The european integrated tokamak modelling (ITM) effort: Achievements and first physics results

ITM-TF Contributorsa, the ASDEX Upgrade Team and JET-EFDA Contributors

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A selection of achievements and first physics results are presented of the European Integrated Tokamak Modelling Task Force (EFDA ITM-TF) simulation framework, which aims to provide a standardized platform and an integrated modelling suite of validated numerical codes for the simulation and prediction of a complete plasma discharge of an arbitrary tokamak. The framework developed by the ITM-TF, based on a generic data structure including both simulated and experimental data, allows for the development of sophisticated integrated simulations (workflows) for physics application. The equilibrium reconstruction and linear magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) stability simulation chain was applied, in particular, to the analysis of the edgeMHDstability of ASDEX Upgrade type-I ELMy H-mode discharges and ITER hybrid scenario, demonstrating the stabilizing effect of an increased Shafranov shift on edge modes. Interpretive simulations of a JET hybrid discharge were performed with two electromagnetic turbulence codes within ITM infrastructure showing the signature of trapped-electron assisted ITG turbulence. A successful benchmark among five EC beam/ray-tracing codes was performed in the ITM framework for an ITER inductive scenario for different launching conditions from the equatorial and upper launcher, showing good agreement of the computed absorbed power and driven current. Selected achievements and scientific work flow applications targeting key modelling topics and physics problems are also presented, showing the current status of the ITM-TF modelling suite.

Original languageEnglish
Article number043018
JournalNuclear Fusion
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2014
Externally publishedYes

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  • code verification
  • integrated modeling
  • simulation
  • transport
  • turbulence


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