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  1. A reactor study on a belt-shaped screw pinch

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    A previous study on a screw-pinch reactor with circular cross section (ECN-16 (1977) or Rijnhuizen report 77-101) has been extended to a belt configuration which allows to raise β to 0.5. The present study starts from the main assumptions and principal constraints of the previous work, but some technical aspects are treated more realistically. More attention has been paid to the modular construction, the non-uniform distribution of the wall loading, the thermo-hydraulics, the design of and the losses in the coil systems, and the energy storage and electric transmission systems. A potential use of the first wall of the blanket as part of the implosion coil system is suggested. Finally, a conceptual design of a reactor, with a cost estimate is given. Numerical results are given of parameter variations around the values for the reference reactor. The belt screw-pinch reactor with resistive coils turns out to be uneconomical because of its low net efficiency and its high capital costs. The application of superconducting coils to reduce the ohmic losses turns out to be a non-viable alternative. A more promising way to improve the energy balance seems to be the alternative scheme of fuel injection during the burn

  2. Magnetoacoustic heating and FCT-equilibria in the belt pinch

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    In the HECTOR belt pinch of high β plasma is produced by magnetic compression in a Tokamak geometry. After compresseion the initial β value can be varied between 0.2 and 0.8. During 5 μs the plasma is further heated by a fast magnetoacoustic wave with a frequency near the first harmonic of the ion cyclotronfrequency. For the first time the β-value of a pinch plasma could be increased further from 0.34 after compression to 0.46 at the end of the rf-heating cycle. By proper selection of the final β-value the region for resonance absorption of the heating wave can be shifted. Strong heating (200 MW) has been observed in the cases, where the resonance region has been located in the center of the plasma. In deuterium discharges an increase in ion temperature is observed during the heating process, whereas the electrons are energetically decoupled, showing no temperature increase. Strong plasma losses are found in the 200 MW range after the rf-heating process. The dominant mechanisms are charge exchange collisions with neutral gas atoms. During rf-heating and the subsequent cooling phase the magnetic flux is frozen due to the high conductivity of the plasma. The observed equilibria could be identified as flux conserving Tokamak (FCT) equilibria. Based on a two-dimensional code the time-evolution of the equilibria has been calculated. The q-profiles are time-independent, with increasing β the magnetic axis of the plasma is shifted towards the outer boundary of the torus, and finally the linear relation between β and βsub(pol), which is characteristic for low-β-equilibria, is no longer valid. Thus for the first time the existence of FCT-equilibria at high β has been demonstrated experimentally together with a qualitative agreement with FCT-theory. (orig./AH)

  3. Numerical and experimental results on the production of weakly compressed thermonuclear plasmas in the Garching high-voltage theta and belt pinch

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    The production of high-temperature weakly compressed plasmas by high-β shocks is investigated in a high-voltage theta and belt pinch. Density, electron and ion temperatures and magnetic field profiles are measured by laser-light scattering, neutron yield and probes. Shock dynamics is simulated with a 1-d hybrid fluid-particle code; turbulent transport coefficients used in this code are derived from investigations of the ion-acoustic instability in a separate 2-d particle code. Magnetic field profiles and electron temperature in the shock (Tsub(e)=2 keV) are consistent with transport coefficients for ion-acoustic turbulence. Enhanced resistivity and reduced axial heat conduction can be explained by the same turbulent ''collision frequency'' νsub(eff) approximately 5x10-3 ωsub(pe). Experiment and simulation show that the neutron yield is due to counterstreaming beams of ions reflected at the potential jump in the piston. After shock compression a dense (4x1014 cm-3) β=1 plasma core consisting of hot ions (Esub(i)=1.5 keV) and cold electrons is observed. A compression ratio Rsub(c)/rsub(pl) approximately 1.8 is reached. The observed plasma halo surrounding the main plasma column is due to MHD-instabilities with high m-number. The wavelength of these modes is found experimentally to be lambda proportional to n0sup(-1/2). First results in the belt-pinch geometry show that weakly compressed high-temperature plasmas can also be produced in toroidal systems. (author)

  4. Pinched Nerve

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  5. Spherical pinch

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    This is essentially a review article covering several years of work on the spherical pinch (SP) concept of plasma formation and containment. Central to this concept is the creation of a hot plasma in the center of a sphere, plasma which is then compressed by strong imploding shock waves launched from the periphery of the vessel. The experimental program, which started with the classical cylindrical theta-pinch and continued with the inductive spherical pinch, has taken a turn, in recent times, with the discovery of the scaling laws governing spherical pinch experiments, which prescribe that high gas pressures are required for achieving fusion break-even conditions. As a consequence, energy deposition in present spherical pinch devices is done through resistive, rather than inductive, discharges. In a pilot experimental program of modest initial condenser bank energy (∼ 1 KJ), we find that the instantaneous energy deposition in the central plasma can lead to temperatures of the order of 2 KeV, in agreement with the prediction of the Braginskii resistivity for such a plasma, and with the relation to the velocity of the diverging shock wave generated by the sudden deposition of energy into this plasma. Moreover, when the imploding shock waves contain the central plasma, we find the containment time to be as long as 5.4 μsec and the plasma to be stable. In discharges in deuterium, neutrons are emitted close to 107 per shot. From the experimental parameters of the plasma, one can derive a particle density for the shocked gas equal to 3.21 x 1019 cm-3, a plasma temperature equal to 730 eV and a product ntau = 1.73 x 1014 cm-3 sec

  6. STABILIZED PINCH MACHINE

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    Anderson, O.A.

    1962-04-24

    A device for heating and confining a high temperature gas or plasma utilizing the linear pinch effect is described. The pinch discharge produced is the form of an elongated cylinder. The electrical discharge current is returned in parallel along an axial and a concentric conductor whereby the magnetic field of the conductors compresses and stabilizes the pinch discharge against lateral instability. (AEC)

  7. Introduction to Pinch Technology

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    Rokni, Masoud

    efficient as it should be? How can new projects be evaluated with respect to their energy requirements? What changes can be made to increase the energy efficiency without incurring any cost? What investments can be made to improve energy efficiency? What is the most appropriate utility mix for the process......? How to put energy efficiency and other targets like reducing emissions, increasing plant capacities, improve product qualities etc, into a one coherent strategic plan for the overall site? All these questions and more can be answered with a full understanding of Pinch Technology and an awareness of...... the available tools for applying it in a practical way. The aim here is to provide the basic knowledge of pinch technology concept and how it can be applied across a wide range of process industries. The pinch technology was proposed firstly for optimization of heat exchangers and therefore it is...

  8. Staged theta pinch experiments

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    Two implosion heating circuits are being experimentally tested. The principal experiment in the program is the 4.5-m-long Staged Theta Pinch (STP). It uses two relatively low energy (50kJ and 100 kJ), high voltage (125 kV) capacitor banks to produce the theta pinch plasma inside the 20 cm i.d. quartz discharge tube. A lower voltage (50 kV), higher energy (750 kJ) capacitor bank is used to contain the plasma and provide a variable amount of adiabatic compression. Because the experiment produces a higher ratio of implosion heating to compressional heating than conventional theta pinches, it should be capable of producing high temperature plasmas with a much larger ratio of plasma radius to discharge tube radius than has been possible in the past. The Resonant Heating Experiment (RHX) in its initial configuration is the same as a 0.9-m-long section of the high voltage part of the STP experiment and all the plasma results here were obtained with the experiment in that configuration. Part of the implosion bank will be removed and a low inductance crowbar added to convert it to the resonant heating configuration. (U.K.)

  9. Z-Pinch Fusion Propulsion

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    Miernik, Janie

    2011-01-01

    Fusion-based nuclear propulsion has the potential to enable fast interplanetary transportation. Shorter trips are better for humans in the harmful radiation environment of deep space. Nuclear propulsion and power plants can enable high Ispand payload mass fractions because they require less fuel mass. Fusion energy research has characterized the Z-Pinch dense plasma focus method. (1) Lightning is form of pinched plasma electrical discharge phenomena. (2) Wire array Z-Pinch experiments are commonly studied and nuclear power plant configurations have been proposed. (3) Used in the field of Nuclear Weapons Effects (NWE) testing in the defense industry, nuclear weapon x-rays are simulated through Z-Pinch phenomena.

  10. Simulation for double shell pinch

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    Wang Gang-Hua; Hu Xi-Jing; Sun Cheng-Wei

    2004-01-01

    Basic shock phenomena are presented in a composite pinch, a hybrid of the Z-pinch. The successive transfer of current within the plasma structure is demonstrated by our calculations. Properties of the shock wave are described.The current distribution between the two shells after the outer shell hitting the inner shell is also discussed.

  11. Technology of field reversed pinch

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    This paper presents a review of field-reversed pinch technology. It covers the basic design requirements for various components involved in a field-reversed pinch device, such as circuit, switch, triggering system, transmission line, load assembly and power supply. Precautions against electric interferences are also mentioned

  12. Dense-Pinch Photocathode

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    Asmus, John F.; Lovberg, Ralph H.

    1988-05-01

    A promising approach to the generation of low-emittance e-beams for particle beam and FEL application employs a photoelectron cathode. IF such an e-beam source is to be viable at high power, a high-performance hard-UV illuminator is needed. Toward this end, experiments have been performed by illuminating a metal photocathode with the VUV radiation from a laser-guided gas-embedded high-density high-Z pinch. Such a VUV source is interesting because the plasma is created at high density and is optically thick. Thus, it is both a stable and an efficient radiator. Coupled with a copper photocathode it has generated a-beam current densities up to 60 A/sq-cm. The test device has been modified to utilize a pinch formed from a liquid jet in vacuum, rather than the laser-guided discharge in high-pressure gas. This is more suitable for rep-rate operation as it dispenses with the VUV-absorbing interposed gas, the channel-forming laser, and gas transport at high average power. A decane-jet device has been tested at 10 Hz with a peak pulse VUV power of 100 MW.

  13. Great Belt

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    Sørensen, Carsten S.; Kristensen, Per S.; Erichsen, Lars

    This paper describes aspects of the soil investigations and geotechnical evaluations for the foundation design of the 6.6 km long Great Belt West Bridge. The gravity foundations rest predominantly on glacial tills and pre-quaternary limestone. Special investigations for assessment of the soil pro...... properties for ship impact and ice loading are described briefly, and first experiences from settlement monitoring of the structure during erection are presented....

  14. m=0 Z-Pinch stability reconsidered

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    The m=0 linear stability of the collisionless, small Larmor radius Z-pinch is examined. By using a generalized form of the energy principle it is shown that a finite pressure external gas can stabilize the pinch. Equilibrium skin currents are always destabilizing. Our results clarify why the gas-embedded pinch and Extrap are m=0 stable, whereas the fibre and compressional pinches are not

  15. Giant bubble pinch-off

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    Bergmann, Raymond; Meer, Van Der; Stijnman, Mark; Sandtke, Marijn; Prosperetti, Andrea; Lohse, Detlef

    2006-01-01

    Self-similarity has been the paradigmatic picture for the pinch-off of a drop. Here we will show through high-speed imaging and boundary integral simulations that the inverse problem, the pinch-off of an air bubble in water, is not self-similar in a strict sense: A disk is quickly pulled through a water surface, leading to a giant, cylindrical void which after collapse creates an upward and a downward jet. Only in the limiting case of large Froude numbers does the purely inertial scaling h(-l...

  16. Power of the pinch: pinch lower lid blepharoplasty.

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    Kim, Elizabeth M; Bucky, Louis P

    2008-05-01

    Lower lid blepharoplasty is performed with great variation in technique. Conventional lower lid blepharoplasty with anterior fat removal via the orbital septum has a potential lower lid malposition rate of 15% to 20%. Lower lid malposition and the stigma of obvious lower lid surgery have led plastic surgeons to continue to change their approach to lower lid rejuvenation. In recent years, some surgeons have come to rely on alternative procedures like laser resurfacing alone or in conjunction with transconjunctival fat removal and canthopexy in an effort to avoid such complications. The pinch blepharoplasty technique removes redundant skin without undermining. This allows for more controlled wound healing, predictable recovery, and potential for simultaneous laser resurfacing. The combination of pinch blepharoplasty with transconjunctival fat removal leaves the middle lamella intact and reduces the chance of scleral show or ectropion. The purpose of this series is to demonstrate that pinch excision of redundant lower eyelid skin can be safely performed and that it can be used with laser resurfacing and/or transconjunctival fat removal for optimal treatment of the aging eye. A retrospective review of 46 consecutive patients who underwent pinch blepharoplasty, either in isolation or with other periorbital procedures was performed. Follow-up was at least 4 months (range of 4-24 months). In addition, we performed a prospective study of 25 consecutive patients to quantify the amount of skin removed and evaluate results and complications. An average of 8 mm of skin was resected (range of 4-12 mm) with the pinch blepharoplasty technique. Of these patients, 5.6% also underwent transconjunctival blepharoplasty, laser resurfacing, and/or fat grafting of the nasojugal groove. Despite the addition of simultaneous laser resurfacing, we did not see an increase in lower lid malposition. Three of the 71 patients had temporary scleral show that resolved with lower lid massage. In

  17. Belt attachment and system

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    Schneider, Abraham D.; Davidson, Erick M.

    2016-02-02

    Disclosed herein is a belt assembly including a flexible belt with an improved belt attachment. The belt attachment includes two crossbars spaced along the length of the belt. The crossbars retain bearings that allow predetermined movement in six degrees of freedom. The crossbars are connected by a rigid body that attaches to the bearings. Implements that are attached to the rigid body are simply supported but restrained in pitching rotation.

  18. Z-Pinch Fusion for Energy Applications

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    SPIELMAN,RICK B.

    2000-01-01

    Z pinches, the oldest fusion concept, have recently been revisited in light of significant advances in the fields of plasma physics and pulsed power engineering. The possibility exists for z-pinch fusion to play a role in commercial energy applications. We report on work to develop z-pinch fusion concepts, the result of an extensive literature search, and the output for a congressionally-mandated workshop on fusion energy held in Snowmass, Co July 11-23,1999.

  19. Z-Pinch Fusion for Energy Applications

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    Z pinches, the oldest fusion concept, have recently been revisited in light of significant advances in the fields of plasma physics and pulsed power engineering. The possibility exists for z-pinch fusion to play a role in commercial energy applications. We report on work to develop z-pinch fusion concepts, the result of an extensive literature search, and the output for a congressionally-mandated workshop on fusion energy held in Snowmass, Co July 11-23,1999

  20. Giant bubble pinch-off

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    Bergmann, R; Prosperetti, A; Sandtke, M; Stijnman, M; Van der Meer, D; Bergmann, Raymond; Lohse, Detlef; Meer, Devaraj van der; Prosperetti, Andrea; Sandtke, Marijn; Stijnman, Mark

    2006-01-01

    Self-similarity has been the paradigmatic picture for the pinch-off of a drop. Here we will show through high-speed imaging and boundary integral simulations that the inverse problem, the pinch-off of an air bubble in water, is not self-similar in a strict sense: A disk is quickly pulled through a water surface, leading to a giant, cylindrical void which after collapse creates an upward and a downward jet. Only in the limiting case of large Froude number the neck radius $h$ scales as $h(-\\log h)^{1/4} \\propto \\tau^{1/2}$, the purely inertial scaling. For any finite Froude number the collapse is slower, and a second length-scale, the curvature of the void, comes into play. Both length-scales are found to exhibit power-law scaling in time, but with different exponents depending on the Froude number, signaling the non-universality of the bubble pinch-off.

  1. Ulnar Nerve Tendon Transfers for Pinch.

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    Cook, Shane; Gaston, R Glenn; Lourie, Gary M

    2016-08-01

    Power and tip pinch are an integral part of intrinsic hand function that can be significantly compromised with dysfunction of the ulnar nerve. Loss of power pinch is one component that can significantly affect an individual's ability to perform simple daily tasks. Tip pinch is less affected, as this task has significant contributions from the median nerve. To restore power pinch, the primary focus must be on restoring the action of the adductor pollicis primarily, and if indicated the first dorsal interosseous muscle and flexor pollicis brevis. PMID:27387080

  2. Lower pinch radius limit in EXTRAP

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    In an Extrap pinch there is a superimposed magnetic octupole field which forms a magnetic separatrix with the field generated by the pinch current. Earlier experiments have shown that the octupole field has a stabilizing influence on the plasma. Regardless of the details of this stabilizing mechanism, it is expected that the influence of the octupole field should become negligible for a sufficiently small ratio between the characteristic pinch and separatrix radii. In other words, there should exist a lower limit of this ratio below which the system approaches the state of an ordinary unstabilized Z-pinch. The present paper presents an extended version of an earlier theoretical model of this lower limit, and its relation to the corresponding critical ratio between the external conductor and pinch currents. This ratio is found to vary substantially with the plasma parameters. (authors)

  3. Autocatalytic plume pinch-off

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    Rogers, Michael C; Morris, Stephen W

    2010-01-01

    A localized source of buoyancy flux in a non-reactive fluid medium creates a plume. The flux can be provided by either heat, a compositional difference between the fluid comprising the plume and its surroundings, or a combination of both. For autocatalytic plumes produced by the iodate-arsenous acid reaction, however, buoyancy is produced along the entire reacting interface between the plume and its surroundings. Buoyancy production at the moving interface drives fluid motion, which in turn generates flow that advects the reaction front. As a consequence of this interplay between fluid flow and chemical reaction, autocatalytic plumes exhibit a rich dynamics during their ascent through the reactant medium. One of the more interesting dynamical features is the production of an accelerating vortical plume head that in certain cases pinches-off and detaches from the upwelling conduit. After pinch-off, a new plume head forms in the conduit below, and this can lead to multiple generations of plume heads for a singl...

  4. Upper pinch radius limit in EXTRAP

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    A simple static equilibrium model of the Z-pinch is considered where a hot plasma core is surrounded by a cold-mantle (gas blanket). The pinch radius, defined as the radial extension of the fully ionized plasma core, is uniquely determined by the plasma particle. momentum and heat balance equations. In Extrap configurations an octupole field is introduced which imposes a magnetic separatrix on Z-pinch geometry. This makes the conditions for Extrap equilibrium 'overdetermined' when the characteristic pinch radium given by the plasma parameters tends to exceed the characteristic radius of the magnetic separatrix. In this case no conventional pinch equilibrium can exist, and part of the current which is forced into the plasma discharge by external sources must be channelled outside of the separatrix, i.e. into the surrounding support structure of the Extrap conductors and the vessel walls. A possibly existing bootstrap current in the plasma boundary layer is further expected to be 'scraped off' in this case. The present paper gives some illustrations of the marginal case of this upper pinch radius limit, in a state where the pinch current is antiparallel to the external rod currents which generate the octupole field. (authors)

  5. Investigation of table top X-pinches

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    The X-pinch is created by passing a large current through two or more wires crossed and touching at a single point. The X-pinch has been found to be an excellent source of high intensity, short duration X-rays, which has led to a wide range of applications in areas such as lithography, radiography, biomedicine, and materials science. An investigation was carried out relating to how the characteristics of the X-rays emissions and plasma dynamics of X-pinches change with the number of wires utilized. The pinches were created by passing a 58 ns, 38 kA current pulse through tungsten wires. Wire configurations using 2,3,4, and 6 wires were used. The main diagnostic tools consisted of a CCD camera for time-integrated optical images, a pinhole camera to record time-integrated images of the X-ray emissions and X-ray diodes to determine the pinch time. X-pinches with a greater number of wires were found to result in an increase in size and intensity of the vertical plasma jets, as well as an increase in the time taken before the pinch would occur.

  6. Nitrogen laser system for diagnosing z-pinch and x-pinch plasmas

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    A nitrogen laser system built to probe dense z-pinch and x-pinch plasmas is described. This low-cost system consists of an atmospheric pressure oscillator and a low pressure amplifier. It generates a 1-cm-diam 3371 Angstrom laser beam with approximately 0.33 mJ in a approx-lt 1 ns pulse, and with a coherence length of at least 5 cm. This laser has been used in several modes of operation, such as for simultaneous schlieren and interferometry imaging of dense z-pinch and x-pinch plasmas. Example results are presented. copyright 1997 American Institute of Physics

  7. Pinch analysis of evaporation systems

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    Westphalen D.L.

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available Evaporation systems are separation processes widely used in chemical industries. Some guidelines can be found in the literature for the process integration of multiple effect evaporators. In the published methodologies some aspects are neglected as boiling point rise, effect of pressure on latent heat of water, sensible heat of liquid streams, heat of mixing, effects configuration and inclusion of accessories. In this work, a new graphical representation for the integration of multiple effect evaporators was developed, using rigorous physical properties. From this representation, an algorithm for optimization of bleed streams was conceived using the concepts of Pinch Analysis. As a case study, a crystal glucose plant was optimized using this new methodology. The optimization of bleed streams showed as result a steam consumption 16% smaller than a similar previous study. From energy and capital costs, it is shown that the integrated evaporator exhibits a total cost 14% smaller than the non-integrated configuration.

  8. Separation enhancement in pinched flow fractionation

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    Vig, Asger Laurberg; Kristensen, Anders

    2008-01-01

    A method for enhancing the separation in the microfluidic size separation technique called pinched flow fractionation (PFF) is demonstrated experimentally and analyzed by numerical calculations. The enhancement is caused by a geometrical modification of the original PFF design. Seven different...

  9. Superfast Z-pinch-produced plasmas

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    The superfast z-pinch has been investigated as a possible means of producing an ultra-high (approx. 100 keV) temperature plasma. An ion Vlasov fluid electron code is shown to simulate the experimental behavior of a pinch. Dependence of the temperature on wall generated impurity, initial density profile, and generator parameters are indicated. Extrapolation of the code using state of the art pulse generators indicate feasibility of an ultra-high temperature plasma

  10. The Physics of Fast Z Pinches

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    RYUTOV,D.D.; DERZON,MARK S.; MATZEN,M. KEITH

    1999-10-25

    The spectacular progress made during the last few years in reaching high energy densities in fast implosions of annular current sheaths (fast Z pinches) opens new possibilities for a broad spectrum of experiments, from x-ray generation to controlled thermonuclear fusion and astrophysics. Presently Z pinches are the most intense laboratory X ray sources (1.8 MJ in 5 ns from a volume 2 mm in diameter and 2 cm tall). Powers in excess of 200 TW have been obtained. This warrants summarizing the present knowledge of physics that governs the behavior of radiating current-carrying plasma in fast Z pinches. This survey covers essentially all aspects of the physics of fast Z pinches: initiation, instabilities of the early stage, magnetic Rayleigh-Taylor instability in the implosion phase, formation of a transient quasi-equilibrium near the stagnation point, and rebound. Considerable attention is paid to the analysis of hydrodynamic instabilities governing the implosion symmetry. Possible ways of mitigating these instabilities are discussed. Non-magnetohydrodynamic effects (anomalous resistivity, generation of particle beams, etc.) are summarized. Various applications of fast Z pinches are briefly described. Scaling laws governing development of more powerful Z pinches are presented. The survey contains 36 figures and more than 300 references.

  11. The physics of fast Z pinches

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    Ryutov, D.D. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (United States); Derzon, M.S.; Matzen, M.K. [Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    1998-07-01

    The spectacular progress made during the last few years in reaching high energy densities in fast implosions of annular current sheaths (fast Z pinches) opens new possibilities for a broad spectrum of experiments, from x-ray generation to controlled thermonuclear fusion and astrophysics. Presently Z pinches are the most intense laboratory X ray sources (1.8 MJ in 5 ns from a volume 2 mm in diameter and 2 cm tall). Powers in excess of 200 TW have been obtained. This warrants summarizes the present knowledge of physics that governs the behavior of radiating current-carrying plasma in fast Z-pinches. This survey covers essentially all aspects of the physics of fast Z pinches: initiation, instabilities of the early stage, magnetic Rayleigh-Taylor instability in the implosion phase, formation of a transient quasi-equilibrium near the stagnation point, and rebound. Considerable attention is paid to the analysis of hydrodynamic instabilities governing the implosion symmetry. Possible ways of mitigating these instabilities are discussed. Non-magnetohydrodynamic effects (anomalous resistivity, generation of particle beams, etc.) are summarized. Various applications of fast Z pinches are briefly described. Scaling laws governing development of more powerful Z pinches are presented. The survey contains 52 figures and nearly 300 references.

  12. The physics of fast Z pinches

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    The spectacular progress made during the last few years in reaching high energy densities in fast implosions of annular current sheaths (fast Z pinches) opens new possibilities for a broad spectrum of experiments, from x-ray generation to controlled thermonuclear fusion and astrophysics. Presently Z pinches are the most intense laboratory X ray sources (1.8 MJ in 5 ns from a volume 2 mm in diameter and 2 cm tall). Powers in excess of 200 TW have been obtained. This warrants summarizes the present knowledge of physics that governs the behavior of radiating current-carrying plasma in fast Z-pinches. This survey covers essentially all aspects of the physics of fast Z pinches: initiation, instabilities of the early stage, magnetic Rayleigh-Taylor instability in the implosion phase, formation of a transient quasi-equilibrium near the stagnation point, and rebound. Considerable attention is paid to the analysis of hydrodynamic instabilities governing the implosion symmetry. Possible ways of mitigating these instabilities are discussed. Non-magnetohydrodynamic effects (anomalous resistivity, generation of particle beams, etc.) are summarized. Various applications of fast Z pinches are briefly described. Scaling laws governing development of more powerful Z pinches are presented. The survey contains 52 figures and nearly 300 references

  13. Riding the belt

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    Potts, A.

    1998-04-01

    Recent developments in conveyor systems have focused on accessories rather than the belt itself. Radio frequency identification (RFID) is a technology using transponders embedded in conveyor belts and this is the latest development at the German firm Contitech. The system described in the articles developed with Moers, features transponders for cooling, controlling and monitoring conveyor belts. Other developments mentioned include a JOKI drum motor featuring a fully integrated gearbox and electric motor enclosed in a steel shell, from Interoll; a new scraper cleaning system from Hosch, new steel cord belting from Fenner, a conveying system for Schleenhain lignite opencast mine by FAM Foerdelantigen Magdeburg; new bearings from Nadella (the sales arm of Intersoll-Rand), an anti-shock belt transfer table from Rosta and new caliper disc brakes from GE Industrial.

  14. Development Path for Z-Pinch IFE

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    The long-range goal of the Z-Pinch IFE program is to produce an economically-attractive power plant using high-yield z-pinch-driven targets (∼3GJ) with low rep-rate per chamber (∼0.1 Hz). The present mainline choice for a Z-Pinch IFE power plant uses an LTD (Linear Transformer Driver) repetitive pulsed power driver, a Recyclable Transmission Line (RTL), a dynamic hohlraum z-pinch-driven target, and a thick-liquid wall chamber. The RTL connects the pulsed power driver directly to the z-pinch-driven target, and is made from frozen coolant or a material that is easily separable from the coolant (such as carbon steel). The RTL is destroyed by the fusion explosion, but the RTL materials are recycled, and a new RTL is inserted on each shot.A development path for Z-Pinch IFE has been created that complements and leverages the NNSA DP ICF program. Funding by a U.S. Congressional initiative of $4M for FY04 through NNSA DP is supporting assessment and initial research on (1) RTLs, (2) repetitive pulsed power drivers, (3) shock mitigation [because of the high yield targets], (4) planning for a proof-of-principle full RTL cycle demonstration [with a 1 MA, 1 MV, 100 ns, 0.1 Hz driver], (5) IFE target studies for multi-GJ yield targets, and (6) z-pinch IFE power plant engineering and technology development. Initial results from all areas of this research are discussed

  15. Anomalous particle pinch in Tokamaks

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    The diffusion coefficient in phase space usually varies with the particle energy. A consequence is the dependence of the fluid particle flux on the temperature gradient. If the diffusion coefficient in phase space decreases with the energy in the bulk of the thermal distribution function, the particle thermodiffusion coefficient which links the particle flux to the temperature gradient is negative. This is a possible explanation for the inward particle pinch that is observed in tokamaks. A quasilinear theory shows that such a thermodiffusion is generic for a tokamak electrostatic turbulence at low frequency. This effect adds to the particle flux associated with the radial gradient of magnetic field. This behavior is illustrated with a perturbed electric potential, for which the trajectories of charged particle guiding centers are calculated. The diffusion coefficient of particles is computed and compared to the quasilinear theory, which predicts a divergence at low velocity. It is shown that at low velocity, the actual diffusion coefficient increases, but remains lower than the quasilinear value. Nevertheless, this differential diffusion between cold and fast particles leads to an inward flux of particles. (author)

  16. Hot spots in fiber pinches

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    Results are presented on the behavior of ''bright spots'' in carbon and deuterium fiber Z-pinches using the MAGPIE generator at the I MA current level. The experimental diagnosis was carried out using optical and X-ray framing and streak images, along with Schlieren and shadowgraphy laser probing. After a short (∼4 ns) duration formation phase, these bright spots exhibit highly dynamic behavior. Bifurcation of the bright spots gives rise to rapid axial motion at 1-3x105 m/sec. The post-bifurcation bright spots persist for up to 40 ns. The important features of bright spot evolution can be reproduced using a 2-D MHD code incorporating LTE ionization dynamics and cold start conditions. Construction of ''artificial'' diagnostic images from the simulation data allows direct comparison to experiment. From the close agreement between experiment and 2-D simulation we infer that the observed bright spot behavior can be explained entirely in terms of the non-linear evolution of the m=0 instability

  17. Radiative signatures of Z-pinch plasmas at UNR: from X-pinches to wire arrays

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    University-scale Z-pinch generators are able to produce High Energy Density (HED) plasmas in a broad range of plasma parameters under well-controlled and monitored experimental conditions suitable for radiation studies. The implosion of X-pinch and wire array loads at a 1 MA generator yields short (1-20 nsec) x-ray bursts from one or several bright plasma spots near the wire cross point (for X-pinches) or along and near Z-pinch axis (for wire arrays). Such X- and Z-pinch HED plasma with scales from a few µm to several mm in size emits radiation in a broad range of energies from 10 eV to 0.5 MeV and is subject of our studies during the last ten years. In particular, the substantial number of experiments with very different wire loads was performed on the 1 MA Zebra generator and analyzed: X-pinch, cylindrical, nested, and various types of the novel load, Planar Wire Arrays (PWA). Also, the experiments at an enhanced current of 1.5-1.7 MA on Zebra using Load Current Multiplier (LCM) were performed. This paper highlights radiative signatures of X-pinches and Single and Double PWAs which are illustrated using the new results with combined wire loads from two different materials. (author)

  18. Axial x-ray backlighting of wire-array Z-pinches using X pinches

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    For the first time, a geometry has been developed to allow for an axial imaging system for wire-array Z-pinch experiments that produce high-resolution x-ray images. The new geometry required a significant redesign of the electrode hardware. Calibrated areal density measurements of the Z-pinch plasma including wire cores, coronal plasma, streaming plasma, and the precursor were obtained. The system used eight-wire molybdenum (Mo) X pinches in series with and directly below the Z-pinch axis to provide micron-scale x-rays sources for point-projection radiography. The images formed on the x-ray sensitive film had a 15 mm diameter field of view at the center height of the array and a magnification of about 7.5:1. Titanium (Ti) filters in front of the film transmitted radiation in the spectral range of 3-5 keV. For calibration, a separate film with the same thickness Ti filter was placed the same distance from the X pinch. This film had an unobstructed path that bypasses the Z-pinch but included step wedges for calibration of the Z-pinch plasma. The step wedges had thicknesses of tungsten (W) ranging from 0.015 to 1.1 μm to obtain areal density measurements of the W plasma from the wire-array. Images had subnanosecond temporal resolution and about 10 μm spatial resolution.

  19. Axial x-ray backlighting of wire-array Z-pinches using X pinches

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    Blesener, I. C.; Greenly, J. B.; Pikuz, S. A.; Shelkovenko, T. A.; Vishniakou, S.; Hammer, D. A.; Kusse, B. R.

    2009-12-01

    For the first time, a geometry has been developed to allow for an axial imaging system for wire-array Z-pinch experiments that produce high-resolution x-ray images. The new geometry required a significant redesign of the electrode hardware. Calibrated areal density measurements of the Z-pinch plasma including wire cores, coronal plasma, streaming plasma, and the precursor were obtained. The system used eight-wire molybdenum (Mo) X pinches in series with and directly below the Z-pinch axis to provide micron-scale x-rays sources for point-projection radiography. The images formed on the x-ray sensitive film had a 15 mm diameter field of view at the center height of the array and a magnification of about 7.5:1. Titanium (Ti) filters in front of the film transmitted radiation in the spectral range of 3-5 keV. For calibration, a separate film with the same thickness Ti filter was placed the same distance from the X pinch. This film had an unobstructed path that bypasses the Z-pinch but included step wedges for calibration of the Z-pinch plasma. The step wedges had thicknesses of tungsten (W) ranging from 0.015 to 1.1 μm to obtain areal density measurements of the W plasma from the wire-array. Images had subnanosecond temporal resolution and about 10 μm spatial resolution.

  20. Plasma focus - dense Z pinch and their applications

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    ''Workshop on the possibility of Z-pinch as a intense pulse light source'' in 1983 and ''Research meeting on plasma focus and Z-pinch'' in 1984 were held at Institute of Plasma Physics, Nagoya University under a collaborating research program. Research activities reported at the meetings on plasma focus, dense Z-pinch, and related phenomena are summerized. (author)

  1. High-density Z-pinch research

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    The linear Z pinch is a plasma configuration which in its simplest form requires no auxiliary magnetic field; an axial current carried by the plasma produces an azimuthal confining field and provides ohmic (resistive) or implosion heating. The Lawson criterion (n tau > 1020 m-3s) and high temperatures (T > 10 keV) must be simultaneously satisfied in any reactor scheme. Early Z-pinch experiments concentrated on the sub-atmospheric fill pressure regime, with 1019 m-3 23 m-3 and a corresponding confinement time constraint of 101 s > tau > 10-4 s. In addition, these studies involved plasmas formed at the surface of an insulating wall; the plasmas were subsequently pinched inward by the radial j x B force. Following the implosion phase, gross MHD instabilities were invariably observed on a time scale short compared to the required confinement time

  2. Gas-puff Z-pinch experiment

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    The fast linear Z-pinch was experimentally investigatedusing a pulse high-current generator (10.8 μF, 5 to 10 kJ. 150 to 250 kA) and a pulse injectionof argon and neon. Measured electrical characteristics of the discharge (current shape and risetime, inductance) and calculated dynamic parameters of plasma implosion (accelerated mass, radial plasma velocity) are presented. X-ray diagnostics with temporal resolution (vacuum X-ray diodes, semiconductor detectors) were utilized. The temperature and the density of pinch plasma (Te ≅ 50 eV, ne ≅ 1.4x1026 m-3) and its size and lifetime were estimated. Total energy emitted by pinch in ultra-soft X-ray region (hν<1 keV) during ∼ 200 ns pulse achieves 125 J/4π. (author). 5 figs., 1 tab., 16 refs

  3. Dense Z-pinches by carbon fiber pinch and by conductive thin film linear compression

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    Dense Z-pinch plasmas are created by two different ways and are examined experimentally. A stable plasma column existing for about 20 ns has been created in the carbon fiber pinch driven by a pulsed power generator. Any significant differences in emitted soft X-ray intensity from the plasma are not observed between fiber pinches of carbon fiber with nickel or copper coating and without any coating material. Techninal difficulties in handling thin foil metal liner for linear compression experiments are overcome by proposing a conductive thin film deposited on the surface of discharge tube wall as a compression liner. Uniform cyclindrical compression of the thin film liner has been confirmed

  4. Wave dynamics of theta pinch implosions

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    A model based on two constraints is proposed for theta pinch implosions. The first constraint states that the external radial force per mass density is the same for both electron and ion fluids like in a newtonian system. The second constraint is the quasi-neutrality. In cylindrical geometry, this model claims different radial velocities for the two fluids, plasma rotation in the azimuthal direction, and a minimum two dimensional consistent description. The physics of electron beam current saturation is shown to be very relevant in reverse biased pinches. (author)

  5. Fusion in a staged Z-pinch

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    Wessel, F. J.; Rahman, H. U.; Ney, P.; Valenzuela, J.; Beg, F.; McKee, E.; Darling, T.

    2016-03-01

    This paper is dedicated to Norman Rostoker, our (FJW and HUR) mentor and long-term collaborator, who will always be remembered for the incredible inspiration that he has provided us. Norman's illustrious career dealt with a broad range of fundamental-physics problems and we were fortunate to have worked with him on many important topics: intense-charged-particle beams, field-reversed configurations, and Z-pinches. Rostoker 's group at the University of CA, Irvine was well known for having implemented many refinements to the Z-pinch, that make it more stable, scalable, and efficient, including the development of: the gas-puff Z-pinch [1], which provides for the use of an expanded range of pinch-load materials; the gas-mixture Z-pinch [2], which enhances the pinch stability and increases its radiation efficiency; e-beam pre-ionization [3], which enhances the uniformity of the initial-breakdown process in a gas pinch; magnetic-flux-compression [4, 5], which allows for the amplification of an axial-magnetic field Bz; the Z-θ pinch [6], which predicts fusion in a pinch-on-fiber configuration; the Staged Z-pinch (SZP) [7], which allows for the amplification of the pinch self-magnetic field, Bθ , in addition to a Bz, and leads to a stable implosion and high-gain fusion [8, 9, 10]. This paper describes the physical basis for a magneto-inertial compression in a liner-on-target SZP [11]. Initially a high-atomic-number liner implodes under the action of the J →×B → , Lorentz Force. As the implosion becomes super Alfvénic, magnetosonic waves form, transporting current and magnetic field through the liner toward the interface of the low-atomic-number target. The target implosion remains subsonic with its surface bounded by a stable-shock front. Shock waves that pass into the target provide a source of target plasma pre-heat. At peak compression the assembly is compressed by liner inertia, with flux compression producing an intense-magnetic field near the target

  6. Pinch-off of rods by bulk diffusion

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    Aagesen, L.K.; Johnson, A.E.; Fife, J.L.;

    2011-01-01

    pinching. The theory is compared to experiments that employ in situ four-dimensional X-ray tomographic microscopy for rods of liquid or solid pinching by solute diffusion in the high-diffusivity liquid phase. The excellent agreement between experiment and theory confirms that the interfacial morphology......The morphology of a rod embedded in a matrix undergoing pinching by interfacial-energy-driven bulk diffusion is determined near the point of pinching. We find a self-similar solution that gives a unique temporal power law and interfacial shape prior to pinching and self-similar solutions after...

  7. Hybrid simulations of Z-pinches

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    Sotnikov, V. I.; Bauer, B. S.; LeBoeuf, J. N.; Hellinger, Petr; Trávníček, Pavel; Fiala, Vladimír

    2004-01-01

    Roč. 164, č. 1-3 (2004), s. 150-155. ISSN 0010-4655 R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAB3042106 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z3042911 Keywords : Z-pinch * Instability * Hall term * Kinetic ions Subject RIV: DG - Athmosphere Sciences, Meteorology Impact factor: 1.515, year: 2004

  8. Bootstrap states of the Z-pinch

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    Steady bootstrap states of a Z-pinch are investigated both in absence and in presence of an imposed axial magnetic field, in terms of MHD theory with classical resistivity. The results indicate that bootstrap operation should become possible for certain classes of plasma profiles and that such operation can lead to higher bootstrap currents in a Z-pinch without axial magnetic field than in a tokamak-like case under similar plasma conditions. The ratio between the latter and the former currents is of the order of the square root of the beta value in the tokamak-like case. A simple numerical example is given on boot-strap operation in the Z-pinch. Neoclassical or anomalous diffusion will increase the diffusion velocity of the plasma but are not expected to affect the main physical features of the present results. This applies also to the kinetic effects in the weak-field region near the axis of the Z-pinch, because these effects can largely be described by MHD-like equations for a steady equilibrium. Bootstrap operation and the technical difficulty in realizing a volume distribution of particle sinks introduce certain constraints on the plasma and current profiles. This has to be taken into account in a stability analysis. The latter cannot only be performed in terms of MHD-like theory but has to be based on kinetic theory including large Larmor radius (LLR) effects. (author)

  9. Dynamics of hybrid X-pinches

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    Shelkovenko, T. A.; Tilikin, I. N.; Ivanenkov, G. V. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Lebedev Physical Institute (Russian Federation); Stepniewski, W. [Institute of Plasma Physics and Laser Microfusion (Poland); Mingaleev, A. R.; Romanova, V. M.; Agafonov, A. V. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Lebedev Physical Institute (Russian Federation); Cahill, A. D.; Hoyt, C. L.; Gourdain, P. A.; Hammer, D. A. [Cornell University (United States); Pikuz, S. A., E-mail: pikuz@mail.ru [Russian Academy of Sciences, Lebedev Physical Institute (Russian Federation)

    2015-01-15

    The dynamics of a new type of pinches—hybrid X-pinches (HXPs)—has been studied experimentally and numerically. The initial configuration of an HXP consists of a high-current diode with conical tungsten electrodes separated by a 1- to 3-mm-long gap and shunted with a 20- to 100-μm diameter wire. It was shown earlier that a hot spot (HS) with high plasma parameters also formed in the HXP, although its initial configuration is simpler than that of a standard X-pinch. Although details of the HXP dynamics still remain insufficiently studied, the main factors governing the HXP formation were investigated both experimentally and using magnetohydrodynamic simulations. The formation of a specific pressure profile in the electrode plasma after the wire explosion was investigated both experimentally and theoretically. It is shown that the effect of the pressure profile on the expanding wire plasma is similar for both standard X-pinches and HXPs, which allows one to assign them to the same class of loads of pulsed facilities. It is also established that the final stages of HS formation and the parameters of the HS plasma in standard X-pinches and HXPs are practically identical.

  10. Scylla IV-P theta pinch

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    Scylla IV-P is a flexible, linear theta pinch designed to investigate high-density linear concepts, end-stoppering, alternate heating methods, and plasma injection techniques relevant to a pure fusion reactor and/or a fusion-fission hybrid system. The construction and experimental arrangement of the device are briefly described

  11. Pinched Flow Fractionation – Teknologi and Applikation

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    Vig, Asger Laurberg

    biologiske og kemiske systemer, er en mikrofluid størrelsessorteringsteknik ved navn pinched flow fractionation (PFF) valgt som modelsystem. En høj-volumen fabrikations teknik, baseret på rulleaftryk til polymer-baseret LOC komponenter, er udviklet og demonstreret ved fabrikation af funktionsdygtige PFF...

  12. Pinch Strengths in Healthy Iranian Children and Young Adult Population

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    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Background: Data on the physical strength capabilities are essential for design-ing safe and usable products and are useful in a wide range of clinical settings especially during treatment of disease affecting the function of the hand. The purpose of this study was to determine peak lateral pinch strength, key pinch strength, tip-to-tip pinch strength and three-jaw pinch strength exertions in a healthy Iranian children and young adult population.Methods: The study was conducted among 511 participants (242 males and 269 females aged 7-30 years. Measurements were carried out with both dominant and non-dominant hands in standard sitting posture using a B&L pinch gauge. Two repetitions of each strength measurement were recorded for each condition and the average value of the two trials was used in the subsequent analysis.Results: The results showed significant differences in the pinch strength data in terms of the age, gender and hand dominance. The lateral pinch strength, key pinch strength, tip-to-tip pinch strength and three-jaw pinch strength exertions by females were 68.4%, 68.8%, 78.8% and 81.8% of those exerted by males, respectively. Strength exertions with the non-dominant hand were 6.4%, 5.2%, 6.6% and 5.1% lower than strength exertions of the dominant hand for the lat-eral pinch strength, key pinch strength, tip-to-tip pinch strength and three-jaw pinch strength exertions, respectively.Conclusion: These findings can be used to fill the gaps in strength data for Iranian population.

  13. Dynamic characteristics of conveyor belts

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    HOU You-fu; MENG Qing-rui

    2008-01-01

    The dynamic characteristics of a belt conveyor are determined to a large extent by the properties of the belt. This paper describes experiments designed to establish the dynamic properties of belting material. The dynamic elastic modulus, viscous damping and theological constants of the belt were measured. Several properties were studied as a function of the tensile loading on the belt. These included longitudinal vibration, the natural vibration frequency in the transverse direction and the response to an impulse excitation. Vibration response was observed under several different excitation frequencies. Most of these properties have not been tested previously under conditions appropriate for the ISO/DP9856 standard. Two types of belt were tested, a steel reinforced belt and a fabric reinforced belt. The test equipment was built to provide data appropriate for designing belt conveyors. It was observed that the stress wave propagation speed increased with tensile load and that tensile load was the main factor influencing longitudinal vibrations.

  14. The JET belt limiter

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    A limiter with an effective area in contact with the plasma of about 16 m2 is presently being manufactured for installation in 1987. This belt limiter consists of two toroidal rings located above and below the equatorial plane of the vacuum vessel. Each of the two rings comprises a structure with water cooling pipes and fins welded to the pipes. The limiter material in contact with the plasma (graphite or beryllium) is inserted between fins in the form of tiles. The belt limiter is designed to handle up to 40 MW of total power at flux densities of 3 - 5 MW/m2 for 10 s and to permit rapid exchange of different limiter materials. The design and manufacture of the belt limiter and the results of thermomechanical analysis for different edge properties, power levels and shot repetition rates, are reported. (author)

  15. The jet belt limiter

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    A limiter with an effective area in contact with the plasma of about 16 m/sup 2/ is presently being manufactured for installation in 1987. This belt limiter consists of two toroidal rings located above and below the equatorial plane of the vacuum vessel. Each of the two rings comprises a structure with water cooling pipes and fins welded to the pipes. The limiter material in contact with the plasma (graphite or beryllium) is inserted between fins in the form of tiles. The belt limiter is designed to handle up to 40 MW of total power at flux densities of 3 - 5 MW/m/sup 2/ for 10 s and to permit rapid exchange of different limiter materials. This paper describes the design and manufacture of the belt limiter and the results of thermomechanical analysis for different edge properties, power levels and shot repetition rates

  16. Z-Pinch Experiments with Shock Heating

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    Two z-pinch experiments are reported. The first is a linear pinch whose results have encouraged the authors to construct the second, a toroidal system. In these experiments, a shock produces plasma temperatures higher than have been produced by ohmic heating. Theory predicts that with the higher temperatures the drift instabilities can be avoided resulting in a reduction of the anomalous field diffusion. MHD calculations predict stable configurations for some diffuse z-pinch profiles with a reversed Bz field external to the pinch, and a conducting wall. The linear z-pinch experiment has a length of 30 cm, a diameter of 10 cm and the discharge current is ∼ 200 kA. Initial values of Bθ of 80 kG/μs produce the shock. A magnetic energy storage system generates the necessary high voltage ≲ 80 kV. Probes measure the initial shock structure and plasma pressure profiles. Together with holographic interferometric density measurements, they yield temperatures (Ti + Te) of 750 eV and peak densities of 1016/cm3 with initial pressure of 30 mTorr of deuterium. The limit of sensitivity of the holographic technique prevents data from being obtained at a lower filling pressure where higher plasma temperatures should be obtained. The plasma column exhibits gross stability for times of the order of the time scale of the experiment (∼8 μs). One-dimensional MHD calculations are performed both with classical and anomalous resistivities. The results, including density and magnetic field profiles, are compared with experiment. The toroidal experiment has a major diameter of 76 cm and a minor diameter of 10.25 cm. A 500 kj inductive energy storage system develops a peak voltage of ≤ 320 kV around the circumference of the torus with maximum plasma currents of about 200 kA. Iron cores couple the primary to the plasma secondary circuit. Toroidal equilibrium calculations have been made for diffuse plasma profiles. A numerical stability analysis of these toroidal equilibria, free

  17. Coal belt options

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    Whether moving coal long distances overland or short distances in-plant, belt conveyors will always be in demand. The article reports on recent systems developments and applications by Beumer, Horizon Conveyor Equipment, Conveyor Dynamics, Doppelmayr Transport Technology, Enclosed Bulk Systems, ContiTech and Bateman Engineered Technologies. 2 photos.

  18. Interrupted z-pinch in argon

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    The pinch effect in a low-pressure discharge in air between two cone-shaped copper electrodes was investigated. The paraxial dense part of the z-pinch became interrupted due to the barrel shape of the magnetic and electric fields, and two relatively stable plasma jets, connected with the electrode tips, were formed in the discharge shortly after the breakdown. Later a high-density ellipsoidal structure with a sharp boundary formed. Michelson interferometry and the Schlieren method, respectively, were used in measurements of the plasma density in the discharge channel and in the small inhomogeneity regions. A distinct filamentary structure of the plasma jets was well seen in the Schlieren pictures. The electron temperature was calculated from the intensities of spectral lines and of continuum radiation in the visible region. (J.U.) 1 fig., 3 refs

  19. Field mapping of the KATRIN pinch magnet

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    The Karlsruhe Tritium Neutrino experiment aims to probe the effective mass of the electron antineutrino in a model-independent way with an unsurpassed sensitivity of 200 meV/c2 (90% C.L.). The energy spectrum of the electrons from Tritium β-decay is analyzed by an electrostatic spectrometer which is based on the MAC-E filter principle. The so-called PINCH magnet - a superconducting solenoid located at the end of the spectrometer - is a crucial part of the MAC-E filter and its field strength of 6 T is directly related to the sensitivity of the experiment. Thus, a clear understanding of its field stability and field map is indispensable for the success of KATRIN. Along with an overview of the KATRIN experiment and the MAC-E filter principle this poster presents the results of a detailed study of the PINCH magnet's field map obtained with a 3-axis Hall probe.

