Development of the European fusion reactor simulation framework for experimental design, optimization, and control

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Fusion energy is a promising technology for high density, CO2-free energy production. The next generation of magnetic fusion experiments aims to demonstrate net energy gain for the first time. The increased complexity and scale of these experiments compared to present-day devices requires a leap in computational capabilities for predicting the behaviour of the fusion reactor plasma, magnets, and wall materials. This is vital for experimental performance optimization, plasma control, and safe reactor operation. Central to these efforts is how to efficiently design software that couples together different physics and engineering codes that separately describe parts of the interacting system, into a single and consistent description. Coupled with ongoing international efforts, this project implements methods and standards vital for a tokamak simulation suite which is modular, robust,easy to maintain, and with a user toolkit that enables efficient application for large numbers of simulations needed for designing experiments and assessing sensitivities.

Participating organisations

Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission
Culham Centre for Fusion Energy
DIFFER
Netherlands eScience Center

Team

Contact person

Stef Smeets

Stef Smeets

Netherlands eScience Center
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AH
Aaron Ho
Postdoc
DIFFER
CB
Clarisse Bourdelle
Co-Applicant
Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives Centre de Cadarache
JC
Jonathan Citrin
Lead Applicant
DIFFER
Rena Bakhshi
Rena Bakhshi
eScience Coordinator
Netherlands eScience Center
Stef Smeets
Stef Smeets
eScience Research Engineer
Netherlands eScience Center
Victor Azizi
Victor Azizi
eScience Research Engineer
Netherlands eScience Center