Plasma and Fusion Research

Volume 11, 2405013 (2016)

Regular Articles

Studies on the Axial Position of the Decelerator in Traveling Wave Direct Energy Converter
Tomohiro KATSURA, Takahiro WAKAIZUMI, Hiromasa TAKENO, Kazuya ICHIMURA1) and Yousuke NAKASHIMA1)
Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Kobe University, 1-1 Rokkodai-cho, Nada-ku, Kobe 657-8501, Japan
1)Plasma Research Center, University of Tsukuba, 1-1-1 Tennodai-cho, Tsukuba 305-8572, Japan
(Received 30 November 2015 / Accepted 19 January 2016 / Published 4 March 2016)


In D-3He fusion, most of fusion energy is carried by created protons as kinetic energy, so direct energy conversion can be applied. A traveling wave direct energy converter was proposed as an energy recovering system for these protons, which was composed of a modulator and a decelerator. The axial position of the decelerator is one of the important device parameters for both energy conversion efficiency and device size. The best position for conversion efficiency was considered to be the bunching position at which proton density is the highest, but it was not examined well. In this study, we investigated the dependence of deceleration efficiency on the axial position of the decelerator by using simulation experiments and numerical calculations. The results show that the bunching position is not necessarily the optimum one for conversion efficiency.


advanced fusion, direct energy conversion, TWDEC

DOI: 10.1585/pfr.11.2405013


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