  20. Evolution of the MHD sheet pinch

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    A magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) problem of recurrent interest for both astrophysical and laboratory plasmas is the evolution of the unstable sheet pinch, a current sheet across which a dc magnetic field reverses sign. The evolution of such a sheet pinch is followed with a spectral-method, incompressible, two-dimensional, MHD turbulence code. Spectral diagnostics are employed, as are contour plots of vector potential (magnetic field lines), electric current density, and velocity stream function (velocity streamlines). The nonlinear effect which seems most important is seen to be current filamentation: the concentration of the current density onto sets of small measure near a mgnetic X point. A great deal of turbulence is apparent in the current distribution, which, for high Reynolds numbers, requires large spatial grids (greater than or equal to (64)2). 11 figures, 1 table

  1. Quark-hadron duality: pinched kernel approch

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    Dominguez, C A; Schilcher, K; Spiesberger, H

    2016-01-01

    Hadronic spectral functions measured by the ALEPH collaboration in the vector and axial-vector channels are used to study potential quark-hadron duality violations (DV). This is done entirely in the framework of pinched kernel finite energy sum rules (FESR), i.e. in a model independent fashion. The kinematical range of the ALEPH data is effectively extended up to $s = 10\\; {\\mbox{GeV}^2}$ by using an appropriate kernel, and assuming that in this region the spectral functions are given by perturbative QCD. Support for this assumption is obtained by using $e^+ e^-$ annihilation data in the vector channel. Results in both channels show a good saturation of the pinched FESR, without further need of explicit models of DV.

  2. LASL toroidal reversed-field pinch programme

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    The determination of the absolute energy loss due to radiation from impurities in the LASL toroidal reversed-field pinch experiment ZT-S is reported. The measurements show that over half the energy loss is accounted for by this mechanism. Thomson-scattering electron density measurements indicate only a gradual increase in temperature as the filling pressure is reduced, indicating an increased energy loss at lower pressures. Cylindrical and toroidal simulations of the experiment indicate either that a highly radiative pinch boundary or anomalous transport is needed to match the experimental results. New effects on the equilibrium due to plasma flows induced by the toroidal geometry are predicted by the toroidal simulations. The preliminary results on the low-temperature discharge cleaning of the ZT-S torus are reported. A description of the upgrade of the ZT-S experiment and the objectives, construction and theoretical predictions for the new ZT-40 experiment are given. (author)

  3. A study in blood at pinch

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    Kar, Shantimoy; Chaudhury, Kaustav; Maiti, Tapas Kumar; Chakraborty, Suman

    2016-01-01

    The complex fluidic nature of blood, though necessary to serve different physiological purposes, gives rise to daunting challenges in developing unified conceptual paradigm describing the underlying physics of blood at pinch, which may otherwise be essential for understanding various bio-technological processes demanding precise and efficient handling of blood samples. Intuitively, a blood-drop may be formed simply by dripping. However, the pinch-off dynamics leading to blood-drop-breakup is elusively more complex than what may be portrayed by any unique model depicting the underlying morpho-dynamics, as our study reveals. With blood samples, here we observe two distinctive modes of the breakup process. One mode corresponds to incessant collapsing of a liquid-neck, while in other mode formation and thinning of an extended long thread leads to the breakup and drop formation. We further show that these modes are respectively described by power law and exponential law based universal scaling dynamics, depicting ...

  4. High-intensity-laser-driven Z pinches

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    Experiments were performed in which ultrahigh intensity laser pulses (I>5x1019 W cm-2) were used to irradiate thin wire targets. It was observed that such interactions generate a large number of relativistic electrons which escape the target and induce multimega ampere return currents within the wire. MHD instabilities can subsequently be observed in the pinching plasma along with field emission of electrons from nearby objects. Coherent optical transition radiation from adjacent objects was also observed

  5. Singularities in droplet pinching without viscosity

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    Eggers, J

    1997-01-01

    A model for the pinching of an inviscid liquid column, originally developed by Lee, is considered. We find that Lee's model has a singularity in the curvature at a finite thread radius, and therefore does not describe breakup. However, the observed steepening of the profile corresponds to experiments with fluids at low viscosity. The singularity has similarity form, which we compute analytically. The result agrees well with numerical simulations of Lee's model.

  6. Persistence of a pinch in a pipe

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    Mahadevan, L.; Vaziri, A.; Das, Moumita

    2006-01-01

    The response of low-dimensional solid objects combines geometry and physics in unusual ways, exemplified in structures of great utility such as a thin-walled tube that is ubiquitous in nature and technology. Here we provide a particularly surprising consequence of this confluence of geometry and physics in tubular structures: the anomalously large persistence of a localized pinch in an elastic pipe whose effect decays very slowly as an oscillatory exponential with a persistence length that di...

  7. Electroweak pinch technique to all orders

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    The generalization of the pinch technique to all orders in the electroweak sector of the Standard Model within the class of the renormalizable 't Hooft gauges, is presented. In particular, both the all-order PT gauge-boson- and scalar-fermion vertices, as well as the diagonal and mixed gauge-boson and scalar self-energies are explicitly constructed. This is achieved through the generalization to the Standard Model of the procedure recently applied to the QCD case, which consists of two steps: (i) the identification of special Green's functions, which serve as a common kernel to all self-energy and vertex diagrams and (ii) the study of the (on-shell) Slavnov-Taylor identities they satisfy. It is then shown that the ghost, scalar and scalar-gauge-boson Green's functions appearing in these identities capture precisely the result of the pinching action at arbitrary order. It turns out that the aforementioned Green's functions play a crucial role, their net effect being the non-trivial modification of the ghost, scalar and scalar-gauge-boson diagrams of the gauge-boson- or scalar-fermion vertex we have started from, in such a way as to dynamically generate the characteristic ghost and scalar sector of the background field method. The pinch technique gauge-boson and scalar self-energies are also explicitly constructed by resorting to the method of the background-quantum identities

  8. Staged Z-pinch for Fusion

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    Wessel, Frank; Rahman, Hafiz; Ney, Paul; Darling, Tim; McKee, Erik; Covington, Aaron; Beg, Farhat; Valenzuela, Julio; Narkis, Jeff; Presura, Radu

    2015-11-01

    The Staged Z-pinch (SZP) is configured as a plasma shell imploding onto an uniform, plasma fill (50:50 Deuterium:Tritium); the pinch is pre-magnetized, with an axial Bz field. Gas-puff experiments, at the University of California, Irvine, 1.25 MA, 1.25 μs, and 50 kJ, demonstrated that the implosion was stable, as primary (DD) and secondary (DT) neutrons were produced at peak compression. Subsequent analysis accounts for the stability and neutron yield, indicating that the SZP implosion is magneto-inertial, shock-driven, with magneto-sonic shocks in the liner and ordinary (sonic) shocks in the target. The shock waves preheat the target, as a stable, current-carrying, shock front forms at the interface. Near-term, the SZP team will test pinch loads on the 1 MA, 130 ns, 100 kJ University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada Terawatt, Zebra Facility. This paper details the context and our specific plans for the upcoming experiments, as well as our recent simulations predicting breakeven fusion on existing devices. Funded by the US Department of Energy, ARPA-E, Control Number 1184-1527.

  9. ''Turbulent Equipartition'' Theory of Toroidal Momentum Pinch

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    The mode-independent part of magnetic curvature driven turbulent convective (TuroCo) pinch of the angular momentum density (Hahm et al., Phys. Plasmas 14,072302 (2007)) which was originally derived from the gyrokinetic equation, can be interpreted in terms of the turbulent equipartition (TEP) theory. It is shown that the previous results can be obtained from the local conservation of 'magnetically weighted angular momentum density', nmi U#parallel# R/B2, and its homogenization due to turbulent flows. It is also demonstrated that the magnetic curvature modification of the parallel acceleration in the nonlinear gyrokinetic equation in the laboratory frame, which was shown to be responsible for the TEP part of the TurCo pinch of angular momentum density in the previous work, is closely related to the Coriolis drift coupling to the perturbed electric field. In addition, the origin of the diffusive flux in the rotating frame is highlighted. Finally, it is illustrated that there should be a difference in scalings between the momentum pinch originated from inherently toroidal effects and that coming from other mechanisms which exist in a simpler geometry.

  10. Turbulent Equipartition Theory of Toroidal Momentum Pinch

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    T.S. Hahm, P.H. Diamond, O.D. Gurcan, and G. Rewaldt

    2008-01-31

    The mode-independet part of magnetic curvature driven turbulent convective (TuroCo) pinch of the angular momentum density [Hahm et al., Phys. Plasmas 14,072302 (2007)] which was originally derived from the gyrokinetic equation, can be interpreted in terms of the turbulent equipartition (TEP) theory. It is shown that the previous results can be obtained from the local conservation of "magnetically weighted angular momentum density," nmi U|| R/B2, and its homogenization due to turbulent flows. It is also demonstrated that the magnetic curvature modification of the parallel acceleration in the nonlinear gyrokinetic equation in the laboratory frame, which was shown to be responsible for the TEP part of the TurCo pinch of angular momentum density in the previous work, is closely related to the Coriolis drift coupling to the perturbed electric field. In addition, the origin of the diffusive flux in the rotating frame is highlighted. Finally, it is illustratd that there should be a difference in scalings between the momentum pinch originated from inherently toroidal effects and that coming from other mechanisms which exist in a simpler geometry.

  11. High-density fusion and the Z-pinch

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    The formation of a Z-pinch in dense gas is investigated using numerical modeling in one and two dimensions. Hot, dense Z-pinches are calculated with n approximately 2 x 1021cm3 and T = 10 keV. Relaxation by sausage instability of an unstable pinch profile to a marginally stable one is calculated along with end losses in 2 dimensions to show that, if plasma is confined for N = 50 to 200 sound transits across the radius a, pinches with length L = Na are of interest for fusion power. A conceptual, ''no-wall'' fusion reactor is discussed. (author)

  12. Thermonuclear Fusion with the Sheared Flow Stabilized Z-Pinch

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    Winterberg, F

    2008-01-01

    Two basic approaches to producing thermonuclear fusion with a sheared flow stabilized z-pinch are considered. One consists of heating the entire length of the z-pinch column to the required temperatures. The other basic approach considered here involves the concept of fast ignition. A localized "hot-spot" is produced under the proper conditions to ignite a thermonuclear burn wave in the z-pinch plasma. Here we demonstrate that sheared flow stabilization is more efficient in the fast-ignition method with isentropic compression then in a z-pinch where the entire plasma column is heated.

  13. Metamorphic belts of Anatolia

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    Oberhänsli, Roland; Prouteau, Amaury; Candan, Osman; Bousquet, Romain

    2015-04-01

    Investigating metamorphic rocks from high-pressure/low-temperature (HP/LT) belts that formed during the closure of several oceanic branches, building up the present Anatolia continental micro-plate gives insight to the palaeogeography of the Neotethys Ocean in Anatolia. Two coherent HP/LT metamorphic belts, the Tavşanlı Zone (distal Gondwana margin) and the Ören-Afyon-Bolkardağ Zone (proximal Gondwana margin), parallel their non-metamorphosed equivalent (the Tauride Carbonate Platform) from the Aegean coast in NW Anatolia to southern Central Anatolia. P-T conditions and timing of metamorphism in the Ören-Afyon-Bolkardağ Zone (>70?-65 Ma; 0.8-1.2 GPa/330-420°C) contrast those published for the overlying Tavşanlı Zone (88-78 Ma; 2.4 GPa/500 °C). These belts trace the southern Neotethys suture connecting the Vardar suture in the Hellenides to the Inner Tauride suture along the southern border of the Kirşehir Complex in Central Anatolia. Eastwards, these belts are capped by the Oligo-Miocene Sivas Basin. Another HP/LT metamorphic belt, in the Alanya and Bitlis regions, outlines the southern flank of the Tauride Carbonate Platform. In the Alanya Nappes, south of the Taurides, eclogites and blueschists yielded metamorphic ages around 82-80 Ma (zircon U-Pb and phengite Ar-Ar data). The Alanya-Bitlis HP belt testifies an additional suture not comparable to the northerly Tavşanlı and Ören-Afyon belts, thus implying an additional oceanic branch of the Neotethys. The most likely eastern lateral continuation of this HP belt is the Bitlis Massif, in SE Turkey. There, eclogites (1.9-2.4 GPa/480-540°C) occur within calc-arenitic meta-sediments and in gneisses of the metamorphic (Barrovian-type) basement. Zircon U-Pb ages revealed 84.4-82.4 Ma for peak metamorphism. Carpholite-bearing HP/LT metasediments representing the stratigraphic cover of the Bitlis Massif underwent 0.8-1.2 GPa/340-400°C at 79-74 Ma (Ar-Ar on white mica). These conditions compares to the Tav

  14. Infrared Kuiper Belt Constraints

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    We compute the temperature and IR signal of particles of radius a and albedo α at heliocentric distance R, taking into account the emissivity effect, and give an interpolating formula for the result. We compare with analyses of COBE DIRBE data by others (including recent detection of the cosmic IR background) for various values of heliocentric distance R, particle radius a, and particle albedo α. We then apply these results to a recently developed picture of the Kuiper belt as a two-sector disk with a nearby, low-density sector (40< R<50 endash 90 AU) and a more distant sector with a higher density. We consider the case in which passage through a molecular cloud essentially cleans the solar system of dust. We apply a simple model of dust production by comet collisions and removal by the Poynting-Robertson effect to find limits on total and dust masses in the near and far sectors as a function of time since such a passage. Finally, we compare Kuiper belt IR spectra for various parameter values. Results of this work include: (1) numerical limits on Kuiper belt dust as a function of (R, a, α) on the basis of four alternative sets of constraints, including those following from recent discovery of the cosmic IR background by Hauser et al.; (2) application to the two-sector Kuiper belt model, finding mass limits and spectrum shape for different values of relevant parameters including dependence on time elapsed since last passage through a molecular cloud cleared the outer solar system of dust; and (3) potential use of spectral information to determine time since last passage of the Sun through a giant molecular cloud. copyright copyright 1999. The American Astronomical Society

  15. Belt-up!

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    Woof, M.

    1999-07-01

    Advanced control systems, improved materials and new dust control systems have turned the humble conveyor belt into a sophisticated method for transporting materials. RJB Mining has improved productivity at the Price of Wales colliery in Yorkshire, UK, with the installation of Alstom`s VDM drive system; Qualter Hall`s upgraded conveyor system at the Rugely Power Station in the UK is proving its ability to minimise coal spillage. The article highlights advances by several manufacturers in conveyor technology. 5 photos.

  16. Characteristic Differences Between Wire and Foil X-pinches

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    Collins, Gilbert; Valenzuela, Julio; Krasheninnikov, Igor; Beg, Farhat; Wei, Mingsheng

    2015-11-01

    We conducted X-pinch experiments using laser-cut Ni and Cu foils on the 250kA GenASIS current driver at UC San Diego. General Atomics' Laser Micro-Machining (LMM) Center manufactured the X's. To characterize the foil X-pinches, we measured and compared the evolution, emission spectra, yield, and source size of these new arrays to that of comparably massed wire X-pinches on the same driver. Diagnostics included Si PN diodes and diamond PCDs, optical probing, X-ray spectroscopy, an XUV framing camera, a slit-wire camera, and current probes. We used novel structures machined into the crosspoint in an effort to better understand the effects of the initial geometry on the final pinch and to spatially confine the source location. Some designs entirely prohibited pinching. In other designs, when pinching occurred, the sources were comparable to ideal wire shots on GenASIS both in size (at or less than five microns) and X-ray flux (5-10 MW @ 1-10 keV). The data collected here also show considerable differences between successful foil and wire pinches. The X-ray spectra are not identical, and we find that the foil X's produce a single >2.5 keV emission pulse with none of the additional later and longer-lasting hard emission pulses found in wire X-pinches.

  17. Investigation on the pinch point position in heat exchangers

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    Pan, Lisheng; Shi, Weixiu

    2016-06-01

    The pinch point is important for analyzing heat transfer in thermodynamic cycles. With the aim to reveal the importance of determining the accurate pinch point, the research on the pinch point position is carried out by theoretical method. The results show that the pinch point position depends on the parameters of the heat transfer fluids and the major fluid properties. In most cases, the pinch point locates at the bubble point for the evaporator and the dew point for the condenser. However, the pinch point shifts to the supercooled liquid state in the near critical conditions for the evaporator. Similarly, it shifts to the superheated vapor state with the condensing temperature approaching the critical temperature for the condenser. It even can shift to the working fluid entrance of the evaporator or the supercritical heater when the heat source fluid temperature is very high compared with the absorbing heat temperature. A wrong position for the pinch point may generate serious mistake. In brief, the pinch point should be founded by the iterative method in all conditions rather than taking for granted.

  18. End plugging of a linear theta pinch by pulsed mirrors

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    It is shown that by suitably pulsing a magnetic mirror end plug of a linear theta pinch, one can substantially reduce the end loss. A system consisting of a linear pinch with sequentially pulsed multimirror end plugs is proposed which shows promise of fusion feasibility. (author)

  19. Investigation on the Pinch Point Position in Heat Exchangers

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    PAN Lisheng; SHI Weixiu

    2016-01-01

    The pinch point is important for analyzing heat transfer in thermodynamic cycles.With the aim to reveal the importance of determining the accurate pinch point,the research on the pinch point position is carried out by theoretical method.The results show that the pinch point position depends on the parameters of the heat transfer fluids and the major fluid properties.In most cases,the pinch point locates at the bubble point for the evaporator and the dew point for the condenser.However,the pinch point shifts to the supercooled liquid state in the near critical conditions for the evaporator.Similarly,it shifts to the superheated vapor state with the condensing temperature approaching the critical temperature for the condenser.It even can shift to the working fluid entrance of the evaporator or the supercritical heater when the heat source fluid temperature is very high compared with the absorbing heat temperature.A wrong position for the pinch point may generate serious mistake.In brief,the pinch point should be founded by the iterative method in all conditions rather than taking for granted.

  20. Plasma Flow in a Theta Pinch

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    In the absence of instabilities, the loss of plasma in a theta pinch is almost wholly due to flow along the magnetic field to the ends of the coil. Thus, in order to understand the containment of the plasma, it is necessary to study the transient axial flow of the plasma. This is done in the present work by setting up a simple model of the plasma in which the problem is reduced to that of studying a one-dimensional flow. Initially a similarity area-wave is propagated from the open ends. The properties of this wave and the resulting loss are calculated. For high-β plasmas the plasma is lost rapidly behind the wave-front. However, the wave-front itself propagates very slowly and the resulting loss is consequently small. In these conditions the loss is approximately equal to that of the corresponding steady flow. For lower values of β the loss is much less than in the steady flow. When the rarefaction waves from the two ends reach the centre of the pinch they are reflected. The trajectory of the reflected wave is determined as a function of β and wave profiles calculated by numerical integration of the equations are presented. The flow may be reduced by applying increased fields at the ends of the pinch. In this case a rarefaction wave is propagated from these ''mirrors'', but behind the wave there is a region of uniform flow. This flow pattern is described and the resulting loss rate calculated. (author)

  1. Nonlocal Transport in the Reversed Field Pinch

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    Several heuristic models for nonlocal transport in plasmas have been developed, but they have had a limited possibility of detailed comparison with experimental data. Nonlocal aspects introduced by the existence of a known spectrum of relatively stable saturated tearing modes in a low current reversed field pinch offers a unique possibility for such a study. A numerical modeling of the magnetic structure and associated particle transport is carried out for the reversed-field pinch experiment at the Consorzio RFX, Padova, Italy. A reproduction of the tearing mode spectrum with a guiding center code1 reliably reproduces the observed soft X-ray tomography. Following particle trajectories in the stochastic magnetic field shows the transport across the unperturbed flux surfaces to be due to a spectrum of Levy flights, with the details of the spectrum position dependent. The resulting transport is subdiffusive, and cannot be described by Rechester-Rosenbluth diffusion, which depends on a random phase approximation. If one attempts to fit the local transport phenomenologically, the subdiffusion can be fit with a combination of diffusion and inward pinch. It is found that whereas passing particles explore the stochastic field and hence participate in Levy flights, the trapped particles experience normal neoclassical diffusion. A two fluid nonlocal Montroll equation is used to model this transport, with a Levy flight defined as the motion of an ion during the period that the pitch has one sign. The necessary input to the Montroll equation consists of a time distribution for the Levy flights, given by the pitch angle scattering operator, and a distribution of the flight distances, determined numerically using a guiding center code. Results are compared to experiment. The relation of this formulation to fractional kinetics is also described.

  2. Lap belt injuries in children.

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    McGrath, N

    2010-07-01

    The use of adult seat belts without booster seats in young children may lead to severe abdominal, lumbar or cervical spine and head and neck injuries. We describe four characteristic cases of lap belt injuries presenting to a tertiary children\\'s hospital over the past year in addition to a review of the current literature. These four cases of spinal cord injury, resulting in significant long-term morbidity in the two survivors and death in one child, arose as a result of lap belt injury. These complex injuries are caused by rapid deceleration characteristic of high impact crashes, resulting in sudden flexion of the upper body around the fixed lap belt, and consequent compression of the abdominal viscera between the lap belt and spine. This report highlights the dangers of using lap belts only without shoulder straps. Age-appropriate child restraint in cars will prevent these injuries.

  3. Interchange stability of noncircular reversed field pinches

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    Interchange (Mercier) stability of toroidal reversed-field-pinch plasmas with noncircular cross-section is evaluated numerically. Marginally stable pressure profiles and beta values are produced. Most shapes, such as indented or vertically elongated, reduce stability by making the net magnetic curvature of the poloidal-field-dominated plasmas yet worse than that of the circle. Horizontally elongated plasmas slightly enhance stability beyond that of the circle as a result of increased shear produced by toroidicity. Such shear enhancement by the toroidal shift of magnetic surfaces might be exploited for future, more comprehensive studies

  4. XUV Radiation Emitted by Capillary Pinching Discharge

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    Vrbová, M.; Jančárek, A.; Vrba, Pavel; Nevrkla, M.; Kolař, P.

    Vol. 136. Dordrecht: Springer Proceedings in Physics , 2010 - (Lee, J.; Nam, C.; Janulewicz, K.), s. 257-262. (Springer Proceedings in Physics . 136). ISBN 978-94-007-1185-3. ISSN 0930-8989. [International Conference on X-Ray Laser s 2010/12th./. Gwangju (KR), 30.05.2010-04.06.2010] R&D Projects: GA MŠk LA08024 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20430508 Keywords : Capillary Z-pinch * water window radiation source * RHMD Z engine Subject RIV: BH - Optics, Masers, Laser s http://www.springer.com/series/361

  5. What is a Reversed Field Pinch?

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    Escande, D. F.

    2015-12-01

    The following sections are included: * Introduction * Short description * Usefulness of the RFP configuration for fusion science and dynamo physics * Attractivity of the RFP configuration for a reactor * Challenges ahead * Lawson criterion * Intuitive model of magnetic self-reversal * Intuitive description of the dynamo * Necessity of a helical deformation * MHD simulations * From single to multiple helicity * Single helicity * Multiple helicity * Quasi single helicity * Experimental results * Multiple helicity * Quasi single helicity * Upgrade of the RFX device * From double to single magnetic axis * Analytical description of the single helicity RFP * Helical Grad-Shafranov equation * Parallel Ohm's law * Pinch-stellarator equation * Single helicity ohmic RFP states * Calculation of the dynamo * Conclusion * Acknowledgments * References

  6. Reversed field pinch experiments on HIT-1

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    HIT-1 (Hiroshima Torus-1) is constructed to elucidate the basic physical phenomena in the reversed field pinch (RFP) plasma. Design of HIT-1 system started in April 1983 and construction of its major parts finished in December 1983. Computational analyses are performed to calculate the magnetic field distributions in the torus, the load current and voltage on the poloidal and toroidal circuits of HIT-1. The analytic methods and calculated results for the magnetic fields and the poloidal and toroidal circuits are described in detail. (author)

  7. Belt conveyor for recycle aggregate

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    Bezrodný, Roman

    2014-01-01

    This bachelor thesis deals with the belt conveyor for the transport of recycled aggregate in an oblique direction. The aim is to find constructional solutions to the belt conveyor for the assigned transport capacity of 95 000 kg per hour, and the assigned axial distance of 49 m and different height of 12 m. The thesis contains a brief description of the belt conveyor and a description of basic constructional components. It also contains a functional calculation of the capacity and forces acco...

  8. SLH Timing Belt Powertrain

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    Schneider, Abe

    2014-04-09

    The main goal of this proposal was to develop and test a novel powertrain solution for the SLH hydroEngine, a low-cost, efficient low-head hydropower technology. Nearly two-thirds of U.S. renewable electricity is produced by hydropower (EIA 2010). According to the U.S. Department of Energy; this amount could be increased by 50% with small hydropower plants, often using already-existing dams (Hall 2004). There are more than 80,000 existing dams, and of these, less than 4% generate power (Blankinship 2009). In addition, there are over 800 irrigation districts in the U.S., many with multiple, non-power, low-head drops. These existing, non-power dams and irrigation drops could be retrofitted to produce distributed, baseload, renewable energy with appropriate technology. The problem is that most existing dams are low-head, or less than 30 feet in height (Ragon 2009). Only about 2% of the available low-head hydropower resource in the U.S. has been developed, leaving more than 70 GW of annual mean potential low-head capacity untapped (Hall 2004). Natel Energy, Inc. is developing a low-head hydropower turbine that operates efficiently at heads less than 6 meters and is cost-effective for deployment across multiple low-head structures. Because of the unique racetrack-like path taken by the prime-movers in the SLH, a flexible powertrain is required. Historically, the only viable technological solution was roller chain. Despite the having the ability to easily attach blades, roller chain is characterized by significant drawbacks, including high cost, wear, and vibration from chordal action. Advanced carbon- fiber-reinforced timing belts have been recently developed which, coupled with a novel belt attachment system developed by Natel Energy, result in a large reduction in moving parts, reduced mass and cost, and elimination of chordal action for increased fatigue life. The work done in this project affirmatively addressed each of the following 3 major uncertainties concerning

  9. Fusion Propulsion Z-Pinch Engine Concept

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    Miernik, J.; Statham, G.; Fabisinski, L.; Maples, C. D.; Adams, R.; Polsgrove, T.; Fincher, S.; Cassibry, J.; Cortez, R.; Turner, M.; Percy, T.

    2011-01-01

    Fusion-based nuclear propulsion has the potential to enable fast interplanetary transportation. Due to the great distances between the planets of our solar system and the harmful radiation environment of interplanetary space, high specific impulse (Isp) propulsion in vehicles with high payload mass fractions must be developed to provide practical and safe vehicles for human spaceflight missions. The Z-Pinch dense plasma focus method is a Magneto-Inertial Fusion (MIF) approach that may potentially lead to a small, low cost fusion reactor/engine assembly1. Recent advancements in experimental and theoretical understanding of this concept suggest favorable scaling of fusion power output yield 2. The magnetic field resulting from the large current compresses the plasma to fusion conditions, and this process can be pulsed over short timescales (10(exp -6 sec). This type of plasma formation is widely used in the field of Nuclear Weapons Effects testing in the defense industry, as well as in fusion energy research. A Decade Module 2 (DM2), approx.500 KJ pulsed-power is coming to the RSA Aerophysics Lab managed by UAHuntsville in January, 2012. A Z-Pinch propulsion concept was designed for a vehicle based on a previous fusion vehicle study called "Human Outer Planet Exploration" (HOPE), which used Magnetized Target Fusion (MTF) 3 propulsion. The reference mission is the transport of crew and cargo to Mars and back, with a reusable vehicle.

  10. Rotational instability in a linear theta pinch

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    The m=1 ''wobble'' instability of the plasma column in a 5-m linear theta pinch has been studied using an axial array of orthogonally viewing position detectors to resolve the wavelength and frequency of the column motion. The experimental results are compared with recent theoretical predictions that include finite Larmor orbit effects. The frequency and wavelength characteristics at saturation agree with the predicted dispersion relation for a plasma rotating faster than the diamagnetic drift speed. Measurements of the magnetic fields at the ends of the pinch establish the existence of currents flowing in such a way that they short out the radial electric fields in the plasma column. The magnitude of rotation, the observed delay in the onset of m=1 motion, and the magnitude of end-shorting currents can all be understood in terms of the torsional Alfven waves that communicate to the central plasma column the information that the ends have been shorted. The same waves are responsible for the torque which rotates the plasma and leads to the observed m=1 instability. Observations of the plasma in the presence of solid end plugs indicate a stabilization of high-m number modes and a reduction of the m=1 amplitude

  11. Processes governing pinch formation in diodes

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    The process of pinch formation in large aspect ratio diodes has been studied by means of streak photography and time-resolved x-ray detectors. A tight pinch is formed at the anode center by a collapsing thin hollow electron beam. The collapse velocity depends, among other things, on the type of material in the top 1 μm layer of the anode. In a tentative model it is assumed that an anode plasma is at least partially created from gases released from the surface layer of the anode by the heating action of the beam. These gases are ionized by primary, backscattered, and secondary electrons. Ions emitted from this plasma modify the electron trajectories in the diode leading to a radial collapse of the hollow electron beam. The observed monotonic dependence of the collapse velocity on the atomic number of the anode material can be explained by the smooth dependence on Z of both the specific heat and the electron backscatter coefficient. In the case of high-Z anodes the ion expansion time appears to be the factor limiting the collapse velocity. Detailed experimental data are presented

  12. Pinch-off of rods by bulk diffusion

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    The morphology of a rod embedded in a matrix undergoing pinching by interfacial-energy-driven bulk diffusion is determined near the point of pinching. We find a self-similar solution that gives a unique temporal power law and interfacial shape prior to pinching and self-similar solutions after pinching. The theory is compared to experiments that employ in situ four-dimensional X-ray tomographic microscopy for rods of liquid or solid pinching by solute diffusion in the high-diffusivity liquid phase. The excellent agreement between experiment and theory confirms that the interfacial morphology near the singularity is universal both before and after pinching; the shape holds regardless of the material system and initial condition. This also implies that the predictions of the time-dependence of the process can be used to determine the time to pinching for a wide variety of physical systems, and thus provide estimates of the time required for capillarity-driven break-up of microstructures from the detachment of secondary dendrite arms to polymer blends.

  13. Progress on z-pinch inertial fusion energy

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    The goal of z-pinch inertial fusion energy (IFE) is to extend the single-shot z-pinch inertial confinement fusion (ICF) results on Z to a repetitive-shot z-pinch power plant concept for the economical production of electricity. Z produces up to 1.8 MJ of x-rays at powers as high as 230 TW. Recent target experiments on Z have demonstrated capsule implosion convergence ratios of 14-21 with a double-pinch driven target, and DD neutron yields up to 8x10exp10 with a dynamic hohlraum target. For z-pinch IFE, a power plant concept is discussed that uses high-yield IFE targets (3 GJ) with a low rep-rate per chamber (0.1 Hz). The concept includes a repetitive driver at 0.1 Hz, a Recyclable Transmission Line (RTL) to connect the driver to the target, high-yield targets, and a thick-liquid wall chamber. Recent funding by a U.S. Congressional initiative for $4M for FY04 is supporting research on RTLs, repetitive pulsed power drivers, shock mitigation, full RTL cycle planned experiments, high-yield IFE targets, and z-pinch power plant technologies. Recent results of research in all of these areas are discussed, and a Road Map for Z-Pinch IFE is presented. (author)

  14. Progress on Z-pinch inertial fusion energy

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    Full text: The goal of z-pinch IFE is to extend the single-shot z-pinch ICF results on Z to a repetitive shot z-pinch power plant concept for energy. Z produces up to 1.8 MJ of x-rays at powers as high as 230 TW. Results of recent target experiments on Z are discussed, including capsule implosion convergence ratios of 14-21 with a double-pinch driven target, and DD neutron yields up to 8 x 1010 with a dynamic hohlraum target. For z-pinch IFE, a power plant concept is discussed that uses high-yield targets (3 GJ) with a low rep-rate per chamber (0.1 Hz). The concept includes a repetitive driver at 0.1 Hz, a Recyclable Transmission Line (RTL) to connect the driver to the target, high-yield targets, and a thick-liquid wall chamber. Recent results on z-pinch IFE research on RTLs, repetitive drivers, shock mitigation, full RTL cycle planned experiments, high-yield IFE targets, and z-pinch power plant technologies are discussed. (author)

  15. Progress in Z-pinch inertial fusion energy.

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    Weed, John Woodruff

    2010-03-01

    The goal of z-pinch inertial fusion energy (IFE) is to extend the single-shot z-pinch inertial confinement fusion (ICF) results on Z to a repetitive-shot z-pinch power plant concept for the economical production of electricity. Z produces up to 1.8 MJ of x-rays at powers as high as 230 TW. Recent target experiments on Z have demonstrated capsule implosion convergence ratios of 14-21 with a double-pinch driven target, and DD neutron yields up to 8x10exp10 with a dynamic hohlraum target. For z-pinch IFE, a power plant concept is discussed that uses high-yield IFE targets (3 GJ) with a low rep-rate per chamber (0.1 Hz). The concept includes a repetitive driver at 0.1 Hz, a Recyclable Transmission Line (RTL) to connect the driver to the target, high-yield targets, and a thick-liquid wall chamber. Recent funding by a U.S. Congressional initiative for $4M for FY04 is supporting research on RTLs, repetitive pulsed power drivers, shock mitigation, full RTL cycle planned experiments, high-yield IFE targets, and z-pinch power plant technologies. Recent results of research in all of these areas are discussed, and a Road Map for Z-Pinch IFE is presented.

  16. Optimum pinch grips in the handling of dies.

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    Heffernan, C; Freivalds, A

    2000-08-01

    Handling roller-press dies has caused numerous work-related musculoskeletal disorders in the leather industry. The dies are quite large (0.61 x 0.30 m), heavy (3.5 kg) and are difficult to handle because of the large pinch span requirements (up to 16 cm). The purpose of this study was to determine the optimum pinch span and optimum crossbar angulation to minimize die handling forces. Five-finger pulp-pinch forces were measured on five males and five females with a force-sensitive-resistor instrumented glove while handling a simulated adjustable die. Maximum pinch forces occurred at pinch spans between 1.27 and 3.81 cm, with average female strengths being 57% of average male pinch strengths. Minimum pinch forces to hold the die occurred at a 45 degrees angulation and increased linearly as the angle approached 90 degrees or the normal vertical orientation. The simplest solution to redesigning the dies is to: (1) decrease the distance between the braces to less than 4 cm and (2) slant the braces at 45 degrees. PMID:10975667

  17. Progress on Z-pinch inertial fusion energy.

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    Olson, Craig Lee

    2004-09-01

    The goal of z-pinch inertial fusion energy (IFE) is to extend the single-shot z-pinch inertial confinement fusion (ICF) results on Z to a repetitive-shot z-pinch power plant concept for the economical production of electricity. Z produces up to 1.8 MJ of x-rays at powers as high as 230 TW. Recent target experiments on Z have demonstrated capsule implosion convergence ratios of 14-21 with a double-pinch driven target, and DD neutron yields up to 8x10exp10 with a dynamic hohlraum target. For z-pinch IFE, a power plant concept is discussed that uses high-yield IFE targets (3 GJ) with a low rep-rate per chamber (0.1 Hz). The concept includes a repetitive driver at 0.1 Hz, a Recyclable Transmission Line (RTL) to connect the driver to the target, high-yield targets, and a thick-liquid wall chamber. Recent funding by a U.S. Congressional initiative for $4M for FY04 is supporting research on RTLs, repetitive pulsed power drivers, shock mitigation, full RTL cycle planned experiments, high-yield IFE targets, and z-pinch power plant technologies. Recent results of research in all of these areas are discussed, and a Road Map for Z-Pinch IFE is presented.

  18. Application of X-Pinch Plasma as X Ray Source for Backlighting High Density Z-Pinch Plasma

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    The characteristics of X ray emission from an X-pinch powered by pulsed power generator PPG-1 (400kA, 100 ns) were investigated with photoconducting detectors (PCDs) and pinhole camera. It was shown that the X-pinch is an intensive and subnanosecond-pulse X ray point source that is very suitable to be used as X ray source for backlighting of wire-array Z- pinch plasma. The evolution of two-wire Z-pinch plasma in its initial stage was ''viewed'' by X ray backlighting method using PPG-1 X-pinch as X ray source. The backlighting images show clearly that all the processes are similar to those occurring in the initial stages of a cylindrical wire-array Z-pinch, including the electric explosion of single wires characterized by the dense wire cores surrounded by the low-density coronal plasma, the expansion of the exploding wire, the sausage instability (m=0) in the coronal plasma around each wire, the motion of the coronal plasma as well as the wire core toward to the symmetrical axis, the formation of the precursor plasma column with a twist structure something like that of higher mode instability, especially the kink instability (m=1). The quantitative measurement of mass density in the plasma around Z-pinch wires was performed based on a step-wedges having known thickness. The mass ablation rate and expansion rate of wire core were obtained. For the purpose of using X-pinch as X ray source for phase-contrast imaging of small and soft biological object, a movable table-top X-pinch device (2m x 1m x 1.5m) was constructed and tested. It was shown that the X ray emission from the X-pinch was observed even with a current as low as 60 kA when thinner wires were used as X-pinch load. The characteristics of the X ray emission from the table-top X-pinch are similar to those from PPG-1 X-pinch. (author)

  19. Geography of the asteroid belt

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    1978-01-01

    The CSM classification serves as the starting point on the geography of the asteroid belt. Raw data on asteroid types are corrected for observational biases (against dark objects, for instance) to derive the distribution of types throughout the belt. Recent work on family members indicates that dynamical families have a true physical relationship, presumably indicating common origin in the breakup of a parent asteroid.

  20. Theoretical z -pinch scaling relations for thermonuclear-fusion experiments.

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    Stygar, W A; Cuneo, M E; Vesey, R A; Ives, H C; Mazarakis, M G; Chandler, G A; Fehl, D L; Leeper, R J; Matzen, M K; McDaniel, D H; McGurn, J S; McKenney, J L; Muron, D J; Olson, C L; Porter, J L; Ramirez, J J; Seamen, J F; Speas, C S; Spielman, R B; Struve, K W; Torres, J A; Waisman, E M; Wagoner, T C; Gilliland, T L

    2005-08-01

    We have developed wire-array z -pinch scaling relations for plasma-physics and inertial-confinement-fusion (ICF) experiments. The relations can be applied to the design of z -pinch accelerators for high-fusion-yield (approximately 0.4 GJ/shot) and inertial-fusion-energy (approximately 3 GJ/shot) research. We find that (delta(a)/delta(RT)) proportional (m/l)1/4 (Rgamma)(-1/2), where delta(a) is the imploding-sheath thickness of a wire-ablation-dominated pinch, delta(RT) is the sheath thickness of a Rayleigh-Taylor-dominated pinch, m is the total wire-array mass, l is the axial length of the array, R is the initial array radius, and gamma is a dimensionless functional of the shape of the current pulse that drives the pinch implosion. When the product Rgamma is held constant the sheath thickness is, at sufficiently large values of m/l, determined primarily by wire ablation. For an ablation-dominated pinch, we estimate that the peak radiated x-ray power P(r) proportional (I/tau(i))(3/2)Rlphigamma, where I is the peak pinch current, tau(i) is the pinch implosion time, and phi is a dimensionless functional of the current-pulse shape. This scaling relation is consistent with experiment when 13 MA fusion scale as tau(i)0.36 and tau(i)1.36, respectively. Thus the accelerator requirements decrease as the implosion time is decreased. However, the x-ray-power and thermonuclear-yield efficiencies of such a coupled system increase with tau(i). We also find that increasing the anode-cathode gap of the pinch from 2 to 4 mm increases the requisite values of P(a) and E(a) by as much as a factor of 2. PMID:16196715

  1. Experiments with a fully toroidal Extrap Z-pinch

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    In the Extrap plasma confinement scheme, a Z-pinch is produced along the null of an octupole field generated by currents in external conductors. In the paper, studies of the discharge startup process in a fully toroidal configuration are described. Startup involves first breaking down a toroidal discharge and then driving up the current in order to reach the pinch parameter regime. Current densities of 2x106 A·m-2 have been achieved. The estimated plasma density is 6x1020m-3, and the temperature is about 4 eV. These parameters correspond to pinch conditions. (author)

  2. Thermonuclear Fusion with the Sheared Flow Stabilized Z-Pinch

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    Winterberg, F.; Wanex, L. F.

    2008-01-01

    Two basic approaches to producing thermonuclear fusion with a sheared flow stabilized z-pinch are considered. One consists of heating the entire length of the z-pinch column to the required temperatures. The other basic approach considered here involves the concept of fast ignition. A localized "hot-spot" is produced under the proper conditions to ignite a thermonuclear burn wave in the z-pinch plasma. Here we demonstrate that sheared flow stabilization is more efficient in the fast-ignition ...

  3. Design of magnetic mirrors for a linear theta pinch

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    The problem of generating optimum magnetic mirror fields at the ends of a 50-cm long theta-pinch experiment to study particle flow and loss effects has been investigated. A combination of active and passive mirrors was developed to produce 2-3:1 fields for a 23-kG pinch. Biot-Savart and potential field prediction solutions for the magnetic field distribution were compared with experimental measurements in 2-5-cm long coils for the 50-cm long pinch

  4. Laser beam plasma pinch x-ray system

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    A system is provided for producing plasma pinch X-rays usable in X-ray lithography. Ionized heated plasma vapor is repeatably generated directly from solid material by impingement of a plurality of circumferentially spaced laser beams to generate an annulus of plasma. X-rays are generated by passing high current through the annular plasma in an axial gap between the solid material target electrode and another electrode, causing magnetic field radial inward plasma pinching to a central constricted area further heating the plasma and emitting X-rays. A central axially directed laser may further heat the plasma in the pinched area

  5. Alfven wave heating of a theta pinch

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    The process of shear Alfven wave resonant absorption for plasma heating has been applied to a theta pinch. The m=1 mode is excited by means of a helical launching structure with a given wavelength, at a number of different frequencies. When the frequency lies in the continuous Alfven spectrum the kink energy is transferred to the Alfven wave and then is rapidly thermalized. The heating power is measured by a diamagnetic probe. It is shown that the probe signal can be treated as a thermodynamic variable permitting an exact energy balance to be deduced. The measured resonance curve of the heating power is in agreement with the predicted behaviour. A 50% efficiency is achieved and the coupling between the plasma and the external circuit is strong, in spite of the high compression ratio. (author)

  6. The interrupted Z-pinch dynamics modeling

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    The Z-pinch has been formed in the discharge between two cone-shaped copper electrodes (top angle 90o and diameter 10 mm each, interelectrode distance 10 mm) placed in a glass vacuum chamber filled with the air under the pressure 5kPa. The used energy source - 3 μF condenser battery - was charged to a voltage of 18 kV and the discharge current reached its maximum 50 kA at a time 1 μs after the breakdown. The discharge was studied by the Michelson interferometry and Schlieren methods. The Michelson interferometry enabled to average the electron density calculations under the assumption of Z-pinch cylindrical geometry. The Schlieren method with variable diameter of the focal point disk screen was used to study the small scale concentration gradients in the filaments of the discharge. Both methods, the Michelson interferometry and the Schlieren method, comprise a ruby laser switched in the Q-regime as the light source. The laser light pulse duration was 0.04 μs. Due to the synchronization and the delay of the light pulse from the discharge ignition, there was a possibility to get a series of experiments. The experiments were carried out every 0.1 μs during the 1 μs time interval after the discharge ignition, the results were registered with a camera. During every discharge there was taken one snap only, but the sequence of measurements was very well acceptable for the discharge evolution study due to the discharge good repeatability (25% variance about a mean). (author) 2 refs., 5 figs

  7. Nonlocal transport in the reversed field pinch

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    Several heuristic models for nonlocal transport in plasmas have been developed, but they have had a limited possibility of detailed comparison with experimental data. Nonlocal aspects introduced by the existence of a known spectrum of relatively stable saturated tearing modes in a low current reversed field pinch (RFP) offers a unique possibility for such a study. A numerical modeling of the magnetic structure and associated particle transport is carried out for the RFP experiment at the Consorzio RFX, Padova, Italy. A reproduction of the tearing mode spectrum with a guiding center code (White and Chance 1984 Phys. Fluids 27 2455) reliably reproduces the observed soft x-ray tomography. Following particle trajectories in the stochastic magnetic field shows the transport across the unperturbed flux surfaces to be due to a spectrum of Levy flights, with the details of the spectrum position dependent. The resulting transport is subdiffusive, and cannot be described by Rechester-Rosenbluth diffusion, which depends on a random phase approximation. If one attempts to fit the local transport phenomenologically, the subdiffusion can be fit with a combination of diffusion and inward pinch (Spizzo et al 2007 Phys. Plasmas 14 102310). It is found that whereas passing particles explore the stochastic field and hence participate in Levy flights, the trapped particles experience normal neoclassical diffusion. A two fluid nonlocal Montroll equation is used to model this transport, with a Levy flight defined as the motion of an ion during the period that the pitch has one sign. The necessary input to the Montroll equation consists of a time distribution for the Levy flights, given by the pitch angle scattering operator, and a distribution of the flight distances, determined numerically using a guiding center code. Results are compared with the experiment. The relation of this formulation to fractional kinetics is also described.

  8. Z-pinch driven fusion energy

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    The Z machine at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) is the most powerful multi-module synchronized pulsed-power accelerator in the world. Rapid development of z-pinch loads on Z has led to outstanding progress in the last few years, resulting in radiative powers of up to 280 TW in 4 ns and a total radiated x-ray energy of 1.8 MJ. The present goal is to demonstrate single-shot, high-yield fusion capsules. Pulsed power is a robust and inexpensive technology, which should be well suited for Inertial Fusion Energy, but a rep-rated capability is needed. Recent developments have led to a viable conceptual approach for a rep-rated z-pinch power plant for IFE. This concept exploits the advantages of going to high yield (a few GJ) at low rep-rate (approximately 0.1 Hz), and using a Recyclable Transmission Line (RTL) to provide the necessary standoff between the fusion target and the power plant chamber. In this approach, a portion of the transmission line near the capsule is replaced after each shot. The RTL should be constructed of materials that can easily be separated from the liquid coolant stream and refabricated for a subsequent shots. One possibility is that most of the RTL is formed by casting FLiBe, a salt composed of fluorine, lithium, and beryllium, which is an attractive choice for the reactor coolant, with chemically compatible lead or tin on the surface to provide conductivity. The authors estimate that fusion yields greater than 1 GJ will be required for efficient generation of electricity. Calculations indicate that the first wall will have an acceptable lifetime with these high yields if blast mitigation techniques are used. Furthermore, yields above 5 GJ may allow the use of a compact blanket direct conversion scheme

  9. Z-pinch driven fusion energy

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    SLUTZ,STEPHEN A.; OLSON,CRAIG L.; ROCHAU,GARY E.; DERZON,MARK S.; PETERSON,P.F.; DEGROOT,J.S.; JENSEN,N.; MILLER,G.

    2000-05-30

    The Z machine at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) is the most powerful multi-module synchronized pulsed-power accelerator in the world. Rapid development of z-pinch loads on Z has led to outstanding progress in the last few years, resulting in radiative powers of up to 280 TW in 4 ns and a total radiated x-ray energy of 1.8 MJ. The present goal is to demonstrate single-shot, high-yield fusion capsules. Pulsed power is a robust and inexpensive technology, which should be well suited for Inertial Fusion Energy, but a rep-rated capability is needed. Recent developments have led to a viable conceptual approach for a rep-rated z-pinch power plant for IFE. This concept exploits the advantages of going to high yield (a few GJ) at low rep-rate ({approximately} 0.1 Hz), and using a Recyclable Transmission Line (RTL) to provide the necessary standoff between the fusion target and the power plant chamber. In this approach, a portion of the transmission line near the capsule is replaced after each shot. The RTL should be constructed of materials that can easily be separated from the liquid coolant stream and refabricated for a subsequent shots. One possibility is that most of the RTL is formed by casting FLiBe, a salt composed of fluorine, lithium, and beryllium, which is an attractive choice for the reactor coolant, with chemically compatible lead or tin on the surface to provide conductivity. The authors estimate that fusion yields greater than 1 GJ will be required for efficient generation of electricity. Calculations indicate that the first wall will have an acceptable lifetime with these high yields if blast mitigation techniques are used. Furthermore, yields above 5 GJ may allow the use of a compact blanket direct conversion scheme.

