect common to tokamak and RFP configurations: a helical core displacement modulates parallel current density along flux tubes, which requires a helical electrostatic potential to build up, giving rise to a helical MHD dynamo flow. Similarities between the MHD dynamo at play in the reversed-field pinch and tokamak configuration will be discussed, with the aim of providing a common theoretical framework for the two configurations. Both the quasi-periodic sawtoothing regime and in the stationary helical regime (obtained either with application of magnetic perturbations or at high plasma pressure will be considered as result of the nonlinear 3D MHD codes SpeCyl and PIXIE3D.

Primary authors

Daniele Bonfiglio (Consorzio RFX, Italy) Dominique F. Escande (Aix-Marseille Université, CNRS, PIIM, UMR 7345, Marseille, France) Luis Chacón (Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA) Marco Veranda (Consorzio RFX, Italy) Nicholas Vivenzi (Consorzio RFX) Susanna Cappello (Consorzio RFX, Italy)

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