  10. Sawteeth in the MST reversed field pinch

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    A dynamo mechanism has been used in astrophysics to explain the self-generation of the magnetic fields observed throughout the universe. This same type of phenomenon is believed to occur in the reversed field pinch (RFP) plasmas. The RFP dynamo has been a major theoretical and experimental investigation since the first observations of the self-reversal process in early pinch research. A discrete dynamo event has been observed in the experimental RFP plasmas; this event is termed the RFP sawtooth. This phenomenon is similar to the sawtooth phenomenon observed in tokamak plasmas, but the two events differ in many respects. Both events are a result of the inward diffusion of the plasma current density. This causes the plasma to become unstable to the m = 1 tearing modes. It has been shown theoretically that the nonlinear interaction of these modes can generate the reversed toroidal field in the RFP. This thesis is a study of the RFP sawtooth phenomenon on the MST RFP. This includes experimental observations as well as 1-D numerical simulations of the sawtooth rise-time. During the rise-time of the sawtooth, the plasma is undergoing a purely diffusive process -- no dynamo is occurring during this phase. The dynamo only occurs during the sawtooth crash. During the rise-time, the m = 1 modes are observed to grow, and nonlinear interactions are observed prior to the sawtooth crash. At the time of the crash, many of the plasma profiles are flattened; these include the current density, the plasma temperature and the plasma density. The period of the sawteeth is observed to increase with the plasma current, as well as the magnetic Reynolds number, S

  11. Turbulent equipartition pinch of toroidal momentum in spherical torus

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    We present a new analytic expression for turbulent equipartition (TEP) pinch of toroidal angular momentum originating from magnetic field inhomogeneity of spherical torus (ST) plasmas. Starting from a conservative modern nonlinear gyrokinetic equation (Hahm et al 1988 Phys. Fluids 31 2670), we derive an expression for pinch to momentum diffusivity ratio without using a usual tokamak approximation of B ∝ 1/R which has been previously employed for TEP momentum pinch derivation in tokamaks (Hahm et al 2007 Phys. Plasmas 14 072302). Our new formula is evaluated for model equilibria of National Spherical Torus eXperiment (NSTX) (Ono et al 2001 Nucl. Fusion 41 1435) and Versatile Experiment Spherical Torus (VEST) (Chung et al 2013 Plasma Sci. Technol. 15 244) plasmas. Our result predicts stronger inward pinch for both cases, as compared to the prediction based on the tokamak formula. (paper)

  12. The TITAN reversed-field-pinch fusion reactor study

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    This paper on titan plasma engineering contains papers on the following topics: reversed-field pinch as a fusion reactor; parametric systems studies; magnetics; burning-plasma simulations; plasma transient operations; current drive; and physics issues for compact RFP reactors

  13. A Z-Pinch Driven Fusion Reactor Concept

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    Derzon, Mark; Rochau, Gregory; Spielman, Rick; Slutz, Stephen; Rochau, G. E.; Peterson, R. R.; Peterson, P. F.

    1999-11-01

    Recent z-pinch target physics progress has encouraged us to consider how a power reactor could be configured based on a fast z-pinch driver. Initial cost estimates show that recyclable transmission lines (RTLs) are economically viable. Providing 'standoff' between the primary power supply and the target, which is what disposable RTLs provide, has historically been the main obstacle to the consideration of pinches as fusion drivers. We will be introducing basic reactor scaling in terms of shot rate, yield, tritium breeding and neutron flux, etc. This concept has advantages in that z-pinches provide a robust mechanical environment, as well as a chamber which does not require low-pressure pumping between shots and the wall lifetime is expected to be limited factors other than neutron damage. Sandia is a multiprogram laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin Company, for the United States Department of Energy under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.

  14. Evaluation of the static belt fit provided by belt-positioning booster seats.

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    Reed, Matthew P; Ebert, Sheila M; Sherwood, Christopher P; Klinich, Kathleen D; Manary, Miriam A

    2009-05-01

    Belt-positioning booster seats are recommended for children who use vehicle seat belts as primary restraints but who are too small to obtain good belt fit. Previous research has shown that belt-positioning boosters reduce injury risk, but the belt fit produced by the wide range of boosters in the US market has not previously been assessed. The present study describes the development of a method for quantifying static belt fit with a Hybrid-III 6-year-old test dummy. The measurement method was applied in a laboratory seat mockup to 31 boosters (10 in both backless and highback modes) across a range of belt geometries obtained from in-vehicle measurements. Belt fit varied widely across boosters. Backless boosters generally produced better lap belt fit than highback boosters, largely because adding the back component moved the dummy forward with respect to the lap belt routing guides. However, highback boosters produced more consistent shoulder belt fit because of the presence of belt routing guides near the shoulder. Some boosters performed well on both lap belt and shoulder belt fit. Lap belt fit in dedicated boosters was generally better than in combination restraints that also can be used with an integrated harness. Results demonstrate that certain booster design features produce better belt fit across a wide range of belt geometries. Lap belt guides that hold the belt down, rather than up, and shoulder belt guides integrated into the booster backrest provided better belt fit. PMID:19393812

  15. Impact of PINCH expression on survival in colorectal cancer patients

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    The adaptor protein PINCH is overexpressed in the stroma of several types of cancer, and is an independent prognostic marker in colorectal cancer. In this study we further investigate the relationship of PINCH and survival regarding the response to chemotherapy in colorectal cancer. Paraffin-embedded tissue sections from 251 primary adenocarcinomas, 149 samples of adjacent normal mucosa, 57 samples of distant normal mucosa and 75 lymph node metastases were used for immunohistochemical staining. Stromal staining for PINCH increased from normal mucosa to primary tumour to metastasis. Strong staining in adjacent normal mucosa was related to worse survival independently of sex, age, tumour location, differentiation and stage (p = 0.044, HR, 1.60, 95% CI, 1.01-2.52). PINCH staining at the invasive margin tended to be related to survival (p = 0.051). In poorly differentiated tumours PINCH staining at the invasive margin was related to survival independently of sex, age and stage (p = 0.013, HR, 1.90, 95% CI, 1.14-3.16), while in better differentiated tumours it was not. In patients with weak staining, adjuvant chemotherapy was related to survival (p = 0.010, 0.013 and 0.013 in entire tumour area, invasive margin and inner tumour area, respectively), but not in patients with strong staining. However, in the multivariate analysis no such relationship was seen. PINCH staining in normal adjacent mucosa was related to survival. Further, PINCH staining at the tumour invasive margin was related to survival in poorly differentiated tumours but not in better differentiated tumours, indicating that the impact of PINCH on prognosis was dependent on differentiation status

  16. The ZaP Flow Z-Pinch Project

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    The results from the ZaP experiment are consistent with the theoretical predictions of sheared flow stabilization. Z pinches with a sheared flow are generated in the ZaP experiment using a coaxial accelerator coupled to an assembly region. The current sheet in the accelerator initially acts as a snowplow. As the Z pinch forms, plasma formation in the accelerator transits to a deflagration process. The plasma exits the accelerator and maintains the flow in the Z pinch. During the quiescent period in the magnetic mode activity at z=0 cm, a stable Z pinch is seen on the axis of the assembly region. The evolution of the axial velocity profile shows a large velocity shear is measured at the edge of the Z pinch during the quiescent period. The velocity shear is above the theoretical threshold. As the velocity shear decreases towards 0.1kVA, the predicted stability threshold, the quiescent period ends. The present understanding of the ZaP experiment shows that it may be possible for the Z pinch to operate in a steady state if the deflagration process can be maintained by constantly supplying neutral gas or plasma to the accelerator

  17. Sausage mode of a high density Z-pinch

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    In Z-pinch experiments at Maxwell Laboratories, Inc., growth rates have been measured by observing optical emission along the pinch axis. Growth rates estimated by means of the usual model of a pinch involving an incompressible fluid and a surface current are too large by a factor of 2-4. X-ray pinhole photographs generally have the appearance of a series of beads that would be expected from instability of the sausage mode. In some cases, particularly the implosion of large diameter wire arrays with BLACKJACK 5, the beads disappear and only the kink instability is apparent. Generalizing the pinch model to include compressibility does not significantly alter the predictions. A further generalization to include distributed current has therefore been considered. It seems likely that the current can penetrate significantly during the lifetime of the pinch. We consider a model of the pinch that is initially an infinite cylinder. For the sausage mode, stability is determined by a simple second order differential equation together with the boundary condition that follows from the wave number and the frequency of the instability

  18. Experiments on screw-pinch plasmas with elongated cross section

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    In this thesis experiments are described carried out with SPICA II, a toroidal screw-pinch plasma device. this device is the last one in a series of plasma machines of the toroidal screw-pinch differing from its predecessor in its race-track shaped section. In devices of the type toroidal screw-pinch stable confinement is possible of plasmas with larger β values than in a tokamak discharge. In a pinch the plasma is screwed up, during the formation, in such a way that in a relatively small volume a plasma is formated with a high pressure. During the screwing up the plasma is heated by shock heating as well as adiabatic compression. With the modified snowplow model the density and temperature after the formation can be calculated, starting from the initial conditions. When all ions arrive into the plasma column, the density in the column is determined by the volume compression. First purpose of the experiments was to find a stable discharge. Subsequently discharges have been made with a high as possible β in order to investigate at which maximum β it is possible to confine screw-pinch plasmas stably. When these had been found, the nature and importance could be investigated of the processes following which the screw-pinch plasma looses its energy. (author), 75 res.; 95 figs.; 8 tabs

  19. Chaos on the conveyor belt

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    The dynamics of a spring-block train placed on a moving conveyor belt is investigated both by simple experiments and computer simulations. The first block is connected by spring to an external static point, and due to the dragging effect of the belt the blocks undergo complex stick-slip dynamics. A qualitative agreement with the experimental results can only be achieved by taking into account the spatial inhomogeneity of the friction force on the belt's surface, modeled as noise. As a function of the velocity of the conveyor belt and the noise strength, the system exhibits complex, self-organized critical, sometimes chaotic dynamics and phase transition-like behavior. Noise induced chaos and intermittency is also observed. Simulations suggest that the maximum complexity of the dynamical states is achieved for a relatively small number of blocks, around five.

  20. Z-Pinch Pulsed Plasma Propulsion Technology Development

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    Polsgrove, Tara; Adams, Robert B.; Fabisinski, Leo; Fincher, Sharon; Maples, C. Dauphne; Miernik, Janie; Percy, Tom; Statham, Geoff; Turner, Matt; Cassibry, Jason; Cortez, Ross; Santarius, John

    2010-01-01

    Fusion-based propulsion can enable fast interplanetary transportation. Magneto-inertial fusion (MIF) is an approach which has been shown to potentially lead to a low cost, small reactor for fusion break even. The Z-Pinch/dense plasma focus method is an MIF concept in which a column of gas is compressed to thermonuclear conditions by an axial current (I approximates 100 MA). Recent advancements in experiments and the theoretical understanding of this concept suggest favorable scaling of fusion power output yield as I(sup 4). This document presents a conceptual design of a Z-Pinch fusion propulsion system and a vehicle for human exploration. The purpose of this study is to apply Z-Pinch fusion principles to the design of a propulsion system for an interplanetary spacecraft. This study took four steps in service of that objective; these steps are identified below. 1. Z-Pinch Modeling and Analysis: There is a wealth of literature characterizing Z-Pinch physics and existing Z-Pinch physics models. In order to be useful in engineering analysis, simplified Z-Pinch fusion thermodynamic models are required to give propulsion engineers the quantity of plasma, plasma temperature, rate of expansion, etc. The study team developed these models in this study. 2. Propulsion Modeling and Analysis: While the Z-Pinch models characterize the fusion process itself, propulsion models calculate the parameters that characterize the propulsion system (thrust, specific impulse, etc.) The study team developed a Z-Pinch propulsion model and used it to determine the best values for pulse rate, amount of propellant per pulse, and mixture ratio of the D-T and liner materials as well as the resulting thrust and specific impulse of the system. 3. Mission Analysis: Several potential missions were studied. Trajectory analysis using data from the propulsion model was used to determine the duration of the propulsion burns, the amount of propellant expended to complete each mission considered. 4

  1. Entropy generation reduction through chemical pinch analysis

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    The pinch analysis (PA) concept emerged, late '80s, as one of the methods to address the energy management in the new era of sustainable development. It was derived from combined first and second law analysis, as a technique ensuring a better thermal integration, aiming the minimization of entropy production or, equivalently, exergy destruction by heat exchanger networks (HEN). Although its ascendance from the second law analysis is questionable, the PA reveals as a widespread tool, nowadays, helping in energy savings mostly through a more rational use of utilities. Unfortunately, as principal downside, one should be aware that the global minimum entropy production is seldom attained, since the PA does not tackle the whole plant letting aside the chemical reactors or separation trains. The chemical reactor network (CRN) is responsible for large amounts of entropy generation (exergy losses), mainly due to the combined composition and temperature change. The chemical pinch analysis (CPA) concept focuses on, simultaneously, the entropy generation reduction of both CRN and HEN, while keeping the state and working parameters of the plant in the range of industrial interest. The fundamental idea of CPA is to include the CRN (through the chemical reaction heat developed in reactors) into the HEN and to submit this extended system to the PA. This is accomplished by replacing the chemical reactor with a virtual heat exchanger system producing the same amount of entropy. For an endothermic non-adiabatic chemical reactor, the (stepwise infinitesimal) supply heat δq flows from a source (an external/internal heater) to the stream undergoing the chemical transformation through the reactor, which in turn releases the heat of reaction ΔHR to a virtual cold stream flowing through a virtual cooler. For an exothermic non-adiabatic chemical reactor, the replacement is likewise, but the heat flows oppositely. Thus, in the practice of designing or retrofitting a flowsheet, in order to

  2. Progress on Z-pinch inertial fusion energy

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    The long-range goal of the Z-Pinch IFE programme is to produce an economically attractive power plant using high-yield z-pinch-driven targets (∼3 G J) with low rep-rate per chamber (∼0.1 Hz). The present mainline choice for a Z-Pinch IFE power plant uses an LTD (Linear Transformer Driver) repetitive pulsed power driver, a Recyclable Transmission Line (Rl), a dynamic hohlraum z-pinch-driven target, and a thick-liquid wall chamber. The RTL connects the pulsed power driver directly to the z-pinch-driven target, and is made from frozen coolant or a material that is easily separable from the coolant (such as carbon steel). The RTL is destroyed by the fusion explosion, but the RTL materials are recycled, and a new RTL is inserted on each shot. The RTL concept eliminates the problems of a final optic, high-speed target injection, and pointing and tracking N beams (N∼100). Instead, the RTL concept must be shown to be feasible and economically attractive. Results of z-pinch IFE studies over the last three years are discussed, including RTL experiments at the 10 MA level on Saturn, RTL structural studies, RTL manufacturing/cost studies, RTL activation analysis, power plant studies, high-yield IFE target studies, etc. Recent funding by a U.S. Congressional initiative of 4 million dollars for FY04 is supporting research on (1) RTLs, (2) repetitive pulsed power drivers, (3) shock mitigation [because of the high yield targets], (4) planning for a proof-of-principle full RTL cycle demonstration [with a 1 MA, 1 MV, 100 ns, 0.1 Hz driver], (5) IFE target studies for multi-GJ yield targets, and (6) z-pinch IFE power plant engineering and technology development. (author)

  3. Reversed-field pinch fusion reactor

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    A conceptual engineering design of a fusion reactor based on plasma confinement in a toroidal Reversed-Field Pinch (RFP) configuration is described. The plasma is ohmically ignited by toroidal plasma currents which also inherently provide the confining magnetic fields in a toroidal chamber having major and minor radii of 12.7 and 1.5 m, respectively. The DT plasma ignites in 2 to 3 s and undergoes a transient, unrefueled burn at 10 to 20 keV for approx. 20 s to give a DT burnup of approx. 50%. The 5-s dwell period between burn pulses for plasma quench and refueling allows steady-state operation of all thermal systems outside the first wall; no auxiliary thermal capacity is required. Tritium breeding occurs in a granular Li2O blanket which is packed around an array of radially oriented water/steam coolant tubes. The slightly superheated steam emerging from this blanket directly drives a turbine that produces electrical power at an efficiency of 30%. A borated-water shield is located immediately outside the thermal blanket to protect the superconducting magnet coils. Both the superconducting poloidal and toroidal field coils are energized by homopolar motor/generators. Accounting for all major energy sinks yields a cost-optimized system with a recirculating power fraction of 0.17; the power output is 750 MWe

  4. Pinch Me - I'm Fusing

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    The process of combining nuclei (the protons and neutrons inside an atomic nucleus) together with a release of kinetic energy is called fusion. This process powers the Sun, it contributes to the world stockpile of weapons of mass destruction and may one day generate safe, clean electrical power. Understanding the intricacies of fusion power, promised for 50 years, ,is sometimes difficult because there are a number of ways of doing it. There is hot fusion, cold fusion and con-fusion. Hot fusion is what powers suns through the conversion of mass energy to kinetic energy. Cold fusion generates con-fusion and nobody really knows what it is. Honestly - this is true. There does seem to be something going on here; I just don't know what. Apparently some experimenters get energy out of a process many call cold fission but no one seems to know what it is, or how to do it reliably. It is not getting much attention from the mainline physics community. Even so, no one is generating electrical power for you and me with either method. In this article 1 will point out some basic features of the mainstream approaches taken to hot fusion power, as well as describe why z pinches are worth pursuing as a driver for a power reactor and may one day generate electrical power for mankind

  5. Pinch Me - I'm Fusing!

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    DERZON,MARK S.

    2000-07-19

    The process of combining nuclei (the protons and neutrons inside an atomic nucleus) together with a release of kinetic energy is called fusion. This process powers the Sun, it contributes to the world stockpile of weapons of mass destruction and may one day generate safe, clean electrical power. Understanding the intricacies of fusion power, promised for 50 years, ,is sometimes difficult because there are a number of ways of doing it. There is hot fusion, cold fusion and con-fusion. Hot fusion is what powers suns through the conversion of mass energy to kinetic energy. Cold fusion generates con-fusion and nobody really knows what it is. Honestly - this is true. There does seem to be something going on here; I just don't know what. Apparently some experimenters get energy out of a process many call cold fission but no one seems to know what it is, or how to do it reliably. It is not getting much attention from the mainline physics community. Even so, no one is generating electrical power for you and me with either method. In this article 1 will point out some basic features of the mainstream approaches taken to hot fusion power, as well as describe why z pinches are worth pursuing as a driver for a power reactor and may one day generate electrical power for mankind.

  6. Two Fluid Dynamo in Reversed Field Pinch

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    Mirnov, V. V.; Hegna, C. C.; Prager, S. C.; Sovinec, C. R.

    2006-10-01

    In the Madison Symmetric Torus reversed field pinch experiments, tearing instabilities are observed to generate magnetic field, flow velocity and current density fluctuations that follow a temporally cyclic sawtooth behavior. One of the consequences of these instabilities is the production of dynamos, fluctuation-induced mean electromotive forces in the generalized Ohm's law, that surge during sawtooth crashes. In two-fluid theories, the dynamo is produced from the combination of the MHD (vxB) and Hall (jxB) contributions to Ohm's law. We report new results on the physics of two-fluid dynamos with particular focus on edge-resonant m=0 tearing modes. The two fluid quasilinear theory that was originally derived for a sheared slab [1] is generalized to cylindrical geometry and illuminates the effects of current gradient and field line curvature. The key results are: (1) two fluid effects are important for dynamo through their influence on the phase between the fluctuations; (2) two-fluid theory yields a non-zero flux surface averaged Hall dynamo that is absent in resistive MHD; (3) the two fluid version of the NIMROD code confirms analytic results during the linear stage of the instability but exhibits significant broadening of the Hall dynamo profile on the longer time scales of nonlinear evolution. *Work supported by the USDoE and NSF. [1]V.V.Mirnov, C.C.Hegna, and S.C.Prager, Plasma Physics Report 29, 612 (2003)

  7. Reversed-Field Pinch Reactor (RFPR) concept

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    A conceptual engineering design of a fusion reactor based on plasma confinement in a Reversed-Field Pinch (FRP) configuration is presented. A 50% atomic mixture of deuterium and tritium (DT) is ohmically heated to ignition by currents flowing in the toroidal plasma; this plasma current also inherently produces the confining magnetic fields in a toroidal chamber having a major and minor radii of 12.7 and 1.5 m, respectively. The DT plasma ignites in 2 to 3 s and burns at 10 to 20 keV for approx. 20 s to give a fuel burnup of approx. 50%. Tritium breeding occurs in a granular Li2O blanket which is packed around an array of radially oriented coolant tubes carrying a mixture of high-pressure steam and water. The slightly superheated steam emerging from this blanket would be used to drive a turbine directly. Low-pressure helium containing trace amounts of oxygen is circulated through the packed Li2O bed to extract the tritium. A 20-mm-thick copper first wall serves as a neutron multiplier, acts as a tritium barrier, and supports image currents to provide plasma stabilization on a 0.1-s timescale; external windings provide stability for longer times

  8. Reversed field pinch reactor study 3

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    This report, the third of a series on the Reversed Field Pinch Reactor, describes a preliminary concept of the engineering design and layout of this pulsed toroidal reactor, which uses the stable plasma behaviour first observed in ZETA. The basic parameters of the 600 MW(e) reactor are taken from a companion study by Hancox and Spears. The plasma volume is 1.75m minor radius and 16m major radius surrounded by a 1.8m blanket-shield region - with the blanket divided into 14 removable segments for servicing. The magnetic confinement system consists of 28 toroidal field coils situated just outside the blanket and inside the poloidal and vertical field coils and all coils have normal copper conductors. The requirement to incorporate a conducting shell at the front of the blanket to provide a short-time plasma stability has a marked effect on the design. It sets the size of the blanket segment and the scale of the servicing operations, limits the breeding gain and complicates the blanket cooling and its integration with the heat engine. An extensive study will be required to confirm the overall reactor potential of the concept. (author)

  9. Launching jets from accretion belts

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    Schreier, Ron

    2016-01-01

    We propose that sub-Keplerian accretion belts around stars might launch jets. The sub-Keplerian inflow does not form a rotationally supported accretion disk, but it rather reaches the accreting object from a wide solid angle. The basic ingredients of the flow are a turbulent region where the accretion belt interacts with the accreting object via a shear layer, and two avoidance regions on the poles where the accretion rate is very low. A dynamo that is developed in the shear layer amplifies magnetic fields to high values. It is likely that the amplified magnetic fields form polar outflows from the avoidance regions. Our speculative belt-launched jets model has implications to a rich variety of astrophysical objects, from the removal of common envelopes to the explosion of core collapse supernovae by jittering jets.

  10. Kuiper Belts Around Nearby Stars

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    Nilsson, R; Brandeker, A; Olofsson, G; Pilbratt, G L; Risacher, C; Rodmann, J; Augereau, J -C; Bergman, P; Eiroa, C; Fridlund, M; Thébault, P; White, G J

    2010-01-01

    In order to detect and characterise cold extended circumstellar dust originating from collisions of planetesimal bodies in disks, belts, or rings at Kuiper-Belt distances (30--50\\,AU or beyond) sensitive submillimetre observations are essential. Measurements of the flux densities at these wavelengths will extend existing IR photometry and permit more detailed modelling of the Rayleigh-Jeans tail of the disks spectral energy distribution (SED), effectively constraining dust properties and disk extensions. By observing stars spanning from a few up to several hundred Myr, the evolution of debris disks during crucial phases of planet formation can be studied. // We have performed 870\\,$\\mu$m observations of 22 exo-Kuiper-Belt candidates, as part of a Large Programme with the LABOCA bolometer at the APEX telescope. Dust masses (or upper limits) were calculated from integrated 870\\,$\\mu$m fluxes, and fits to the SED of detected sources revealed the fractional dust luminosities $f_{\\mathrm{dust}}$, dust temperatures...

  11. Diagnostics of low energy carbon fibre Z-pinch

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    Time-resolved pinhole x-ray cameras, soft and hard x-ray detectors, electron and ion collectors, and optical schlieren method have been used at investigations of a carbon z pinch. The z pinch discharge was produced by exploding an ultrathin carbon fiber (6 m in diameter) located between the tips of conical electrodes of a small (0.5 kJ) z-pinch device. Several pulses of soft x-ray radiation with energy of 0.5-1.5 keV were observed near the current maximum. Also the observed ion and electron signals demonstrate appearance of 2 - 3 separate pulses with a mean energy differing by about two orders of magnitude. Short (10-20 ns) strongly asymmetric XUV radiation pulses, with the axial intensity more than 100 times higher than the radial intensity, were observed during 100-300 ns after the breakdown. (J.U.). 5 figs., 2 refs

  12. Experimental studies of an Extrap Z-Pinch

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    Experimental studies of the formation, equilibrium and stability of a linear Extrap Z-pinch are reported on. The Z-pinch discharge is generated between electrodes along the Z-axis of a linear octupole field produced by currents in four Z-directed rods. The combined discharge current and rod currents produce a magnetic field having a separatrix with four null X-points which define the corners of a square shaped region where the high beta plasma discharge is contained. Bounding the pinch discharge with a separatrix produces equilibria which are stable against global kink modes for the 50-μsec duration of the discharge which corresponds to about 100 Alfven transit times. The equilibria, with line densities of about 3 x 1018m-1, are consistent in magnitude and scaling with the Bennet relation. (Author)

  13. Resolving microstructures in Z pinches with intensity interferometry

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    Nearly 60 years ago, Hanbury Brown and Twiss [R. Hanbury Brown and R. Q. Twiss, Nature 178, 1046 (1956)] succeeded in measuring the 30 nrad angular diameter of Sirius using a new type of interferometry that exploited the interference of photons independently emitted from different regions of the stellar disk. Its basis was the measurement of intensity correlations as a function of detector spacing, with no beam splitting or preservation of phase information needed. Applied to Z pinches, X pinches, or laser-produced plasmas, this method could potentially provide spatial resolution under one micron. A quantitative analysis based on the work of Purcell [E. M. Purcell, Nature 178, 1449 (1956)] reveals that obtaining adequate statistics from x-ray interferometry of a Z-pinch microstructure would require using the highest-current generators available. However, using visible light interferometry would reduce the needed photon count and could enable its use on sub-MA machines

  14. Turbulent corona in a dense Z-pinch

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    In this paper the author considers the convection which arises due to the MHD interchange instability of a superheated skin layer in a Z-pinch. The increase in size of the Z-pinch corona resulting from this process is a likely explanation for several unexpected results reported from experiments on Angara-5. This high-voltage high-current device has in recent experiments revealed intense evaporation of plasma from the surface of a Z-pinch, probably giving rise to recapture of the current of this low-density plasma. In these experiments an electric current of magnitude J ∼ 3 MA passed through a polyethylene rod of diameter OE 0 = 2 mm and height h ∼ 5 mm for a time ∼ 80 ns. After a time ∼ 50 ns the discharge gap was filled with plasma with a density ne ≥ 1019 cm-3 out to distances of 5-10 mm from the discharge axis. These experiments were partly aimed at verifying the basic hypotheses of the proposal for producing ignition of thermonuclear field in the constrictions of Z-pinches in already existing devices, with a resulting energy yield greater than breakeven. The phenomenon observed, according to Sasorov, can interfere with the high compression in the constrictions of a Z-pinch which is necessary to implement the ideas of Yan'kov. In the present work he discusses the mechanism for turbulent spreading of the superheated skin layer of a Z-pinch, which enables one to understand some of the unexpected results of these experiments

  15. Architecture of petawatt-class z-pinch accelerators

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    We have developed an accelerator architecture that can serve as the basis of the design of petawatt-class z-pinch drivers. The architecture has been applied to the design of two z-pinch accelerators, each of which can be contained within a 104-m-diameter cylindrical tank. One accelerator is driven by slow (∼1 (micro)s) Marx generators, which are a mature technology but which necessitate significant pulse compression to achieve the short pulses (4 capacitors, store 98 MJ, and erect to 5 MV; (ii) 600 water-dielectric triplate intermediate-store transmission lines, which also serve as pulse-forming lines; (iii) 600 5-MV laser-triggered gas switches; (iv) three monolithic radial-transmission-line impedance transformers, with triplate geometries and exponential impedance profiles; (v) a 6-level 5.5-m-diameter 15-MV vacuum insulator stack; (vi) six magnetically insulated vacuum transmission lines (MITLs); and (vii) a triple-post-hole vacuum convolute that adds the output currents of the six MITLs, and delivers the combined current to a z-pinch load. The accelerator delivers an effective peak current of 52 MA to a 10-mm-length z pinch that implodes in 95 ns, and 57 MA to a pinch that implodes in 120 ns. The LTD-driven accelerator includes monolithic radial transformers and a MITL system similar to those described above, but does not include intermediate-store transmission lines, multimegavolt gas switches, or a laser trigger system. Instead, this accelerator is driven by 210 LTD modules that include a total of 1 x 106 capacitors and 5 x 105 200-kV electrically triggered gas switches. The LTD accelerator stores 182 MJ and produces a peak electrical power of 1000 TW. The accelerator delivers an effective peak current of 68 MA to a pinch that implodes in 95 ns, and 75 MA to a pinch that implodes in 120 ns. Conceptually straightforward upgrades to these designs would deliver even higher pinch currents and faster implosions

  16. A compact, coaxial shunt current diagnostic for X pinches

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    Wang, Liangping; Zhang, Jinhai; Li, Mo; Zhang, Xinjun; Zhao, Chen; Zhang, Shaoguo

    2015-08-01

    A compact coaxial shunt was applied in X-pinches experiments on Qiangguang pulsed power generator. The coaxial shunt was designed to have a compact construction for smaller inductance and more, for conveniently assembling upon the X pinch load structure. The coaxial shunt is also a cheap current probe and was easily built by research groups. The shunt can monitor a 100 kA high current with a 100 ns rise time. The calibration results showed that the probe used in the experiments has a resistance of 3.2 mΩ with an uncertainty of 3%, and its response time to the step signal is less than 7 ns.

  17. Self-pinching of pulsed laser beams during filamentary propagation

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    Competing nonlinear optical effects that act on femtosecond laser pulses propagating in a self-generated light filament may give rise to a pronounced radial beam deformation, similar to the z-pinch contraction of pulsed high-current discharges. This self-generated spatial beam contraction is accompanied by a pulse break-up that can be beneficially exploited for on-axis temporal compression of the pulse. The pinching mechanism therefore explains the recently observed self-compression and the complicated spatio-temporal shapes typical for filament propagation experiments. (authors)

  18. Seeded perturbations in wire array Z-Pinches

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    Controlled seeding of perturbations is employed to study the evolution of wire array z-pinch implosion instabilities which strongly impact x-ray production when the 3D plasma stagnates on axis. Wires modulated in radius exhibit locally enhanced magnetic field and imploding bubble formation at discontinuities in wire radius due to the perturbed current path. Wires coated with localized spectroscopic dopants are used to track turbulent material flow. Experiments and MHD modeling offer insight into the behavior of z-pinch instabilities.

  19. ELECTROSTATIC MODE ASSOCIATED WITH PINCH VELOCITY IN RFPS

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    DELZANNO, GIAN LUCA [Los Alamos National Laboratory; FINN, JOHN M. [Los Alamos National Laboratory; CHACON, LUIS [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2007-02-08

    The existence of a new electrostatic instability is shown for RFP (reversed field pinch) equilibria. This mode arises due to the non-zero equilibrium radial flow (pinch flow). In RFP simulations with no-stress boundary conditions on the tangential velocity at the radial wall, this electrostatic mode is unstable and dominates the nonlinear dynamics, even in the presence of the MHD modes typically responsible for the reversal of the axial magnetic field at edge. Nonlinearly, this mode leads to two beams moving azimuthally towards each other, which eventually collide. The electrostatic mode can be controlled by using Dirichlet (no-slip) boundary conditions on the azimuthal velocity at the radial wall.

  20. Interaction between magnetic boundary and first wall recycling in the reversed field pinch

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    The plasma–wall interaction (PWI) in the reversed field pinch is strongly influenced by three-dimensional edge magnetic topology. This is true both in the chaotic regime, where several modes interact producing a toroidally localized bulge, and in the helical state, which helically modulates the edge profiles. In both regimes an external region with poloidal magnetic islands, toroidally distributed, is present. The density behaviour is also determined by wall recycling, since no divertor or limiters are present and therefore the deformation of the magnetic boundary brings the plasma into contact with a large portion of the wall. In RFX-mod, the shape of PWI results in a modulation of the edge flow, which at high density leads to localized accumulation through the onset of convective cells. The accumulation process is favoured by the high hydrogen retention of the graphite wall combined with high power loads (≈10 MW m−2) which can be locally deposited on the wall. The analysis of the edge plasma behaviour allows the identification of two density thresholds: the first one corresponds to an upper limit for the spontaneous development of the helical states, the second one is related to the onset of MARFE-like poloidal radiative belts. For an effective control of the plasma density through a reduction of wall recycling, a change of the first wall from carbon to tungsten is foreseen. In preparation for such a change, tungsten laser blow off experiments have been recently performed. (paper)

  1. Study of thermal conditions at belt slippage

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    Hoffmann, R.; Pampel, W.; Pfleger, P.

    1987-04-01

    Conveyor belt slippage experiments are carried out on the Chrudim (Czechoslovakia) industrial sized test stand for belt widths up to 1 m and driving drum forces up to 400 kW. The stand is operated jointly by TAKRAF (GDR) and VITKOVICE VUTZ, Prague. From 1972 to 1981, 7 belt conveyor fires occurred in GDR brown coal surface mines due to belt slippage. One of these cases led to a belt fire after only 15 s at 100% belt slippage. Aim of the study was to determine accurate permissible slippage values. Design of the test stand is explained as well as test procedures with belt slippage at the driving drum varying between 10 and 100%. Belt driving parameters were measured along with temperature of the drum surface. The heat penetration parameter b (in kJ/m/sup 2/) was calculated. Maximum temperatures up to 150 C were measured on the drum during partial slippage and 370 C at 100% belt slippage. The ignition temperature of rubber abrasion fines was also analyzed and found to vary between 40 and 318 C, i.e. substantially lower than belt and drum layer ignition temperatures. Graphs and diagram of slippage measurement results are calculated. Values for permissible maximum slippage time for operating belt slippage monitoring devices are shown. These devices are required to be installed in the GDR at heavy mine belt conveyors with driving forces exceeding 500 kW. 8 refs.

  2. French experience in seat belt use.

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    Lassarre, S. & Page, Y.

    1992-01-01

    This paper concerns the French experience in seat belt use. As well as the seat belt regulations, the strategies employed to reinforce the wearing of seat belts by using information and encouragement campaigns and checks by the police and gendarmerie are described here along with their timetables an

  3. Sheared flow stabilization experiments in the ZaP flow Z pinch

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    The stabilizing effect of a sheared axial flow on the m=1 kink instability in Z pinches has been studied numerically with a linearized ideal magnetohydrodynamic model to reveal that a sheared axial flow stabilizes the kink mode when the shear exceeds a threshold. The sheared flow stabilizing effect is investigated with the ZaP (Z-Pinch) Flow Z-pinch experiment at the University of Washington. An axially flowing Z pinch is generated with a 1 m coaxial accelerator coupled to a pinch assembly chamber. The plasma assembles into a pinch 50 cm long with a radius of approximately 1 cm. An azimuthal array of surface mounted magnetic probes located at the midplane of the pinch measures the fluctuation levels of the azimuthal modes m=1, 2, and 3. After the pinch assembles a quiescent period is found where the mode activity is significantly reduced. Optical images from a fast framing camera and a ruby holographic interferometer indicate a stable, discrete pinch plasma during this time. Multichord Doppler shift measurements of impurity lines show a large, sheared flow during the quiescent period and low, uniform flow profiles during periods of high mode activity. Z-pinch plasmas have been produced that are globally stable for over 700 times the theoretically predicted growth time for the kink mode of a static Z pinch. The plasma has a sheared axial flow that exceeds the theoretical threshold for stability during the quiescent period and is lower than the threshold during periods of high mode activity

  4. Collapse of Z-pinch necks for inertial fusion

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    The ignition is possible under the condition of collapring z-pinch neck up to the diameter 10-4cm. The current pulse with duration 10-7s and 107A must be applied to a cylinder of condensed D-T mixture in order to obtain the parameter ρr≥0.4 g/cm2. 22 refs

  5. Steady state theta pinch concept for slow formation of FRC

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    A steady state high beta plasma flow through a channel along the magnetic field increasing downstream can be regarded as a ''steady state theta pinch'', because if we see the plasma riding on the flow we should observe very similar process taking place in a theta pinch. Anticipating to produce an FRC without using very high voltage technics such as the ones required in a conventional theta pinch, we have studied after the analogy a ''steady state reversed field theta pinch'' which is brought about by steady head-on collision of counter plasma streams along the channel as ejected from two identical co-axial plasma sources mounted at the both ends of the apparatus. The ideal Poisson and shock adiabatic flow models are employed for the analysis of the steady colliding process. It is demonstrated that an FRC involving large numbers of particles is produced only by the weak shock mode which is achieved in case energetic plasma flow is decelerated almost to be stagnated through Poisson adiabatic process before the streams are collided. (author)

  6. Diffusion-driven currents in a Z-pinch

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    A model of a Z-pinch and related systems such as Extrap is considered where there is a hot fully ionized plasma core which is impermeable to neutral gas and being surrounded by a partially ionized cool boundary layer. The pinch is driven by an imposed toroidal (axial) electric field. The model should apply both to linear geometry at sufficiently long axial lengths and to toroidal geometry at large aspect ratios. The recirculation of matter in the boundary layer generates diffusion-driven 'bootstrap-like' currents, both in the toroidal and the poloidal (transverse) directions. The largest toroidal bootstrap currents arise at relatively low plasma densities, high temperatures of the core edge and weak toroidal magnetic fields. There is a low-density limit at which the core becomes 'permeable' to neutral gas and where the bootstrap currents and plasma-neutral gas interaction are distributed all over the plasma body. The toroidal bootstrap current reinforces the externally driven pinch current, and the poloidal bootstrap current produces a diamagnetic effect. The diffusion-driven current system is expected to become disturbed when the pinch radius approaches its upper limit, as defined by a magnetic separatrix or a metal limiter

  7. Laser emission from an embedded-pinch sheath

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    Hot plasma pinches emit intense vacuum uv radiation. In the embedded configuration cold surrounding gas damps pinch instabilities and insulates the plasma from vessel walls. When such a pinch is formed within a high-Z gas its copious uv production may induce photolytic processes in the surrounding gas blanket. To explore this process we have investigated laser-initiated high-Z gas-embedded pinches both theoretically and experimentally. Focusing on high-Z and high density media leads to a simplification in the problem because the plasma becomes optically dense and energy is lost principally through black-body radiation. Radiated power densities of 107-108W/cm2 have been measured. This flux drives sequential luminous photolytic waves into the enveloping gas at radial velocities in excess of 107 cm/sec. XeF (B-X) laser radiation was generated within the photolytic sheath by installing a 350 nm optical resonator and seeding the gas with XeF2

  8. Investigation of plasma turbulence in a theta-pinch-discharge

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    This thesis is concerned with investigations of plasma turbulence in a 3 KJ Theta-Pinch during implosion by high-frequency Stark-effect and Thomson scattering. The next points are modifications of electron-distribution function by ionization in low preionizized turbulent plasma and energy losses by particle flow and heat flow at the ends. (HT)

  9. Kinetic theory of sausage instability of z-pinch

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    The linear problem of the development of the sausage instability of a z-pinch is analyzed. Kinetic effects are taken into account for the case of a current with an ideal skin effect. The electrons of the plasma are assumed to be cold, and the ions collisionless. It is also assumed that the magnetic field in the pinch does not affect the motion of the ions. The ions are reflected specularly from the potential jump which arises at the plasma boundary. In the case of long-wave perturbations, with ka much-lt 1 (a is the pinch radius, and k is the wave number), the instability growth rate differs from the hydrodynamic growth rate only by a numerial factor. For short-wave perturbations, ka much-gt 1, kinetic effects lead to a substantial decrease in the growth rate [by a factor of (ka)1/2] from that in the hydrodynamic description. It thus becomes possible to explain the improved stability of z-pinches which is observed experimentally

  10. A Pinching Strategy for Fabrics Using Wiping Deformation

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    Full Text Available This paper discusses a strategy by which a robotic hand can use the physical properties of a fabric to pinch the fabric. Pinching may be accomplished by using a wiping motion, during which the movement and deformation of a deformable object occur simultaneously. The wiping motion differs from the displacement of a deformable object. During the wiping motion, there is contact, but no relative movement, between the manipulator and the object, whereas, during displacement, there is both contact and relative movement between the object and the floor. This paper first describes wiping motion and distinguishes wiping slide from wiping deformation by displacement of the internal points of an object. Wiping motion is also shown to be an extended scheme of pushing and sliding of rigid objects. Our strategy for pinching a fabric is accomplished with a combination of wiping deformation and residual deformation of the fabric under unloaded conditions. Using this strategy, a single-armed robotic hand can pinch both surfaces of the fabric without handover motion.

  11. Parametric dependences of momentum pinch and Prandtl number in JET

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    Tala, T.; Salmi, A.; Angioni, C.; Casson, F. J.; Corrigan, G.; Ferreira, J.; Giroud, C.; Mantica, P.; Naulin, V.; Peeters, A.G.; Solomon, W. M.; Strintzi, D.; Tsalas, M.; Versloot, T. W.; de Vries, P. C.; Zastrow, K. D.

    2011-01-01

    Several parametric scans have been performed to study momentum transport on JET. A neutral beam injection modulation technique has been applied to separate the diffusive and convective momentum transport terms. The magnitude of the inward momentum pinch depends strongly on the inverse density gradie

  12. Comment on Turbulent Equipartition Theory of Toroidal Momentum Pinch

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    This response demonstrates that the comment by Peeters et al. contains an incorrect and misleading interpretation of our paper (Hahm et al., Phys. Plasmas 15, 055902 (2008)) regarding the density gradient dependence of momentum pinch and the turbulent equipartition (TEP) theory

  13. Parametric dependences of momentum pinch and Prandtl number in JET

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    Tala, T.; Salmi, A.; Angioni, C.;

    2011-01-01

    Several parametric scans have been performed to study momentum transport on JET. A neutral beam injection modulation technique has been applied to separate the diffusive and convective momentum transport terms. The magnitude of the inward momentum pinch depends strongly on the inverse density gra...

  14. Classical transport in a non-circular z-pinch

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    A method is devised, in which particle and heat fluxes are found by solving the heat balance equation self-consistently for specified profiles. The procedure is applied to an equilibrium which corresponds to a non-circular z-pinch. (author)

  15. Dense Z-pinch research - Experiment and theory

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    Dense Z-pinch research at Imperial College is currently dominated by the design and construction of the MAGPIE generator which can deliver up to 2 MA at 2.4 MV for 200 ns into a Z-pinch load. It will be operational in 1993 and allow an investigation into radiative collapse at currents above the Pease-Braginskii current, as well as the attainment of Z-Pinch under thermonuclear conditions. In a joint experiment at the Ecole polytechnique, enhanced stability has recently been found by collapsing a current carrying plasma jet on to a fibre. In theoretical work a general class of non-stationary Z-pinch equilibria has been studied, distinguishing between cases of rising and falling current. A stability analysis of the m = 0 mode using the Chew, Goldberger and Low (CGL) model (valid in the small Larmor radius limit) with an anisotropic equilibrium shows that somewhat enhanced stability can be achieved if P perpendicular0 > Pparallel0. However, CGL absolute stability to the m = 0 mode can only be achieved in the gas embedded pinch. For stability with finite or large ion Larmor radius effects, two methods based on the Vlasov fluid mode are being studied; the first is a linear initial value code, FIGARO, and the second uses a variational formulation of the eigenvalue equation. For a parabolic pressure profile the growth rate falls sharply to a minimum value as the ion Larmor radius is increased. Non-linear MHD evolution of m = 1 kink is studied with a simplified model. Finally, Ettinghausen and Nernst effects are shown to remove a surface thermal instability and cause a slight central peaking of the temperature. (author). 25 refs, 7 figs

  16. An Inertial-Fusion Z-Pinch Power Plant Concept

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    With the promising new results of fast z-pinch technology developed at Sandia National Laboratories, we are investigating using z-pinch driven high-yield Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) as a fusion power plant energy source. These investigations have led to a novel fusion system concept based on an attempt to separate many of the difficult fusion engineering issues and a strict reliance on existing technology, or a reasonable extrapolation of existing technology, wherever possible. In this paper, we describe the main components of such a system with a focus on the fusion chamber dynamics. The concept works with all of the electrically-coupled ICF proposed fusion designs. It is proposed that a z-pinch driven ICF power system can be feasibly operated at high yields (1 to 30 GJ) with a relatively low pulse rate (0.01-0.1 Hz). To deliver the required current from the rep-rated pulse power driver to the z-pinch diode, a Recyclable Transmission Line (RTL) and the integrated target hardware are fabricated, vacuum pumped, and aligned prior to loading for each power pulse. In this z-pinch driven system, no laser or ion beams propagate in the chamber such that the portion of the chamber outside the RTL does not need to be under vacuum. Additionally, by utilizing a graded-density solid lithium or fluorine/lithium/beryllium eutectic (FLiBe) blanket between the source and the first-wall the system can breed its own fuel absorb a large majority of the fusion energy released from each capsule and shield the first-wall from a damaging neutron flux. This neutron shielding significantly reduces the neutron energy fluence at the first-wall such that radiation damage should be minimal and will not limit the first-wall lifetime. Assuming a 4 m radius, 8 m tall cylindrical chamber design with an 80 cm thick spherical FLiBe blanket, our calculations suggest that a 20 cm thick 6061-T6 Al chamber wall will reach the equivalent uranium ore radioactivity level within 100 years after a 30

  17. An Inertial-Fusion Z-Pinch Power Plant Concept

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    DERZON,MARK S.; ROCHAU,GARY E.; DEGROOT,J.; OLSON,CRAIG L.; PETERSON,P.; PETERSON,R.R.; SLUTZ,STEPHEN A.; ZAMORA,ANTONIO J.

    2000-12-15

    With the promising new results of fast z-pinch technology developed at Sandia National Laboratories, we are investigating using z-pinch driven high-yield Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) as a fusion power plant energy source. These investigations have led to a novel fusion system concept based on an attempt to separate many of the difficult fusion engineering issues and a strict reliance on existing technology, or a reasonable extrapolation of existing technology, wherever possible. In this paper, we describe the main components of such a system with a focus on the fusion chamber dynamics. The concept works with all of the electrically-coupled ICF proposed fusion designs. It is proposed that a z-pinch driven ICF power system can be feasibly operated at high yields (1 to 30 GJ) with a relatively low pulse rate (0.01-0.1 Hz). To deliver the required current from the rep-rated pulse power driver to the z-pinch diode, a Recyclable Transmission Line (RTL) and the integrated target hardware are fabricated, vacuum pumped, and aligned prior to loading for each power pulse. In this z-pinch driven system, no laser or ion beams propagate in the chamber such that the portion of the chamber outside the RTL does not need to be under vacuum. Additionally, by utilizing a graded-density solid lithium or fluorine/lithium/beryllium eutectic (FLiBe) blanket between the source and the first-wall the system can breed its own fuel absorb a large majority of the fusion energy released from each capsule and shield the first-wall from a damaging neutron flux. This neutron shielding significantly reduces the neutron energy fluence at the first-wall such that radiation damage should be minimal and will not limit the first-wall lifetime. Assuming a 4 m radius, 8 m tall cylindrical chamber design with an 80 cm thick spherical FLiBe blanket, our calculations suggest that a 20 cm thick 6061-T6 Al chamber wall will reach the equivalent uranium ore radioactivity level within 100 years after a 30

  18. Synchronous and Cogged Fan Belt Performance Assessment

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    Cutler, D.; Dean, J.; Acosta, J.

    2014-02-01

    The GSA Regional GPG Team commissioned the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to perform monitoring of cogged V-belts and synchronous belts on both a constant volume and a variable air volume fan at the Byron G. Rodgers Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Denver, Colorado. These motor/fan combinations were tested with their original, standard V-belts (appropriately tensioned by an operation and maintenance professional) to obtain a baseline for standard operation. They were then switched to the cogged V-belts, and finally to synchronous belts. The power consumption by the motor was normalized for both fan speed and air density changes. This was necessary to ensure that the power readings were not influenced by a change in rotational fan speed or by the power required to push denser air. Finally, energy savings and operation and maintenance savings were compiled into an economic life-cycle cost analysis of the different belt options.

  19. Belt technology stretches conveyors' coverage

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    With China the leading growth engine in the conveyor market, leading belt manufacturers are establishing local manufacturing plants to boost their presence. Fenner is planning to almost triple production capacity over the next three years, with a third of its investment in China. Shanxi-Phoenix Conveyor Belt Systems is a joint venture between Phoenix Conveyor Belt Systems GmbH, now part of ContiTech Ag, and its Chinese partners Lu An Mining Group Co. Ltd. and Jingcheng Anthracite Group Co. Ltd. It manufacturers steel cable belts, PVC and multi-ply belts for coal mines and power plants. Recent belt designs by FennerEurope and Metso Minerals are reported. 2 photos.

  20. Transport and Measurements of High-Current Electron Beams from X pinches

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    Agafonov, Alexey V.; Mingaleev, Albert R.; Romanova, Vera M.; Tarakanov, Vladimir P.; Shelkovenko, Tatiana A.; Pikuz, Sergey A.; Blesener, Isaac C.; Kusse, Bruce R.; Hammer, David A.

    2009-01-01

    Generation of electron beams is an unavoidable property of X-pinches and other pulsed-power-driven pinches of different geometry. Some issues concerning high-current electron beam transport from the X pinch to the diagnostic system and measurements of the beam current by Faraday cups with different geometry's are discussed. Of particular interest is the partially neutralized nature of the beam propagating from the X-pinch to a diagnostic system. Two scenarios of electron beam propagation from X-pinch to Faraday cup are analyzed by means of computer simulation using the PIC-code KARAT. The first is longitudinal neutralization by ions extracted from plasma at an output window of the X-pinch diode; the second is the beam transport through a plasma background between the diode and a diagnostic system.

  1. Transport and Measurements of High-Current Electron Beams from X pinches

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    Generation of electron beams is an unavoidable property of X-pinches and other pulsed-power-driven pinches of different geometry. Some issues concerning high-current electron beam transport from the X pinch to the diagnostic system and measurements of the beam current by Faraday cups with different geometry's are discussed. Of particular interest is the partially neutralized nature of the beam propagating from the X-pinch to a diagnostic system. Two scenarios of electron beam propagation from X-pinch to Faraday cup are analyzed by means of computer simulation using the PIC-code KARAT. The first is longitudinal neutralization by ions extracted from plasma at an output window of the X-pinch diode; the second is the beam transport through a plasma background between the diode and a diagnostic system.

  2. Developments of sausages in a z-pinch with short-wave perturbation of a boundary

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    A numeric simulation of sausage evolution in z-pinch during short-wave excitation of the boundary of plasma column pinch is carried out. The simulation has shown that due to nonlinear development of sausages in a pinch plasma colomn the cavities filled with a magnetic field in a rarefied pinch plasma are formed. Simultaneously compact column of tense plasma whose temperature is much higher than the average temperature of pinch plasma column are formed on the pinch axis. In the region of inlet in the cavity plasma is radially directed due to ponderomotoric force 1/2 x jB up to velocities greatly increasing the thermal velocity of ions in a plasma column

  3. X pinch a point x-ray source

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    X ray emission from an X pinch, a point x-ray source has been studied using a pin-hole camera by a 30 kV, 7.2 μ F capacitor bank. The wires of different material like W, Mo, Cu, S.S.(stainless steel) and Ti were used. Molybdenum pinch gives the most intense x-rays and stainless steel gives the minimum intensity x-rays for same bank energy (∼ 3.2 kJ). Point x-ray source of size (≤ 0.5 mm) was observed using pin hole camera. The size of the source is limited by the size of the pin hole camera. The peak current in the load is approximately 150 kA. The point x-ray source could be useful in many fields like micro lithography, medicine and to study the basic physics of high Z plasmas. (author). 4 refs., 3 figs

  4. Magnetic Pinching of Hyperbolic Flux Tubes I. Basic Estimations

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    Titov, V S; Neukirch, T

    2003-01-01

    The concept of hyperbolic flux tubes (HFTs) is a generalization of the concept of separator field lines for coronal magnetic fields with a trivial magnetic topology. An effective mechanism of a current layer formation in HFTs is proposed. This mechanism is called magnetic pinching and it is caused by large-scale shearing motions applied to the photospheric feet of HFTs in a way as if trying to twist the HFT. It is shown that in the middle of an HFT such motions produce a hyperbolic flow that causes an exponentially fast growth of the current density in a thin force-free current layer. The magnetic energy associated with the current layer that is built up over a few hours is sufficient for a large flare. Other implications of HFT pinching for solar flares are discussed as well.

  5. Bubble Pinch-Off in a Rotating Flow

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    Bergmann, Raymond; Andersen, Anders Peter; van der Meer, Devaraj;

    2009-01-01

    bubbles which are carried down by the flow. Using high-speed imaging we find that the minimal neck radius of the unstable tip decreases in time as a power law with an exponent close to 1/3. This exponent was found by Gordillo et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 95, 194501 (2005)] to govern gas flow driven pinch......We create air bubbles at the tip of a "bathtub vortex" which reaches to a finite depth. The bathtub vortex is formed by letting water drain through a small hole at the bottom of a rotating cylindrical container. The tip of the needlelike surface dip is unstable at high rotation rates and releases......-off, and indeed we find that the volume oscillations of the tip creates a considerable air flow through the neck. We argue that the Bernoulli pressure reduction caused by this air flow can become sufficient to overcome the centrifugal forces and cause the final pinch-off....

  6. Modeling Z-Pinch implosions in two dimensions

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    Ideally, simulations of Z-Pinch implosions should provide useful information about important physics processes underlying observed experimental results and provide design capabilities for future experiments. With this goal the authors have developed a methodology for simulating hollow Z-Pinches in two dimensions and applied it to experiments conducted on the Pegasus I and Pegasus II capacitor banks, the Procyon explosion generator system, and the Saturn and PBFA-Z accelerators. In comparisons with experimental results the simulations have reproduced important features of the current drive, spectrum, radiation pulse shape, peak power and total radiated energy. Comparison of the instability development in the simulations with visible light framing camera photos has shown a close correlation with the observed instability wavelengths and amplitudes. Using this methodology the authors are analyzing recent Saturn and PBFA-Z experiments and applying the 2-D modeling in developing applications such as the dynamic hohlraum

  7. Modeling the Parker instability in a rotating plasma screw pinch

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    Khalzov, I V; Katz, N; Forest, C B; 10.1063/1.3684240

    2012-01-01

    We analytically and numerically study the analogue of the Parker (magnetic buoyancy) instability in a uniformly rotating plasma screw pinch confined in a cylinder. Uniform plasma rotation is imposed to create a centrifugal acceleration, which mimics the gravity required for the classical Parker instability. The goal of this study is to determine how the Parker instability could be unambiguously identified in a weakly magnetized, rapidly rotating screw pinch, in which the rotation provides an effective gravity and a radially varying azimuthal field is controlled to give conditions for which the plasma is magnetically buoyant to inward motion. We show that an axial magnetic field is also required to circumvent conventional current driven magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) instabilities such as the sausage and kink modes that would obscure the Parker instability. These conditions can be realized in the Madison Plasma Couette Experiment (MPCX). Simulations are performed using the extended MHD code NIMROD for an isothermal...

  8. D-D fusion experiments using fast Z pinches

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    The development of high current (I > 10 MA) drivers provides the authors with a new tool for the study of neutron-producing plasmas in the thermal regime. The imploded deuterium mass (or collisionality) increases as I2 and the ability of the driver to heat the plasma to relevant fusion temperatures improves as the power of the driver increases. Additionally, fast (2 fiber arrays were imploded in a fast z-pinch configuration on Sandia's Saturn facility generating up to 3 x 1012 D-D neutrons. These experiments were designed to explore the physics of neutron-generating plasmas in a z-pinch geometry. Specifically, the authors intended to produce neutrons from a nearly thermal plasma where the electrons and ions have a nearly Maxwellian distribution. This is to be clearly differentiated from the more usual D-D beam-target neutrons generated in many dense plasma focus (DPF) devices

  9. A 600 MW(e) reversed field pinch reactor study

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    The Reversed Field Pinch is an axisymmetric toroidal magnetic system in which the stable confinement of high β plasma has already been demonstrated experimentally. This study has reviewed the plasma physics relevant to a reactor based on the Reversed Field Pinch, defined a possible set of reactor parameters and undertaken a preliminary consideration of the mechanical and electrical engineering problems of this system. The design assumes pulsed operation without refuelling during the burn, ignition by ohmic heating alone, and the use of normal (i.e. not superconducting) magnetic field windings. For the chosen net output of 600 MW(e) and mean neutron wall loading of 1.5MW/m2 the plasma minor and major radii are 1.75m and 16m respectively. The energy multiplication factor Q of the system is 5.9. (author)

  10. Spectroscopic diagnosis of foam z-pinch plasmas on SATURN

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    Solid and annular silicon aerogel and agar foams were shot on the accelerator SATURN to study plasma initiation, acceleration, and stagnation. SATURN delivers 7 MA with a 50 nsec rise time to these foam loads. We fielded several spectroscopic diagnostics to measure plasma parameters throughout the z-pinch discharge. A spatially resolved single frame time-gated EUV spectrometer measured the extent of plasma ablation off the surface foam. A time integrated crystal spectrometer showed that characteristic K shell radiation of silicon in the aerogel and of S and Na impurities in the agar were all attenuated when the foam loads were coated with a conductive layer of gold. The time resolved pinhole camera showed that in general the quality of the pinch implosions was poor but improved with increasing efforts to improve current continuity such as prepulse and conductive coatings

  11. Dense X-pinch plasmas for x-ray microlithography

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    The authors report experimental results from a study of the radiation emission from aluminum and magnesium x-pinch experiments. The single cross x-pinch, driven by the 0.5 TW, 40ns pulse width Lion accelerator, consists of 2-8 fine wires stretched between the output electrodes of Lion so as to touch at a single point. The wires were twisted up to 360 degrees at the crossing point. The number and size of Al and Mg wires were varied in order to optimize the K-shell line radiation. Diagnostics used for the experiments included pinhole photography, streak imaging, filtered photoconducting diodes and x-ray crystal spectroscopy. The source size and distribution are determined through x-ray pinhole photographs. The radiation energy spectrum is determined by x-ray spectroscopy and attenuation through filters. Energy intensities were obtained from the filtered photoconducting diodes

  12. Light detonation wave in a cylindrical Z-pinch

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    Yusupaliev, U.; Sysoev, N. N.; Shuteev, S. A.; Elenskii, V. G.

    2015-09-01

    A secondary compression wave previously observed by other researchers in a cylindrical Z-pinch has been identified in this work as a light detonation wave. It appears on the inner surface of a discharge chamber under the action of the intense ultraviolet radiation from a plasma pinch at the stage of its maximum compression. The condition of the light detonation wave has been determined experimentally. The dependence of its Mach number on a generalized dimensionless variable has been determined taking into account the conservation laws for the light detonation wave including the pressure of the gas, expenses on the formation of the surface plasma, and the energy of ionization of the gas involved in the wave. An analogy with the laser-supported detonation wave created by intense laser radiation has been revealed. The indicated dependence is within the error of measurement in agreement with the experimental data for light detonation waves created by both methods.

  13. A theta-pinch as a spectroscopic light source

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    Luna, F.R.T.; Trigueiros, A.G. [Universidade Estadual de Campinas, SP (Brazil). Inst. de Fisica; Cavalcanti, G.H. [Universidade Federal Fluminense, Niteroi, RJ (Brazil). Inst. de Fisica

    1998-12-31

    The aim of this work is to describe a theta-pinch for spectroscopic studies. This machine is different in some aspects from its equivalent for fusion studies. Here, in a single experiment, 1000 shots are used normally. The capacitor bank stores 14 kJ of electrical energy at 60 kV, but only 1 kJ is necessary to obtain an electron peak temperature of 150 eV, which is enough to produce a good emission spectrum in the VUV range of 300 to 2000 A. With this device it is possible to obtain intermediate ionization states of many elements (ionized six or seven times). Similarly to tokamaks, the theta-pinch spectrum contains spectral lines due to forbidden transitions, where the {delta}S = 0 rule for dipole electric transition is violated. (author) 8 refs., 6 figs., 1 tab.

  14. Energy integration of nitric acid production using pinch methodology

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    Ivaniš Gorica R.; Lazarević Marija; Radović Ivona R.; Kijevčanin Mirjana Lj.

    2015-01-01

    Pinch methodology was applied to the heat exchangers network (HEN) synthesis of nitric acid production. The integration is analyzed in two ways, and the results are presented as two different solutions: (i) the first solution is based on the original heat transfer equipment arrangement, (ii) in order to eliminate the shortages of the first solution the second HEN was obtained using process simulation with optimized process parameters. Optimized HEN, with ne...

  15. Schlieren measurements of a high density z-pinch

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    The dense plasma phase of a dynamic z-pinch working at a high filling pressure is studied. By using the Schlieren-technique it is found that the compressed plasma column, though macroscopically stable for times less than 1 μs develops quickly from a homogeneous state to a turbulent one with a perturbation scale length of typically some millimeters. Quantitative measurements of light deflection give electron densities of typically 1019 cm-3 at 0.25 torr He filling. (orig.)

  16. Sausage mode of a pinched charged particle beam

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    The axisymmetric oscillations of a self-pinched charged particle beam are analyzed using a dispersion relation derived from a 3/2 dimensional model. This calculation includes the effects of rounded profiles, finite conductivity, a steady return current, and phase mix damping among particle orbits. However, only the lowest order radial mode of distortion is treated, and this is done in an approximate fashion

  17. Hard-core deuterium fibre Z-pinch

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    A novel fusion concept is considered, related to present day deuterium fibre pinch experiments. The hard core is allowed to persist during the discharge, being completely ablated only at the end of the pulse. The Lawson requirement ητΕ> 1022M-3s for the catalysed D-D reaction is exceeded at a plasma temperature >30 keV by using high power generators with short pulse times of order a few ns. (au)

  18. Pinched Material Einstein Space-Time Produces Accelerated Cosmic Expansion

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    M. S. El Naschie

    2014-01-01

    An instructive analogy between the deformation of a pinched elastic cylindrical shell and the anti-gravity behind accelerated cosmic expansion is established. Subsequently the entire model is interpreted in terms of a hyperbolic fractal Rindler space-time leading to the same robust results regarding real energy and dark energy being 4.5% and 95.5% respectively in full agreement with all recent cosmological measurements.

  19. Theory of the striated corona in a theta pinch

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    The radial striations observed in the low density corona surrounding a theta-pinch-confined plasma are explained as due to an instability at the ion plasma frequency driven by plasma rotation in the corona. A nonlocal theory is used to find radially extended modes, as observed experimentally. The observed wavelength of the striations can then be used to deduce the density in this region; this density is in reasonable agreement with estimates from numerical models

  20. End shorting induced rotation in a theta pinch

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    A possible explanation for the observed rotation in open ended theta-pinch devices is shown to result from the shorting out of electric field components at the insulating boundary. The propagation of rotation into the plasma is primarily via torsional Alfven waves preceded by dispersive precursors. The precursors have spatially and temporally modulated amplitudes. They are due to gyrofrequency oscillations of the plasma and are seen throughout the plasma immediately following the shorting out of the electric field components at the insulators

  1. Necessary stability condition for field-reversed theta pinches

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    Toroidal systems of arbitrary cross section without toroidal magnetic field are analyzed via the double adiabatic fluid equations. Such systems are shown to be unstable if there exists one closed field line on which the average of kapparB2 is positive, where kappa is the curvature. A similar criterion is derived for linear systems and is applied to a noncircular z-pinch

  2. Necessary stability condition for field-reversed theta pinches

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    Cary, J. R.

    1981-03-01

    Toroidal systems of arbitrary cross section without toroidal magnetic field are analyzed via the double adiabatic fluid equations. Such systems are shown to be unstable if there exists one closed field line on which the average of kapparB/sup 2/ is positive, where kappa is the curvature. A similar criterion is derived for linear systems and is applied to a noncircular z-pinch.

  3. X-ray sources by Z-pinch for inertial confinement fusion

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    Inertial confinement nuclear fusion driven by X-ray from Z-pinch plasmas has been developed. Recently, extremely high X-ray power (290 TW) and energy (1.8 MJ) were produced in fast Z-pinch implosions on the Z accelerator (Sandia National Laboratories). Wire arrays are used to produce the initial plasma. The X-ray from Z-pinch plasmas produced by pulsed power has great potential as a driver of inertial confinement nuclear fusion. (author)

  4. Effect of longitudinal applied magnetic field on the self-pinched critical current in intense electron beam diode

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    Liu Guo-Zhi; Huang Wen-Hua; Shao Hao; Xiao Ren-Zhen

    2006-01-01

    The effect of applied longitudinal magnetic field on the self-pinched critical current in the intense electron beam diode is discussed. The self-pinched critical current is derived and its validity is tested by numerical simulations. The results shows that an applied longitudinal magnetic field tends to increase the self-pinched critical current. Without the effect of anode plasma, the maximal diode current approximately equals the self-pinched critical current with the longitudinal magnetic field applied; when self-pinched occurs, the diode current approaches the self-pinched critical current.

  5. NONLINEAR DYNAMIC BEHAVIOR OF VISCOELATIC TRANSMISSION BELT

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    Li Yinghui; Gao Qing; Jian Kailin; Yin Xuegang

    2003-01-01

    The nonlinear dynamic responses of viscoelastic axially transmission belts are investigated and the Kelvin viscoelastic differential constitutive model is employed to characterize the material property of belts. The generalized equation of motion is obtained for a viscoelatic axially transmission belts with geometric nonlinearity first, and then is reduced to be a set of second-order nonlinear ordinary differential equations by applying Galerkin's method. Finally, the effects of viscosity parameter and elastic parameter and the moving velocity of the belts on the transient responses are investigated by the research of digital simulation.

  6. Grip and Pinch Strength Norms for Michigan Workers

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    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was to create a norm reference of current grip and pinch strength norms for working-age Michigan adults. This normative study included a convenience sample of 179 volunteers who were employees at car plants in South East Michigan or hospital sites in West Michigan. Participants’ ages ranged from between 20 and 62 years of age with a mean age of 49.15 years. There were 78 females (44% and 101 males (56%. Subjects were classified by gender and in the age categories of ages 20 to 49 years and ages 50-62 years. Grip and pinch strength norms were collected following the American Society of Hand Therapy protocol. The norms from these working adults were calculated with descriptive statistics for males and females in two age classifications: ages 20 to 49 and ages 50 to 62 years. Standard Errors (SE are better than the 1985 norms for both males and females ages 20 to 49 years. SEs are higher than the ages 20 to 49 years’ norms for the ages 50 to 62 years age categories in both males and females. These norms offer a point of comparison for clinicians to use for clients in Michigan who are ages 20 to 62 years and who have a goal to improve their grip strength. Clients’ grip and pinch strength could be compared to their age level or gender norms using the comparison for one standard deviation above, below, or at the means.

  7. Diagnostics for Z-pinch implosion experiments on PTS

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    Ren, X. D.; Huang, X. B.; Zhou, S. T.; Zhang, S. Q.; Dan, J. K.; Li, J.; Cai, H. C.; Wang, K. L.; Ouyang, K.; Xu, Q.; Duan, S. C.; Chen, G. H.; Wang, M.; Feng, S. P.; Yang, L. B.; Xie, W. P.; Deng, J. J.

    2014-12-01

    The preliminary experiments of wire array implosion were performed on PTS, a 10 MA z-pinch driver with a 70 ns rise time. A set of diagnostics have been developed and fielded on PTS to study pinch physics and implosion dynamics of wire array. Radiated power measurement for soft x-rays was performed by multichannel filtered x-ray diode array, and flat spectral responses x-ray diode detector. Total x-ray yield was measured by a calibrated, unfiltered nickel bolometer which was also used to obtain pinch power. Multiple time-gated pinhole cameras were used to produce spatial-resolved images of x-ray self-emission from plasmas. Two time-integrated pinhole cameras were used respectively with 20-μm Be filter and with multilayer mirrors to record images produced by >1-keV and 277±5 eV self-emission. An optical streak camera was used to produce radial implosion trajectories, and an x-ray streak camera paired with a horizontal slit was used to record a continuous time-history of emission with one-dimensional spatial resolution. A frequency-doubled Nd:YAG laser (532 nm) was used to produce four frame laser shadowgraph images with 6 ns time interval. We will briefly describe each of these diagnostics and present some typical results from them.

  8. Radiating Shock Properties in the Z-pinch Dynamic Hohlraum

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    The Z-pinch dynamic hohlraum is a high-power x-ray source used for a variety of high energy-density physics applications including high temperature opacity measurements and inertial confinement fusion (ICF). The system consists of a tungsten wire-array Z pinch that implodes onto a low-density CH2 foam launching a radiating shock that heats the hohlraum to radiation temperatures >200 eV. The temperature and density evolution of this shock have been inferred through the measurement of time- and space-resolved line emission from Si atoms locally doped in the CH2 foam. The observed emission spectra are analyzed through comparison to collisional-radiative calculations that include a detailed treatment of line-shapes and the effect of non-local radiation on the atomic level populations. As a complement to the detailed spectral data, the radial and azimuthal distribution of the axially directed shock emission is recorded with time-gated x-ray pinhole images that provide information on the spatial profile of the shock conditions. Together with broadband x-ray power measurements, these data provide a comprehensive suite of information to determine the shock dynamics and associated energetics of the Z-pinch dynamic hohlraum.

  9. Diagnostics for Z-pinch implosion experiments on PTS

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    Ren, X. D., E-mail: amosrxd@163.com; Huang, X. B., E-mail: amosrxd@163.com; Zhou, S. T., E-mail: amosrxd@163.com; Zhang, S. Q., E-mail: amosrxd@163.com; Dan, J. K., E-mail: amosrxd@163.com; Li, J., E-mail: amosrxd@163.com; Cai, H. C., E-mail: amosrxd@163.com; Wang, K. L., E-mail: amosrxd@163.com; Ouyang, K., E-mail: amosrxd@163.com; Xu, Q., E-mail: amosrxd@163.com; Duan, S. C., E-mail: amosrxd@163.com; Chen, G. H., E-mail: amosrxd@163.com; Wang, M., E-mail: amosrxd@163.com; Feng, S. P., E-mail: amosrxd@163.com; Yang, L. B., E-mail: amosrxd@163.com; Xie, W. P., E-mail: amosrxd@163.com; Deng, J. J., E-mail: amosrxd@163.com [Key Lab of Pulsed Power, Institute of Fluid Physics, CAEP, P.O. Box 919-108, Mianyang, Sichuan 621999 (China)

    2014-12-15

    The preliminary experiments of wire array implosion were performed on PTS, a 10 MA z-pinch driver with a 70 ns rise time. A set of diagnostics have been developed and fielded on PTS to study pinch physics and implosion dynamics of wire array. Radiated power measurement for soft x-rays was performed by multichannel filtered x-ray diode array, and flat spectral responses x-ray diode detector. Total x-ray yield was measured by a calibrated, unfiltered nickel bolometer which was also used to obtain pinch power. Multiple time-gated pinhole cameras were used to produce spatial-resolved images of x-ray self-emission from plasmas. Two time-integrated pinhole cameras were used respectively with 20-μm Be filter and with multilayer mirrors to record images produced by >1-keV and 277±5 eV self-emission. An optical streak camera was used to produce radial implosion trajectories, and an x-ray streak camera paired with a horizontal slit was used to record a continuous time-history of emission with one-dimensional spatial resolution. A frequency-doubled Nd:YAG laser (532 nm) was used to produce four frame laser shadowgraph images with 6 ns time interval. We will briefly describe each of these diagnostics and present some typical results from them.

  10. The Prospects for High-Yield ICF with a Z-Pinch Driven Dynamic Hohlraum

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    CHANDLER, GORDON A.; CHRIEN, R.; COOPER, GARY WAYNE; DERZON, MARK S.; DOUGLAS, MELISSA R.; HEBRON, DAVID E.; LASH, JOEL S.; LEEPER, RAMON J.; MATZEN, M. KEITH; MEHLHORN, THOMAS A.; NASH, THOMAS J.; OLSON, RICHARD E.; PETERSON, D.L.; RUIZ, CARLOS L.; SANFORD, THOMAS W. L.; SLUTZ, STEPHEN A.

    1999-09-07

    Recent success with the Sandia Z machine has renewed interest in utilizing fast z-pinenes for ICF. One promising concept places the ICF capsule internal to the imploding z-pinch. At machine parameters relevant to achieving high yield, the imploding z-pinch mass has sufficient opacity to trap radiation giving rise to a dynamic hohlraum. The concept utilizes a 12 MJ, 54 MA z-pinch driver producing a capsule drive temperature exceeding 300 eV to realize a 550 MJ thermonuclear yield. They present the current high-yield design and its development that supports high-yield ICF with a z-pinch driven dynamic hohlraum.

  11. The Prospects for High-Yield ICF with a Z-Pinch Driven Dynamic Hohlraum

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    Recent success with the Sandia Z machine has renewed interest in utilizing fast z-pinenes for ICF. One promising concept places the ICF capsule internal to the imploding z-pinch. At machine parameters relevant to achieving high yield, the imploding z-pinch mass has sufficient opacity to trap radiation giving rise to a dynamic hohlraum. The concept utilizes a 12 MJ, 54 MA z-pinch driver producing a capsule drive temperature exceeding 300 eV to realize a 550 MJ thermonuclear yield. They present the current high-yield design and its development that supports high-yield ICF with a z-pinch driven dynamic hohlraum

  12. Developing models for simulation of pinched-beam dynamics in heavy ion fusion. Revision 1

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    For heavy-ion fusion energy applications, Mark and Yu have derived hydrodynamic models for numerical simulation of energetic pinched-beams including self-pinches and external-current pinches. These pinched-beams are applicable to beam propagation in fusion chambers and to the US High Temperature Experiment. The closure of the Mark-Yu model is obtained with adiabatic assumptions mathematically analogous to those of Chew, Goldberger, and Low for MHD. Features of this hydrodynamic beam model are compared with a kinetic treatment

  13. Brusque belt: a monocyclic evolution ?

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    This paper discusses the radiometric data for the Brusque Belt (SC) where Rb-Sr isochrons, U-Pb in zircons, K-Ar in minerals and whole rock Sm-Nd model ages are available. The analysis of these results reveals two main groups, without intermediate values. The first, 500 to 800Ma., is related to magmatic and metamorphic ages and the second, 1600-2000Ma begin with the (probably) sedimentation age. A monociclic evolution is proposed, but with uncertanties in the age of the first metamorphic phase. (author)

  14. Influence of an external circuit on the pinch time in argon-filled capillary Z-pinch

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    In this paper, we present a theoretical and experimental study on a capillary discharge for soft X-ray lasers. The theoretical analysis is based on the so called '' snow-plow '' model. By this model, it is possible to calculate pinch time as a function of current, gas pressure, tube diameter, discharge capacitance and inductance. In laboratory we have used table-top argon filled soft X-ray laser. By use of this machine, one can change the current from 10 kA to 35 kA, argon gas pressure from 100 mTorr to 800 mTorr. The laser output pulse was detected by an XRD. The calculated and measured results of pinch time are compared. (author)

  15. High energy density Z-pinch plasmas using flow stabilization

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    The ZaP Flow Z-Pinch research project[1] at the University of Washington investigates the effect of sheared flows on MHD instabilities. Axially flowing Z-pinch plasmas are produced that are 100 cm long with a 1 cm radius. The plasma remains quiescent for many radial Alfvén times and axial flow times. The quiescent periods are characterized by low magnetic mode activity measured at several locations along the plasma column and by stationary visible plasma emission. Plasma evolution is modeled with high-resolution simulation codes – Mach2, WARPX, NIMROD, and HiFi. Plasma flow profiles are experimentally measured with a multi-chord ion Doppler spectrometer. A sheared flow profile is observed to be coincident with the quiescent period, and is consistent with classical plasma viscosity. Equilibrium is determined by diagnostic measurements: interferometry for density; spectroscopy for ion temperature, plasma flow, and density[2]; Thomson scattering for electron temperature; Zeeman splitting for internal magnetic field measurements[3]; and fast framing photography for global structure. Wall stabilization has been investigated computationally and experimentally by removing 70% of the surrounding conducting wall to demonstrate no change in stability behavior.[4] Experimental evidence suggests that the plasma lifetime is only limited by plasma supply and current waveform. The flow Z-pinch concept provides an approach to achieve high energy density plasmas,[5] which are large, easy to diagnose, and persist for extended durations. A new experiment, ZaP-HD, has been built to investigate this approach by separating the flow Z-pinch formation from the radial compression using a triaxial-electrode configuration. This innovation allows more detailed investigations of the sheared flow stabilizing effect, and it allows compression to much higher densities than previously achieved on ZaP by reducing the linear density and increasing the pinch current. Experimental results and

  16. High energy density Z-pinch plasmas using flow stabilization

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    Shumlak, U., E-mail: shumlak@uw.edu; Golingo, R. P., E-mail: shumlak@uw.edu; Nelson, B. A., E-mail: shumlak@uw.edu; Bowers, C. A., E-mail: shumlak@uw.edu; Doty, S. A., E-mail: shumlak@uw.edu; Forbes, E. G., E-mail: shumlak@uw.edu; Hughes, M. C., E-mail: shumlak@uw.edu; Kim, B., E-mail: shumlak@uw.edu; Knecht, S. D., E-mail: shumlak@uw.edu; Lambert, K. K., E-mail: shumlak@uw.edu; Lowrie, W., E-mail: shumlak@uw.edu; Ross, M. P., E-mail: shumlak@uw.edu; Weed, J. R., E-mail: shumlak@uw.edu [Aerospace and Energetics Research Program, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, 98195-2250 (United States)

    2014-12-15

    The ZaP Flow Z-Pinch research project[1] at the University of Washington investigates the effect of sheared flows on MHD instabilities. Axially flowing Z-pinch plasmas are produced that are 100 cm long with a 1 cm radius. The plasma remains quiescent for many radial Alfvén times and axial flow times. The quiescent periods are characterized by low magnetic mode activity measured at several locations along the plasma column and by stationary visible plasma emission. Plasma evolution is modeled with high-resolution simulation codes – Mach2, WARPX, NIMROD, and HiFi. Plasma flow profiles are experimentally measured with a multi-chord ion Doppler spectrometer. A sheared flow profile is observed to be coincident with the quiescent period, and is consistent with classical plasma viscosity. Equilibrium is determined by diagnostic measurements: interferometry for density; spectroscopy for ion temperature, plasma flow, and density[2]; Thomson scattering for electron temperature; Zeeman splitting for internal magnetic field measurements[3]; and fast framing photography for global structure. Wall stabilization has been investigated computationally and experimentally by removing 70% of the surrounding conducting wall to demonstrate no change in stability behavior.[4] Experimental evidence suggests that the plasma lifetime is only limited by plasma supply and current waveform. The flow Z-pinch concept provides an approach to achieve high energy density plasmas,[5] which are large, easy to diagnose, and persist for extended durations. A new experiment, ZaP-HD, has been built to investigate this approach by separating the flow Z-pinch formation from the radial compression using a triaxial-electrode configuration. This innovation allows more detailed investigations of the sheared flow stabilizing effect, and it allows compression to much higher densities than previously achieved on ZaP by reducing the linear density and increasing the pinch current. Experimental results and

  17. Polycrystalline diamond based detector for Z-pinch diagnosis

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    Full text of publication follows: Z-pinch is a self-constricted plasma configuration, as well as a high efficient X-ray simulator with energy transfer coefficient in the range of 0.8% - 23% [1-4]. Characteristics of the X-ray from Z-pinch are very important for researches focusing on the physical processes of plasma [5-6]. A chemical vapour deposition (CVD) derived polycrystalline diamond film detector has been developed as the X-ray detector on Z-pinch at a high powerful pulsed electron beam accelerator named Qiangguang-I (current 1.4-2.1 MA, rising time 80-100 ns) in Northwest Institute of Nuclear Technology in P. R. China. This detector is 16 mm in diameter and 300 μm in thickness with gold electrodes on both sides. The dark current of the detector is lower than 60 pA with the electric field intensity of 3 V/μm. The charge collection efficiency is 60.8% with the electric field intensity of 1.67 V/μm. The energy response and the time response have been studied by both experiments and theoretical calculation. The spectral response to X-ray is flat over the range of 3-5 keV. The rising time of response pulse is 2-3 ns. This diamond detector acquires good experimental data which are in good agreement with the results got from the X-ray Diodes (XRDs) [7] on Z-pinch diagnosis at Qiangguang-I facility. These results show that the device we developed offers a good choice for Z-pinch diagnosis at high power electron beam accelerator. References: [1] R. B. Spielman, C. Deeney and G. A. Chandler, Phys of Plasmas 5, 5 (1998); [2] Proceedings of 10. IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference 1995, 1-2; [3] Proceedings of 11. IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference 1997, 23-36; [4] A. Qiu, Engineering Science 2, 9(2000); [5] A. Qiu, B. Kuai and Z. Zeng, Acta Physica Sinica 55, 11 (2006); [6] W. Wang, D. He and A. Qiu, High Power Laser and Particle Beams 15, 184(2003); [7] G. A. Chandler, C. Deeney and M. Cuneo, Review of Scientific Instruments 70, 1(1999). (authors)

  18. Self-pinched transport of intense ion beams

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    Electron beams with substantial net currents have been routinely propagated in the self-pinched mode for the past two decades. However, as the physics of gas breakdown and beam neutralization is different for ion beams, previous predictions indicated insufficient net current for pinching so that ion beam self-pinched transport (SPT) was assumed impossible. Nevertheless, recent numerical simulations using the IPROP code have suggested that ion SPT is possible. These results have prompted initial experiments to investigate SPT of ion beams. A 100-kA, 1.2-MeV, 3-cm-radius proton beam, generated on the Gamble II pulsed-power accelerator at NRL, has been injected into helium in the 30- to 250-mTorr regime to study this phenomenon. Evidence of self-pinched ion beam transport was observed in the 35- to 80-mTorr SPT pressure window predicted by IPROP. Measured signals from a time- and space-resolved scattered proton diagnostic and a time-integrated Li(Cu) nuclear activation diagnostic, both of which measure protons striking a 10-cm diameter target 50 cm into the transport region, are significantly larger in this pressure window than expected for ballistic transport. These results are consistent with significant self-magnetic fields and self-pinching of the ion beam. On the other hand, time-integrated signals from these same two diagnostics are consistent with ballistic transport at pressures above and below the SPT window. Interferometric electron line-density measurements, acquired during beam injection into the helium gas, show insignificant ionization below 35 mTorr, a rapidly rising ionization fraction with pressure in the SPT window, and a plateau in ionization fraction at about 2% for pressures above 80 mTorr. These and other results are consistent with the physical picture for SPT. IPROP simulations, which closely model the Gamble II experimental conditions, produce results that are in qualitative agreement with the experimental results. The advantages of SPT for

  19. Apparatus for heat treating plastic belts

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    Topits, A., Jr.

    1975-01-01

    Apparatus performs programed rotating, stretching/shrinking and heat treatment necessary to fabrication of high-performance plastic belts. Belts can be treated in lengths varying from 7 to 48 in., in widths up to 1 in., and in thicknesses up to approximately 0.003 in.

  20. Parameters affecting seat belt use in Greece.

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    Yannis, G; Laiou, A; Vardaki, S; Papadimitriou, E; Dragomanovits, A; Kanellaidis, G

    2011-09-01

    The objective of this research is the exploration of seat belt use in Greece and particularly the identification of the parameters affecting seat belt use in Greece. A national field survey was conducted for the analytical recording of seat belt use. A binary logistic regression model was developed, and the impact of each parameter on seat belt use in Greece was quantified. Parameters included in the model concern characteristics of car occupants (gender, age and position in the car), the type of the car and the type of the road network. The data collection revealed that in Greece, the non-use of seat belt on the urban road network was higher than on the national and rural road network and young and older men use seat belts the least. The developed model showed that travelling on a national road is negative for not wearing the seat belt. Finally, the variable with the highest impact on not wearing a seat belt is being a passenger on the back seats. PMID:21452095

  1. Understanding Quaternions and the Dirac Belt Trick

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    Staley, Mark

    2010-01-01

    The Dirac belt trick is often employed in physics classrooms to show that a 2n rotation is not topologically equivalent to the absence of rotation whereas a 4n rotation is, mirroring a key property of quaternions and their isomorphic cousins, spinors. The belt trick can leave the student wondering if a real understanding of quaternions and spinors…

  2. Situational characteristics of safety belt use.

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    Fockler, S K; Cooper, P J

    1990-04-01

    Past research concerning the use and nonuse of safety belts has tended to stereotype users and nonusers as distinct entities on the basis of a single observed situation. The thought processes underlying the reasons given by drivers for using or not using seat belts have not been explored. The purpose of this study was to observe belt use by a group of drivers and describe factors contributing to their use or nonuse as defined by the drivers themselves. In-depth interviews were undertaken with 239 drivers whose safety belt wearing behavior was observed in specific city or highway driving locations. Vehicle license numbers, gender, and age group of selected drivers were used to retrieve driver records and insurance policy data. Open-ended questions were asked concerning their reasons for use or nonuse and their attitudes towards safety belts and other types of traffic safety countermeasures. Driver attitudes, characteristics, and records were compared between observed safety belt user and nonuser groups to validate variables predicting use or nonuse. Respondents' descriptions of the social and personal context of their choice to use or not use safety belts provide a broader view of seat belt wearing that suggests implications for planning future enforcement and education programs. PMID:2331287

  3. PINCH1 is transcriptional regulator in podocytes that interacts with WT1 and represses podocalyxin expression.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: PINCH1, an adaptor protein containing five LIM domains, plays an important role in regulating the integrin-mediated cell adhesion, migration and epithelial-mesenchymal transition. PINCH1 is induced in the fibrotic kidney after injury, and it primarily localizes at the sites of focal adhesion. Whether it can translocate to the nucleus and directly participate in gene regulation is completely unknown. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Using cultured glomerular podocytes as a model system, we show that PINCH1 expression was induced by TGF-β1, a fibrogenic cytokine that promotes podocyte dysfunction. Interestingly, increased PINCH1 not only localized at the sites of focal adhesions, but also underwent nuclear translocation after TGF-β1 stimulation. This nuclear translocation of PINCH1 was apparently dependent on the putative nuclear export/localization signals (NES/NLS at its C-terminus, as deletion or site-directed mutations abolished its nuclear shuttling. Co-immunoprecipitation and pull-down experiments revealed that PINCH1 interacted with Wilms tumor 1 protein (WT1, a nuclear transcription factor that is essential for regulating podocyte-specific gene expression in adult kidney. Interaction of PINCH1 and WT1 was mediated by the LIM1 domain of PINCH1 and C-terminal zinc-finger domain of WT1, which led to the suppression of the WT1-mediated podocalyxin expression in podocytes. PINCH1 also repressed podocalyxin gene transcription in a promoter-luciferase reporter assay. CONCLUSION/SIGNIFICANCE: These results indicate that PINCH1 can shuttle into the nucleus from cytoplasm in podocytes, wherein it interacts with WT1 and suppresses podocyte-specific gene expression. Our studies reveal a previously unrecognized, novel function of PINCH1, in which it acts as a transcriptional regulator through controlling specific gene expression.

  4. Recent developments in linear theta-pinch research: experiment and theory

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    McKenna, K.F.; Bartsch, R.R.; Commisso, R.J.

    1978-01-01

    High energy plasmas offusion interest can be generated in linear theta pinches. However, end losses present a fundamental limitation on the plasma containment time. This paper discusses recent progress in end-loss and end-stoppering experiments and in the theoretical understanding of linear theta-pinch physics.

  5. Generation of ultra-high magnetic fields by a degenerate, snow-plow pinch

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    Hartman, C. W.; Eddleman, J. L.; Gee, M.; Harte, J. A.; Zimmerman, G. B.

    1992-12-01

    We discuss 1-D and 2-D LASNEX calculations of a snow-plow pinch in Xenon. The pinch is driven by inductively stored energy, switched by a compact-torus, fast-opening switch, with performance characteristics calculated by the TRACII, 2-D, MHD code. The 10-cm initial radius, 1 cm long Xe pinch, is driven by 50 MA current thatis switched on in 100 ns. The pinch uniquely undergoes radiative collapse during the snow-plow phase, conforming to the original description of the 'snow-plow', to form a high-density, high-kinetic energy Xe shell which dynamically converges to a pinch equilibrium with degenerate electron pressure, high-density high-magnetic field. The described pinch configuration, calculated in 1-D, is expected to be unstable to R-T, sausage, and kink instabilities. A small initial B(sub zo) field (approximately 100 G) is calculated to be compressed to B(sub z) approximately = B (sub theta) at the final, degenerate, pinch equilibrium, thus stabilizing sausage instability. A larger initial B(sub z) field (approximately 10 kG) is calculated to be compressed by the radiatively collapsing plasma in the snow-plow to B(sub z) approximately = B (sub theta) to stabilize R-T instability during the snow-plow phase. Finally, the kink instability (if it occurs) is expected, as observed, to leave intact the tightly pinched plasma column.

  6. Nonlinear development of the sausage instability in dense Z-pinches

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    In this paper, a 2d envelope model is described for the nonlinear development of the sausage instability in dense Z-pinches. Numerical solutions for various cases of interest are provided which lay the foundation for a quantitative model of nonthermal neutron emission in dense Z-pinches by determining the induced electric fields associated with the development of the instability

  7. The Gould's Belt distance survey

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    Loinard, L; Torres, R M; Dzib, S; Rodriguez, L F; Boden, A F

    2011-01-01

    Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) observations can provide the position of compact radio sources with an accuracy of order 50 micro-arcseconds. This is sufficient to measure the trigonometric parallax and proper motions of any object within 500 pc of the Sun to better than a few percent. Because they are magnetically active, young stars are often associated with compact radio emission detectable using VLBI techniques. Here we will show how VLBI observations have already constrained the distance to the most often studied nearby regions of star-formation (Taurus, Ophiuchus, Orion, etc.) and have started to provide information on their internal structure and kinematics. We will then briefly describe a large project (called The Gould's Belt Distance Survey) designed to provide a detailed view of star-formation in the Solar neighborhood using VLBI observations.

  8. On the kink stability of a linear extrap pinch

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    With the main purpose of identifying and illustrating the relevant stabilizing and destabilizing mechanisms in a linear Z-pinch of 'Extrap' type, an analysis has been made on the particular case of plane incompressible kink modes. In this pinch there is a superimposed transverse inhomogeneous magnetic field B sub V, produced by currents in a set of external conductor rods. A modified form of the energy principle has been used which takes explicit account of induced surface currents. The stabilizing mechanisms are found to be due to induced surface currents in presence of the transverse field B sub V, to induced colume currents in presence of B sub V, and to volume currents induced by inhomogeneous motion in the field B sub p generated by the pinch current. Further, a cross-effect between B sub V and B sub p leads to destabilizing or stabilizing contributions depending on the orientation of the kink plane. Finally, there is a main destabilizing effect from the conventional kink force. As compared to all other mechanisms, the stabilizing effect of induced surface currents on free-surface kink modes becomes very strong at long wave lengths Λ. There are certain optimal parameter values, such as for plasmas which extend almost out to the magnetic separatrix, for which stability can be achieved for all wave lengths Λ. A new non-MHD mechanism has been predicted which is based on deviations from constancy of the second adiabatic invariant, and which may secure stability at small and intermediate wave lengths Λ. (author)

  9. Z-Pinch fusion-based nuclear propulsion

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    Miernik, J.; Statham, G.; Fabisinski, L.; Maples, C. D.; Adams, R.; Polsgrove, T.; Fincher, S.; Cassibry, J.; Cortez, R.; Turner, M.; Percy, T.

    2013-02-01

    Fusion-based nuclear propulsion has the potential to enable fast interplanetary transportation. Due to the great distances between the planets of our solar system and the harmful radiation environment of interplanetary space, high specific impulse (Isp) propulsion in vehicles with high payload mass fractions must be developed to provide practical and safe vehicles for human space flight missions. The Z-Pinch dense plasma focus method is a Magneto-Inertial Fusion (MIF) approach that may potentially lead to a small, low cost fusion reactor/engine assembly [1]. Recent advancements in experimental and theoretical understanding of this concept suggest favorable scaling of fusion power output yield [2]. The magnetic field resulting from the large current compresses the plasma to fusion conditions, and this process can be pulsed over short timescales (10-6 s). This type of plasma formation is widely used in the field of Nuclear Weapons Effects testing in the defense industry, as well as in fusion energy research. A Z-Pinch propulsion concept was designed for a vehicle based on a previous fusion vehicle study called "Human Outer Planet Exploration" (HOPE), which used Magnetized Target Fusion (MTF) [3] propulsion. The reference mission is the transport of crew and cargo to Mars and back, with a reusable vehicle. The analysis of the Z-Pinch MIF propulsion system concludes that a 40-fold increase of Isp over chemical propulsion is predicted. An Isp of 19,436 s and thrust of 3812 N s/pulse, along with nearly doubling the predicted payload mass fraction, warrants further development of enabling technologies.

  10. Liner Compression of a MAGO / Inverse-Pinch Configuration

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    Siemon, R E; Atchison, W L; Awe, T; Bauer, B S; Buyko, A M; Chernyshev, V K; Cowan, T E; Degnan, J H; Faehl, R J; Fuelling, S; Garanin, S F; Goodrich, T; Ivanovsky, A V; Lindemuth, I R; Makhin, V; Mokhov, V N; Reinovsky, R E; Ryutov, D D; Scudder, D W; Taylor, T; Yakubov, V B

    2005-05-18

    In the ''metal liner'' approach to Magnetized Target Fusion (MTF), a preheated magnetized plasma target is compressed to thermonuclear temperature and high density by externally driving the implosion of a flux conserving metal enclosure, or liner, which contains the plasma target. As in inertial confinement fusion, the principle fusion fuel heating mechanism is pdV work by the imploding enclosure, called a pusher in ICF. One possible MTF target, the hard-core diffuse z pinch, has been studied in MAGO experiments at VNIIEF, and is one possible target being considered for experiments on the Atlas pulsed power facility. Numerical MHD simulations show two intriguing and helpful features of the diffuse z pinch with respect to compressional heating. First, in two-dimensional simulations the m=0 interchange modes, arising from an unstable pressure profile, result in turbulent motions and self-organization into a stable pressure profile. The turbulence also gives rise to convective thermal transport, but the level of turbulence saturates at a finite level, and simulations show substantial heating during liner compression despite the turbulence. The second helpful feature is that pressure profile evolution during compression tends towards improved stability rather than instability when analyzed according to the Kadomtsev criteria. A liner experiment is planned for Atlas to study compression of magnetic flux without plasma as a first step. The Atlas geometry is compatible with a diffuse z pinch, and simulations of possible future experiments show that keV temperatures and useful neutron production for diagnostic purposes should be possible if a suitable plasma injector is added to the Atlas facility.

  11. Strategy for replacing conveyor belts in complex haulage systems

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    Gladysiewicz, L.; Jurdziak, L.; Masella, J.

    1986-01-01

    Discusses service life and reliability of conveyor belts used for mine haulage in brown coal surface mining and a method for optimizing belt service life. Based on analysis of operation of 900-1,200 m long belt conveyors in the Konin surface mine, failure rates and factors that influence belt reliability were determined. Effects of joints, length of belt sections and service life of each belt section were analyzed. Formulae for determining the optimum time interval for replacing belt sections on a long belt conveyor were derived. The formulae consider cost of new belt sections, replacement cost and haulage losses associated with possible belt failure caused by excessive belt service life. The optimization procedure has been successfully tested at the Turow surface mine and power plant. 4 refs.

  12. Z-pinch driven hohlraums design for the 100 nanoseconds current time scale

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    This work estimates Z-pinch driven hohlraums capabilities to obtain high temperatures (>200 eV). Simple models are proposed to calculate the performances offered by currents of 5 to 100 MA in 100 ns. The one dimensional physics of the Z-pinch at the length scale of its thickness and the hydrodynamics instabilities are studied. Then the enhancement of hohlraums performances with double nested Z-pinches or the use of an axial magnetic field is analysed. Z-pinch direct drive approach for inertial confinement fusion is finally considered. All the presented results are based on theoretical and 2D numerical approach and on the analysis of experimental results which were obtained on the american 'Z' generator. Annexes recall radiation MHD equations and check their validity for Z-pinch implosion. (author)

  13. Development of sausage-type instability in a Z-pinch plasma column

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    The development of sausage-type instabilities in an initially homogeneous Z-pinch plasma column has been investigated by means of numerical modelling. It is shown that in the presence of short-wave perturbations of a Z-pinch boundary and a rarefied plasma surrounding the pinch, cavities filled with a rarefied plasma and with a magnetic field are formed in the plasma column. As a result of this cavity growth, small columns of dense plasma form on the axis in the Z-pinch which have a temperature substantially higher than the average plasma temperature in the plasma column. When deuterium is present in the pinch, these dense high temperature bunches can become a source of intensive neutron radiation. (author). 24 refs, 7 figs

  14. Entropy production and inward heat pinch of plasma

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    Heat pinch phenomena in the plasma with peripheral heating is discussed from the view point of thermodynamics. The entropy production rate associated with inward energy flow in the presence of energy exchange between electrons and ions is calculated. The inward energy flow can increase the total entropy production rate. It is conjectured that the outward energy flow of colder species (say ions) could sustain the energy flux of hotter species (say electrons) in the core, which flows into the direction of higher temperature. (author)

  15. Energy integration of nitric acid production using pinch methodology

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    Ivaniš Gorica R.

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Pinch methodology was applied to the heat exchangers network (HEN synthesis of nitric acid production. The integration is analyzed in two ways, and the results are presented as two different solutions: (i the first solution is based on the original heat transfer equipment arrangement, (ii in order to eliminate the shortages of the first solution the second HEN was obtained using process simulation with optimized process parameters. Optimized HEN, with new arrangement of heat exchangers, gave good results in energy and process optimization. [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. P172063

  16. Magnetic Pinching of Hyperbolic Flux Tubes: I. Basic Estimations

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    Titov, V. S.; Galsgaard, K.; Neukirch, T.

    2002-01-01

    The concept of hyperbolic flux tubes (HFTs) is a generalization of the concept of separator field lines for coronal magnetic fields with a trivial magnetic topology. An effective mechanism of a current layer formation in HFTs is proposed. This mechanism is called magnetic pinching and it is caused by large-scale shearing motions applied to the photospheric feet of HFTs in a way as if trying to twist the HFT. It is shown that in the middle of an HFT such motions produce a hyperbolic flow that ...

  17. High yield fusion in a Staged Z-pinch

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    Rahman, H. U.; Wessel, F. J.; Rostoker, N.; Ney, P.

    2008-01-01

    We simulate fusion in a Z-pinch; where the load is a xenon-plasma liner imploding onto a deuterium-tritium plasma target and the driver is a 2 MJ, 17 MA, 95 ns risetime pulser. The implosion system is modeled using the dynamic, 2-1/2 D, radiation-MHD code, MACH2. During implosion a shock forms in the Xe liner, transporting current and energy radially inward. After collision with the DT, a secondary shock forms pre-heating the DT to several hundred eV. Adiabatic compression leads subsequently ...

  18. Capillary pinching discharge as water window radiation source

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    Vrba, Pavel; Vrbová, M.; Jančárek, A.; Nevrkla, M.; Tamáš, M.; Stefanovic, M.

    Cancún: Institute of Physics(IOP), 2009 - (Juárez Reyes, A.), PB15-5-PB15-5. (ICPIG. 29). ISBN N. [The 29th International Conference on Phenomena in Ionized Gases 2009. Cancún (MX), 12.07.2009-17.07.2009] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA102/07/0275 Grant ostatní: GA MŠk.(CZ) LC528 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20430508 Keywords : Capillary Z-pinch * water window radiation source * RHMD Z* engine Subject RIV: BH - Optics, Masers, Lasers http://www.icpig2009.unam.mx

  19. Pinching Capillary Discharge as a Water Window Radiation Source

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    Vrba, Pavel; Zakharov, S.V.; Jančárek, A.; Vrbová, M.; Nevrkla, M.; Kolař, P.

    2011-01-01

    Roč. 184, 3-6 (2011), s. 335-337. ISSN 0368-2048. [The 37th International Conference on Vacuum Ultraviolet and X-ray Physics (VUVX2010). Vancouver, 11.07.2010-16.07.2010] R&D Projects: GA MŠk LA08024 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20430508 Keywords : Capillary Z-pinch * water window radiation * soft x-ray spectral diagnostics * RHMD Z* engine Subject RIV: BH - Optics, Masers, Lasers Impact factor: 1.958, year: 2011 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0368204810002847

  20. 3-dimensional simulation of dynamo effect of reversed field pinch

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    A non-linear numerical simulation of the dynamo effect of a reversed field pinch (RFP) with finite beta is presented. It is shown that the m=-1, n=(9,10,11,....,19) modes cause the dynamo effect and sustain the field reversed configuration. The role of the m=0 modes on the dynamo effect is carefully examined. Our simulation shows that the magnetic field fluctuation level scales as S-0.2 or S-0.3 in the range of 103 5, while Nebel, Caramana and Schnack obtained the fluctuation level is independent of S for a pressureless RFP plasma. (author)

  1. Burst of energetic ions from reversed field pinch plasma

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    In a reversed field pinch (RFP), behavior of edge plasma is investigated by an energy analyzer and movable electrostatic probes scanning from the boundary of the core plasma to 122 mm outside in order to separate effects of ions and electrons. We clearly confirmed the behavior of the edge plasma and found that the energetic ions with a monochromatic energy distribution of about 3 keV were emitted from the core plasma. Its particle flux is 1017 - 1018 cm-2 sec-1. The energetic ion burst does not synchronize with the RFP dynamo. It is accompanied with the generation of the island overlapping. (author)

  2. Seat belt use law in developing countries

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    SangWanLee

    1999-01-01

    Objective:To highlight the way to successful implementation of mandantory seat belt use law in developing countries particulary where have significant increase in number or cars and subsequent increase in car occupant casualties.Methods:Literatures concerning seat belt use were reviewed and experiences of the world.Satisfactory or not,investigated.It summed up general aspects of seat belt use as well as benefits,attitude toward legislation and measures to enhance the usage.Results:Seat belt use has been proven and stood time tested as the most effective means to protect car occupants from road crash injuries.It appears to be arduous to achieve the golal of seat belt use law in developing countries. but possible via strategies appropriately leading to legislation and promotion of the belt usage.Conclusions:It is prime necessity for the government authorities to recognize the importance of seat belt use.There needs an organizational structure composed of relevant professional from both private and government sectors which is able to carry out every steps toward successful legislation and implementation:education,publicity,enforcement,evaluation and dissemination of the law's benefits.

  3. DYNAMIC RESPONSES OF VISCOELASTIC AXIALLY MOVING BELT

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    李映辉; 高庆; 蹇开林; 殷学纲

    2003-01-01

    Based on the Kelvin viscoelastic differential constitutive law and the motion equation of the axially moving belt, the nonlinear dynamic model of the viscoelastic axial moving belt was established. And then it was reduced to be a linear differential system which the analytical solutions with a constant transport velocity and with a harmonically varying transport velocity were obtained by applying Lie group transformations. According to the nonlinear dynamic model, the effects of material parameters and the steady-state velocity and the perturbed axial velocity of the belt on the dynamic responses of the belts were investigated by the research of digital simulation. The result shows: 1 ) The nonlinear vibration frequency of the belt will become small when the relocity of the belt increases. 2 ) Increasing the value of viscosity or decreasing the value of elasticity leads to a deceasing in vibration frequencies. 3 ) The most effects of the transverse amplitudes come from the frequency of the perturbed velocity when the belt moves with harmonic velocity.

  4. Classical scaling laws of a Z-pinch with a cold-mantle

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    Classical scaling laws are deduced for the equilibrium relations between pinch current J, pinch radius a, axial density n0 and temperature T0 of linear Z-pinches having a finite length L, as well as for toroidal Z-pinches having a large aspect ratio. In both cases the radius a is found to increase almost linearly with the current J at a fixed density n0, and the temperature T0 to increase with J at fixed values of the radius a. In principle, anomalous transport can be simulated in a first approximation by multiplying the transport coefficients by corresponding numerical factors. At a fixed density n0 and a fixed external conductor current of an Extrap pinch, the radius a is found to increase more rapidly with J than the radius of the magnetic separatrix. Within the range of increasing pinch currents there are therefore three regimes of an Extrap system. For small J the system becomes unstable in the conventional way of unstabilized Z-pinches. For intermediate values of J, the magnetic surfaces become deformed by the external conductor field, and the constraints of this field combine with FLR and cold-mantle effects to provide a macroscopically stable state. Finally, for sufficiently large currents J, i.e. when the pinch radius a approaches and even tends to exceed the separatrix radius, the system is expected to become ballooning unstable in regions of -bad- field line curvature. The present analysis thus provides relations between the basic pinch parameters which can be tested by experiments, and it also contributes to the understanding of Extrap stability in terms of increasing pinch currents. (author)

  5. The importance of EBIT data for Z-pinch plasma diagnostics

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    Safronova, A S; Kantsyrev, V L; Neill, P; Safronova, U I; Fedin, D A; Ouart, N D; Yilmaz, M F; Osborne, G; Shrestha, I; Williamson, K; Hoppe, T; Harris, C; Beiersdorfer, P; Hansen, S

    2007-04-04

    The results from the last six years of x-ray spectroscopy and spectropolarimetry of high energy density Z-pinch plasmas complemented by experiments with the electron beam ion trap (EBIT) at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) are presented. The two topics discussed are the development of M-shell x-ray W spectroscopic diagnostics and K-shell Ti spectropolarimetry of Z-pinch plasmas. The main focus is on radiation from a specific load configuration called an 'X-pinch'. X-pinches are excellent sources for testing new spectral diagnostics and for atomic modelling because of the high density and temperature of the pinch plasmas, which scale from a few {micro}m to several mm in size. They offer a variety of load configurations, which differ in wire connections, number of wires, and wire materials. In this work the study of X-pinches with tungsten wires combined with wires from other, lower-Z materials is reported. Utilizing data produced with the LLNL EBIT at different energies of the electron beam the theoretical prediction of line positions and intensity of M-shell W spectra were tested and calibrated. Polarization-sensitive X-pinch experiments at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) provide experimental evidence for the existence of strong electron beams in Ti and Mo X-pinch plasmas and motivate the development of x-ray spectropolarimetry of Z-pinch plasmas. This diagnostic is based on the measurement of spectra recorded simultaneously by two spectrometers with different sensitivity to the linear polarization of the observed lines and compared with theoretical models of polarization-dependent spectra. Polarization-dependent K-shell spectra from Ti X-pinches are presented and compared with model calculations and with spectra generated by a quasi-Maxwellian electron beam at the LLNL EBIT-II electron beam ion trap.

  6. Progress in symmetric ICF capsule implosions and wire-array z-pinch source physics for double z-pinch driven hohlraums

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    Over the last several years, rapid progress has been made evaluating the double-z-pinch indirect-drive, inertial confinement fusion (ICF) high-yield target concept (Hammer et al 1999 Phys. Plasmas 6 2129). We have demonstrated efficient coupling of radiation from two wire-array-driven primary hohlraums to a secondary hohlraum that is large enough to drive a high yield ICF capsule. The secondary hohlraum is irradiated from two sides by z-pinches to produce low odd-mode radiation asymmetry. This double-pinch source is driven from a single electrical power feed (Cuneo et al 2002 Phys. Rev. Lett. 88 215004) on the 20 MA Z accelerator. The double z-pinch has imploded ICF capsules with even-mode radiation symmetry of 3.1 ± 1.4% and to high capsule radial convergence ratios of 14-21 (Bennett et al 2002 Phys. Rev. Lett. 89 245002; Bennett et al 2003 Phys. Plasmas 10 3717; Vesey et al 2003 Phys. Plasmas 10 1854). Advances in wire-array physics at 20 MA are improving our understanding of z-pinch power scaling with increasing drive current. Techniques for shaping the z-pinch radiation pulse necessary for low adiabat capsule compression have also been demonstrated.

  7. Progress in symmetric ICF capsule implosions and wire-array z-pinch source physics for double z-pinch driven hohlraums.

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    Bliss, David Emery; Vesey, Roger Alan; Rambo, Patrick K.; Lebedev, Sergey V. (Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College, London, UK); Hanson, David L.; Nash, Thomas J.; Yu, Edmund P.; Matzen, Maurice Keith; Afeyan, Bedros B. (Polymath Research, Inc., Pleasanton, CA); Smith, Ian Craig; Stygar, William A.; Porter, John Larry, Jr.; Cuneo, Michael Edward; Bennett, Guy R.; Campbell, Robert B.; Sinars, Daniel Brian; Chittenden, Jeremy Paul (Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College, London, UK); Waisman, Eduardo Mario; Mehlhorn, Thomas Alan

    2005-07-01

    Over the last several years, rapid progress has been made evaluating the double-z-pinch indirect-drive, inertial confinement fusion (ICF) high-yield target concept (Hammer et al 1999 Phys. Plasmas 6 2129). We have demonstrated efficient coupling of radiation from two wire-array-driven primary hohlraums to a secondary hohlraum that is large enough to drive a high yield ICF capsule. The secondary hohlraum is irradiated from two sides by z-pinches to produce low odd-mode radiation asymmetry. This double-pinch source is driven from a single electrical power feed (Cuneo et al 2002 Phys. Rev. Lett. 88 215004) on the 20 MA Z accelerator. The double z-pinch has imploded ICF capsules with even-mode radiation symmetry of 3.1 {+-} 1.4% and to high capsule radial convergence ratios of 14-21 (Bennett et al 2002 Phys. Rev. Lett. 89 245002; Bennett et al 2003 Phys. Plasmas 10 3717; Vesey et al 2003 Phys. Plasmas 10 1854). Advances in wire-array physics at 20 MA are improving our understanding of z-pinch power scaling with increasing drive current. Techniques for shaping the z-pinch radiation pulse necessary for low adiabat capsule compression have also been demonstrated.

  8. From transmission error measurement to Pulley-Belt slip determination in serpentine belt drives: influence of tensioner and belt characteristics

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    Manin, Lionel; Michon, Guilhem; Rémond, Didier; Dufour, Regis

    2007-01-01

    Serpentine belt drives are often used in front end accessory drive of automotive engine. The accessories resistant torques are getting higher within new technological innovations as stater-alternator, and belt transmissions are always asked for higher capacity. Two kind of tensioners are used to maintain minimum tension that insure power transmission and minimize slip: dry friction or hydraulic tensioners. An experimental device and a specific transmission error measurement method have been u...

  9. Accelerated Ions from a Laser Driven Z-pinch

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    Helle, Michael H; Kaganovich, Dmitri; Chen, Yu-hsin; Palastro, John P; Ting, Antonio

    2015-01-01

    Intense laser acceleration of ions is inherently difficult due to the velocity mismatch between laser pulses moving at the speed of light and slowly moving massive ions. Instead of directly accelerating the ions, current approaches rely on TV/m laser fields to ionize and drive out electrons. The ions are then accelerated by the resulting electrostatic fields from charge separation. Here we report experimental and numerical acceleration of ions by means of laser driven Z-pinch exiting a sharp plasma interface. This is achieved by first driving a plasma wakefield in the self-modulated bubble regime. Cold return currents are generated to maintain quasi-neutrality of the plasma. The opposite current repel and form an axial fast current and a cylindrical-shell cold return current with a large (100 MG) azithmuthal field in between. These conditions produce a Z-pinch that compresses the fast electrons and ions on axis. If this process is terminated at a sharp plasma interface, a beam of ions are then accelerated in ...

  10. Capillary breakup of suspensions near pinch-off

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    Mathues, Wouter; McIlroy, Claire; Harlen, Oliver G.; Clasen, Christian

    2015-09-01

    We present new findings on how the presence of particles alters the pinch-off dynamics of a liquid bridge. For moderate concentrations, suspensions initially behave as a viscous liquid with dynamics determined by the bulk viscosity of the suspension. Close to breakup, however, the filament loses its homogeneous shape and localised accelerated breakup is observed. This paper focuses on quantifying these final thinning dynamics for different sized particles with radii between 3 μm and 20 μm in a Newtonian matrix with volume fractions ranging from 0.02 to 0.40. The dynamics of these capillary breakup experiments are very well described by a one-dimensional model that correlates changes in thinning dynamics with the particle distribution in the filament. For all samples, the accelerated dynamics are initiated by increasing particle-density fluctuations that generate locally diluted zones. The onset of these concentration fluctuations is described by a transition radius, which scales with the particle radius and volume fraction. The thinning rate continues to increase and reaches a maximum when the interstitial fluid is thinning between two particle clusters. Contrary to previous experimental studies, we observe that the final thinning dynamics are dominated by a deceleration, where the interstitial fluid appears not to be disturbed by the presence of the particles. By rescaling the experimental filament profiles, it is shown that the pinching dynamics return to the self-similar scaling of a viscous Newtonian liquid bridge in the final moments preceding breakup.

  11. Numerical Study of Pinching Liquid Filament Using VOF Method

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    洪若瑜

    2003-01-01

    Study on pinching liquid filament in literature was reviewed. The breakup of liquid filaments under surface tension is governed by incompressible, two-dimensional (2-D), Navier-Stokes Equations. Surface tension was expressed via a CSF (continuous surface force) model that ensures robustness and accuracy. A new surface reconstruction scheme, alternative phase integration (API) scheme was proposed to solve the kinematic equation,and was compared with other three referential schemes. A general-purpose computer program has been developed for simulating transient, 2-D, incompressible fluid flows with free surface of complex topology. The transient behavior of breaking Newtonian liquid filaments under surface tension was simulated successfully using the developed program.The initial wave growth predicted using API-VOF (volume of fluid) scheme was in good agreement with Rayleigh''s linear theory and one-dimensional (l-D) long-wave theory. Both long wave theory and two-dimensional (2-D) API-VOF model on fine meshes show that as time goes on, these waves pinch off large droplets separated by smaller satellite ones that decrease in size with decreasing wavelength. Self-similar structure during the breakup was found using 1-D and 2-D models, and three breakups were predicted for a typical case. The criterion of filament breaking predicted by the 2-D model is that the wavelength is longer than the circumference of a filament. The predicted sizes of main and satellite droplets were compared with published experimental measurements.

  12. Increasing Z-pinch vacuum hohlraum capsule coupling efficiency.

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    Callahan, Debbie (LLNL); Vesey, Roger Alan; Cochrane, Kyle Robert (KTech); Nikroo, A. (General Atomics); Bennett, Guy R.; Schroen, Diana Grace (Schafer); Ruggles, Laurence E.; Porter, John L.; Streit, Jon (Schafer); Mehlhorn, Thomas Alan; Cuneo, Michael Edward

    2004-11-01

    Symmetric capsule implosions in the double-ended vacuum hohlraum (DEH) on Z have demonstrated convergence ratios of 14-21 for 2.15-mm plastic ablator capsules absorbing 5-7 kJ of x-rays, based on backlit images of the compressed ablator remaining at peak convergence [1]. Experiments with DD-filled 3.3-mm diameter capsules designed to absorb 14 kJ of x-rays have begun as an integrated test of drive temperature and symmetry, complementary to thin-shell symmetry diagnostic capsules. These capsule implosions are characterized by excellent control of symmetry (< 3% time-integrated), but low hohlraum efficiency (< 2%). Possible methods to increase the capsule absorbed energy in the DEH include mixed-component hohlraums, large diameter foam ablator capsules, transmissive shine shields between the z-pinch and capsule, higher spoke electrode x-ray transmission, a double-sided power feed, and smaller initial radius z-pinch wire arrays. Simulations will explore the potential for each of these modifications to increase the capsule coupling efficiency for near-term experiments on Z and ZR.

  13. Increasing Z-pinch vacuum hohlraum capsule coupling efficiency

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    Symmetric capsule implosions in the double-ended vacuum hohlraum (DEH) on Z have demonstrated convergence ratios of 14-21 for 2.15-mm plastic ablator capsules absorbing 5-7 kJ of x-rays, based on backlit images of the compressed ablator remaining at peak convergence (1). Experiments with DD-filled 3.3-mm diameter capsules designed to absorb 14 kJ of x-rays have begun as an integrated test of drive temperature and symmetry, complementary to thin-shell symmetry diagnostic capsules. These capsule implosions are characterized by excellent control of symmetry (< 3% time-integrated), but low hohlraum efficiency (< 2%). Possible methods to increase the capsule absorbed energy in the DEH include mixed-component hohlraums, large diameter foam ablator capsules, transmissive shine shields between the z-pinch and capsule, higher spoke electrode x-ray transmission, a double-sided power feed, and smaller initial radius z-pinch wire arrays. Simulations will explore the potential for each of these modifications to increase the capsule coupling efficiency for near-term experiments on Z and ZR

  14. Process integration and pinch analysis in sugarcane industry

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    Prado, Adelk de Carvalho; Pinheiro, Ricardo Brant [UFMG, Departamento de Engenharia Nuclear, Programa de Pos-Graduacao em Ciencias e Tecnicas Nucleares, Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil)], E-mail: rbp@nuclear.ufmg.br

    2010-07-01

    Process integration techniques were applied, particularly through the Pinch Analysis method, to sugarcane industry. Research was performed upon harvest data from an agroindustrial complex which processes sugarcane plant in excess of 3.5 million metric tons per year, producing motor fuel grade ethanol, standard quality sugar, and delivering excess electric power to the grid. Pinch Analysis was used in assessing internal heat recovery as well as external utility demand targets, while keeping the lowest but economically achievable targets for entropy increase. Efficiency on the use of energy was evaluated for the plant as it was found (the base case) as well as for five selected process and/or plant design modifications, always with guidance of the method. The first alternative design (case 2) was proposed to evaluate equipment mean idle time in the base case, to support subsequent comparisons. Cases 3 and 4 were used to estimate the upper limits of combined heat and power generation while raw material supply of the base case is kept; both the cases did not prove worth implementing. Cases 5 and 6 were devised to deal with the bottleneck of the plant, namely boiler capacity, in order to allow for some production increment. Inexpensive, minor modifications considered in case 5 were found unable to produce reasonable outcome gain. Nevertheless, proper changes in cane juice evaporation section (case 6) could allow sugar and ethanol combined production to rise up to 9.1% relative to the base case, without dropping cogenerated power. (author)

  15. Necking down of sausages in current-carrying plasma pinches

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    The evolution of long-wave perturbations is shown to be equivalent, for various unstable media, to the dynamics of a gas with a negative adiabatic index γ. This evolution is described (for various values at N) by the quasi-Chaplygin system of equations Several examples of such media are considered, including a ''Chaplygin gas'' (N = 3), drops on a ceiling or ''solitons which have broken'' (N = 0), necks in a current-carrying plasma pinch with a skin effect, for both incompressible and compressible models (N = 2), and the breakup of liquid jets into drops (N = 3/2). A principle for selecting evolutionary solutions corresponding to the absence of perturbations in the limit t → -∞ is formulated. In the cases N = 0 and N = 2, a hodograph transformation reduces system (1) to a magnetostatic equation (ΔA)/sub phi/ = -(4π/c)j/sub phi/ and all the instability modes are equivalent to multipoles of circular currents which are localized on a circle. Exact solutions are given for periodic and isolated (localized) perturbations. The breakup of a medium into distinct blobs, in particular, the rupture of necks in a current-carrying plasma pinch, is demonstrated

  16. Optical diagnostics on dense Z-pinch plasmas

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    Riley, R.A. Jr.; Lovberg, R.H.; Shlachter, J.S.; Scudder, D.W.

    1992-05-01

    A novel ``point-diffraction`` interferometer has been implemented on the Los Alamos Solid Fiber Z-Pinch experiment. The laser beam is split into two legs after passing through the plasma. The reference leg is filtered with a pin-hole aperture and recombined with the other leg to form an interferogram. This allows compact mounting of the optics and relative ease of alignment. The Z-Pinch experiment employs a pulsed-power generator that delivers up to 700 KA with a 100ns rise-time through a fiber of deuterium or deuterated polyethylene (CD{sub s}) that is 5-cm long and initially solid with radius r{approx}15{mu}m. The interferometer, using a {triangle}t{approx}200ps pulse from a Nd:YAG laser frequency doubled to {lambda}=532nm, measures the electron line density and, assuming azimuthal symmetry, the density as a function of radial and axial position. Calculations predict Faraday rotations of order {pi}/2 for plasma and current densities that this experiment was designed to produce. The resulting periodic loss of fringes would provide the current density distribution.

  17. Study of gas-puff Z-pinches on COBRA

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    Qi, N.; Rosenberg, E. W.; Gourdain, P. A.; Grouchy, P. W. L. de; Kusse, B. R.; Hammer, D. A.; Bell, K. S.; Shelkovenko, T. A.; Potter, W. M.; Atoyan, L.; Cahill, A. D.; Evans, M.; Greenly, J. B.; Hoyt, C. L.; Pikuz, S. A.; Schrafel, P. C. [Laboratory of Plasma Studies, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853 (United States); Kroupp, E.; Fisher, A.; Maron, Y. [Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot 76100 (Israel)

    2014-11-15

    Gas-puff Z-pinch experiments were conducted on the 1 MA, 200 ns pulse duration Cornell Beam Research Accelerator (COBRA) pulsed power generator in order to achieve an understanding of the dynamics and instability development in the imploding and stagnating plasma. The triple-nozzle gas-puff valve, pre-ionizer, and load hardware are described. Specific diagnostics for the gas-puff experiments, including a Planar Laser Induced Fluorescence system for measuring the radial neutral density profiles along with a Laser Shearing Interferometer and Laser Wavefront Analyzer for electron density measurements, are also described. The results of a series of experiments using two annular argon (Ar) and/or neon (Ne) gas shells (puff-on-puff) with or without an on- (or near-) axis wire are presented. For all of these experiments, plenum pressures were adjusted to hold the radial mass density profile as similar as possible. Initial implosion stability studies were performed using various combinations of the heavier (Ar) and lighter (Ne) gasses. Implosions with Ne in the outer shell and Ar in the inner were more stable than the opposite arrangement. Current waveforms can be adjusted on COBRA and it was found that the particular shape of the 200 ns current pulse affected on the duration and diameter of the stagnated pinched column and the x-ray yield.

  18. Pinch and exergy based thermosolar integration in a dairy process

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    Solar thermal is a promising renewable energy supplying technology that is being introduced slowly in industrial activities. Integration of solar thermal energy in a complex process, in combination with other energy provision devices, must be evaluated carefully, in order to obtain its maximum capacity and performance. This study tackles the integration of the thermosolar technology in a dairy process, sited in a climatic zone where diffuse irradiation is the meaningful one, based on two well developed thermodynamic tools: pinch and exergy analysis. Both tools have been utilized in the context of a low and middle temperature for the production of hot water for the steps of the dairy process. A combined implementation of both methodologies, helped by economical estimation, provides a powerful tool that allows finding the best integration of thermosolar and, by this, taking substantial design decisions. - Highlights: ► Integration of solar thermal energy in an industrial process was assessed. ► Pinch and exergy analysis were used to determine the optimal energy supply configuration. ► Solar thermal energy reduces the fossil energy demand with a moderate investment.

  19. Numerical modeling of an end-plugged theta pinch

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    Analytical and numerical studies of an end-plugged theta pinch are described. The analytical model treats the ablated plug plasma in the quasi-static limit where radiation losses balance energy flowing from the main plasma. This model is used to calculate the enhancement in energy confinement due to an ablating end plug for various plug species. The numerical model employs a one-dimensional, time-dependent magnetohydro-dynamic code. Results of calculations simulating the Scylla IV-P end-plugged theta pinch experiment are presented. The calculations achieve good agreement with the observed decay time of the energy line density. Moreover, the observed tendency toward longer decay times at lower atomic number is also predicted. However, certain notable discrepancies are found. For Si plugs, the calculations indicate a somewhat longer decay time than observed with SiO2 plugs. In addition, an axial compression wave driven by plug ablation causes the calculated energy line density to rise after 15 to 20 μsec which was not observed in the experiments. This is believed to be a feature of the one radial cell model which forbids axial wave dispersion; such dispersion would tend to mute the appearance of such waves. For fusion reactor scale plasma, the calculations predict that higher atomic number leads to negligible enhancements in confinement time

  20. Simulation of engine auxiliary drive V-belt slip motion. Part 1. Development of belt slip model; Engine hoki V belt slip kyodo no simulation. 1. Belt slip model no kaihatsu

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    Kurisu, T. [Mazda Motor Corp., Hiroshima (Japan)

    1997-10-01

    V-belts are widely used for driving auxiliary components of an engine. Inadequet design of such belt system sometimes results in troubles such as belt squeak, side rubber separation and/or bottom rubber crack. However, there has been no design tools which can predict belt slip quantitatively. The author developed a motion simulation program of Auxiliary Drive V-Belt System considering belt slip. The program showed good prediction accuracy for belt slip motion. This paper describes the simulation model. 1 ref., 12 figs.

  1. The Compositional Structure of the Asteroid Belt

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    DeMeo, Francesca E; Walsh, Kevin J; Chapman, Clark R; Binzel, Richard P

    2015-01-01

    The past decade has brought major improvements in large-scale asteroid discovery and characterization with over half a million known asteroids and over 100,000 with some measurement of physical characterization. This explosion of data has allowed us to create a new global picture of the Main Asteroid Belt. Put in context with meteorite measurements and dynamical models, a new and more complete picture of Solar System evolution has emerged. The question has changed from "What was the original compositional gradient of the Asteroid Belt?" to "What was the original compositional gradient of small bodies across the entire Solar System?" No longer is the leading theory that two belts of planetesimals are primordial, but instead those belts were formed and sculpted through evolutionary processes after Solar System formation. This article reviews the advancements on the fronts of asteroid compositional characterization, meteorite measurements, and dynamical theories in the context of the heliocentric distribution of...

  2. Handbook Timing Belts Principles, Calculations, Applications

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    Perneder, Raimund

    2012-01-01

    Timing belts offer a broad range of innovative drivetrain solutions; they allow low-backlash operation in robot systems, they are widely used in automated processes and industrial handling involving highly dynamic start-up loads, they are low-maintenance solutions for continuous operation applications, and they can guarantee exact positioning at high operating speeds. Based on his years of professional experience, the author has developed concise guidelines for the dimensioning of timing belt drives and presents proven examples from the fields of power transmission, transport and linear transfer technology. He offers definitive support for dealing with and compensating for adverse operating conditions and belt damage, as well as advice on drive optimization and guidelines for the design of drivetrain details and supporting systems. All market-standard timing belts are listed as brand neutral. Readers will discover an extensive bibliography with information on the various manufacturers and their websites. This...

  3. Dynamics of the outer asteroid belt

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    This paper considers the issue of modeling the dynamics of the outer asteroid belt. The hypotheses and assumptions of an asteroid-belt model are discussed together with their problems, of which gaps at some mean-motion resonances with Jupiter and the depletion of the outer belt are the most outstanding ones. Particular attention is given to the theory of the 2:1 gap, the depletion problem, and the mechanisms of dynamical protection against strong perturbations by Jupiter. It is suggested that the observed asteroids must have gone through a process of natural selection as a result of which all objects in unprotected orbits have been ejected from the system. Spectral observations show a reddening in spectral slope with increasing heliocentric distance; it is proposed that this is an evidence that outer-belt asteroids might be primordial objects. 41 refs

  4. THE GOULD'S BELT DISTANCE SURVEY

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Observaciones que utilizan la interferometría de muy larga línea de base (VLBI por sus siglas en ingl´es pueden proveer la posición de radiofuentes compactas con una precisión del orden de 50 micro-segundos de arco. Esto es suficiente para medir la paralaje trigonométrica y los movimientos propios de cualquier objeto localizado hasta 500 pc del Sol con una precisión mejor que unos porcientos. Por ser magnéticamente activas, las estrellas jóvenes a menudo emiten emisión radio compacta detectable usando técnicas VLBI. Aquí, mostraremos cómo observaciones VLBI ya han restringido la distancia a las regiones de formación estelar cercanas más frecuentemente estudiadas (Tauro, Ofiuco, Orión, etc. y han empezado a revelar su estructura y su cinemática interna. Luego, describiremos un gran proyecto (llamado The Gould's Belt Distance Survey diseñado para proveer una vista detallada de la formación estelar en la vecindad Solar, usando observaciones VLBI.

  5. Wire-array z pinches as intense x-ray sources for inertial confinement fusion

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    Progress in pulsed power technologies has enabled the use of z pinches for inertial confinement fusion (ICF). Z pinches can provide x-ray powers of 200 TW and x-ray energies approaching 2 MJ. Computational capabilities have advanced to the point that 2-D radiation magneto-hydrodynamics computer codes can be used as detailed design tools. Several ICF configurations have been proposed. The z-pinch driven hohlraum configuration (ZPDH) uses two separate z pinches to provide the radiation to drive an ICF capsule. The decoupling of the z-pinch from the target in the ZPHD permits physics issues such as radiation production, transport, symmetry, and capsule hydrodynamics to be treated separately. The penalty is the increased energy requirement. ZPDH experiments have demonstrated the potential for acceptable capsule symmetry and radiation transport. The dynamic hohlraum concept uses the z pinch itself as a radiation case around the capsule providing the potential for very high coupling efficiency but at the expense of complex z-pinch/target coupling physics. (author)

  6. High yield ICF target design for a Z-pinch driven hohlraum

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    We describe calculations for a high yield inertial fusion design, employing indirect drive with a double-ended z-pinch-driven hohlraum radiation source. A high current (∼60 MA) accelerator implodes z-pinches within an enclosing hohlraum. Radial spoke arrays and shine shields isolate the capsule from the pinch plasma, magnetic field and direct x-ray shine. Our approach places minimal requirements on z-pinch uniformity and stability, usually problematic due to magneto-Rayleigh Taylor (MRT) instability. Large inhomogeneities of the pinch and spoke array may be present, but the hohlraum adequately smooths the radiation field at the capsule. Simultaneity and reproducibility of the pinch x-ray output to better than 7% are required, however, for good symmetry. Recent experiments suggest a pulse shaping technique, through implosion of a multishell z-pinch. X-ray bursts are calculated and observed to occur at each shell collision. A capsule absorbing 1 MJ of x-rays at a peak drive temperature of 210 eV is found to have adequate stability and to produce 400 MJ of yield

  7. Soft x-ray tomography system for the toroidal pinch experiment-RX reversed-field pinch

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    Koguchi, H.; Shimada, T.; Asai, T.; Yagi, Y.; Hirano, Y.; Sakakita, H.

    2004-10-01

    A soft x-ray (SXR) measurement system for tomography analysis on a reversed-field pinch machine. torodial pinch experiment, RX [TPE-RX, R/a=1.72/0.45 m, Ipsoft x-ray imaging system consists of two surface barrier detector (SBD) arrays that are vertical and horizontal. Thirteen SBDs are installed on the vertical ports and used for the measurement along vertical lines of sight. Eleven SBDs are installed on the horizontal port and used for the measurement along a fan-shaped line of sight. These detectors have 15-μm-thick Be foil with sensitivity in the soft x-ray range. This system is installed in order to study the structure of the SXR emission from the plasma core and to know the relation between global performance and magnetohydrodynamics dynamics. This system has been used under several operating conditions in addition to those of standard operation. The first results of these experiments are reported.

  8. Soft x-ray tomography system for the toroidal pinch experiment-RX reversed-field pinch

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    A soft x-ray (SXR) measurement system for tomography analysis on a reversed-field pinch machine. torodial pinch experiment, RX [TPE-RX, R/a=1.72/0.45 m, Ip<1 MA (designed)], is presented. The soft x-ray imaging system consists of two surface barrier detector (SBD) arrays that are vertical and horizontal. Thirteen SBDs are installed on the vertical ports and used for the measurement along vertical lines of sight. Eleven SBDs are installed on the horizontal port and used for the measurement along a fan-shaped line of sight. These detectors have 15-μm-thick Be foil with sensitivity in the soft x-ray range. This system is installed in order to study the structure of the SXR emission from the plasma core and to know the relation between global performance and magnetohydrodynamics dynamics. This system has been used under several operating conditions in addition to those of standard operation. The first results of these experiments are reported

  9. Combined Water-Oxygen Pinch Analysis with Mathematical Programming for Wastewater Treatment

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    宋丽丽; 都健; 柴绍斌; 姚平经

    2006-01-01

    Water-oxygen pinch analysis is an effective method to decrease the wastewater quantity and improve the wastewater quality. But when multiple-contaminants are present, the method is difficult to be carried out. In this paper, the method that combines water-oxygen pinch analysis with mathematical programming is proposed. It obtains the general optimal solution and leads to the reuse stream that cannot be found only by pinch analysis. The new method is illustrated by an example, and the annual cost is reduced by 8.43% compared with the solution of literature.

  10. Experimental study of CF4 conical theta pinch plasma expanding into vacuum

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    Langmuir probe, photodiode, and optical multichannel analyzer (OMA) measurements have been made on a pulsed CF4 conical theta pinch plasma. A cloud of CF4 gas was puffed into a conical theta pinch coil, converted to plasma, and propelled into the vacuum region ahead of the expanding gas cloud. At a position 67 cm away from the conical theta pinch coil, the plasma arrived in separate packets that were about 20 μs in duration. The average drift velocity of these packets corresponded to an energy of about 3 eV. The OMA measurements showed that the second packet contained neutral atomic fluorine as well as charged particles

  11. Equilibrium states of Z-pinch with account of radiation and thermal conductivity

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    The problem on equilibrium of cylindrically-symmetric radiative Z-pinch is considered. Radiation energy losses are mainly due to heavy impurity in a deuterium gas. Behaviour dependence of the problem solution on two dimensionless parameters: δ and Pboun, characterizing correspondingly thermal conductivity contribution and plasma pressure on the pinch boundary, is investigated. The equilibrium states obtained are important for definition of initial conditions for numerical simulation of the stage of the second compression of the plasma focus and for investigation of the problem on Z-pinch instability

  12. X-ray imaging measurements of capsule implosions driven by a Z-pinch dynamic hohlraum

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    The radiation and shock generated by impact of an annular tungsten Z-pinch plasma on a 10-mm diam 5-mg/cc CH2 foam are diagnosed with x-ray imaging and power measurements. The radiative shock was virtually unaffected by Z-pinch plasma instabilities. The 5-ns-duration ∼135-eV radiation field imploded a 2.1-mm-diam CH capsule. The measured radiation temperature, shock radius, and capsule radius agreed well with computer simulations, indicating understanding of the main features of a Z-pinch dynamic-hohlraum-driven capsule implosion

  13. The influence of pinching on some technological characteristics of cluster and berry of Italia grape variety

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    Dimovska, Violeta; Božinović, Zvonimir; Beleski, Klime; Boskov, Krum

    2007-01-01

    The aim of investigation was to confirm the influence of pinching on some technological characteristics of Italia grape variety: dimension and shape of cluster and berry, mechanical characteristics of berry, and chemical content of must (sugar and total acids). Pinching was applied in two terms (before and after blooming) with two ways: by cutting 1/2 and 1/3 of bunch (P1, P2, P3, P4) and control (K). From the results we can concluded that the time and the way of pinching has the influe...

  14. A review of the dense Z-pinch

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    The Z-pinch, perhaps the oldest subject in plasma physics, has achieved a remarkable renaissance in recent years, following a few decades of neglect due to its basically unstable MHD character. Using wire arrays, a significant transition at high wire number led to a great improvement in both compression and uniformity of the Z-pinch. Resulting from this the Z-accelerator at Sandia at 20 MA in 100 ns has produced a powerful, short pulse, soft x-ray source >230 TW for 4.5 ns) at a high efficiency of ∼15%. This has applications to inertial confinement fusion. Several hohlraum designs have been tested. The vacuum hohlraum has demonstrated the control of symmetry of irradiation on a capsule, while the dynamic hohlraum at a higher radiation temperature of 230 eV has compressed a capsule from 2 mm to 0.8 mm diameter with a neutron yield >3 x 1011 thermal DD neutrons, a record for any capsule implosion. World record ion temperatures of >200 keV have recently been measured in a stainless-steel plasma designed for Kα emission at stagnation, due, it was predicted, to ion-viscous heating associated with the dissipation of fast-growing short wavelength nonlinear MHD instabilities. Direct fusion experiments using deuterium gas-puffs have yielded 3.9 x 1013 neutrons with only 5% asymmetry, suggesting for the first time a mainly thermal source. The physics of wire-array implosions is a dominant theme. It is concerned with the transformation of wires to liquid-vapour expanding cores; then the generation of a surrounding plasma corona which carries most of the current, with inward flowing low magnetic Reynolds number jets correlated with axial instabilities on each wire; later an almost constant velocity, snowplough-like implosion occurs during which gaps appear in the cores, leading to stagnation on the axis, and the production of the main soft-x-ray pulse. These studies have been pursued also with smaller facilities in other laboratories around the world. At Imperial College

  15. Seat belts, airbags and child protection devices. [previously: Seat belts and child restraint seats.

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    2010-01-01

    In the Netherlands, the use of seat belts results in a yearly reduction of hundreds of fatalities. Seat belts reduce the risk of fatal injury by 37 to 48%, depending on the position in the car. At 50%, the effect of child protection devices is even slightly higher. When last measured (in 2010), 97%

  16. Analysis of stress distribution of timing belts by FEM; Yugen yosoho ni yoru timing belt oryoku kaiseki (belt code oryoku bunpu kaiseki hokoku)

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    Furukawa, Y.; Tomono, K.; Takahashi, H.; Uchida, T. [Honda R and D Co. Ltd., Tokyo (Japan)

    1997-10-01

    A model of the belt analyzed by-ABAQUS (: a general nonlinear finite element program) successfully confirmed the mechanism that generates the belt cord stress. A quite good agreement between experimental and computed results for the stress distribution of the belt cord. It is found that maximum stress of the cords occurs near the root of the tooth by calculation, where the belt cords break off. 3 refs., 9 figs.

  17. Pinch me - I'm fusing. Fusion Power - what is it? What is a z pinch? And why are z-pinches a promising fusion power technology?

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    The process of combining nuclei (the protons and neutrons inside an atomic nucleus) together with a release of kinetic energy is called fusion. This process powers the Sun, it contributes to the world stockpile of weapons of mass destruction and may one day generate safe, clean electrical power. Understanding the intricacies of fusion power, promised for 50 years, is sometimes difficult because there are a number of ways of doing it. There is hot fusion, cold fusion and con-fusion. Hot fusion is what powers suns through the conversion of mass energy to kinetic energy. Cold fusion generates con-fusion and nobody really knows what it is. Even so, no one is generating electrical power for you and me with either method. In this article the author points out some basic features of the mainstream approaches taken to hot fusion power, as well as describe why z pinches are worth pursuing as a driver for a power reactor and how it may one day generate electrical power for mankind

  18. Pinch me - I'm fusing! Fusion Power - what is it? What is a z pinch? And why are z-pinches a promising fusion power technology?

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    DERZON,MARK S.

    2000-03-01

    The process of combining nuclei (the protons and neutrons inside an atomic nucleus) together with a release of kinetic energy is called fusion. This process powers the Sun, it contributes to the world stockpile of weapons of mass destruction and may one day generate safe, clean electrical power. Understanding the intricacies of fusion power, promised for 50 years, is sometimes difficult because there are a number of ways of doing it. There is hot fusion, cold fusion and con-fusion. Hot fusion is what powers suns through the conversion of mass energy to kinetic energy. Cold fusion generates con-fusion and nobody really knows what it is. Even so, no one is generating electrical power for you and me with either method. In this article the author points out some basic features of the mainstream approaches taken to hot fusion power, as well as describe why z pinches are worth pursuing as a driver for a power reactor and how it may one day generate electrical power for mankind.

  19. Laser--plasma interaction in a theta-pinch geometry

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    Armstrong, W.T.

    1978-06-01

    Prompt stimulated Brillouin scatter (SBS) is studied in an experiment wherein a high power, pulsed CO/sub 2/ laser irradiates an independently produced, theta-pinch plasma. SBS does not significantly affect laser heating of the plasma. Measurements of density profiles and temperature histories permitted examination of laser refraction, local heating and net absorption. Refractive containment of the CO/sub 2/ laser beam by an on-axis density minimum was observed at early times during the laser pulse. However, refractive containment was lost at late times due to the diffusive loss of the density minimum. Classical modeling of the expected heating required ''bleached'' absorption to account for the observed heating. A plasma absorptivity of approximately 46% was inferred from calorimetry measurements at 250 mtorr fill pressure. These results confirm that classical heating and refraction dominated the laser-plasma interaction.

  20. Pinched flow fractionation devices for detection of single nucleotide polymorphisms

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    Larsen, A.V.; Poulsen, L.; Birgens, H.;

    2008-01-01

    We demonstrate a new and flexible micro fluidic based method for genotyping single nucleotide polymorphisms ( SNPs). The method relies on size separation of selectively hybridized polystyrene microspheres in a micro fluidic pinched flow fractionation (PFF) device. The micro fluidic PFF devices with......, synthesized using human DNA samples from individuals with point mutations in the HBB gene. Following a stringent wash, the beads were separated in a PFF device and the fluorescent signal from the beads was analyzed. Patients being wildtypes, heterozygotes or mutated respectively for the investigated mutation...... could reliably be diagnosed in the PFF device. This indicates that the PFF technique can be used for accurate and fast genotyping of SNPs Udgivelsesdato: 2008...

  1. Measurements of VUV lines on dense Z-pinch plasma

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    The transition n = 1 to n = 2 has the most simple structure of all hydrogen transitions and the corresponding spectralline Ly-α is therefore very appropriate to reveal discrepancies between theory and experiment. In this work mainly the Ly-α spectral line of neutral hydrogen has been studied. The electron density of the Z-pinch amounts to 1.5 x 1024 m-3 with an electron temperature of about 1.2 x 105 K. In this parameter range the plasma can still be studied with spectroscopic methods in the visible spectral region. Based on a space and time resolved measurement of the continuous emission spectra the plasma parameters can be determined independent of line broadening. (orig./HT)

  2. Conceptual Design of a Z-Pinch Fusion Propulsion System

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    Adams, Robert; Polsgrove, Tara; Fincher, Sharon; Fabinski, Leo; Maples, Charlotte; Miernik, Janie; Stratham, Geoffrey; Cassibry, Jason; Cortez, Ross; Turner, Matthew; Santarius, John; Percy, Thomas

    2010-01-01

    This slide presentation reviews a project that aims to develop a conceptual design for a Z-pinch thruster, that could be applied to develop advanced thruster designs which promise high thrust/high specific impulse propulsion. Overviews shows the concept of the design, which use annular nozzles with deuterium-tritium (D-T) fuel and a Lithium mixture as a cathode, Charts show the engine performance as a function of linear mass, nozzle performance (i.e., plasma segment trajectories), and mission analysis for possible Mars and Jupiter missions using this concept for propulsion. Slides show views of the concepts for the vehicle configuration, thrust coil configuration, the power management system, the structural analysis of the magnetic nozzle, the thermal management system, and the avionics suite,

  3. Laser--plasma interaction in a theta-pinch geometry

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    Prompt stimulated Brillouin scatter (SBS) is studied in an experiment wherein a high power, pulsed CO2 laser irradiates an independently produced, theta-pinch plasma. SBS does not significantly affect laser heating of the plasma. Measurements of density profiles and temperature histories permitted examination of laser refraction, local heating and net absorption. Refractive containment of the CO2 laser beam by an on-axis density minimum was observed at early times during the laser pulse. However, refractive containment was lost at late times due to the diffusive loss of the density minimum. Classical modeling of the expected heating required ''bleached'' absorption to account for the observed heating. A plasma absorptivity of approximately 46% was inferred from calorimetry measurements at 250 mtorr fill pressure. These results confirm that classical heating and refraction dominated the laser-plasma interaction

  4. Physics considerations of the Reversed-Field Pinch fusion reactor

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    A conceptual engineering design of a fusion reactor based on plasma confinement in a toroidal Reversed-Field Pinch (RFP) configuration is described. The plasma is ohmically ignited by toroidal plasma currents which also inherently provide the confining magnetic fields in a toroidal chamber having major and minor radii of 12.7 and 1.5 m, respectively. The DT plasma ignites in 2 to 3 s and undergoes a transient, unrefueled burn at 10 to 20 keV for approx. 20 s to give a DT burnup of approx. 50%. Accounting for all major energy sinks yields a cost-optimized system with a recirculating power fraction of 0.17; the power output is 750 MWe

  5. Advanced-fuel reversed-field pinch reactor (RFPR)

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    The utilization of deuterium-based fuels offers the potential advantages of greater flexibility in blanket design, significantly reduced tritium inventory, potential reduction in radioactivity level, and utilization of an inexhaustible fuel supply. The conventional DT-fueled Reversed-Field Pinch Reactor (RFPR) designs are reviewed, and the recent extension of these devices to advanced-fuel (catalyzed-DD) operation is presented. Attractive and economically competitive DD/RFPR systems are identified having power densities and plasma parameters comparable to the DT systems. Converting an RFP reactor from DT to DD primarily requires increasing the magnetic field levels a factor of two, still requiring only modest magnet coil fields (less than or equal to 4 T). When compared to the mainline tokamak, the unique advantages of the RFP (e.g., high beta, low fields at the coils, high ohmic-heating power densities, unrestricted aspect ratio) are particularly apparent for the utilization of advanced fuels

  6. Catalyzed deuterium fueled reversed-field pinch reactor assessment

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    This study is part of a Department of Energy supported alternate fusion fuels program at Science Applications International Corporation. The purpose of this portion of the study is to perform an assessment of a conceptual compact reversed-field pinch reactor (CRFPR) that is fueled by the catalyzed-deuterium (Cat-d) fuel cycle with respect to physics, technology, safety, and cost. The Cat-d CRFPR is compared to a d-t fueled fusion reactor with respect to several issues in this study. The comparison includes cost, reactor performance, and technology requirements for a Cat-d fueled CRFPR and a comparable cost-optimized d-t fueled conceptual design developed by LANL

  7. Improved confinement of screw pinch plasma in SPICA 2

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    SPICA II is a toroidal screw-pinch device, built to study the confinement and stability properties of plasmas having a highly elongated minor cross-section and a current density profile that is much broader than the pressure profile. This particular configuration is produced by applying a fast-rising toroidal fiels B-T to, and inducing simultaneously a toroidal plasma current I-P-L in, a partially ionized gas. After the shock formation, B-T and I-p-l- are (actively) crowbarred to study the evolution of the plasma. Scince the first report onm SPICA II results the main circuits and the preheating system have been modified in such a way that now each discharge can be routinely passively crowbarred, with a decay time of 0.35 ms, leading to reduced plasma-wall interaction prior to and during the main discharges. (author). 4 refs.; 4 figs

  8. Force-free configurations in reversed-field pinches

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    The structure of reversed-field pinches is analyzed on the basis of analytic solutions of equations describing force-free configurations. A model with a constant coefficient of the proportionality between the current density and the magnetic field is used to analyze the effect of the toroidal geometry on the field distribution and the F--Θ diagrams. A modified model is proposed in which the ratio of the current density to the magnetic field tends toward zero near the wall of the discharge chamber. This model yields a more accurate description of the experiments F--Θ diagrams and of the field distributions. It is preferable to the Bessel-function model from the energy standpoint

  9. Dynamic Variability of Isometric Action Tremor in Precision Pinching

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    Tim Eakin

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Evolutionary development of isometric force impulse frequencies, power, and the directional concordance of changes in oscillatory tremor during performance of a two-digit force regulation task was examined. Analyses compared a patient group having tremor confounding volitional force regulation with a control group having no neuropathological diagnosis. Dependent variables for tremor varied temporally and spatially, both within individual trials and across trials, across individuals, across groups, and between digits. Particularly striking findings were magnitude increases during approaches to cue markers and shifts in the concordance phase from pinching toward rigid sway patterns as the magnitude increased. Magnitudes were significantly different among trace line segments of the task and were characterized by differences in relative force required and by the task progress with respect to cue markers for beginning, reversing force change direction, or task termination. The main systematic differences occurred during cue marker approach and were independent of trial sequence order.

  10. Experimental astrophysics with high power lasers and Z pinches

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    Remington, B A; Drake, R P; Ryutov, D D

    2004-12-10

    With the advent of high energy density (HED) experimental facilities, such as high-energy lasers and fast Z-pinch, pulsed-power facilities, mm-scale quantities of matter can be placed in extreme states of density, temperature, and/or velocity. This has enabled the emergence of a new class of experimental science, HED laboratory astrophysics, wherein the properties of matter and the processes that occur under extreme astrophysical conditions can be examined in the laboratory. Areas particularly suitable to this class of experimental astrophysics include the study of opacities relevant to stellar interiors; equations of state relevant to planetary interiors; strong shock driven nonlinear hydrodynamics and radiative dynamics, relevant to supernova explosions and subsequent evolution; protostellar jets and high Mach-number flows; radiatively driven molecular clouds and nonlinear photoevaporation front dynamics; and photoionized plasmas relevant to accretion disks around compact objects, such as black holes and neutron stars.

  11. Calculating area of fractional-order memristor pinched hysteresis loop

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    Ya-Juan Yu

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available A fractional-order current-controlled memristor pinched hysteresis loop area is calculated in this study. The area is divided into two parts: one equals to the half of instantaneous power and the other is the part memory of the memristor. Moreover, two parts of the area are affected not only by the cosine components, but also by the sine components. The voltage of the fractional-order current-controlled memristor is no longer an odd function with respect to time and the coefficient of cos(ωt in its Fourier series is zero. In a closed loop, the average power and the memory rely only on sine harmonics of the voltage. Meanwhile, the power and the memory are related to the order of the fractional-order derivative.

  12. Implosion dynamics in double planar wire array Z pinches

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    The double planar wire array (DPWA) Z pinch is a highly efficient radiation source with unique implosion dynamics and precursor formations. The inductively divided current successively ablates the wires and injects the material to the interior of the array. Three uniquely imploding DPWA load types were identified and classified according to the critical load parameter: low, intermediate, or high aspect ratio. Radiation pulse shaping was obtained from secondary precursors: off-axis mass carrying high current densities during the implosion phase. Time-gated EUV spectroscopy of off-axis mass accumulations is used to assess a 60 eV electron temperature prior to the implosion phase. These structures are shown to form by a different mechanism than the secondary precursors. High yields, compact size, and shaped radiation pulses merit further consideration of the DPWA as a candidate for inertial confinement fusion research.

  13. Spectroscopic study of z-pinch stagnation on Z.

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    Maron, Yitzhak (Weizmann Institute of Science); Weingarten, L. (Weizmann Institute of Science); Starobinets, A. (Weizmann Institute of Science); Fisher, V. (Weizmann Institute of Science); Jennings, Christopher A.; Ampleford, David J.; Bailey, James E.; Yu, Edmund P.; Bernshtam, V. (Weizmann Institute of Science); Cuneo, Michael Edward; Rochau, Gregory Alan; Coverdale, Christine Anne; Jones, Brent Manley; Hansen, Stephanie B.

    2010-11-01

    Fast z-pinches provide intense 1-10 keV photon energy radiation sources. Here, we analyze time-, space-, and spectrally-resolved {approx}2 keV K-shell emissions from Al (5% Mg) wire array implosions on Sandia's Z machine pulsed power driver. The stagnating plasma is modeled as three separate radial zones, and collisional-radiative modeling with radiation transport calculations are used to constrain the temperatures and densities in these regions, accounting for K-shell line opacity and Doppler effects. We discuss plasma conditions and dynamics at the onset of stagnation, and compare inferences from the atomic modeling to three-dimensional magneto-hydrodynamic simulations.

  14. The stability of the high-density z-pinch

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    Fiber-initiated High Density Z-Pinches at Los Alamos, NRL, and Karlsruhe have shown anomalously good stability. Kink modes are never seen, and sausage modes are at least delayed until late in the discharge. The success of these devices in reaching fusion conditions may depend on maintaining and understanding this anomalous stability. We have developed two numerical methods to study the stability in the regime where fluid theory is valid. While our methods are applicable to all modes, we will describe them only for the m=0 sausage mode. The appearance of sausage modes late in the discharge and the total absence of kink modes suggest that an understanding of sausage modes is more urgent, and it is also simpler

  15. The stability of the High-Density Z-Pinch

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    Fiber-initiated High Density Z-Pinches at Los Alamos, NRL, and Karlsruhe have shown anomalously good stability. Kink modes are never seen, and sausage modes are at least delayed until late in the discharge. The success of these devices in reaching fusion conditions may depend on maintaining and understanding this anomalous stability. We have developed two numerical methods to study the stability in the regime where fluid theory is valid. While our methods are applicable to all modes, we will describe them only for the m = 0 sausage mode. The appearance of sausage modes late in the discharge and the total absence of kink modes suggest that an understanding of sausage modes is more urgent, and it is also simpler. 14 refs., 8 figs

  16. Finite wavelength stability of the bumpy theta pinch

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    The stability of the bumpy theta pinch is of importance, not only because of its relevance to the Scyllac experiment but also because in any magnetic confinement scheme the use of (discrete) magnetic coils necessarily introduces bumpiness in the applied field. The long wavelength stability has been considered by Weitzner who performed a double perturbation expansion on the linearized equations of ideal MHD: first in epsilon (characterizing the long wave-length or the modes) then in delta (characterizing the bumpiness of the field lines). The stability of the finite wave-length modes by expanding (only) in the small bumpiness parameter delta is examined. Currents flow only in the ignorable theta direction. (U.K.)

  17. Non linear wave plugging of a theta-pinch plasma

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    A potencial possibility of confining theta-pinch plasma with high power laser beam is examined. The physical process involved is a laser plasma interaction, which can be modeled by non linear cubic polarizability. By means of solutions of wave equations and with the assumption of circular polarization we show that on plasma surface, there are eletromagnetic field gradient forces that can confine plasma, where the peaks of plasma density are in phase with the minimum of electric field (when efects of absorption by collisions are ignored). Also, we present a new formulation to generalize ponderomotive force, where adicional damping mechanism is considered. In this case, peaks of plasma density are in phase with the peaks of electric field. (Author)

  18. Imploding to equilibrium of helically symmetric theta pinches

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    The time-dependent, single-fluid, dissipative magnetohydrodynamic equations are solved in helical coordinates (r,phi), where phi = THETA-kz, k = 2π/L and L is the periodicity length in the z-direction. The two-dimensional numerical calculations simulate theta pinches which have an l = 1 helical field added to them. Given the applied magnetic fields and the initial state of the plasma, we study the time evolution of the system. The plasma is found to experience two kinds of oscillations, occurring on different time scales. These are the radial compression oscillations, and the slower helical oscillations of the plasma column. The plasma motion is followed until these oscillations disappear and an equilibrium is nearly reached. Hence given the amplitude and the rise time of the applied magnetic fields, the calculations allow one to relate the initial state of a cold, homogeneous plasma to its final equilibrium state where it is heated and compressed

  19. Ohmic heating of the reversed-field pinch

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    Simple analytic expressions are found for the global heating rate and the time needed to achieve global power balance with radiation and other losses, in useful agreement with large RFP transport codes. A simple condition is noted, which insures that the heating can be accomplished before appreciable resistive evolution occurs in the pinch profile. The product of poloidal beta, β/sub theta/, and toroidal current, I, that characterizes a condition of global power balance is derived subject to the above-mentioned condition without making key assumptions used by earlier investigators. First, a perfectly steady state (with local power balance) is not assumed, nor is it appropriate to do so. Secondly, the cross-field resistivity is not required to be classical. Since the value of (β/sub theta/ I) plays a fundamental role in determining the kind of device one requires, the foundations of this value are important

  20. Instability heating of solid-fiber Z pinches

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    The Los Alamos High Density Z Pinch-II (HDZP-II) facility is used to study the dynamics of z-pinch plasmas generated from solid fibers of deuterated polyethylene CD2 with a range in radii of 3--60 μm. HDZP-II is a pulsed-power generator that delivers a current that rises to 700 kA in 100 ns through an inductive load. A multiframe circular schlieren records the evolution of the shape and size of the plasma on seven images taken at 10-ns intervals. These circular-schlieren images show very strong m=0 instability at the onset of current and a rapid radial expansion of the plasma. No higher-order instabilities are observed. An interferometer is used to infer the electron density and electron line density, giving a measure of the fraction of plasma contained within the outline of the circular-schlieren image at one time during the multiframe sequence. A three-channel x-ray crystal-reflection spectrometer provides the time-resolved, spatially-averaged electron temperature. The magnitude of the x-ray emission at these energies also gives qualitative information about the electron temperature and density at late times. A lower bound on the ion temperature is inferred from the particle pressure needed to balance the magnetic field pressure. The ion temperature rose above that of the electrons, strongly suggesting an additional heating term that puts energy directly into the ions. An ion heating term is proposed to explain the observed rapid radial expansion and elevated ion temperatures. This heating term is based on the assumption that the observed m=0 instabilities reconnect, enclosing magnetic flux which degenerates into turbulence in the plasma. A 0-D simulation is developed to investigate the relevance of different physical models to the data presented

  1. Instability heating of solid-fiber Z pinches

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    Riley, R.A. Jr.

    1994-02-01

    The Los Alamos High Density Z Pinch-II (HDZP-II) facility is used to study the dynamics of z-pinch plasmas generated from solid fibers of deuterated polyethylene CD{sub 2} with a range in radii of 3--60 {mu}m. HDZP-II is a pulsed-power generator that delivers a current that rises to 700 kA in 100 ns through an inductive load. A multiframe circular schlieren records the evolution of the shape and size of the plasma on seven images taken at 10-ns intervals. These circular-schlieren images show very strong m=0 instability at the onset of current and a rapid radial expansion of the plasma. No higher-order instabilities are observed. An interferometer is used to infer the electron density and electron line density, giving a measure of the fraction of plasma contained within the outline of the circular-schlieren image at one time during the multiframe sequence. A three-channel x-ray crystal-reflection spectrometer provides the time-resolved, spatially-averaged electron temperature. The magnitude of the x-ray emission at these energies also gives qualitative information about the electron temperature and density at late times. A lower bound on the ion temperature is inferred from the particle pressure needed to balance the magnetic field pressure. The ion temperature rose above that of the electrons, strongly suggesting an additional heating term that puts energy directly into the ions. An ion heating term is proposed to explain the observed rapid radial expansion and elevated ion temperatures. This heating term is based on the assumption that the observed m=0 instabilities reconnect, enclosing magnetic flux which degenerates into turbulence in the plasma. A 0-D simulation is developed to investigate the relevance of different physical models to the data presented.

  2. Universality and self-similarity in pinch-off of rods by bulk diffusion

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    Aagesen, Larry K.; Johnson, Anthony E.; Fife, Julie L.;

    2010-01-01

    As rodlike domains pinch off owing to Rayleigh instabilities, a finite-time singularity occurs as the interfacial curvature at the point of pinch-off becomes infinite. The dynamics controlling the interface become independent of initial conditions and, in some cases, the interface attains a...... universal shape1. Such behaviour occurs in the pinching of liquid jets and bridges2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and when pinching occurs by surface diffusion10, 11, 12. Here we examine an unexplored class of topological singularities where interface motion is controlled by the diffusion of mass through a bulk...... liquid rods in an Al–Cu alloy. The universal solution applies to any physical system in which interfacial motion is controlled by bulk diffusion, from the break-up of rodlike reinforcing phases in eutectic composites to topological singularities that occur during coarsening of interconnected bicontinuous...

  3. Pinch-off voltage modeling for CMOS image pixels with a pinned photodiode structure

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    A novel analytical model of pinch-off voltage for CMOS image pixels with a pinned photodiode structure is proposed. The derived model takes account of the gradient doping distributions in the N buried layer due to the impurity compensation formed by manufacturing processes; the impurity distribution characteristics of two boundary PN junctions located in the region for particular spectrum response of a pinned photodiode are quantitative analyzed. By solving Poisson's equation in vertical barrier regions, the relationships between the pinch-off voltage and the corresponding process parameters such as peak doping concentration, N type width and doping concentration gradient of the N buried layer are established. Test results have shown that the derived model features the variations of the pinch-off voltage versus the process implant conditions more accurately than the traditional model. The research conclusions in this paper provide theoretical evidence for evaluating the pinch-off voltage design. (semiconductor devices)

  4. Method for plasma formation for extreme ultraviolet lithography-theta pinch

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    Hassanein, Ahmed; Konkashbaev, Isak; Rice, Bryan

    2007-02-20

    A device and method for generating extremely short-wave ultraviolet electromagnetic wave, utilizing a theta pinch plasma generator to produce electromagnetic radiation in the range of 10 to 20 nm. The device comprises an axially aligned open-ended pinch chamber defining a plasma zone adapted to contain a plasma generating gas within the plasma zone; a means for generating a magnetic field radially outward of the open-ended pinch chamber to produce a discharge plasma from the plasma generating gas, thereby producing a electromagnetic wave in the extreme ultraviolet range; a collecting means in optical communication with the pinch chamber to collect the electromagnetic radiation; and focusing means in optical communication with the collecting means to concentrate the electromagnetic radiation.

  5. On the stabilization of toroidal pinches by finite larmor radius effects and toroidal magnetic field

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    The radial eigenvalue problem for internal modes in a large aspect ratio toriodal pinch has been solved. A particularly stable regime for a weak but nonzero toroidal magnetic field has been found. (31 refs.)

  6. Theoretical and Numerical Stability Analysis of the Liquid Metal Pinch Using the Shallow Water Approximation

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    2008-01-01

    The pinch instability for a cylindrical jet of liquid metal passed through by an axial electrical current is investigated. Besides the pinch effect originating from surface tension, the Lorentz force, created by the axial current density and the corresponding azimuthal magnetic field, causes an electromagnetic pinch effect. This effect has drawn attention in electrical engineering, because it can be used in the construction of liquid metal current limiters with self-healing properties. In this paper a simple model is derived using the shallow water approximation:the equations describing the full system are reduced to two one-dimensional evolution equations for the axial velocity and the radius of the jet. A stability analysis for this reduced system is carried out yielding critical current density and the growth rate for the instability. To investigate the nonlinear behaviour of the pinch instability for finite perturbations simulations, the shallow water model are performed.

  7. Influence of a vacuum region on the stability of a high-beta screw pinch

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    To ascertain the influence of a vacuum region on the stability of a high-β screw pinch, the stability properties of two confinement configurations are compared. Both configurations involve diffuse equilibrium profiles and a rigid, perfectly conducting cylindrical shell. In the first problem, perfectly conducting plasma extends to the rigid conducting wall; the plasma is extremely tenuous in the outer region of the pinch, however. In the second case, profiles identical to those of the first problem are chosen for the central portion of the pinch, but the outer tenuous plasma is replaced by a perfectly insulating vacuum region. The two configruations are found to be unstable for the same range of external parameter values; different modes are unstable in the two cases, however. Thus, the presence of a vacuum region does not affect the stability boundary of the pinch, but it does affect the nature of the unstable modes

  8. Transition from Beam-Target to Thermonuclear Fusion in High-Current Deuterium Z -Pinch Simulations

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    Offermann, Dustin T.; Welch, Dale R.; Rose, Dave V.; Thoma, Carsten; Clark, Robert E.; Mostrom, Chris B.; Schmidt, Andrea E. W.; Link, Anthony J.

    2016-05-01

    Fusion yields from dense, Z -pinch plasmas are known to scale with the drive current, which is favorable for many potential applications. Decades of experimental studies, however, show an unexplained drop in yield for currents above a few mega-ampere (MA). In this work, simulations of DD Z -Pinch plasmas have been performed in 1D and 2D for a constant pinch time and initial radius using the code Lsp, and observations of a shift in scaling are presented. The results show that yields below 3 MA are enhanced relative to pure thermonuclear scaling by beamlike particles accelerated in the Rayleigh-Taylor induced electric fields, while yields above 3 MA are reduced because of energy lost by the instability and the inability of the beamlike ions to enter the pinch region.

  9. The effects of shoulder load and pinch force on electromyographic activity and blood flow in the forearm during a pinch task

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    Visser, Bart; Kofoed Nielsen, Pernille; de Kraker, Heleen; Smits, Miriam; Jensen, Bente Rona; Veeger, Dirkjan; van Dieën, Jaap H.

    2006-01-01

    loaded with 4.95 kg each) were combined with intermittent pinch forces at 0, 10 and 25% of the maximum voluntary contraction (MVC). Blood flow to the forearm was measured with Doppler ultrasound. Myoelectric activity of the forearm and neck-shoulder muscles was recorded to check for the workload levels......The object of the current study was to determine whether static contraction of proximal musculature has an effect on the blood flow more distally in the upper extremity. Static contractions of muscles in the neck shoulder region at three levels (relaxed, shoulders elevated and shoulders elevated....... Across all levels of shoulder load, blood flow increased significantly with increasing pinch force (21% at 10% MVC and by 44% at 25% MVC). Blood flow was significantly affected by shoulder load, with the lowest blood flow at the highest shoulder load. Interactions of pinch force and shoulder load were...

  10. Heat Recovery in a Pasta Factory. Pinch Analysis Leads to Optimal Heat Pump Usage.

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    Staine, Frédéric; Favrat, Daniel; Krummenacher, Pierre

    1994-01-01

    In the previous issue of the IEA Heat Pump Centre Newsletter (Vol, 12, No.3, pp. 29-31), an article by these authors described the use of pinch analysis (also known as pinch technology) in a buildings application. This article describes a similar procedure for integrating a heat pump into a pasta production process. Many industrial processes, and particularly those dealing with drying, are characterized by an overabundance of low- grade heat which often cannot be effi...

  11. Relationship Between Grip and Pinch Strength and Activities of Daily Living in Stroke Patients

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    Bae, Jung Hyun; Kang, Si Hyun; Seo, Kyung Mook; Kim, Don-Kyu; Shin, Hyun Iee; Shin, Hye Eun

    2015-01-01

    Objective To investigate the relationship between grip and pinch strength and independence in activities of daily living (ADL) in stroke patients. Methods Medical records of 577 stroke patients from January 2010 to February 2013 were retrospectively reviewed. Patients' grip and pinch strength of both hemiplegic and non-hemiplegic hands and the Korean version of Modified Barthel Index (K-MBI) score were collected. These patients were divided into three groups: group A (onset duration: ≤3 month...

  12. Nonlinear full two-fluid study of m=0 sausage instabilities in an axisymmetric Z pinch

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    A nonlinear full five-moment two-fluid model is used to study axisymmetric instabilities in a Z pinch. When the electron velocity due to the current J is greater than the ion acoustic speed, high wave-number sausage instabilities develop that initiate shock waves in the ion fluid. This condition corresponds to a pinch radius on the order of a few ion Larmor radii

  13. Auxiliary heating of a theta-pinch plasma by radial magnetoacoustic standing waves

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    Auxiliary heating of a linear theta-pinch plasma column by an externally driven radial magnetoacoustic oscillation has been experimentally investigated. The axial field of the theta pinch was modulated in time at the frequency of the plasma's fundamental radial magnetoacoustic oscillation. The dissipation in the plasma column was sufficient to transfer into the plasma at least 9% of the energy stored in the auxiliary capacitor bank used to drive the oscillation

  14. Current accretion in a ion and cluster emitting pinch with fusion reactions

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    Non random fluctuations in the emission of MeV ions and clusters have been observed in self-field dominated pinches with a non uniform structure on a μ space scale and a high neutron yield/shot, Yn, from D-D fusion reactions. The particle emission increases with Yn in all directions up to Yn ≤Yn , where Y-bar is the mean value of yn from hundreds of shots under identical conditions. The particle emission decreases uniformly for Yn > Y-barn and becomes vanishingly small (except for the charged products of fusion reactions) when Yn approaches the peak yield ≥2 . Y-barn. This is consistent with an enhanced confinement of accelerated D+ ions (during and after the pinch disintegration) within a region of dia. 1-2 cm. The emission of particles is not impaired by the pinch-generated magnetic field if clusters with a charge/mass ratio Z/M ≅ 0 form the bulk of the ejected particle population which may disintegrate on flight. The continuous accretion of current layers (which are trailing the leading current sheath) in the pinch region was stimulated in experiment by inserting suitable field distortion elements in the interelectrode gap. The current distribution in the interelectrode gap was monitored. Current accretion in the pinch region is possible. The bearing of the fusion reaction yield of heavy ions in the pinch on the mechanisms of confinement and of beam-plasma target enhancement is clarified

  15. Self-similar pinch-off mechanism and scaling of ferrofluid drops.

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    Jiang, Xiao F; Li, Huai Z

    2015-12-01

    The pinch off of heterogeneous ferrofluid drops at a nozzle in air was experimentally investigated with a magnetic field (downward or upward) and without a magnetic field. Compared to homogeneous drops, the self-similarity and universal scaling law were verified through modifying the initial conditions, such as the nozzle diameter, flow rate, and magnitude and direction of the magnetic fields. Two pinch-off points were observed, and the two consecutive pinch-off dynamics were characterized through scaling laws. Here our scaling exponent remains within the scope of (0.70-0.80) for the primary whereas it remains within the scope of (0.60-0.70) for the secondary pinch off, respectively, comparable to the classic range from 2/3 to 1 for homogeneous drops. The gravity-compensating and gravity-superimposing magnetic fields display a negligible effect on the exponent but determine the sequence of double pinch offs. The universal character of the self-similar pinch off is extended to a heterogeneous fluid. PMID:26764624

  16. Space and time resolved observations of plasma dynamics in a compressional gas embedded Z-pinch

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    Recent experiments in a gas embedded compressional Z-pinch are presented. The experiments have been carried out in H2 at 1/3 atm, using a pulse power generator capable of delivering a dl/dt > 1012 A/s. The pinch is initiated by a focused laser pulse, which is coaxial with a cylindrical DC microdischarge. This configuration results in double column pinch at early times, which at current rise evolves into a gas embedded compressional Z-pinch. Diagnostics used are Rogowski coil, single frame holographic interferometry, and holographic shadowgraphy, visible streak camera images from which current, density, line density, pinch radius and plasma motion are obtained. The pinch is characterized by a maximum on axis density which is much higher than the expected value from the filling pressure, with a Bennett temperature of 40 eV at 130 kA. The results shown confirm the high degree of compression achievable with the composite preionization scheme. (author). 4 figs., 5 refs

  17. Application of 2-D simulation to hollow z-pinch implosions

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    The application of simulations of z-pinch implosions should have at least two goals: first, to properly model the most important physical processes occurring in the pinch allowing for a better understanding of the experiments and second, provide a design capability for future experiments. Beginning with experiments fielded at Los Alamos on the Pegasus 1 and Pegasus 2 capacitor banks, the authors have developed a methodology for simulating hollow z-pinches in two dimensions which has reproduced important features of the measured experimental current drive, spectrum, radiation pulse shape, peak power and total radiated energy. This methodology employs essentially one free parameter, the initial level of the random density perturbations imposed at the beginning of the 2-D simulation, but in general no adjustments to other parameters are required. Currently the authors are applying this capability to the analysis of recent Saturn and PBFA-Z experiments. The code results provide insight into the nature of the pinch plasma prior to arrival on-axis, during thermalization and development after peak pinch time. Among other things, the simulation results provide an explanation for the production of larger amounts of radiated energy than would be expected from a simple slug-model kinetic energy analysis and the appearance of multiple peaks in the radiation power. The 2-D modeling has also been applied to the analysis of Saturn dynamic hohlraum experiments and is being used in the design of this and other Z-Pinch applications on PBFA-Z

  18. Study of magnetic fields and current in the Z pinch at stagnation

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    Ivanov, V. V.; Anderson, A. A.; Astanovitskiy, A. L.; Nalajala, V.; Dmitriev, O. [Department of Physics, University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada 89557 (United States); Papp, D. [Department of Physics, University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada 89557 (United States); ELI-ALPS, ELI-Hu Nkft., H-6720 Szeged (Hungary)

    2015-09-15

    The structure of magnetic fields in wire-array Z pinches at stagnation was studied using a Faraday rotation diagnostic at the wavelength of 266 nm. The electron plasma density and the Faraday rotation angle in plasma were calculated from images of the three-channel polarimeter. The magnetic field was reconstructed with Abel transform, and the current was estimated using a simple model. Several shots with wire-array Z pinches at 0.5–1.5 MA were analyzed. The strength of the magnetic field measured in plasma of the stagnated pinch was in the range of 1–2 MG. The magnetic field and current profile in plasma near the neck on the pinch were reconstructed, and the size of the current-carrying plasma was estimated. It was found that current flowed in the large-size trailing plasma near the dense neck. Measurements of the magnetic field near the bulge on the pinch also showed current in trailing plasma. A distribution of current in the large-size trailing plasma can prevent the formation of multi-MG fields in the Z pinch.

  19. Self-similar pinch-off mechanism and scaling of ferrofluid drops

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    Jiang, Xiao F.; Li, Huai Z.

    2015-12-01

    The pinch off of heterogeneous ferrofluid drops at a nozzle in air was experimentally investigated with a magnetic field (downward or upward) and without a magnetic field. Compared to homogeneous drops, the self-similarity and universal scaling law were verified through modifying the initial conditions, such as the nozzle diameter, flow rate, and magnitude and direction of the magnetic fields. Two pinch-off points were observed, and the two consecutive pinch-off dynamics were characterized through scaling laws. Here our scaling exponent remains within the scope of (0.70-0.80) for the primary whereas it remains within the scope of (0.60-0.70) for the secondary pinch off, respectively, comparable to the classic range from 2/3 to 1 for homogeneous drops. The gravity-compensating and gravity-superimposing magnetic fields display a negligible effect on the exponent but determine the sequence of double pinch offs. The universal character of the self-similar pinch off is extended to a heterogeneous fluid.

  20. Scaling the Shear-flow Stabilized Z-pinch to Reactor Conditions

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    McLean, H. S.; Schmidt, A.; Shumlak, U.; Nelson, B. A.; Golingo, R. P.; Cleveau, E.

    2015-11-01

    We present a conceptual design along with scaling calculations for a pulsed fusion reactor based on the shear-flow-stabilized Z-pinch device. Experiments performed on the ZaP device, at the University of Washington, have demonstrated stable operation for durations of 20 usec at ~100kA discharge current for pinches that are ~1 cm in diameter and 100 cm long. The inverse of the pinch diameter and plasma energy density scale strongly with pinch current and calculations show that maintaining stabilization durations of ~7 usec for increased discharge current (~15x) in a shortened pinch (10 cm) results in a pinch diameter of ~200 um and plasma conditions that approach those needed to support significant fusion burn and energy gain (Ti ~ 30keV, density ~ 3e26/m3, ntau ~1.4e20 sec/m3). Compelling features of the concept include operation at modest discharge current (1.5 MA) and voltage (40kV) along with direct adoption of liquid metals for at least one electrode--technological capabilities that have been proven in existing, commercial, pulse power devices such as large ignitrons. LLNL-ABS-674920. This work performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy ARPAe ALPHA Program by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344.

  1. Study of magnetic fields and current in the Z pinch at stagnation

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    The structure of magnetic fields in wire-array Z pinches at stagnation was studied using a Faraday rotation diagnostic at the wavelength of 266 nm. The electron plasma density and the Faraday rotation angle in plasma were calculated from images of the three-channel polarimeter. The magnetic field was reconstructed with Abel transform, and the current was estimated using a simple model. Several shots with wire-array Z pinches at 0.5–1.5 MA were analyzed. The strength of the magnetic field measured in plasma of the stagnated pinch was in the range of 1–2 MG. The magnetic field and current profile in plasma near the neck on the pinch were reconstructed, and the size of the current-carrying plasma was estimated. It was found that current flowed in the large-size trailing plasma near the dense neck. Measurements of the magnetic field near the bulge on the pinch also showed current in trailing plasma. A distribution of current in the large-size trailing plasma can prevent the formation of multi-MG fields in the Z pinch

  2. Evolution of plasma flow shear and stability in the ZaP Flow Z-pinch

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    The stabilizing effect of an axial flow on the m=1 kink instability in Z-pinches has been studied numerically with a linearized ideal MHD model to reveal that a sheared axial flow stabilizes the kink mode when the shear exceeds a threshold. The sheared flow stabilizing effect is investigated with the ZaP Flow Z-pinch experiment. An azimuthal array of surface mounted magnetic probes measures the fluctuation levels of the azimuthal modes m=1, 2, and 3. After pinch assembly a quiescent period is found where the mode activity is significantly reduced. The quiescent period lasts for over 2000 times the expected instability growth time in a static Z-pinch. Optical images from a fast framing camera, a two-chord HeNe interferometer, and a ruby holographic interferometer indicate a stable, discrete pinch plasma during this time. Multichord Doppler shift measurements of impurity lines show a large, sheared flow during the quiescent period and low, uniform flow profiles during periods of high mode activity. The value of the velocity shear satisfies the theoretical threshold for stability during the quiescent period and does not satisfy the threshold during the high mode activity. Experiments are conducted with varying amounts of injected neutral gas to gain an understanding of the Z-pinch formation and lifetime. (author)

  3. Evidence of flow stabilization in the ZaP Z pinch experiment

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    The stabilizing effect of an axial flow on the m = 1 kink instability in Z pinches has been studied numerically with a linearized ideal MHD model to reveal that a sheared axial flow stabilizes the kink mode when the shear exceeds a threshold. The sheared flow stabilizing effect is investigated with the flow-through Z pinch experiment, ZaP. An azimuthal array of surface mounted magnetic probes located at the midplane of the 50 cm long pinch plasma measures the fluctuation levels of the azimuthal modes m=1, 2, and 3. After pinch formation a quiescent period is found where the mode activity is reduced to a few percent of the average field. Optical images from a fast framing camera and a HeNe interferometer also indicate a stable pinch plasma during this time. Doppler shift measurements of a C-III line correspond to an axial flow velocity of 9.6x104m/s internal to the pinch. During the time when the axial plasma flow is high, the plasma experiences a quiescent period which lasts approximately 800 exponential growth times predicted by linear theory for a static plasma. (author)

  4. Effects of electron beam pinching on microwave emission in a vircator

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    Young, D.; Ishihara, O. [Texas Tech Univ., Lubbock, TX (United States); Yatsuzuka, M. [Himeji Inst. of Tech. (Japan)

    1995-12-31

    Electron beam pinching in relativistic diodes has been widely observed. This pinching of electrons is understood to be caused by the flow of ions from the anode together with the flow of electrons from the cathode. The anode flow is created by the heating of the anode by the electron beam. Such a counter flow of electrons and ions is known as a bipolar flow. A vircator experiment at the Himeji Institute of Technology suggested that microwave emission in the vircator was due to a strongly pinched electron beam caused by bipolar flow. A MAGIC particle-in-cell simulation is being developed to study the effects of electron beam pinching on microwave emission in a vircator. Cathode emission from an annular cathode is modeled in the simulation by placing a plasma on the surface of the cathode and an electric field is applied to accelerate the electrons extracted from the plasma. To model the anode emission, the anode is divided into segments. The ion current is then taken to be a fraction of the electron current through each segment. Preliminary results suggest that the pinched electron beam would form a larger virtual cathode potential inside the waveguide behind the diode which should enhance microwave production. The effect of an axially applied magnetic field will also be studied to determine if the magnetic field would suppress electron pinching and microwave emission as was observed in the Himeji experiment.

  5. The Compositions of Kuiper Belt Objects

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    Brown, Michael E

    2011-01-01

    Objects in the Kuiper belt are small and far away thus difficult to study in detail even with the best telescopes available at earth. For much of the early history of the Kuiper belt, studies of the compositions of these objects were relegated to collections of moderate quality spectral and photometric data that remained difficult to interpret. Much early effort was put into simple correlations of surface colors and identifications of spectral features, but it was difficult to connect the observations to a larger understanding of the region. The last decade, however, has seen a blossoming in our understanding of the compositions of objects in the Kuiper belt. This blossoming is a product of the discoveries of larger -- and thus easier to study -- objects, continued dedication to the collection of a now quite large collection of high quality photometric and spectroscopic observations, and continued work at the laboratory and theoretical level. Today we now know of many processes which affect the surface compos...

  6. Lubricants for Metal Belt Continuously Variable Transmissions

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    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available This paper reviews the effects of lubricant additives and base stock used in metal belt continuously variable transmissions (CVT fluids on the CVT transmission torque capacity. Additive formulation composed of phosphorus anti-wear agent, calcium detergent, and dispersant improved the friction coefficient between the metals. The analysis on the post-test surface suggests that the friction behavior strongly depends on the local morphology of the tribofilms derived from lubricant additives. Examining the effect of base stock on the torque capacity in actual belt CVTs revealed that SN (synthetic naphthene exhibited 10% higher torque capacity than that of PAO (polyalphaolefin. It is believed that the difference in the torque capacity is due to the difference in the oil-film shearing force generated by the relative sliding between the belt and pulley.

  7. Development and characterization of a Z-pinch-driven hohlraum high-yield inertial confinement fusion target concept

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    Initial experiments to study the Z-pinch-driven hohlraum high-yield inertial confinement fusion (ICF) concept of Hammer, Tabak, and Porter [Hammer et al., Phys. Plasmas 6, 2129 (1999)] are described. The relationship between measured pinch power, hohlraum temperature, and secondary hohlraum coupling ('hohlraum energetics') is well understood from zero-dimensional semianalytic, and two-dimensional view factor and radiation magnetohydrodynamics models. These experiments have shown the highest x-ray powers coupled to any Z-pinch-driven secondary hohlraum (26±5 TW), indicating the concept could scale to fusion yields of >200 MJ. A novel, single-sided power feed, double-pinch driven secondary that meets the pinch simultaneity requirements for polar radiation symmetry has also been developed. This source will permit investigation of the pinch power balance and hohlraum geometry requirements for ICF relevant secondary radiation symmetry, leading to a capsule implosion capability on the Z accelerator [Spielman et al., Phys. Plasmas 5, 2105 (1998)

  8. A shell model for tyre belt vibrations

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    Lecomte, C.; Graham, W. R.; Dale, M.

    2010-05-01

    We present a new formulation for the prediction of tyre belt vibrations in the frequency range 0-500 Hz. Our representation includes the effects of belt width, curvature and anisotropy, and also explicitly models the tyre sidewalls. Many of the associated numerical parameters are fixed by physical considerations; the remainder require empirical input. A systematic and general approach to this problem is developed, and illustrated for the specific example of a Goodyear Wrangler tyre. The resulting predictions for the radial response to radial forcing show good correspondence with experiment up to 300 Hz, and satisfactory agreement up to 1 kHz.

  9. Relationship Between Grip, Pinch Strengths and Anthropometric Variables, Types of Pitch Throwing Among Japanese High School Baseball Pitchers

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    Tajika, Tsuyoshi; Kobayashi, Tsutomu; Yamamoto, Atsushi; Shitara, Hitoshi; Ichinose, Tsuyoshi; Shimoyama, Daisuke; Okura, Chisa; Kanazawa, Saeko; Nagai, Ayako; Takagishi, Kenji

    2015-01-01

    Background: Grip and pinch strength are crucially important attributes and standard parameters related to the functional integrity of the hand. It seems significant to investigate normative data for grip and pinch strength of baseball players to evaluate their performance and condition. Nevertheless, few reports have explained the association between grip and pinch strength and anthropometric variables and types of pitch throwing for baseball pitchers. Objectives: The aim of this study was to...

  10. Timing belts - development, milestones and innovations; Zahnriemen Entwicklungsmeilensteine und Innovationen

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    Schulte, H. [Contitech Power Transmission Group (Germany)

    2005-12-01

    Contitech has much contributed to improve the characteristics of timing belts until today. In this article Contitech introduces some current developments and shows the advantages of belts compared to chain drives. (orig.)

  11. Composite Microdiscs with a Magnetic Belt

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    Knaapila, Matti; Høyer, Henrik; Helgesen, Geir

    2015-01-01

    We describe an emulsion-based preparation of patchy composite particles (diameter of 100-500 mu m) consisting of a disclike epoxy core and a belt of porous polystyrene particles (diameter of 30 mu m) with magnetite within the pores. Compared to the magnetically uniform polystyrene particles, the...

  12. Quasi-linear gyrokinetic predictions of the Coriolis momentum pinch in National Spherical Torus Experiment

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    Guttenfelder, W.; Kaye, S. M.; Ren, Y.; Solomon, W.; Bell, R. E.; Candy, J.; Gerhardt, S. P.; LeBlanc, B. P.; Yuh, H.

    2016-05-01

    This paper presents quasi-linear gyrokinetic predictions of the Coriolis momentum pinch for low aspect-ratio National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX) H-modes where previous experimental measurements were focused. Local, linear calculations predict that in the region of interest (just outside the mid-radius) of these relatively high-beta plasmas, profiles are most unstable to microtearing modes that are only effective in transporting electron energy. However, sub-dominant electromagnetic and electrostatic ballooning modes are also unstable, which are effective at transporting energy, particles, and momentum. The quasi-linear prediction of transport from these weaker ballooning modes, assuming they contribute transport in addition to that from microtearing modes in a nonlinear turbulent state, leads to a very small or outward convection of momentum, inconsistent with the experimentally measured inward pinch, and opposite to predictions in conventional aspect ratio tokamaks. Additional predictions of a low beta L-mode plasma, unstable to more traditional electrostatic ion temperature gradient-trapped electron mode instability, show that the Coriolis pinch is inward but remains relatively weak and insensitive to many parameter variations. The weak or outward pinch predicted in NSTX plasmas appears to be at least partially correlated to changes in the parallel mode structure that occur at a finite beta and low aspect ratio, as discussed in previous theories. The only conditions identified where a stronger inward pinch is predicted occur either in the purely electrostatic limit or if the aspect ratio is increased. As the Coriolis pinch cannot explain the measured momentum pinch, additional theoretical momentum transport mechanisms are discussed that may be potentially important.

  13. Quasi-linear gyrokinetic predictions of the Coriolis momentum pinch in National Spherical Torus Experiment

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    Guttenfelder, W. [Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Princeton, New Jersey 08543, USA; Kaye, S. M. [Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Princeton, New Jersey 08543, USA; Ren, Y. [Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Princeton, New Jersey 08543, USA; Solomon, W. [Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Princeton, New Jersey 08543, USA; Bell, R. E. [Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Princeton, New Jersey 08543, USA; Candy, J. [General Atomics, San Diego, California 92186, USA; Gerhardt, S. P. [Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Princeton, New Jersey 08543, USA; LeBlanc, B. P. [Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Princeton, New Jersey 08543, USA; Yuh, H. [Nova Photonics Inc., Princeton, New Jersey 08540, USA

    2016-05-01

    This paper presents quasi-linear gyrokinetic predictions of the Coriolis momentum pinch for low aspect-ratio National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX) H-modes where previous experimental measurements were focused. Local, linear calculations predict that in the region of interest (just outside the mid-radius) of these relatively high-beta plasmas, profiles are most unstable to microtearing modes that are only effective in transporting electron energy. However, sub-dominant electromagnetic and electrostaticballooning modes are also unstable, which are effective at transporting energy, particles, and momentum. The quasi-linear prediction of transport from these weaker ballooning modes, assuming they contribute transport in addition to that from microtearing modes in a nonlinear turbulent state, leads to a very small or outward convection of momentum, inconsistent with the experimentally measured inward pinch, and opposite to predictions in conventional aspect ratio tokamaks. Additional predictions of a low beta L-mode plasma, unstable to more traditional electrostatic ion temperature gradient-trapped electron mode instability, show that the Coriolis pinch is inward but remains relatively weak and insensitive to many parameter variations. The weak or outward pinch predicted in NSTX plasmas appears to be at least partially correlated to changes in the parallel mode structure that occur at a finite beta and low aspect ratio, as discussed in previous theories. The only conditions identified where a stronger inward pinch is predicted occur either in the purely electrostatic limit or if the aspect ratio is increased. As the Coriolis pinch cannot explain the measured momentum pinch, additional theoretical momentum transport mechanisms are discussed that may be potentially important.

  14. The quest for a z-pinch based fusion energy source--a historical perspective

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    Ever since 1958, when Oscar Anderson observed copious neutrons emanating from a 'magnetically self-constricted column of deuterium plasma', scientists have attempted to develop the simple linear pinch into a fusion power source. After all, simple calculations show that if one can pass a current of slightly less than 2 million amperes through a stable D-T plasma, then one could achieve not just thermonuclear break-even, but thermonuclear gain. Moreover, several reactor studies have shown that a simple linear pinch could be the basis for a very attractive fusion system. The problem is, of course, that the seemingly simple act of passing 2 MA through a stable pinch has proven to be quite difficult to accomplish. The pinch tends to disrupt due to instabilities, either by the m=0 (sausage) or m=1 (kink) modes. Curtailing the growth of these instabilities has been the primary thrust of z-pinch fusion research, and over the years a wide variety of formation techniques have been tried. The early pinches were driven by relatively slow capacitive discharges and were formed by imploding a plasma column. The advent of fast pulsed power technology brought on a whole new repertoire of formation techniques, including: fast implosions, laser or field-enhanced breakdown in a uniform volume of gas, a discharge inside a small capillary, a frozen deuterium fiber isolated by vacuum, and staged concepts in which one pinch implodes upon another. And although none of these have yet to be successful, some have come tantalizingly close. This paper will review the history of this four-decade long quest for fusion power

  15. The quest for a z-pinch based fusion energy source emdash a historical perspective

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    Ever since 1958, when Oscar Anderson observed copious neutrons emanating from a open-quotes magnetically self-constricted column of deuterium plasma,close quotes scientists have attempted to develop the simple linear pinch into a fusion power source. After all, simple calculations show that if one can pass a current of slightly less than 2 million amperes through a stable D-T plasma, then one could achieve not just thermonuclear break-even, but thermonuclear gain. Moreover, several reactor studies have shown that a simple linear pinch could be the basis for a very attractive fusion system. The problem is, of course, that the seemingly simple act of passing 2 MA through a stable pinch has proven to be quite difficult to accomplish. The pinch tends to disrupt due to instabilities, either by the m=0 (sausage) or m=1 (kink) modes. Curtailing the growth of these instabilities has been the primary thrust of z-pinch fusion research, and over the years a wide variety of formation techniques have been tried. The early pinches were driven by relatively slow capacitive discharges and were formed by imploding a plasma column. The advent of fast pulsed power technology brought on a whole new repertoire of formation techniques, including: fast implosions, laser or field-enhanced breakdown in a uniform volume of gas, a discharge inside a small capillary, a frozen deuterium fiber isolated by vacuum, and staged concepts in which one pinch implodes upon another. And although none of these have yet to be successful, some have come tantalizingly close. This paper will review the history of this four-decade long quest for fusion power. copyright 1997 American Institute of Physics

  16. Pinch and swell structures: evidence for brittle-viscous behaviour in the middle crust

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    R. Gardner

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available The flow properties of middle to lower crustal rocks are commonly represented by viscous flow. However, examples of pinch and swell structures found in a mid-crustal high strain zone at St. Anne Point (Fiordland, New Zealand suggest pinch and swell structures are initiated by brittle failure of the more competent layer in conjunction with material softening. On this basis we develop a flexible numerical model using brittle-viscous flow where Mohr–Coulomb failure is utilised to initiate pinch and swell structure development. Results show that pinch and swell structures develop in a competent layer in both Newtonian and non-Newtonian flow provided the competent layer has enough viscosity contrast and initially fails brittlely. The degree of material softening after initial failure is shown to impact pinch and swell characteristics with high rates of material softening causing the formation of thick necks between swells by limiting the successful localisation of strain. The flow regime and yielding characteristics of the matrix do not impact pinch and swell structure formation itself, so long as the matrix is less competent. To aid analysis of the structures and help derive the flow properties of rocks in the field, we define three stages of pinch and swell development and offer suggestions for measurements to be made in the field. Our study suggests that Mohr–Coulomb behaviour combined with viscous flow is an appropriate way to represent the heterogeneous rocks of the middle to lower crust. This type of mid-crustal rheological behaviour has significant influence on the localization of strain at all scales. For example, inclusion of Mohr–Coulomb brittle failure with viscous flow in just some mid-crustal layers within a crustal scale model will result in strain localisation throughout the whole crustal section allowing the development of through-going high strain structures from the upper crust into the middle and lower crust. This

  17. Pinch and swell structures: evidence for brittle-viscous behaviour in the middle crust

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    Gardner, R.; Piazolo, S.; Daczko, N.

    2015-04-01

    The flow properties of middle to lower crustal rocks are commonly represented by viscous flow. However, examples of pinch and swell structures found in a mid-crustal high strain zone at St. Anne Point (Fiordland, New Zealand) suggest pinch and swell structures are initiated by brittle failure of the more competent layer in conjunction with material softening. On this basis we develop a flexible numerical model using brittle-viscous flow where Mohr-Coulomb failure is utilised to initiate pinch and swell structure development. Results show that pinch and swell structures develop in a competent layer in both Newtonian and non-Newtonian flow provided the competent layer has enough viscosity contrast and initially fails brittlely. The degree of material softening after initial failure is shown to impact pinch and swell characteristics with high rates of material softening causing the formation of thick necks between swells by limiting the successful localisation of strain. The flow regime and yielding characteristics of the matrix do not impact pinch and swell structure formation itself, so long as the matrix is less competent. To aid analysis of the structures and help derive the flow properties of rocks in the field, we define three stages of pinch and swell development and offer suggestions for measurements to be made in the field. Our study suggests that Mohr-Coulomb behaviour combined with viscous flow is an appropriate way to represent the heterogeneous rocks of the middle to lower crust. This type of mid-crustal rheological behaviour has significant influence on the localization of strain at all scales. For example, inclusion of Mohr-Coulomb brittle failure with viscous flow in just some mid-crustal layers within a crustal scale model will result in strain localisation throughout the whole crustal section allowing the development of through-going high strain structures from the upper crust into the middle and lower crust. This localization then has a significant

  18. Imaging Jupiter Radiation Belts At Low Frequencies

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    Girard, J. N.; de Pater, I.; Zarka, P.; Santos-Costa, D.; Sault, R.; Hess, S.; Cecconi, B.; Fender, R.; Pewg, Lofar

    2014-04-01

    The ultra-relativistic electrons, trapped in the inner radiation belts of Jupiter, generates a strong synchrotron radio emission (historically known as the jovian decimeter radiation (DIM)) which is beamed, polarized (~20% linear, ~1% circular) and broadband. It has been extensively observed by radio telescopes/ probes and imaged by radio interferometers over a wide frequency spectrum (from >300 MHz up to 22 GHz). This extended emission presents two main emission peaks constantly located on both sides of the planet close to the magnetic plane. High latitude emissions were also regularly observed at particular frequencies, times and in particular observational configurations. This region of the magnetosphere is "frozen" due to the strong magnetic field (~4.2 G as the equator) and therefore is forced to rotate at the planetary period (T≈9h55m). Due to the tilt (~ 10o) between the spin axis of the planet and the magnetic axis (which can be seen as dipolar in first approximation), the belts and the associated radio emission wobble around the planet center. The analysis of the flux at different frequencies highlighted spatial, temporal and spectral variabilities which origins are now partly understood. The emission varies at different time scales (short-time variations of hours to long-term variation over decades) due to the combination of visibility effect (wobbling, beaming, position of the observer in the magnetic rotating reference frame) [1], [2] and intrinsic local variations (interaction between relativistic electrons and satellites/dust, delayed effect of the solar wind ram pressure, impacts events) [3], [4], [5]. A complete framework is necessary to fully understand the source, loss and transport processes of the electrons originating from outside the belt, migrating by inward diffusion and populating the inner region of the magnetosphere. Only a few and unresolved measurements were made below 300 MHz and the nonsystematic observation of this radio emission

  19. The physics of the high-density Z-pinch

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    The fiber-initiated High-Density Z-pinch (HDZP) is a novel concept in which fusion plasma could be produced by applying 2 MV along a thin filament of frozen deuterium, 20-30 μm in diameter and 5-10 cm long. The megamp-range currents that result would ohmically heat the fiber to fusion temperatures in 100 ns while maintaining nearly constant radius. The plasma pressure would be held stable by the self-magnetic field for many radial sound transit times during the current-rise phase while, in the case of D-T, a significant fraction of the fiber undergoes thermonuclear fusion. The paper presents results of Los Alamos HDZP studies. Existing experiments and experiments in preparation are described. A succession of theoretical studies, including 1D self-similar and numerical studies of the hot plasma phase. 1D and 2D numerical studies of the cold startup phase, and 3D numerical studies of stability in the hot regime, are presented. (author). 9 refs, 4 figs

  20. Compact Reversed-Field Pinch Reactors (CRFPR): preliminary engineering considerations

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    Hagenson, R.L.; Krakowski, R.A.; Bathke, C.G.; Miller, R.L.; Embrechts, M.J.; Schnurr, N.M.; Battat, M.E.; LaBauve, R.J.; Davidson, J.W.

    1984-08-01

    The unique confinement physics of the Reversed-Field Pinch (RFP) projects to a compact, high-power-density fusion reactor that promises a significant reduction in the cost of electricity. The compact reactor also promises a factor-of-two reduction in the fraction of total cost devoted to the reactor plant equipment (i.e., fusion power core (FPC) plus support systems). In addition to operational and developmental benefits, these physically smaller systems can operate economically over a range of total power output. After giving an extended background and rationale for the compact fusion approaches, key FPC subsystems for the Compact RFP Reactor (CRFPR) are developed, designed, and integrated for a minimum-cost, 1000-MWe(net) system. Both the problems and promise of the compact, high-power-density fusion reactor are quantitatively evaluated on the basis of this conceptual design. The material presented in this report both forms a framework for a broader, more expanded conceptual design as well as suggests directions and emphases for related research and development.

  1. The Braginskii fluid stability of reversed field pinches

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    Numerical results are presented concerning the linear stability of the current and future generations of RFP's (reversed field pinches). Resistive MHD (magnetohydrodynamics) indicates that finite beta RFP equilibria are unstable to resistive-g modes, and therefore indicates that these may be responsible for confinement degradation. However, as RFP's become more collisionless, terms that are neglected in resistive MHD become significant and should be included in any stability analysis. In this paper, a linear initial value-code has been used to examine the effect of additional terms in the Braginskii equations on the stability of a tearing mode stable equilibrium. In order to make contact with analytical work the additional physics is introduced term by term. The Hall terms alone are shown to stabilise resistive-g modes, but also to destabilise a variant of the ηi-mode. When electron thermal conductivities are also included the ηi-mode remains largely unaffected but the resistive-g mode is no longer stabilised, instead it evolves into a drift-tearing mode that is driven by the electron temperature gradient. Thus in the cold ion limit there are two identifiable branches of instability. The growth-rate of the drift tearing mode is slowed by finite Larmor radius effects, but both it and the ηi-mode remain unstable throughout the collisional ion regime for which the fluid equations are valid. (author)

  2. Murakami density limit in tokamaks and reversed-field pinches

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    A theoretical upper limit for the density in an ohmically heated tokamak discharge follows from the requirement that the ohmic heating power deposited in the central current-carrying channel exceed the impurity radiative cooling in this critical region. A compact summary of our results gives this limit n/sub M/ for the central density as n/sub M/ = [Z/sub e//(Z/sub e/-1]/sup 1/2/n/sub eo/ (B/sub T//1T)(1m/R) where n/sub eo/ depends strongly on the impurity species and is remarkably independent of the central electron temperature T/sub e/(0). For T/sub e/(0) approx. 1 keV, we have n/sub eo/ = 1.5 x 1014 cm-3 for beryllium, n/sub eo/ = 5 x 1013 cm-3 for oxygen, n/sub eo/ = 1.0 x 1013 cm-3 for iron, and n/sub eo/ = 0.5 x 1013 cm-3 for tungsten. The results agree quantitatively with Murakami's original observations. A similar density limit, known as the I/N limit, exists for reversed-field pinch devices and this limit has also been evaluated for a variety of impurity species

  3. Thomson scattering measurements in the RFX reversed field pinch

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    The first systematic measurements of the electron temperature (Te) spatial profile have been obtained in the reversed field pinch experiment RFX with a single pulse Thomson scattering (TS) diagnostic. Scattered light from a ruby laser pulse (E≤15 J, Δt=30 ns) is collected through three objectives from 10 positions along a diameter in the plasma equatorial plane, with a spatial resolution of 2.5 cm. Plasma discharges with current in the range 700 endash 900 kA have been investigated finding evidence of a quite flat Te profile. Data dispersion significantly greater than experimental uncertainties provides an indication of remarkable plasma fluctuations. Results are in good agreement with Te measurements from other single chord spectroscopic diagnostics (SiLi detector and SXR double filter), showing a reliable operation down to an electron density ne=3x1019 m-3. Integration of this apparatus with a ND:YLF laser system for multipulse Thomson scattering measurements, sharing the same input optics, is under way. copyright 1997 American Institute of Physics

  4. Cat-D fueled reversed-field pinch reactor assessment

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    A quantitative comparison of the technology requirements, environmental and cost issues of D-D, Compact Reversed-Field Pinch Reactor (CRFPR) relative to a D-T/CRFPR has been perfomed. The first wall/blanket energy revovery cycle for the D-D reactor is simpler and more efficient than the D-T reactor. In other technology areas (such as magnets and vacuum systems) D-D requirements are not significantly different than the D-T reactor. Tritium technology for processing the plasma exhaust is required to D-D reactors, but no tritium containment around the blanket or heat transport system is needed. Safety analysis shows similar consequences for the release of activated corrosion products or activated first wall/blanket structure. Consequences of all postulated D-D accidents for tritium releases are significantly smaller than those from the D-T reactor. Cost studies have been performed for a series of D-D reactors and compared with the D-T reactor. (orig.)

  5. The interaction of plasma with quartz surfaces in pinch discharges

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    The interaction of plasma with quartz walls was investigated in theta pinch discharges preionized by axial discharges at filling pressures below 12 mTorr. Implantation and sputtering of hydrogen and deuterium in the surface was deduced from neutron yield and Balmer line intensity measurements. A simple model describing these processes yields an implanted deuterium density of 1.6 x 1016/cm2 and a detrapping cross-section of 5 x 10-17 cm2 for a plasma with about 50 eV particle energy. Impurities within the plasma were observed by line intensity measurements. The vacuum and the composition of the filling gas before and after discharges were analysed by means of a mass spectrometer. Stationary conditions could only be obtained after about 30 discharges. The impurity concentration depends on the energy of the preheating discharge, on filling density, on the fact whether the plasma touches the walls during preheating, and on available sources like back diffusion of pump oil, seals, walls and leaks. (Auth.)

  6. Studies of large, non-circular, reversed field pinch discharges

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    Reversed field pinch discharges have been produced in a large (1.39 meter major radius, 0.56 meter average minor radius), thick-walled (5 cm), aluminum vacuum vessel with indented sides. The discharges are self-reversed and ramped up to a current of 300 kA over a time of 10 ms. Reversal is sustained for ≥ 10 resistive diffusion times, despite the presence of large magnetic fluctuations. The influence of the bad poloidal magnetic curvature on RFP stability is examined by measurement of magnetic fluctuations near the plasma edge in the separate bad and good curvature regions of the noncircular plasma for RFP and non-reversed discharges with edge safety factor of 0.4 and 1.4. For q ∼ 1.4 discharges, poloidal field curvature should be small. The large size permits RFP startup at a low toroidal loop voltage (≤ 200 V), which is applied to a gap exposed to plasma, but successfully protected against arcing (up to 300 V). RFP plasmas have also been obtained with toroidal limiters

  7. High yield fusion in a Staged Z-pinch

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    Rahman, H U; Rostoker, N; Ney, P

    2008-01-01

    We simulate fusion in a Z-pinch; where the load is a xenon-plasma liner imploding onto a deuterium-tritium plasma target and the driver is a 2 MJ, 17 MA, 95 ns risetime pulser. The implosion system is modeled using the dynamic, 2-1/2 D, radiation-MHD code, MACH2. During implosion a shock forms in the Xe liner, transporting current and energy radially inward. After collision with the DT, a secondary shock forms pre-heating the DT to several hundred eV. Adiabatic compression leads subsequently to a fusion burn, as the target is surrounded by a flux-compressed, intense, azimuthal-magnetic field. The intense-magnetic field confines fusion $\\alpha$-particles, providing an additional source of ion heating that leads to target ignition. The target remains stable up to the time of ignition. Predictions are for a neutron yield of $3.0\\times 10^{19}$ and a thermonuclear energy of 84 MJ, that is, 42 times greater than the initial, capacitor-stored energy.

  8. Paramagnetism and plasma beta in a screw-pinch

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    Anisotropic resistivity causes paramagnetic effects (Bz'(r) less then 0) in a screw pinch, being basically different to the self-relaxation described by Taylor. We compute, analytically and numerically, the resulting effect on equilibrium in a 1-D straight cylindrical plasma. In particular we compute paramagnetic effects on the plasma radius and on plasma beta. Ohm's law also contains diamagnetic terms; in this paper we consider radial particle diffusion and the Nernst effect. In a Tokamak or rector plasma these effects are shown to be negligible, whereas they may contribute in present ULQ, Extrap and RFP experiments. A basic result is an expression for the coupling between the poloidal and axial magnetic field components with the above effects included. A result of specific importance to the Extrap programme is that plasma current limitation can arise from lack of equilibrium when the plasma radius tends to exceed its upper limit, being defined by a magnetic or material limiter. The paramagnetic effect described in this work lowers the plasma beta further, making D-D reactor depending on safety factors q(a) bigger than 1 seems less attainable. (au)

  9. Carbon and oxygen behaviour in the reversed field pinch RFX

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    The emission spectrum measured on the reversed field pinch RFX is dominated by carbon and oxygen lines. Nickel lines are seldom observed even though a large magnetic field perturbation causes intense plasma-wall interaction. The line emissions from hydrogen-like and helium-like ions observed in RFX are simulated by a collisional-radiative impurity diffusion model. An impurity diffusion coefficient of the order of 10 m2/s and an inward convective velocity of 90 m/s have been used for an adequate simulation of the hydrogen-like to helium-like resonant line ratios. The model can be used to estimate the effective charge of the plasma; the on-axis values in 800 kA discharges are found to range between 1.5 and 2.2, with peaks higher than 3 in the presence of carbon blooms. It is found that charge exchange processes with thermal hydrogen neutral atoms must be considered to account for the high G ratio values measured for carbon (0.6 to 0.7). (author). 41 refs, 9 figs, 1 tab

  10. Confined discharge plasma sources for Z-pinch experiments

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    The authors report their investigation Z-pinch implosions on the NRL Gamble II generator using metallic sources of sodium and aluminum, and non-metallic source of sodium (NaF), magnesium (MgF2), and aluminum (Al203). For 1 MA driving currents, peak Κ-shell radiated powers of about 100 GW and energies of about 1.5 kj have been obtained with both pure aluminum and NaF implosions. The aluminum results are comparable to those in previous Gamble II experiments with aluminum wire arrays. Confined discharge sources have been used to generate tens of GW in the Na Heα pump line and flourescence of the neon has been observed. The effects of nozzle shape and size, chamber diameter, amount of fuse material, and confined discharge current have been investigated in Gamble II implosion experiments. These studies indicate that confined discharge sources are capable of supplying significantly more material than required for implosions at the 1 MA level, so that this technique could be extended to higher current generators

  11. Radio frequency wave experiments on the MST reversed field pinch

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    Experiments, simulations, and theory all indicate that the magnetic fluctuations responsible for the poor confinement in the reversed field pinch (RFP) can be controlled by altering the radial profile of the current density. The magnetic fluctuations in the RFP are due to resistive MHD instabilities caused by current profile peaking; thus confinement in the RFP is ultimately the result of a misalignment between inductively driven current profiles and the stable current profiles characteristic of the Taylor state. If a technique such as rf current drive can be developed to non-inductively sustain a Taylor state (a current profile linearly stable to all tearing modes), the confinement of the RFP and its potential as a reactor concept are likely to increase. Whether there is a self-consistent path from poor confinement to greatly improved confinement through current profile modification is an issue for future experiments to address if and only if near term experiments can demonstrate: (1) coupling to and the propagation of rf waves in RFP plasmas, (2) efficient current drive, and (3) control of the power deposition which will make it possible to control the current profile. In this paper, modeling results and experimental plans are presented for two rf experiments which have the potential of satisfying these three goals: high-nparallel lower hybrid (LH) waves and electron Bernstein waves (EBWs)

  12. The physics of the high density Z-pinch

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    The fiber-initiated High-Density Z-Pinch (HDZP) is a novel concept in which fusion plasma could be produced by applying 2 MV along a thin filament of frozen deuterium, 20-30 μm in diameter, 5-10 cm long. The megamp-range currents that result would ohmically heat the fiber to fusion temperatures in 100 ns while maintaining nearly constant radius. The plasma pressure would be held stably by the self-magnetic field for many radial sound transit times during the current-rise phase while, in the case of D-T, a significant fraction of the fiber undergoes thermonuclear fusion. This paper presents results of Los Alamos HDZP studies. Existing and new experiments are described. A succession of theoretical studies, including 1D self-similar and numerical studies of the hot plasma phase, 1D and 2D numerical studies of the cold startup phase, and 3D numerical studies of stability in the hot regime, are then presented. 9 refs., 4 figs

  13. Chaos in reversed-field-pinch plasma simulation and experiment

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    We investigate the possibility that chaos and simple determinism are governing the dynamics of reversed-field-pinch (RFP) plasmas using data from both numerical simulations and experiment. A large repertoire of nonlinear-analysis techniques is used to identify low-dimensional chaos. These tools include phase portraits and Poincare sections, correlation dimension, the spectrum of Lyapunov exponents, and short-term predictability. In addition, nonlinear-noise-reduction techniques are applied to the experimental data in an attempt to extract any underlying deterministic dynamics. Two model systems are used to simulate the plasma dynamics. These are the DEBS computer code, which models global RFP dynamics, and the dissipative trapped-electron-mode model, which models drift-wave turbulence. Data from both simulations show strong indications of low-dimensional chaos and simple determinism. Experimental data were obtained from the Madison Symmetric Torus RFP and consist of a wide array of both global and local diagnostic signals. None of the signals shows any indication of low-dimensional chaos or other simple determinism. Moreover, most of the analysis tools indicate that the experimental system is very high dimensional with properties similar to noise. Nonlinear noise reduction is unsuccessful at extracting an underlying deterministic system

  14. Analytic model for the dynamic Z-pinch

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    Piriz, A. R., E-mail: roberto.piriz@uclm.es; Sun, Y. B. [E. T. S. I. Industriales, CYTEMA, and Instituto de Investigaciones Energéticas (INEI), Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, 13071 Ciudad Real (Spain); Tahir, N. A. [GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung, Planckstrasse 1, 64291 Darmstadt (Germany)

    2015-06-15

    A model is presented for describing the cylindrical implosion of a shock wave driven by an accelerated piston. It is based in the identification of the acceleration of the shocked mass with the acceleration of the piston. The model yields the separate paths of the piston and the shock. In addition, by considering that the shocked region evolves isentropically, the approximate profiles of all the magnitudes in the shocked region are obtained. The application to the dynamic Z-pinch is presented and the results are compared with the well known snowplow and slug models which are also derived as limiting cases of the present model. The snowplow model is seen to yield a trajectory in between those of the shock and the piston. Instead, the neglect of the inertial effects in the slug model is seen to produce a too fast implosion, and the pressure uniformity is shown to lead to an unphysical instantaneous piston stopping when the shock arrives to the axis.

  15. A hybrid blanket for a reversed-field pinch reactor

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    A hybrid blanket for a reversed-field pinch (RFP) reactor is presented for breeding 233U from thorium. This study focuses on the shellblanket design and assumes a plasma like that used by Culham Laboratory (CL) in its designs. The 233U bred helps the important neutron economy and allows the tritium breeding ratio to be 0.96 at beginning of life for a mean of 1.06 for a 9 MW . yrm2 burnup. A thick conducting shell is assumed for discharge stability and field reversal. This need for a good conductor requires that only pure copper or aluminum or alloys thereof be used. Two designs were investigated, one with a pure copper first wallshell, the other with an aluminum alloy. In these designs 3.4% of the thorium is converted to 233U. In both designs the low metallurgic temperature limit means the large amount of power deposited on and in the shell is not attractive thermodynamically. The resulting large temperature differences in the shell cause high mechanical stresses. The design as it stands is not feasible from the point of view of radiation damage to materials

  16. Spontaneous pinch-off in rotating Hele-Shaw flows

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    Folch, R; Ortín, J; Casademunt, J

    2004-01-01

    The dynamics of the interface between two immiscible fluids in a rotating Hele-Shaw cell are studied experimentally, theoretically and by phase-field simulations of the H-S equations. As the central, denser fluid is centrifuged, it forms fingering patterns with long, thin radial filaments ended by a droplet, alternating with incoming fingers of the outer fluid. Simulations show the length (width) of the filaments to grow (decay) roughly exponentially, and the incoming finger tips to asymptotically approach a finite radius for n-fold symmetric initial conditions; these thus tend to a stationary-shape, which is calculated. The filament width decays with a time constant which depends only on the viscosity contrast, whereas its length exhibits a completely universal growth rate, related to the run away of an isolated droplet, for which we give an exact solution. The exponential behavior is clear for high, but not low viscosity contrasts A. Both experiments and simulations show systematic pinch-off of the droplets...

  17. Measuring Fast Ion Losses in a Reversed Field Pinch Plasma

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    Bonofiglo, P. J.; Anderson, J. K.; Almagri, A. F.; Kim, J.; Clark, J.; Capecchi, W.; Sears, S. H.

    2015-11-01

    The reversed field pinch (RFP) provides a unique environment to study fast ion confinement and transport. The RFP's weak toroidal field, strong magnetic shear, and ability to enter a 3D state provide a wide range of dynamics to study fast ions. Core-localized, 25 keV fast ions are sourced into MST by a tangentially injected hydrogen/deuterium neutral beam. Neutral particle analysis and measured fusion neutron flux indicate enhanced fast ion transport in the plasma core. Past experiments point to a dynamic loss of fast ions associated with the RFP's transition to a 3D state and with beam-driven, bursting magnetic modes. Consequently, fast ion transport and losses in the RFP have garnered recent attention. Valuable information on fast-ion loss, such as energy and pitch distributions, are sought to provide a better understanding of the transport mechanisms at hand. We have constructed and implemented two fast ion loss detectors (FILDs) for use on MST. The FILDs have two, independent, design concepts: collecting particles as a function of v⊥ or with pitch greater than 0.8. In this work, we present our preliminary findings and results from our FILDs on MST. This research is supported by US DOE.

  18. A turbulently heated high-voltage theta pinch

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    The heating of a plasma in a fast theta pinch is described in experiment and numerical simulation. The initial plasma parameters are n0=3x1012-3x1013 cm-3, T00=+-175 G. A shock-like disturbance created by a fast current pulse heats and compresses the plasma. Heating is attributed principally to drift instabilities, namely the Buneman two-stream, the modified two-stream and the ion sound instabilities. Experimental evidence is presented for heating of electrons to approximately 10 keV and ions to temperatures from 3 to tens of keV, depending upon initial conditions. Strongest heating and compression is seen at the lowest densities with antiparallel orientation of bias and pulse magnetic fields. Evidence of turbulent fields is seen, as well as indication of rapid heat loss out the ends of the tube. A numerical model describes the implosion using a two-fluid code with transport modified by local turbulent fields. These are in turn computed from linear and quasi-linear theory. Model and experiment show agreement in overall dynamical behaviour but fail to agree in details of electron and ion heating and sheath thickness. (author)

  19. Superthermal electron diffusion processes in a reversed field pinch

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    In reversed field pinches (RFPs), edge fast electrons play some important roles in the energy transport and RFP dynamo. There have been here detailed measurements of electron currents and floating potential with electrostatic probes at the edge region, showing that field-aligned current is carried by superthermal electrons, which results in reversed toroidal current outside the reversal surface. The time evolution of radial electric field, which is estimated from that of floating potential measured with insertable probes with some assumptions, revealed that radially outward electric field is formed in about 100 μs. Given that the radial electric field is a result of superthermal electron diffusion in a stochastic magnetic field line, then the estimated diffusion coefficient agrees well with the numerically calculated values, which were obtained by using Monte-Carlo particle orbit calculation in combination with a 3-dimensional nonlinear MHD simulation. It is concluded that the radial electric field is formed by stochastic diffusion of superthermal electrons, which also play important roles in RFP dynamo. (author)

  20. Recyclable Transmission Line (RTL) Concept for Z-Pinch IFE*

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    Olson, C. L.; Slutz, S. A.; Rochau, G. E.; Morrow, C. W.; Kammer, D. C.; Fatenejad, M.; El-Guebaly, L. A.; de Groot, J. S.; Peterson, P. F.

    2003-10-01

    The Recyclable Transmission Line (RTL) concept for IFE uses a recyclable material for the magnetically-insulated transmission line that connects the pulsed power accelerator to the z-pinch fusion target. The RTL may be made of frozen coolant (e.g., Flibe) or a material that is easily separable from the coolant (e.g., low activation ferritic steel). Initial experiments on Saturn at the 10 MA level have already shown excellent electrical turn-on for several candidate RTL materials, and demonstrated high electrical conductivities for thin low-mass RTLs. The present RTL baseline is a 50 kg ferritic steel RTL operating in a 10-20 Torr background chamber pressure. Initial results of investigations are presented on the RTL structural strength (buckling analysis); post-shot RTL formation of schrapnel/plasma; vacuum and electrical RTL connections to the power feed; post-shot effects up the RTL (EMP, schrapnel, etc.); activation and waste stream analysis; study of mechanical properties of foam Flibe; handling of sheer mass of RTLs (one-day storage supply, etc.); and RTL manufacturing and recycling system design.

  1. Compact Reversed-Field Pinch Reactors (CRFPR): preliminary engineering considerations

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    The unique confinement physics of the Reversed-Field Pinch (RFP) projects to a compact, high-power-density fusion reactor that promises a significant reduction in the cost of electricity. The compact reactor also promises a factor-of-two reduction in the fraction of total cost devoted to the reactor plant equipment [i.e., fusion power core (FPC) plus support systems]. In addition to operational and developmental benefits, these physically smaller systems can operate economically over a range of total power output. After giving an extended background and rationale for the compact fusion approaches, key FPC subsystems for the Compact RFP Reactor (CRFPR) are developed, designed, and integrated for a minimum-cost, 1000-MWe(net) system. Both the problems and promise of the compact, high-power-density fusion reactor are quantitatively evaluated on the basis of this conceptual design. The material presented in this report both forms a framework for a broader, more expanded conceptual design as well as suggests directions and emphases for related research and development

  2. Overview of results from the MST reversed field pinch experiment

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    An overview of recent results from the MST programme on physics important for the advancement of the reversed field pinch (RFP) as well as for improved understanding of toroidal magnetic confinement more generally is reported. Evidence for the classical confinement of ions in the RFP is provided by analysis of impurity ions and energetic ions created by 1 MW neutral beam injection (NBI). The first appearance of energetic-particle-driven modes by NBI in a RFP plasma is described. MST plasmas robustly access the quasi-single-helicity state that has commonalities to the stellarator and ‘snake’ formation in tokamaks. In MST the dominant mode grows to 8% of the axisymmetric field strength, while the remaining modes are reduced. Predictive capability for tearing mode behaviour has been improved through nonlinear, 3D, resistive magnetohydrodynamic computation using the measured resistivity profile and Lundquist number, which reproduces the sawtooth cycle dynamics. Experimental evidence and computational analysis indicates two-fluid effects, e.g., Hall physics and gyro-viscosity, are needed to understand the coupling of parallel momentum transport and current profile relaxation. Large Reynolds and Maxwell stresses, plus separately measured kinetic stress, indicate an intricate momentum balance and a possible origin for MST's intrinsic plasma rotation. Gyrokinetic analysis indicates that micro-tearing modes can be unstable at high beta, with a critical gradient for the electron temperature that is larger than for tokamak plasmas by roughly the aspect ratio. (paper)

  3. If it’s pinched it’s a memristor

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    Chua, Leon

    2014-10-01

    This paper presents an in-depth review of the memristor from a rigorous circuit-theoretic perspective, independent of the material the device is made of. From an experimental perspective, a memristor is best defined as any two-terminal device that exhibits a pinched hysteresis loop in the voltage-current plane when driven by any periodic voltage or current signal that elicits a periodic response of the same frequency. This definition greatly broadens the scope of memristive devices to encompass even non-semiconductor devices, both organic and inorganic, from many unrelated disciplines, including biology, botany, brain science, etc. For pedagogical reasons, the broad terrain of memristors is partitioned into three classes of increasing generality, dubbed Ideal Memristors, Generic Memristors, and Extended Memristors. Each class is distinguished from the others via unique fingerprints and signatures. This paper clarifies many confusing issues, such as non-volatility, dc V-I curves, high-frequency v-i curves, local activity, as well as nonlinear dynamical and bifurcation phenomena that are the hallmarks of memristive devices. Above all, this paper addresses several fundamental issues and questions that many memristor researchers do not comprehend but are afraid to ask.

  4. If it’s pinched it’s a memristor

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    This paper presents an in-depth review of the memristor from a rigorous circuit-theoretic perspective, independent of the material the device is made of. From an experimental perspective, a memristor is best defined as any two-terminal device that exhibits a pinched hysteresis loop in the voltage–current plane when driven by any periodic voltage or current signal that elicits a periodic response of the same frequency. This definition greatly broadens the scope of memristive devices to encompass even non-semiconductor devices, both organic and inorganic, from many unrelated disciplines, including biology, botany, brain science, etc. For pedagogical reasons, the broad terrain of memristors is partitioned into three classes of increasing generality, dubbed Ideal Memristors, Generic Memristors, and Extended Memristors. Each class is distinguished from the others via unique fingerprints and signatures. This paper clarifies many confusing issues, such as non-volatility, dc V–I curves, high-frequency v–i curves, local activity, as well as nonlinear dynamical and bifurcation phenomena that are the hallmarks of memristive devices. Above all, this paper addresses several fundamental issues and questions that many memristor researchers do not comprehend but are afraid to ask. (tutorial)

  5. An investigation of pinch welds using HTS SQUIDs

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    To contain high-pressure gases inside a pressure vessel a seal is often made in a thin-walled tube, known as the stem tube, that connects the gas reservoir and the vessel. This seal can be achieved through the use of a resistance pinch weld that forms with only a limited amount of melting occurring. The lack of melting makes applying traditional post-weld nondestructive evaluation (NDE) techniques extremely difficult. The welds of interest here are made from 304L stainless steel (typically 3.8 mm diameter and 38 mm long) and have a non-uniform geometry that does not inherently lend itself to either eddy current or static field SQUID-based measurement techniques. We perform these NDE measurements with both the sample and the SQUID located inside local electromagnetic shielding. SQUID data are presented as individual time series traces for a set of welds that were fabricated using a broad range of fabrication parameters, and a comparison is made between the SQUID-based results and the known parameters. With the limited spatial resolution offered by our present SQUID system, it is not clear if weld quality can be evaluated from purely SQUID-based results

  6. An investigation of pinch welds using HTS SQUIDs

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    Carr, Chris; Espy, Michelle A.; Urbaitis, Algis V.; Kraus, Robert H., Jr.

    2006-05-01

    To contain high-pressure gases inside a pressure vessel a seal is often made in a thin-walled tube, known as the stem tube, that connects the gas reservoir and the vessel. This seal can be achieved through the use of a resistance pinch weld that forms with only a limited amount of melting occurring. The lack of melting makes applying traditional post-weld nondestructive evaluation (NDE) techniques extremely difficult. The welds of interest here are made from 304L stainless steel (typically 3.8 mm diameter and 38 mm long) and have a non-uniform geometry that does not inherently lend itself to either eddy current or static field SQUID-based measurement techniques. We perform these NDE measurements with both the sample and the SQUID located inside local electromagnetic shielding. SQUID data are presented as individual time series traces for a set of welds that were fabricated using a broad range of fabrication parameters, and a comparison is made between the SQUID-based results and the known parameters. With the limited spatial resolution offered by our present SQUID system, it is not clear if weld quality can be evaluated from purely SQUID-based results.

  7. Detecting Extrasolar Asteroid Belts Through Their Microlensing Signatures

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    Lake, Ethan; Dong, Subo

    2016-01-01

    We propose that extrasolar asteroid belts can be detected through their gravitational microlensing signatures. Asteroid belt + star lens systems create so-called "pseudo-caustics", regions in the source plane where the magnification exhibits a finite but discontinuous jump. These features allow such systems to generate distinctive microlensing light curves across a wide region of belt parameter space and possess remarkably large lensing cross-sections. Sample light curves for a range of asteroid belt parameters are presented. In the near future, space-based microlensing surveys (e.g., WFIRST) may be able to discover extrasolar asteroid belts with masses of the order of $0.1 M_{\\oplus}$.

  8. A new graphical method for Pinch Analysis applications: Heat exchanger network retrofit and energy integration

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    Energy integration is a key solution in chemical process and crude refining industries to minimise external fuel consumption and to face the impact of growing energy crises. Typical energy integration projects can reach a reduction of heating fuels and cold utilities by up to 40% compared with original designs or existing installations. Pinch Analysis is a leading tool and regarded as an efficient method to increase energy efficiency and minimise fuel flow consumptions. It is valid for both natures of design, grassroots and retrofit situations. It can practically be applied to synthesise a HEN (heat exchanger network) or modify an existing preheat train for minimum energy consumption. Heat recovery systems or HENs are networks for exchanging heat between hot and cold process sources. All heat transferred from hot process sources into cold process sinks represent the scope for energy integration. On the other hand, energies required beyond this integrated amount are to be satisfied by external utilities. Graphical representations of Pinch Analysis, such as Composite and Grand Composite Curves are very useful for grassroots designs. Nevertheless, in retrofit situation the analysis is not adequate and besides it is graphically tedious to represent existing exchangers on such graphs. This research proposes a new graphical method for the analysis of heat recovery systems, applicable to HEN retrofit. The new graphical method is based on plotting temperatures of process hot streams versus temperatures of process cold streams. A new graph is constructed for representing existing HENs. For a given network, each existing exchanger is represented by a straight line, whose slope is proportional to the ratio of heat capacities and flows. Further, the length of each exchanger line is related to the heat flow transferred across this exchanger. This new graphical representation can easily identify exchangers across the pinch, Network Pinch, pinching matches and improper placement

  9. A novel graphical technique for Pinch Analysis applications: Energy Targets and grassroots design

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    Graphical abstract: A new HEN graphical design. - Highlights: • A new graphical technique for heat exchanger networks design. • Pinch Analysis principles and design rules are better interpreted. • Graphical guidelines for optimum heat integration. • New temperature-based graphs provide user-interactive features. - Abstract: Pinch Analysis is for decades a leading tool to energy integration for retrofit and design. This paper presents a new graphical technique, based on Pinch Analysis, for the grassroots design of heat exchanger networks. In the new graph, the temperatures of hot streams are plotted versus those of the cold streams. The temperature–temperature based graph is constructed to include temperatures of hot and cold streams as straight lines, horizontal lines for hot streams, and vertical lines for cold streams. The graph is applied to determine the pinch temperatures and Energy Targets. It is then used to synthesise graphically a complete exchanger network, achieving the Energy Targets. Within the new graph, exchangers are represented by inclined straight lines, whose slopes are proportional to the ratio of heat capacities and flows. Pinch Analysis principles for design are easily interpreted using this new graphical technique to design a complete exchanger network. Network designs achieved by the new technique can guarantee maximum heat recovery. The new technique can also be employed to simulate basic designs of heat exchanger networks. The strengths of the new tool are that it is simply applied using computers, requires no commercial software, and can be used for academic purposes/engineering education

  10. X-ray Thomson Scattering using the Hybrid X-pinch X-ray Source

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    Hoyt, Cad; Pikuz, Sergei; Shelkovenko, Tania; Hammer, Dave

    2013-10-01

    Stringent photometric and bandwidth requirements have historically relegated X-ray Thomson scattering (XRTS) probe sources to high energy laser plasma sources or free electron lasers. Standard x-pinch configurations in which two or more fine wires cross and subtend an angle of about 30° forming an ``X'' between the anode and cathode of a pulsed power generatorcan produce extremely bright, subnanosecond bursts of continuum and line radiation from micron-scale sources. The hybrid x-pinch is a new configuration based on conical W-Cu alloy electrodes with a short 1-2 mm gap that is bridged by a fine wire resulting in an easier to load setup with improved performance characteristics. We explore the possibility of utilizing the hybid x-pinch as a novel XRTS probe source by examining certain spectral and temporal attributes of a range of materials in a hybrid x-pinch configuration on the XP (500 kA, 50 ns) and COBRA(1MA, 100ns) pulsed power generators. We find that a Ti hybrid x-pinch produces >1012 photons/sr in Ti He-alpha radiation and satisfies the noncollective scattering bandwidth requirement. Measurements of photon fluence, bandwidth and applicability to the relevant scattering regime and initial scattering results will be presented.

  11. Application of Proton Deflectometry to Z-Pinch Plasma Systems at the Mega-Ampere Scale

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    Mariscal, Derek; McGuffey, Chris; Valenzuela, Julio; Wei, Mingsheng; Beg, Farhat; Presura, Radu; Haque, Showera; Arias, Angel; Covington, Aaron; Sawada, Hiroshi; Chittenden, Jeremy

    2013-10-01

    Measuring magnetic fields in z-pinch plasmas is challenging. Typical laser-probing diagnostics are limited by the critical density and large density gradients, while electrical diagnostics have limited spatial resolution. We report the first demonstration of proton deflectometry of z-pinch plasma systems at the mega-ampere scale. The proton beam was produced using the 10J 0.3ps Leopard laser and coupled to z-pinch plasma produced by Zebra, a 1MA pulsed-power driver at the Nevada Terawatt Facility. The magnetic field distorted the proton beam profile, which was recorded on radiochromic film. The experimental data was compared against integrated modeling using the resistive MHD code, Gorgon, for Z-pinch plasmas, in combination with the hybrid PIC code, LSP, for proton-beam trajectory tracking. This comparison provided the field and current configuration for various plasma loads, including wire and foil z-pinches. Funded by the NSF/DoE Partnership in Basic Plasma Scienceand En- gineering under contracts DE-SC-0001992 / PHY-0903876. Use of the Nevada Terawatt Facility was supported by the US DOE, NNSA, under Contract No. DE-FC52-06NA27616.

  12. PBFA Z: A 60-TW/5-MJ Z-pinch driver

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    PBFA Z, a new 60-TW/5-MJ electrical accelerator located at Sandia National Laboratories, is now the world's most powerful z-pinch driver. PBFA Z stores 11.4 MJ in its 36 Marx generators, couples 5 MJ into a 60-TW/105-ns FWHM pulse to the 120-mΩ water transmission lines, and delivers 3.0 MJ and 50 TW of electrical energy to the z-pinch load. Depending on load parameters, we attain peak load currents of 16-20 MA with a current rise time of ∼105ns with wire-array z-pinch loads. We have extended the x-ray performance of tungsten wire-array z pinches from earlier Saturn experiments. Using a 2-cm-radius, 2-cm-long tungsten wire array with 240, 7.5-μm diameter wires (4.1-mg mass), we achieved an x-ray power of 210 TW and an x-ray energy of 1.9 MJ. Preliminary spectral measurements suggest a mostly optically-thick, Planckian-like radiator below 1000 eV. Data indicate ∼100kJ of x rays radiated above 1000 eV. An intense z-pinch x-ray source with an overall coupling efficiency greater than 15% has been demonstrated. copyright 1997 American Institute of Physics

  13. PBFA Z: A 60-TW/5-MJ Z-pinch driver

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    PBFA Z, a new 60-TW/5-MJ electrical accelerator located at Sandia National Laboratories, is now the world's most powerful z-pinch driver. PBFA Z stores 11.4 MJ in its 36 Marx generators, couples 5 MJ into a 60-TW/105-ns FWHM pulse to the 120-mΩ water transmission lines, and delivers 3.0 MJ and 50 TW of electrical energy to the z-pinch load. Depending on load parameters, we attain peak load currents of 16-20 MA with a current rise time of ∼105 ns with wire-array z-pinch loads. We have extended the x-ray performance of tungsten wire-array z pinches from earlier Saturn experiments. Using a 2-cm-radius, 2-cm-long tungsten wire array with 240, 7.5-μm diameter wires (4.1-mg mass), we achieved an x-ray power of 210 TW and an x-ray energy of 1.9 MJ. Preliminary spectral measurements suggest a mostly optically-thick, Planckian-like radiator below 1000 eV. Data indicate ∼100 kJ of x rays radiated above 1000 eV. An intense z-pinch x-ray source with an overall coupling efficiency greater than 15% has been demonstrated

  14. On the Decay of the Longitudinal Current in Toroidal Screw Pinches

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    In toroidal screw pinch experiments in Garching and in Jutphaas the longitudinal plasma current is observed to decay rapidly, which leads to a loss of equilibrium or to instability. Several causes for this decay are listed. The problem of the matching of a decaying pinch to the external circuits is discussed. External losses in the z-circuit give rise to currents in the plasma near the wall and thereby to an enhanced decay of the net longitudinal plasma current. Losses in the θ-circuit, however, tend to increase the longitudinal current. Also the volume currents flowing in a combined pinch lead to a transfer of energy from one field component to the other; calculations are given for a uniform-pitch screw pinch. A toroidal screw pinch will oscillate around its eccentric equilibrium position. The oscillation may force field lines into the wall and decrease thereby the plasma current. This effect diminishes when the external inductances in the z-circuit are small. At this stage it is not possible to conclude what cause or causes are responsible for the decay of the plasma current; further experimental and theoretical studies are therefore needed. (author)

  15. The influence of the self-consistent mode structure on the Coriolis pinch effect

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    This paper discusses the effect of the mode structure on the Coriolis pinch effect [A. G. Peeters, C. Angioni, and D. Strintzi, Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, 265003 (2007)]. It is shown that the Coriolis drift effect can be compensated for by a finite parallel wave vector, resulting in a reduced momentum pinch velocity. Gyrokinetic simulations in full toroidal geometry reveal that parallel dynamics effectively removes the Coriolis pinch for the case of adiabatic electrons, while the compensation due to the parallel dynamics is incomplete for the case of kinetic electrons, resulting in a finite pinch velocity. The finite flux in the case of kinetic electrons is interpreted to be related to the electron trapping, which prevents a strong asymmetry in the electrostatic potential with respect to the low field side position. The physics picture developed here leads to the discovery and explanation of two unexpected effects: First the pinch velocity scales with the trapped particle fraction (root of the inverse aspect ratio), and second there is no strong collisionality dependence. The latter is related to the role of the trapped electrons, which retain some symmetry in the eigenmode, but play no role in the perturbed parallel velocity.

  16. Flow shear stabilization experiments in the ZaP flow Z-pinch

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    The stabilizing effect of an axial flow on the m = 1 kink instability in Z-pinches has been studied numerically with a linearized ideal MHD model to reveal that a sheared axial flow stabilizes the kink mode when the shear exceeds a threshold. The sheared flow stabilizing effect is investigated with the ZaP Flow Z- pinch experiment. An azimuthal array of surface mounted magnetic probes located at the midplane of the 50 cm plasma column measures the fluctuation levels of the azimuthal modes m = 1, 2, and 3. After pinch assembly a quiescent period is found where the mode activity is significantly reduced. The quiescent period lasts for over 700 times the expected instability growth time in a static Z-pinch. Optical images from a fast framing camera and a ruby holographic interferometer indicate a stable, discrete pinch plasma during this time. Multichord Doppler shift measurements of impurity lines show a large, sheared flow during the quiescent period and low, uniform flow profiles during periods of high mode activity. The value of the velocity shear satisfies the theoretical threshold for stability during the quiescent period and does not satisfy the threshold during the high mode activity. (author)

  17. Axial behaviors of a theta pinch plasma with an antiparallel trapped magnetic field

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    Fundamental plasma behavior has been almost revealed for theta pinch method in the researches for realizing controlled fusion reactions. Interest is also being taken in the axial behavior of plasma under such condition that the direction of the line of magnetic force confined in a pinched plasma column is reversed in relation to external magnetic field. The authors examined the axial behavior of linear theta pinch plasma with a high speed camera using the image converter tube RCA-4449A and the magnetic probe, and succeeded in photographing the details of plasma shape and its change with time. The experimental results and examinations are described in detail with the outline of experimental apparatuses, and summarized as follows. Area waves in compressional wave mode were observed during a second half cycle of discharge current, and the measured value of their propagation speed coincided with the calculated value. Collision of area waves at the center of the coil did not give the effect to annihilate the antiparallel field. Antiparalllel field arrangement, in which the location of zero magnetic field exists in pinch plasma, presents interesting problems such as heating and the stability in torus system in addition to the phenomena of area waves. The study with toroidal pinch will be a future research subject. (Wakatsuki, Y.)

  18. Dendrite fragmentation in alloy solidification due to sidearm pinch-off.

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    Neumann-Heyme, H; Eckert, K; Beckermann, C

    2015-12-01

    Dendrite sidebranch detachment is an important fragmentation mechanism during the solidification of alloys. The detachment occurs at the junction between a sidearm and its parent stem. While this pinching process is driven by capillarity, the presence of solidification opposes the instability. Using a simple numerical model of a single sidearm, we are able to capture the essential dynamics of dendrite sidebranch development and the resulting morphological transitions. While shortly before pinch-off the neck itself obeys well-known universal scaling relations, the overall evolution of the sidearm shape sensitively depends on its initial geometry and the rate of solidification. It is found that pinch-off only occurs over limited ranges of geometrical parameters and cooling rates and is generally bounded by sidearm retraction and coalescence regimes. Simple scaling relations are identified that provide the bounds for the pinch-off regime. Pinching at the branching point is shown to be faster than the Rayleigh-Plateau instability of an infinitely long cylinder. PMID:26764615

  19. Seat Belt Use Among Adult Workers - 21 States, 2013.

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    Boal, Winifred L; Li, Jia; Rodriguez-Acosta, Rosa L

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    Roadway incidents involving motorized vehicles accounted for 24% of fatal occupational injuries in the United States during 2013 and were the leading cause of fatal injuries among workers.* In 2013, workers' compensation costs for serious, nonfatal injuries among work-related roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicles were estimated at $2.96 billion.(†) Seat belt use is a proven method to reduce injuries to motor vehicle occupants (1). Use of lap/shoulder seat belts reduces the risk for fatal injuries to front seat occupants of cars by 45% and the risk to light truck occupants by 60%.(§) To characterize seat belt use among adult workers by occupational group, CDC analyzed data from the 2013 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) and found that not always using a seat belt was significantly associated with occupational group after controlling for factors known to influence seat belt use. Occupational groups with the highest prevalences of not always using a seat belt included construction and extraction; farming, fishing, and forestry; and installation, maintenance, and repair. To increase seat belt use among persons currently employed, states can enact and enforce primary seat belt laws, employers can set and enforce safety policies requiring seat belt use by all vehicle occupants, and seat belt safety advocates can target interventions to workers in occupational groups with lower reported seat belt use. PMID:27309488

  20. LOAD DISTRIBUTION ON DRUMS OF DOUBLE DRIVE BELT CONVEYOR

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    薛河; 苏清祖; 马胜利

    1999-01-01

    The double drum drive is widely used on the mine belt conveyor, which are divided the rigid connected double drums and separately driving double drums according to connected method of two drums. Because of the change of real work condition, the load distribution is changed on the two drive drums, which may produce a slippage between a drum and belt. Slippage may intensify the wear of the drum, and sometimes causing the fire of the belt. This restricts the development toward narrow belt, high velocity and large power of belt conveyor. In this paper, the factors affecting the load distribution of two drums of double drum belt conveyor are'systematically analyzed and some computing formulas derived, by these formulas, the actual load distribution onthe two drums of rigid connected or separately driving belt conveyor can be separately calculated. These formulas also can be as the theory base for adjusting the driving force of two drums.

  1. Equation-of-State Measurements with Z-Pinch Sources

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    Validation of material models in a variety of scientific and technological applications requires accurate data regarding the high-pressure thermodynamic and mechanical properties. Traditional laboratory techniques for striking these measurements involve light gas guns to generate the required thermodynamic states, and the use of high-resolution time-resolved diagnostics to measure the desired material properties. EOS and constitutive material properties of importance to modeling needs include high-pressure Hugoniot curves and off-Hugoniot properties, such as. material strength and isentropic compression and decompression [1]. Conventional light gas guns are limited to impact pressures of about 7 Mbar in high-impedance materials. Pulsed radiation sources, such as high-intensity lasers, and pulsed power techniques significantly extend the accessible pressures and are becoming accepted methods for meeting the needs of material models in regimes inaccessible by gas guns. A present limitation of these new approaches is that samples must necessarily be small, typically a few tens of microns in thickness, which severely limits the accuracy of EOS measurements that can be made and also the ability to perform a variety of off-Hugoniot measurements. However, recent advances in z-pinch techniques for high-pressure material response studies provide potential opportunities for achieving accuracies comparable with gas guns because of the significantly larger samples that can be studied. Sample thicknesses approaching 1 mm may be possible with advances presently being made. These sample dimensions are comparable with gas gun sample dimensions so that accuracies should be comparable. The Sandia Z accelerator [2] is a recently developed facility that generates x-ray energies of about 2 MJ over time scales of 5-10 ns with resulting temperatures of 100-150 eV in containment fixtures, referred to as hohlraums, that are a few cubic centimeters in volume. This intense radiation source

  2. Ionic composition of the earth's radiation belts

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    Spjeldvik, W. N.

    1983-01-01

    Several different ion species have been positively identified in the earth's radiation belts. Besides protons, there are substantial fluxes of helium, carbon and oxygen ions, and there are measurable quantities of even heavier ions. European, American and Soviet space experimenters have reported ion composition measurements over wide ranges of energies: at tens of keV (ring-current energies) and below, and at hundreds of keV and above. There is still a gap in the energy coverage from several tens to several hundreds of keV where little observational data are available. In this review emphasis is placed on the radiation belt ionic structure above 100 keV. Both quiet time conditions and geomagnetic storm periods are considered, and comparison of the available space observations is made with theoretical analysis of geomagnetically trapped ion spatial, energy and charge state distributions.

  3. A belted kingfisher flies above KSC

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    1999-01-01

    A belted kingfisher soars over the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, which shares a boundary with Kennedy Space Center. The pigeon-sized, blue-gray male is identified by the blue-gray breast band; females show a chestnut belly band. The belted kingfisher ranges throughout the United States and Canada, wintering south to Panama and the West Indies. They dive into the water for fish and may also take crabs, crayfish, salamanders, lizards, mice and insects. The 92,000-acre refuge is a habitat for more than 310 species of birds, 25 mammals, 117 fishes and 65 amphibians and reptiles. The marshes and open water of the refuge also provide wintering areas for 23 species of migratory waterfowl, as well as a year-round home for great blue herons, great egrets, wood storks, cormorants, brown pelicans and other species of marsh and shore birds.

  4. Study of the stability of Z-pinch implosions with different initial density profiles

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    Rousskikh, A. G.; Zhigalin, A. S.; Labetskaya, N. A.; Chaikovsky, S. A.; Yushkov, G. Yu. [Institute of High Current Electronics of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Tomsk (Russian Federation); Oreshkin, V. I.; Batrakov, A. V. [Institute of High Current Electronics of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Tomsk (Russian Federation); Tomsk Polytechnic University, Tomsk (Russian Federation); Baksht, R. B. [Institute of High Current Electronics of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Tomsk (Russian Federation); Tel-Aviv University, Tel Aviv (Israel)

    2014-05-15

    Stability of metal-puff Z pinches was studied experimentally. Experiments were carried out on a facility producing a load current up to 450 kA with a rise time of 450 ns. In a metal-puff Z pinch, the plasma shell is produced due to evaporation of the electrode material during the operation of a vacuum arc. In the experiment to be reported, a single-shell and a shell-on-jet pinch load with magnesium electrodes were used. Two-dimensional, 3 ns gated, visible-light images were taken at different times during the implosion. When the shell was formed from a collimated plasma flow with small radial divergence, Rayleigh–Taylor (RT) instability typical of gas-puff implosions was recorded. The RT instability was completely suppressed in a mode where the initial density distribution of the shell approached a tailored density profile [A. L. Velikovich et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 77, 853 (1996)].

  5. Kinetic theory of the sausage instability of a z-pinch

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    A linear problem of z-pinch sausage development is considered taking into account the influence of kinetic effects for ideal scanning current. Plasma electrons are considered to be cold and ions - collisionless. It is also supposed that the magnetic field inside a pinch doesn't affect the motion of ions, which are reflected like in a mirror from a jump of an electric potential arising on the plasma boundary. In case of long-wave perturbations ka>1 the acount of kinetics leads to considerable decrease of the increment [(ka)1/2 times] in comparison with the hydrodynamic description, that permits to explain the increased instability of z-pinches observed in experiments

  6. Identification of the ubiquitous Coriolis momentum pinch in JET tokamak plasmas

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    A broad survey of the experimental database of neutral beam heated plasmas in the JET tokamak has established the theoretically expected ubiquity, in rotating plasmas, of a convective transport mechanism which has its origin in the vertical particle drift resulting from the Coriolis force. This inward convection, or pinch, leads to inward transport of toroidal angular momentum and is characterized by pinch numbers RV/χφ, which rise from near unity at r/a ≈ 0.25 to around 5 at r/a ≈ 0.85. Linear gyrokinetic calculations of the Coriolis pinch number and the Prandtl number χφ/χi are in good agreement with the experimental observations, with similar dependences on plasma parameters. The data, however, do not rule out contributions from different processes, such as residual stresses. (letter)

  7. Mitigation Effect of Finite Larmor Radius on Rayleigh-Taylor Instability in Z-Pinch Implosions

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    邱孝明; 黄林; 简广德

    2002-01-01

    Based on the framework of magnetohydrodynamic theory, a simple model is proposed to study the mitigation effect of finite Larmor radius on the Rayleigh-Taylor instability in Z-pinch implosions. In this model, taking account of Ti ≥ Te in Z-pinch implosions we believe that the magnetohydrodynamic plasma responds to a perturbation (~ exp [i (k. x - ωt)]) at frequency (ω + ik2⊥ρ2iΩi) instead of frequency ω, where k2⊥ρ2i is due to the finite Larmor radius effects expressed from the generalkinetic theory of magnetized plasma. Therefore the linearized continuity and momentum equations for the perturbed mass-density and velocity include the finite Larmor radius effects. The calculations indicate that, in the wavenumber region of interest, the finite Larmor radius effects can mitigate the Rayleigh-Taylor instability in Z-pinch implosions.

  8. Characterization of aluminum x-pinch plasmas driven by the 0.5 TW Lion accelerator

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    The x-pinch, obtained by crossing two fine wires at one or more points as the load for the 0.5 TW Lion accelerator, has been used as a bright x-ray source. High density and temperature hot spots are observed at the crossing point(s). From these hot spots, an intense, spatially confined burst of x-rays is emitted which can serve as a pump for resonant photo-pumping lasers. The authors present experimental results concerning the radiation emission using Al x-pinches. The optimum mass loading for different ionization stages of Al ions and the total x-ray energy yields are examined. The density and temperature of the plasma and the size of the hot spots are measures. Based upon the results of these experiments, the authors evaluate resonant photopumping schemes such as those involving Be-like ions, using the Al x-pinch emission as the pump source

  9. Clinical Observation of Infantile Persisting Diarrhea Treated by Spine-Pinching Manipulation plus Moxibustion

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    WANG Juan-yi; LIU Wei-di; LIU Chun-mei; HUANG Guo-qi

    2003-01-01

    Purpose: To observe the clinical therapeutic effect in the treatment of infantile persisting diarrhea with the spine-pinching manipulation plus moxibustion.Methods: 110 cases of the sick children were randomly divided into 68 cases in the treatment group and 42 cases in the control group for comparative observation. The treatment group was treated by the spine-pinching manipulation and the control group was given the expectant treatment of western medicine. Results: The total effective rates were 97.0% and 81.0% in the treatment group and control group respectively, and the therapeutic effect in the treatment was better group than in the control group (P<0.01). Conclusion: The treatment of infantile persisting diarrhea by the spine-pinching manipulation plus moxibustion could remarkably enhance the therapeutic effect and shorten the courses of the treatment.

  10. Observation on the Therapeutic Effect of Vertigo Treated by Pinching the Spine

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    SHEN Qun; ZHU Zhong-chun

    2003-01-01

    Objective: To observe the therapeutic effect of vertigo treated by pinching the spine. Methods: In the treatment group, 80 cases of vertigo were treated by pinching the spine and An-pressing and Rou-stationary circular pressing. In the control group, 66 cases were treated by An-pressing and Rou-stationary circular pressing. Results: The total effective rate was 95.0% in the treatment group, and 66.7% in control group. The therapeutic effect in treatment group was better than that in control group (P<0.01). Conclusions: Pinching the spine to treat the vertigo could get rapid and good therapeutic effect, and may avoid the toxic and side effect of drug treatment.

  11. Pinch-off of axisymmetric vortex pairs in the limit of vanishing vortex line curvature

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    Sadri, V.; Krueger, P. S.

    2016-07-01

    Pinch-off of axisymmetric vortex pairs generated by flow between concentric cylinders with radial separation ΔR was studied numerically and compared with planar vortex dipole behavior. The axisymmetric case approaches planar vortex dipole behavior in the limit of vanishing ΔR. The flow was simulated at a jet Reynolds number of 1000 (based on ΔR and the jet velocity), jet pulse length-to-gap ratio ( /L Δ R ) in the range 10-20, and gap-to-outer radius ratio ( /Δ R R o ) in the range 0.01-0.1. Contrary to investigations of strictly planar flows, vortex pinch-off was observed for all gap sizes investigated. This difference was attributed to the less constrained geometry considered, suggesting that even very small amounts of vortex line curvature and/or vortex stretching may disrupt the absence of pinch-off observed in strictly planar vortex dipoles.

  12. Application of 2-D Simulations to Z-Pinch Experiment Design and Analysis

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    The successful 2-D simulations of z-pinch experiments (reproducing such features as the measured experimental current drive, radiation pulse shape, peak power and total radiated energy) can lead to a better understanding of the underlying physics in z-pinch implosions and to the opportunity to use such simulations in the analysis of experimental data and in the design of new experiments. Such use has been made with LANL simulations of experiments on the Sandia Saturn and Z accelerators. Applications have included ''vacuum'' and ''dynamic'' hohlraum experiments; variations in mass, radius and length; and ''nested'' array configurations. Notable examples include the explanation of the power/length results in reduced length pinches and the prediction of the current best power and pulsewidth nested array experiment. Examples of circumstances where the simulation results do not match the experiments will be given along with a discussion of opportunities for improved simulation results

  13. Behavior of the reversed field pinch with nonideal boundary conditions

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    The linear and nonlinear magnetohydrodynamic stability of current-driven modes are studied for a reversed field pinch with nonideal boundary conditions. The plasma is bounded by a thin resistive shell surrounded by a vacuum region out to a radius at which a perfectly conducting wall is situated. The distant wall and the thin shell problems are studied by removing either the resistive shell or the conducting wall. Linearly, growth rates of tearing modes and kink modes are calculated by analytical solutions based on the modified Bessel function model for the equilibrium. The effects of variation of the shell resistivity and wall proximity on the growth rates are investigated. The modes that may be important in different parameter regimes and with different boundary conditions are identified. The nonlinear behaviors are studied with a three-dimensional magnetohydrodynamics code. The fluctuations generally rise with increasing distance between the conducting wall and the plasma. The enhanced fluctuation induced v x b electric field primarily oppose toroidal current; hence, loop voltage must increase to sustain the constant. Quasilinear interaction between modes typically associated with the dynamo action is identified as the most probable nonlinear destabilization mechanism. The helicity and energy balance properties of the simulation results are discussed. The interruption of current density along field lines intersecting the resistive shell is shown to lead to surface helicity leakage. This effect is intimately tied to stability, as fluctuation induced v x b electric field is necessary to transport the helicity to the surface. In this manner, all aspects of helicity balance, i.e., injection, transport, and dissipation, are considered self-consistently. The importance of the helicity and energy dissipation by the mean components of the magnetic field and current density is discussed. 88 refs., 41 figs., 3 tabs

  14. The TITAN Reversed-Field Pinch fusion reactor study

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    The TITAN Reversed-Field Pinch (RFP) fusion reactor study is a multi-institutional research effort to determine the technical feasibility and key developmental issues of an RFP fusion reactor, especially at high power density, and to determine the potential economics, operations, safety, and environmental features of high-mass-power-density fusion systems. The TITAN conceptual designs are DT burning, 1000 MWe power reactors based on the RFP confinement concept. The designs are compact, have a high neutron wall loading of 18 MW/m2 and a mass power density of 700 kWe/tonne. The inherent characteristics of the RFP confinement concept make fusion reactors with such a high mass power density possible. Two different detailed designs have emerged: the TITAN-I lithium-vanadium design, incorporating the integrated-blanket-coil concept; and the TITAN-II aqueous loop-in-pool design with ferritic steel structure. This report contains a collection of 16 papers on the results of the TITAN study which were presented at the International Symposium on Fusion Nuclear Technology. This collection describes the TITAN research effort, and specifically the TITAN-I and TITAN-II designs, summarizing the major results, the key technical issues, and the central conclusions and recommendations. Overall, the basic conclusions are that high-mass power-density fusion reactors appear to be technically feasible even with neutron wall loadings up to 20 MW/m2; that single-piece maintenance of the FPC is possible and advantageous; that the economics of the reactor is enhanced by its compactness; and the safety and environmental features need not to be sacrificed in high-power-density designs. The fact that two design approaches have emerged, and others may also be possible, in some sense indicates the robustness of the general findings

  15. Z-pinch of an annular gas jet

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    The implosion and thermalization of an annular argon plasma is investigated. The plasma is produced by the z-pinch of an annular jet of argon gas, using a marx bank-transmission line system which delivers a peak current of 415 kA in 200 ns. The annulus implodes from its initial diameter of 2.5 cm and reaches a peak velocity of approx.2.8 x 107 cm/sec. Measurements of the plasma's radius, thickness, electron density, and average ionization state as a function of time are performed. When the imploding plasma reaches the axis, an 8 ns pulse of soft (0.1-1 keV) x rays is emitted. X rays with energies between 1 and 6 keV are also observed, and are emitted in a single pulse 2 to 5 ns wide. The thermalized plasma is inhomogeneous along the axial direction; vacuum ultraviolet spectroscopy indicates that some regions are approx.270 eV, with Ar XIV in abundance, while x-ray spectroscopy indicates that other regions of the plasma have only highly ionized argon (XVI-XVIII). Although a thermal interpretation of the x-ray spectra would indicate an electron temperature of approx.1 keV, there is evidence that an energetic beam of electrons develops in the thermalized plasma. When this beam is included in the analysis of the x-ray spectra, it is found that the temperature in the hot spots could be as low as 400 eV. The electron density in the thermalized plasma is estimated to be greater than or equal to 1020 cm-3

  16. Alien Asteroid Belt Compared to our Own

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    [figure removed for brevity, see original site] Figure 1: Band of Light Comparison This artist's concept illustrates what the night sky might look like from a hypothetical alien planet in a star system with an asteroid belt 25 times as massive as the one in our own solar system (alien system above, ours below; see Figure 1). NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found evidence for such a belt around the nearby star called HD 69830, when its infrared eyes spotted dust, presumably from asteroids banging together. The telescope did not find any evidence for a planet in the system, but astronomers speculate one or more may be present. The movie begins at dusk on the imaginary world, when HD 69830, like our Sun, has begun to set over the horizon. Time is sped up to show the onset of night and the appearance of a brilliant band of light. This light comes from dust in a massive asteroid belt, which scatters sunlight. In our solar system, anybody observing the skies on a moonless night far from city lights can see the sunlight that is scattered by dust in our asteroid belt. Called zodiacal light and sometimes the 'false dawn,' this light appears as a dim band stretching up from the horizon when the Sun is about to rise or set. The light is faint enough that the disk of our Milky Way galaxy remains the most prominent feature in the sky. (The Milky Way disk is shown perpendicular to the zodiacal light in both pictures.) In contrast, the zodiacal light in the HD 69830 system would be 1,000 times brighter than our own, outshining even the Milky Way.

  17. Stabilization of long wavelength sausage and kink modes of a Z-pinch by nonlinear radial oscillations

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    A number of experiments with fiber-initiated dense Z-pinches, with compressional and gas-embedded Z-pinches, with imploding gas-puff Z-pinches and the straight Extrap configuration performed in the last decade demonstrated sufficiently improved stability of Z-pinch configurations. The striking stability with respect to the sausage modes can be explained, in principle, by ideal MHD theory as well as by finite plasma conductivity effects. The global kink mode can not be stabilized by the appropriate choice of the unperturbed profiles neither within the scope of the ideal MHD nor taking into account finite ion Larmor radius and viscous damping effects. In this report we shall demonstrate that stabilization of the global kink modes can be explained by the assumption that pinch is not in a stationary but in a dynamic equilibrium. (author) 12 refs., 2 figs

  18. Toroidal Momentum Pinch Velocity due to the Coriolis Drift Effect on Small Scale Instabilities in a Toroidal Plasma

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    In this Letter, the influence of the ''Coriolis drift'' on small scale instabilities in toroidal plasmas is shown to generate a toroidal momentum pinch velocity. Such a pinch results because the Coriolis drift generates a coupling between the density and temperature perturbations on the one hand and the perturbed parallel flow velocity on the other. A simple fluid model is used to highlight the physics mechanism and gyro-kinetic calculations are performed to accurately assess the magnitude of the pinch. The derived pinch velocity leads to a radial gradient of the toroidal velocity profile even in the absence of a torque on the plasma and is predicted to generate a peaking of the toroidal velocity profile similar to the peaking of the density profile. Finally, the pinch also affects the interpretation of current experiments

  19. Understanding quaternions and the Dirac belt trick

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    The Dirac belt trick is often employed in physics classrooms to show that a 2π rotation is not topologically equivalent to the absence of rotation whereas a 4π rotation is, mirroring a key property of quaternions and their isomorphic cousins, spinors. The belt trick can leave the student wondering if a real understanding of quaternions and spinors has been achieved, or if the trick is just an amusing analogy. The goal of this paper is to demystify the belt trick and to show that it suggests an underlying four-dimensional parameter space for rotations that is simply connected. An investigation into the geometry of this four-dimensional space leads directly to the system of quaternions, and to an interpretation of three-dimensional vectors as the generators of rotations in this larger four-dimensional world. The paper also shows why quaternions are the natural extension of complex numbers to four dimensions. The level of the paper is suitable for undergraduate students of physics.

  20. The atmospheric implications of radiation belt remediation

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    2006-08-01

    Full Text Available High altitude nuclear explosions (HANEs and geomagnetic storms can produce large scale injections of relativistic particles into the inner radiation belts. It is recognised that these large increases in >1 MeV trapped electron fluxes can shorten the operational lifetime of low Earth orbiting satellites, threatening a large, valuable population. Therefore, studies are being undertaken to bring about practical human control of the radiation belts, termed "Radiation Belt Remediation" (RBR. Here we consider the upper atmospheric consequences of an RBR system operating over either 1 or 10 days. The RBR-forced neutral chemistry changes, leading to NOx enhancements and Ox depletions, are significant during the timescale of the precipitation but are generally not long-lasting. The magnitudes, time-scales, and altitudes of these changes are no more significant than those observed during large solar proton events. In contrast, RBR-operation will lead to unusually intense HF blackouts for about the first half of the operation time, producing large scale disruptions to radio communication and navigation systems. While the neutral atmosphere changes are not particularly important, HF disruptions could be an important area for policy makers to consider, particularly for the remediation of natural injections.

  1. Substyles of belting: phonatory and resonatory characteristics.

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    Sundberg, Johan; Thalén, Margareta; Popeil, Lisa

    2012-01-01

    Belting has been described as speechlike, yell-like, or shouting voice production commonly used in contemporary commercial music genres and substantially differing from the esthetic of the Western classical voice tradition. This investigation attempts to describe phonation and resonance characteristics of different substyles of belting (heavy, brassy, ringy, nasal, and speechlike) and the classical style. A professional singer and voice teacher, skilled in these genres, served as the single subject. The recorded material was found representative according to a classification test performed by an expert panel. Subglottal pressure was measured as the oral pressure during the occlusion for the consonant /p/. The voice source and formant frequencies were analyzed by inverse filtering the audio signal. The subglottal pressure and measured flow glottogram parameters differed clearly between the styles heavy and classical assuming opposite extremes in most parameters. The formant frequencies, by contrast, showed fewer less systematic differences between the substyles but were clearly separated from the classical style with regard to the first formant. Thus, the differences between the belting substyles mainly concerned the voice source. PMID:21439776

  2. Araguaia fold belt, new geochronological data

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    The northern part of the Araguaia Fold Belt (AFB) outcrops in a N-S direction for about 400 km in the state of Tocantins. Dome-like structures occur in this fold belt also in a N-S direction. Both deformation and metamorphism increase from the West to the East. The basement of the AFB consist of Colmeia complex and Cantao gneiss, which crop out mainly in the core of the dome-like structures. The supracrustals rocks of the fold belt belongs to the Baixo Araguaia supergroup which is divided into the lower Estrondo group and the upper Tocantins group. Preliminary Sm-Nd data from the Colmeia complex (Grota Rica dome) gave Archean model ages of 2.8 Ga (TNd sub(DM)) while Rb-Sr data in the same rocks give an age of 2530 ± 200 Ma. In the others dome-like structures, the Rb-Sr systematics gave ages for the Colmeia a complex of 2239 ± 47 Ma (Colmeia structure) and 1972 ± 46 Ma (Lontra structure). These younger ages are believed to represent partial to total isotopic resetting of the Rb-Sr system during the Transamazonian Event. The Rb-Sr studies of the Cantao gneiss gave an age of 1774 ± 31 Ma. (author)

  3. High yield inertial fusion design for a z-pinch accelerator

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    In this paper we discuss design calculations for high yield inertial fusion capsules, indirectly driven by a double-ended z-pinch-driven hohlraum radiation source. The z-pinches are imploded by a high current (- 60 MA) accelerator while enclosed within a hohlraum. Radial spoke arrays and shine shields isolate the capsule from the pinch plasma, magnetic field and direct x-ray shine. Our approach places minimal requirements on z-pinch uniformity and stability, usually problematic due to magneto- Rayleigh Taylor (MRT) instability. The hohlraum smooths the radiation field at the capsule, even in the presence of large millimeter scale inhomogeneities of the pinch and the high-spatial-frequency pertur- bation of the spoke array. The design requires simultaneity and reproducibility of the x-ray output to 5- 10%, however. Reproducibility at this level may be achievable based on experience with the Z and Sat- urn accelerators. Recent Z experiments also suggest a method for generating the required x-ray pulse shape, through implosion of a multi-shell z-pinch. X-ray bursts are calculated and observed to occur at each shell collision. Variation of shell masses and radii allows considerable latitude for creating the desired pulse shape. For the design considered, a capsule absorbing 1 MJ of x-rays at a peak drive tem- perature of 210 eV is found to have adequate stability and produces 400 MJ of yield. A larger capsule with slightly longer drive and similar peak temperature absorbs 2 MJ with a yield of 1200 MJ

  4. Equilibrium evolution in the ZaP flow Z-pinch

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    The ZaP Flow Z-pinch experiment at the University of Washington investigates the innovative plasma confinement concept of using sheared flows to stabilize an otherwise unstable configuration. The stabilizing effect of a sheared axial flow on the m = 1 kink instability in Z-pinches has been studied using linearized, ideal MHD theory to reveal that a sheared axial flow stabilizes the kink mode when the shear exceeds a threshold. The ZaP experiment generates an axially flowing Z-pinch that is 1 m long with a 1 cm radius with a coaxial accelerator coupled to a pinch assembly chamber. Magnetic probes measure the fluctuation levels of the azimuthal modes m = 1, 2, and 3. After assembly the plasma is magnetically confined for an extended quiescent period where the mode activity is significantly reduced. Time-resolved Doppler shifts of plasma impurity lines are measured along 20 chords to determine the plasma axial velocity profiles showing a large, but sub-Alfvenic, sheared flow during the quiescent period and low shear profiles during periods of high mode activity. The plasma has a sheared axial flow that exceeds the theoretical threshold for stability during the quiescent period and is lower than the threshold during periods of high mode activity. The sheared flow profile is coincident with a plasma quiescent period where magnetic mode fluctuations are low. The value of the velocity shear satisfies the theoretical threshold for stability during the quiescent period and does not satisfy the threshold during high mode activity. Multichord and holographic interferometers measure a Z-pinch plasma with a peaked radial profile during the quiescent period. Internal magnetic fields have been recently determined by measuring the Zeeman splitting of impurity carbon emission. The measurements are consistent with a well-confined pinch plasma. (author)

  5. Design of the PST: A Diagnostic for 1-D Imaging of Fast Z-Pinch Power Emissions

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    Fast Z-pinch technology developed on the Z machine at Sandia National Laboratories can produce up to 230 TW of thermal x-ray power for applications in inertial confinement fusion (ICF) and weapons physics experiments. During implosion, these Z-pinches develop Rayleigh-Taylor (R-T) instabilities which are very difficult to diagnose and which functionally diminish the overall pinch quality. The Power-Space-Time (PST) instrument is a newly configured diagnostic for measuring the pinch power as a function of both space and time in a Z-pinch. Placing the diagnostic at 90 degrees from the Z-pinch axis, the PST provides a new capability in collecting experimental data on R-T characteristics for making meaningful comparisons to magneto-hydrodynamic computer models. This paper is a summary of the PST diagnostic design. By slit-imaging the Z-pinch x-ray emissions onto a linear scintillator/fiber-optic array coupled to a streak camera system, the PST can achieve ∼100 microm spatial resolution and ∼1.3 ns time resolution. Calculations indicate that a 20 microm thick scintillating detection element filtered by 1,000 angstrom of Al is theoretically linear in response to Plankian x-ray distributions corresponding to plasma temperatures from 40 eV to 150 eV, By calibrating this detection element to x-ray energies up to 5,000 eV, the PST can provide pinch power as a function of height and time in a Z-pinch for temperatures ranging from ∼40 eV to ∼400 eV. With these system pm-meters, the PST can provide data for an experimental determination of the R-T mode number, amplitude, and growth rate during the late-time pinch implosion

  6. Recent Improvements to MACH2 and MACH3 For Fast Z-Pinch Modeling

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    Frese, Sherry D.; Frese, Michael H.

    2002-12-01

    Many recent changes in MACH2 have improved the code's accuracy and speed in Z-pinch simulations. New code diagnostics monitoring energy are also useful in running the code efficiently. The changes to MACH3 are less numerous, though they are more sweeping: MACH3's grid is now truly three-dimensional and composed of a multiblock structure of arbitrary hexahedral zones; its difference equations have been upgraded to that new mesh. These new capabilities are currently being applied to wire-array Z-pinch problems.

  7. Investigation of turbulence in reversed field pinch plasma by using microwave imaging reflectometry

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    Shi, Z. B. [Graduate University for Advanced Studies, Toki 509-5292 (Japan); Southwestern Institute of Physics, Chengdu 610041 (China); Nagayama, Y.; Hamada, Y. [National Institute for Fusion Science, Toki 509-5292 (Japan); Yamaguchi, S. [Kansai University, Suita 564-8680 (Japan); Hirano, Y.; Kiyama, S.; Koguchi, H.; Sakakita, H. [Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Tsukuba 305-8568 (Japan); Michael, C. A. [UKAEA, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14 3DB (United Kingdom); Yambe, K. [Osaka University, Osaka 565-0871 (Japan)

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    Turbulence in the reversed field pinch (RFP) plasma has been investigated by using the microwave imaging reflectometry in the toroidal pinch experiment RX (TPE-RX). In conventional RFP plasma, the fluctuations are dominated by the intermittent blob-like structures. These structures are accompanied with the generation of magnetic field, the strong turbulence, and high nonlinear coupling among the high and low k modes. The pulsed poloidal current drive operation, which improves the plasma confinement significantly, suppresses the dynamo, the turbulence, and the blob-like structures.

  8. Temporal characteristics of X-ray emission from X-pinches

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    Paper presents the results of study of time characteristics of X-ray radiation from X-pinch. To record radiation one made use of diamond and silicon photodiodes with subnanosecond time resolution, as well as, X-ray and electron-optical chambers with picosecond time resolution. One investigated into radiation of various material (Al, Ti, Mo, W) X-pinches within 1-10 keV energy range. Duration of X-ray radiation for heavy elements is shown to be maximum 5-10 ps

  9. Analysis of x-ray spectra obtained in foam Z-pinch experiments

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    Foam Z-pinch experiments have recently been performed on SATURN to study issues associated with the initiation, acceleration, and stagnation phases of the pinch. Time-integrated x-ray crystal spectra have been recorded from experiments with 5 mg/cc Si aerogel loads and 10 mg/cc agar loads. In this article, we describe results from collisional-radiative equilibrium calculations performed to analyze the Si, Na, and S K-shell emission observed in the spectra. Particular attention is paid to density and opacity effects on intensity ratios involving Heα, He intercombination, and Li-like satellite lines. copyright 1997 American Institute of Physics

  10. Creation of high-temperature plasma through the use of a superfast Z-pinch

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    This thesis is a theoretical and computational study of plasma temperature generated during a superfast Z-pinch hydrogen plasma implosion-driven by a modern multi-terrawatt pulsed power source. The solution of the time-dependent, one-dimensional, initial-value problem used to study and describe the pinch process includes the effects of kinetic instabilities, anomalous collisionality, plasma heating, and all relevant energy-loss mechanisms. Two dimensional effects are estimated by using a modified form of the one-dimensional model

  11. Transition from Symmetric to Asymmetric Scaling Function before Drop Pinch-Off

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    The drop pinch-off at a nozzle is studied experimentally for a glycerin-water mixture in surrounding air. The neck diameter of the fluid shrinks with constant velocity. After a distinct transition point, the shrink velocity switches to a smaller value. Before that transition point, the shape of the neck can well be described by a symmetric scaling function, as obtained from Stokes-flow theory of drop formation. This function gives way to an asymmetric scaling function in the final stage before pinch-off

  12. Plasma channel and Z-pinch dynamics for heavy ion transport

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    2002-07-09

    A self stabilized, free standing, z-pinch plasma channel has been proposed to deliver the high intensity heavy ion beam from the end of a driver to the fuel target in a heavy ion inertial fusion power plant. The z-pinch relaxes emittance and energy spread requirements requiring a lower cost driver. A z-pinch transport would reduce the number of beam entry port holes to the target chamber from over a hundred to four as compared to neutralized ballistic focusing thus reducing the driver hardware exposure to neutron flux. Experiments where a double pulse discharge technique is used, z-pinch plasma channels with enhanced stability are achieved. Typical parameters are 7 kV pre-pulse discharge and 30 kV main bank discharge with 50 kA of channel current in a 7 torr background gas atmosphere. This work is an experimental study of these plasma channels examining the relevant physics necessary to understand and model such plasmas. Laser diagnostics measured the dynamical properties of neutrals and plasma. Schlieren and phase contrast techniques probe the pre-pulse gas dynamics and infrared interferometry and faraday effect polarimetry are used on the z-pinch to study its electron density and current distribution. Stability and repeatability of the z-pinch depend on the initial conditions set by the pre-pulse. Results show that the z-pinch channel is wall stabilized by an on-axis gas density depression created by the pre-pulse through hydrodynamic expansion where the ratio of the initial gas density to the final gas density is > 10/1. The low on-axis density favors avalanching along the desired path for the main bank discharge. Pinch time is around 2 s from the main bank discharge initiation with a FWHM of {approx} 2 cm. Results also show that typical main bank discharge plasma densities reach 10{sup 17} cm{sup -3} peak on axis for a 30 kV, 7 torr gas nitrogen discharge. Current rise time is limited by the circuit-channel inductance with the highest contribution to the

  13. Seat belt use during pregnancy in Iran: attitudes and practices

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    Mojgan Karbakhsh; Zahra Ershadi; Ali Khaji; Fatemeh Rahimi-Sharbaf

    2010-01-01

    Objective: Seat belt use during pregnancy reduces injury to the mother and her fetus. During recent years, the use of seat belts has been mandated by law in Iran. The purpose of this study was to determine the attitudes and practices of pregnant women regarding seat belt use.Methods: In this cross-sectional study, we asked 335 pregnant women at a hospital-based prenatal care clinic on the use of safety belt before and during pregnancy. SPSS version 13.0 was used for data analysis.Results: The mean age of study subjects was 27.3 years±5.3 years with the median of 27 years. Compared with the seat belt use before pregnancy, no change was detected in 48.7% of the women; seat belt use had increased in 17.5 %of them and decreased in 33.8 %. Eighty-one percent of women knew the correct placing of both lap belt and shoulder belt. Only 4% of women had received education on proper restraint use during pregnancy.Conclusions: The prevalence of seat belt use during pregnancy is lower than reports which are mostly from developed nations. The fact that about one-third of women have decreased their seat belt usage during pregnancy highlights the importance of education of mothers on this topic.

  14. Comprehensive energy analysis using the 'Pinch' method; Gesamtenergieanalyse mit der Pinch-Methode. Perlen Papier AG. Energie- und Produktionskostensenkung - Schlussbericht

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    Brunner, F.; Morand, R.

    2008-06-15

    This final report for the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) presents the results of a study made on the use of the 'Pinch' Method to lower energy and production costs in a paper mill in Perlen, Switzerland. The energy supply systems used in this manufacturing facility, which produces over 300,000 tonnes of paper products annually, are described. Two production lines were analysed using systematic 'Pinch' analysis. The savings in energy that could be made possible if measures indicated by the analysis were implemented are discussed. These include the optimisation of operating temperatures and heat recovery. The recommendations made are noted and priorities for the staged implementation of the measures recommended are stated.

  15. Change of Paradigm for the Reversed Field Pinch

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    The reversed field pinch (RFP) is a magnetic configuration germane to the tokamak, but it produces most of its magnetic field by the currents flowing inside the plasma; external coils provide only a small edge toroidal field whose sign is reversed with respect to the central one, whence the name of the configuration. Because of the presence of magnetic turbulence and chaos, the RFP had been considered for a long period as a terrible confinement configuration. However, recently a change of paradigm occurred for this device. Indeed, when the toroidal current is increased in the RFX-mod RFP in Padua (Italy), a self-organized helical state with an internal transport barrier (ITB) develops, and a broad zone of the plasma becomes hot (above 1 keV for a magnetic field above 0.8 T). The present theoretical picture of the RFP mainly comes from three-dimensional nonlinear visco-resistive MHD simulations whose dynamics has strong similarities with the experimental one, and triggered the experimental search for RFP states with improved confinement. The RFP ohmic state involves a helical electrostatic potential generating, as an electric drift, the so-called dynamo velocity field. The magnetic topology can bifurcate from a magnetic island to kink-like magnetic surfaces with higher resilience to magnetic chaos. This theoretical scenario was found to be relevant when ITB's enclosing a broad hot domain were discovered. The ITBs occur in the vicinity of the maximum of the safety factor. The new paradigm for the RFP supports its reappraisal as a low-external field, non-disruptive, ohmically heated approach to magnetic fusion, exploiting both self-organization and technological simplicity. Furthermore the RFP has the same Greenwald density limit as the tokamak, and it is an excellent test bed for the efficient control of multiple resistive wall modes. Its helical magnetic structure makes it germane to the stellarator too. As a result the RFP is also useful to bring support to the

  16. Health Monitoring for Coated Steel Belts in an Elevator System

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    Yimei Mao; Zuoying Huang; Guiyun Tian; Hui Zhao; Huaming Lei

    2012-01-01

    This paper presents a method of health monitoring for coated steel belts in an elevator system by measuring the electrical resistance of the ropes embedded in the belt. A model on resistance change caused by fretting wear and stress fatigue has been established. Temperature and reciprocating cycles are also taken into consideration when determining the potential strength degradation of the belts. It is proved by experiments that the method could effectively estimate the health degradation of ...

  17. Device for continuous tare measurement at belt weighers

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    The described device can be used for belt weighers connected with a computing unit. Its development has been aimed at measuring the weight of the belt without standstill. This could be achieved by arranging radiation sources and detectors over the whole width of the belt and transforming the radiation attenuation into weight equivalents with the aid of an evaluation unit connected to the computing unit

  18. Car safety belts: a study of two models adapted for people with arthritis.

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    1986-05-01

    People with arthritis find car seat belts difficult to use. Sixteen arthritic patients and 19 healthy volunteers completed a comparative study of one standard inertia-reel belt and two adapted inertia-reel belts with reduced retraction forces. Those with arthritis were strong enough to use the standard belt but both adapted belts had features making them easier to use. PMID:3708235

  19. Rirang Uranium Ore Processing System Design Horizontal Belt Filter

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    Horizontal belt filter one of the solid-liquid separation process equipment. The design of Horizontal Belt Filter have been conducted for capacity of 250 g/minute. The result obtained was filtering velocity of 0,4 g/cm2 minute. The linear belt speeds 100 cm/minute. The length and width of the belt 125 cm also the filtering cycle of 1,25 minute. The operation of that equipment give result about 77,9 - 79,1% of product cake

  20. Health Monitoring for Coated Steel Belts in an Elevator System

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a method of health monitoring for coated steel belts in an elevator system by measuring the electrical resistance of the ropes embedded in the belt. A model on resistance change caused by fretting wear and stress fatigue has been established. Temperature and reciprocating cycles are also taken into consideration when determining the potential strength degradation of the belts. It is proved by experiments that the method could effectively estimate the health degradation of the most dangerous section as well as other ones along the whole belts.

  1. Los Alamos compact toroid, fast-liner, and high-density Z-pinch programs

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    Linford, R.K.; Sherwood, A.R.; Hammel, J.E.

    1981-03-01

    The Compact Toroid (CT) and High Density Z-Pinch (HDZP) are two of the plasma configurations presently being studied at Los Alamos. The purpose of these two programs, plus the recently terminated (May 1979) Fast Liner (FL) program, is summarized in this section along with a brief description of the experimental facilities. The remaining sections summarize the recent results and the experimental status.

  2. Magnetic Rayleigh-Taylor instability mitigation in large-diameter gas puff Z-pinch implosions

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    Recently, a new approach for efficiently generating K-shell x-rays in large-diameter, long-implosion time, structured argon gas Z-pinches has been demonstrated based on a 'pusher-stabilizer-radiator' model. In this paper, direct observations of the Rayleigh-Taylor instability mitigation of a 12-cm diameter, 200-ns implosion time argon Z-pinch using a laser shearing interferometer (LSI) and a laser wavefront analyzer (LWA) are presented. Using a zero-dimensional snowplow model, the imploding plasma trajectories are calculated with the driver current waveforms and the initial mass distributions measured using the planar laser induced fluorescence method. From the LSI and LWA images, the plasma density and trajectory during the implosion are measured. The measured trajectory agrees with the snowplow calculations. The suppression of hydromagnetic instabilities in the ''pusher-stabilizer-radiator'' structured loads, leading to a high-compression ratio, high-yield Z-pinch, is discussed. For comparison, the LSI and LWA images of an alternative load (without stabilizer) show the evolution of a highly unstable Z-pinch

  3. Radiation emission characteristics in the x-ray/EUV from spherically pinched and vacuum spark sources

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    Extensive research and development have been pursued worldwide on various schemes of plasma radiation sources, such as the laser-plasma X-ray source, the dense plasma focus, and the spherical pinch. At Advanced Laser and Fusion Technology (ALFT), a prototype spherical pinch X-ray source, SPX II, and a commercial machine, SPX III, have been developed as broadband radiation sources. More recently, an alternative and complementary X-ray device, the vacuum spark VSX I, has been developed The spherical pinch is a novel concept based on the principle of strong spherically convergent shock waves compressing a performed plasma in the center of a spherical vessel. The vacuum spark is essentially a capacitor discharge through two properly shaped electrodes in a high vacuum environment (pressure around 1 x 10-5 Torr). During the discharge minute spots of high temperature plasmas are formed in the vicinity of the anode and strong line radiation, characteristic of the electrode material, can be generated in the soft X-ray region. The work on the spherical pinch sources, SPX II and SPX III, are described in terms of their specifications and radiation output, and on the vacuum spark source, VSX I, is presented in terms of its setup and experimental results

  4. Hydrogen plasma dynamics in the spherical theta pinch plasma target for heavy ion stripping

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    Due to the superior ability of dense and highly ionised plasmas to ionise penetrating heavy ion beams to degrees beyond those reachable by common gas strippers, many experiments have been performed to find suitable plasma generators for this application. In the field of gas discharges, mainly z-pinch devices have been investigated so far, which are known to be limited by the nonlinear focusing effects of the plasma columns sustaining current and by electrode erosion. The spherical theta pinch has therefore been proposed as a substitution for the z-pinch, promising progress by inductive rather than capacitive coupling and displacement of the outer magnetic field by the dense, diamagnetic discharge plasma. As yet mainly experiments with argon/hydrogen mixture gas have been performed, which is not suitable for the application as a plasma stripper, this paper describes the first detailed analysis of the plasma parameters and dynamics of a hydrogen plasma created by the spherical theta pinch. These include the time integrated and time resolved electron density, the dynamics of the plasma in the discharge vessel, the comparison with the argon dominated plasma, and an outlook to reachable characteristics with similar devices

  5. The inapplicability of ideal MHD stability theory to the dense Z-pinch

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    For many years Z-pinch has been considered to be intrinsically unstable. This followed the theory of Kruskal and Schwarzchild and experiments of Carruthers and Anderson et al. However in the regime of parameter space required for thermonuclear fusion, the ratio of ion Larmor radius to pinch radius is about one third; and the compressional Z-pinch at Imperial College in which the ratio is one tenth has been found to be anomalously stable for sixteen Alfven transit times. Recent deuterium fibre experiments at NRL and Los Alamos have also reported anomalous stability. The regimes for stability can be classified using a generalization of the work of Friedberg, and using the Bennett relation which describes pressure balance. As a result ideal MHD is found to be confined to a small wedge-shaped region in ln(I4α) versus ln N space, where I, a, and N are the current (A) and pinch radius (m), and line density (m-1) respectively

  6. O-d energetics scaling models for Z-pinch-driven hohlraums

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    CUNEO,MICHAEL E.; VESEY,ROGER A.; HAMMER,J.H.; PORTER,JOHN L.

    2000-06-08

    Wire array Z-pinches on the Z accelerator provide the most intense laboratory source of soft x-rays in the world. The unique combination of a highly-Planckian radiation source with high x-ray production efficiency (15% wall plug), large x-ray powers and energies ( >150 TW, {ge}1 MJ in 7 ns), large characteristic hohlraum volumes (0.5 to >10 cm{sup 3}), and long pulse-lengths (5 to 20 ns) may make Z-pinches a good match to the requirements for driving high-yield scale ICF capsules with adequate radiation symmetry and margin. The Z-pinch driven hohlraum approach of Hammer and Porter [Phys.Plasmas, 6, 2129(1999)] may provide a conservative and robust solution to the requirements for high yield, and is currently being studied on the Z accelerator. This paper describes a multiple region, 0-d hohlraum energetic model for Z-pinch driven hohlraums in four configurations. The authors observe consistency between the models and the measured x-ray powers and hohlraum wall temperatures to within {+-}20% in flux, for the four configurations.

  7. Local electron density measurements in a screw pinch by means of a Michelson interferometer

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    The time-dependent density profile of a toroidal screw-pinch plasma is determined from successive measurements of the line density along different sections of a line through the plasma. The pathlength is varied by the introduction of a hollow quartz tube into the plasma

  8. A Multiple Z-Pinch Configuration for the Generation of High-Density, Magnetized Plasmas

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    Tarditi, Alfonso G.

    2015-11-01

    The z-pinch is arguably the most straightforward and economical approach for the generation and confinement of hot plasmas, with a long history of theoretical investigations and experimental developments. While most of the past studies were focused on countering the natural tendency of z-pinches to develop instabilities, this study attempts to take advantage of those unstable regimes to form a quasi-stable plasma, with higher density and temperature, possibly of interest for a fusion reactor concept. For this purpose, a configuration with four z-pinch discharges, with axis parallel to each other and symmetrically positioned, is considered. Electrodes for the generation of the discharges and magnetic coils are arranged to favor the formation of concave discharge patterns. The mutual attraction from the co-streaming discharge currents enhances this pattern, leading to bent plasma streams, all nearing towards the axis. This configuration is intended to excite and sustain a ``kink'' unstable mode for each z-pinch, eventually producing either plasmoid structures, detached from each discharge, or sustained kink patterns: both these cases appear to lead to plasmas merging in the central region. The feasibility of this approach in creating a higher density, hotter, meta-stable plasma regime is investigated computationally, addressing both the kink excitation phase and the dynamics of the converging plasma columns.

  9. A Pressure Controlled Pinched Flow Fractionation Device for Continuous Particle Separation

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    Christiansen, Thomas Lehrmann; Trosborg, Jacqueline; Tanzi, Simone;

    2012-01-01

    In this work the problem of separating small particles of di↵erent sizes is solved by developing a simple microfluidic device using pinched flow fractionation (PFF), a technique originally presented by Yamada et al. in 2004 [1]. The present work takes the concept of PFF to the next level by making...

  10. Hydrogen plasma dynamics in the spherical theta pinch plasma target for heavy ion stripping

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    Loisch, G.; Xu, G.; Blazevic, A.; Cihodariu-Ionita, B.; Jacoby, J.

    2015-05-01

    Due to the superior ability of dense and highly ionised plasmas to ionise penetrating heavy ion beams to degrees beyond those reachable by common gas strippers, many experiments have been performed to find suitable plasma generators for this application. In the field of gas discharges, mainly z-pinch devices have been investigated so far, which are known to be limited by the nonlinear focusing effects of the plasma columns sustaining current and by electrode erosion. The spherical theta pinch has therefore been proposed as a substitution for the z-pinch, promising progress by inductive rather than capacitive coupling and displacement of the outer magnetic field by the dense, diamagnetic discharge plasma. As yet mainly experiments with argon/hydrogen mixture gas have been performed, which is not suitable for the application as a plasma stripper, this paper describes the first detailed analysis of the plasma parameters and dynamics of a hydrogen plasma created by the spherical theta pinch. These include the time integrated and time resolved electron density, the dynamics of the plasma in the discharge vessel, the comparison with the argon dominated plasma, and an outlook to reachable characteristics with similar devices.

  11. Low mass recyclable transmission lines for Z-pinch driven inertial fusion

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    Recyclable transmission lines (RTLs) are being studied as a means to repetitively drive Z pinches. Minimizing the mass of the RTL should also minimize the reprocessing costs. Low mass RTLs could also help reduce the cost of a single shot facility such as the proposed X-1 accelerator and make Z-pinch driven nuclear space propulsion feasible. Calculations are presented to determine the minimum electrode mass to provide sufficient inertia against the magnetic pressure produced by the large currents needed to drive the Z pinches. The results indicate an electrode thickness which is much smaller than the initial resistive skin depth. This suggests that the minimum electrode thickness may be not be solely determined by inertial effects, but also by the ability of the electrode to efficiently carry the current. A series of experiments have been performed to determine the ability of the electrodes to carry current as a function of the electrode thickness. The results indicate that electrodes much thinner than the initial resistive skin depth can efficiently carry large currents presumably due to the formation of a highly conducting plasma. This result implies that a transmission line with only a few tens of kilograms of material can carry the large Z-pinch currents needed for inertial fusion

  12. Injection molded pinched flow fractionation device for enrichment of somatic cells in cow milk

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    Jensen, Marie Pødenphant; Marie, Rodolphe; Olesen, Tom;

    2014-01-01

    enrichment was performed using an all-polymer pinched flow fractionation device fabricated by injection molding. The polymer chips were bonded to a 500 lm polymer foil using UV assisted thermal bonding. The quality of the final devices was reproducible and the injection molding process combined with the use...

  13. Edge plasmas and plasma/wall interactions in an ignition-class reversed field pinch

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    A range of limiter, armor, and divertor options are examined as a means to minimize plasma/wall interactions for a high-power-density, ignition-class reversed field pinch. An open, toroidal-field divertor can operate at maximum powers, while isolating the core plasma from impurities and protecting the wall. 16 refs

  14. Experimental investigation of plasma topological properties in the reversed field pinch

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    A description of some topological properties of the Reversed Field Pinch (RFP) equilibrium during Quasi Single Helicity (QSH) states is presented. From experimental measurement of the soft X-ray emissivity in the RFX device, maps information on the presence and absence of a magnetic separatrix is obtained. Correlations with the level of magnetic chaos within the plasma are discussed. (authors)

  15. Low Mass Transmission Lines for Z-Pinch Driven Inertial Fusion

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    Recyclable transmission lines (RTL) are studied as a means of repetitively driving z pinches. The lowest reprocessing costs should be obtained by minimizing the mass of the RTL. Low mass transmission lines (LMTL) could also help reduce the cost of a single shot facility such as the proposed X-1 accelerator and make z-pinch driven space propulsion feasible. We present calculations to determine the minimum LMTL electrode mass to provide sufficient inertia against the magnetic pressure produced by the large currents needed to drive the z pinches. The results indicate an electrode thickness which is much smaller than the resistive skin depth. We have performed experiments to determine if such thin electrodes can efficiently carry the required current. The tests were performed with various thickness of materials. The results indicate that LMTLs should efficiently carry the large z-pinch currents needed for inertial fusion. We also use our results to estimate of the performance of pulsed power driven pulsed nuclear rockets

  16. Stabilization of sausage and kink instability modes of a plasma pinch by radial oscillations

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    The growth of the global sausage (m=0) and kink (m=1) perturbations of a Z-pinch subject to radial oscillations is considered. It is demonstrated that the oscillations result in significant reduction of the growth rate of both kink and sausage instability modes with wavelengths long compared to the pinch radius. The analysis of stability is carried out in two ways. The first method is based on the averaging magnetohydrodynamic equations over the period of radial oscillations. The second one consists in the analysis of the growth of Fourier-components of perturbations. Numerical simulation demonstrates that even moderate radial oscillations cause reduction of the growth rate of long-wavelength sausage instabilities and complete stabilization of long kinks. This can be understood as a result of the effective gravitational field produced in the pinch by the oscillations. The effect in question can explain the anomalous stability of pinches with respect to the kink perturbations observed in experiments. copyright 1995 American Institute of Physics

  17. Dynamics of sausage instabilities of a gas-puff Z-pinch

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    The early stage of the sausage instability in a gas-puff Z-pinch has been registered in VUV and soft X-rays with a 10 ns framing camera. We hypothesize that the rings of plasma expanding from the sausage instability enable an alternative current path to dominate the formation of 'micropinches'. (orig.)

  18. Simulation of high-energy particle production through sausage and kink instabilities in pinched plasma discharges

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    In an experimental plasma, high-energy particles were observed by using a plasma focus device, to obtain energies of a few hundred keV for electrons, up to MeV for ions. In order to study the mechanism of high-energy particle production in pinched plasma discharges, a numerical simulation was introduced. By use of a three-dimensional relativistic and fully electromagnetic particle-in-cell code, the dynamics of a Z-pinch plasma, thought to be unstable against sausage and kink instabilities, are investigated. In this work, the development of sausage and kink instabilities and subsequent high-energy particle production are shown. In the model used here, cylindrically distributed electrons and ions are driven by an external electric field. The driven particles spontaneously produce a current, which begins to pinch by the Lorentz force. Initially the pinched current is unstable against a sausage instability, and then becomes unstable against a kink instability. As a result high-energy particles are observed

  19. Dynamics of a non-uniform hollow gas puff Z-pinch

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    The paper presents results from a Hollow Gas Z-Pinch (HGP) with non-uniform linear density distribution together with a numerical simulation of the discharge. The calculation is performed from immediately after the formulation of the discharge until the minimum radius ('pinch') is reached. It's used a two-dimensional (2D), time dependent, two fluid (ions and electrons), two-temperature model that includes, besides the magneto-hydrodynamics, diffusive processes such as thermal diffusion, magnetic diffusion and ion viscosity. The paper tries to discriminate upon the influence of different processes upon the formation of 'mushroom'-type structures, experimentally observed using optical measurements in the Z-pinch at the University of Mar del Plata (NOVA). Due to the fact that this Z-pinch works as a 'gas puff', that is with gas injection from the cathode, the initial distribution of the gas is not uniform in space. Besides the non-uniform radial distribution, there is a density gradient along the axis of the device. Using the 2D code it has been studied the influence of the initial distribution on the dynamics of the collapse. The main observation is that in most cases the initial linear density distribution determines the dynamics. Another important parameter is the variation of the initial thickness as a function of the axial coordinate. Other effects (for example, the cooling of the plasma in contact with the metal electrodes or the diffusion of the magnetic field) have little or negligible influence on the converging dynamics

  20. Evolution of plasma flow shear and stability in the ZaP flow Z-pinch

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    Full text: The ZaP Flow Z-pinch experiment at the University of Washington investigates the concept of using sheared flows to stabilize an otherwise unstable plasma configuration. The stabilizing effect of a sheared axial flow on the m = 1 kink instability in Z-pinches has been studied using linearized, ideal MHD theory to reveal that a sheared axial flow stabilizes the kink mode when the shear exceeds a threshold. The ZaP experiment generates a Z-pinch plasma that is 1 m long with a 1 cm radius with an embedded axial flow. Time-resolved Doppler shifts of plasma impurity lines are measured along 20 chords to determine the plasma axial velocity profiles. An azimuthal array of magnetic probes measures the fluctuation levels of the azimuthal modes m = 1, 2, and 3. After pinch assembly a quiescent period is found where the mode activity is significantly reduced. The plasma axial velocity evolves from a uniform to a sheared and back to a uniform flow profile. The sheared flow profile is coincident with a plasma quiescent period where magnetic mode fluctuations are low. The value of the velocity shear satisfies the theoretical threshold for stability during the quiescent period and does not satisfy the threshold during high mode activity. (author)

  1. Flow shear stabilization experiments in the ZaP flow Z-pinch

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    The stabilizing effect of an axial flow on the m=1 kink instability in Z-pinches has been studied numerically with a linearized ideal MHD model to reveal that a sheared axial flow stabilizes the kink mode when the shear exceeds a threshold. The sheared flow stabilizing effect is investigated with the ZaP Flow Z-pinch experiment. An azimuthal array of surface mounted magnetic probes located at the midplane of the 50 cm plasma column measures the fluctuation levels of the azimuthal modes m=1, 2, and 3. After pinch assembly a quiescent period is found where the mode activity is significantly reduced. Optical images from a fast framing camera and a ruby holographic interferometer indicate a stable, discrete pinch plasma during this time. Multichord Doppler shift measurements of a C-III line show a large, sheared flow during the quiescent period and low, uniform flow profiles during periods of high mode activity. The value of the velocity shear satisfies the theoretical threshold for stability during the quiescent period and does not satisfy the threshold during the high mode activity. (author)

  2. Numerical calculation of transformation from graphite to diamond in metallic z-pinch

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    The equation of state of graphite and diamond in a wide range of density and temperatures is constructed. The system of the equations of phase transformation from graphite to diamond is offered. Shock adiabats of graphite and diamond are calculated. The results of numerical simulating of this transformation in isoentropic process of compression in metallic z - pinch with preservation of diamond are presented

  3. Ion probe beam experiments and kinetic modeling in a dense plasma focus Z-pinch

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    Schmidt, A.; Ellsworth, J.; Falabella, S.; Link, A.; McLean, H.; Rusnak, B.; Sears, J.; Tang, V.; Welch, D.

    2014-12-01

    The Z-pinch phase of a dense plasma focus (DPF) emits multiple-MeV ions in a ˜cm length. The mechanisms through which these physically simple devices generate such high energy beams in a relatively short distance are not fully understood. We are exploring the origins of these large gradients using measurements of an ion probe beam injected into a DPF during the pinch phase and the first kinetic simulations of a DPF Z-pinch. To probe the accelerating fields in our table top experiment, we inject a 4 MeV deuteron beam along the z-axis and then sample the beam energy distribution after it passes through the pinch region. Using this technique, we have directly measured for the first time the acceleration of an injected ion beam. Our particle-in-cell simulations have been benchmarked on both a kJ-scale DPF and a MJ-scale DPF. They have reproduced experimentally measured neutron yields as well as ion beams and EM oscillations which fluid simulations do not exhibit. Direct comparisons between the experiment and simulations enhance our understanding of these plasmas and provide predictive design capability for accelerator and neutron source applications.

  4. Ion probe beam experiments and kinetic modeling in a dense plasma focus Z-pinch

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    The Z-pinch phase of a dense plasma focus (DPF) emits multiple-MeV ions in a ∼cm length. The mechanisms through which these physically simple devices generate such high energy beams in a relatively short distance are not fully understood. We are exploring the origins of these large gradients using measurements of an ion probe beam injected into a DPF during the pinch phase and the first kinetic simulations of a DPF Z-pinch. To probe the accelerating fields in our table top experiment, we inject a 4 MeV deuteron beam along the z-axis and then sample the beam energy distribution after it passes through the pinch region. Using this technique, we have directly measured for the first time the acceleration of an injected ion beam. Our particle-in-cell simulations have been benchmarked on both a kJ-scale DPF and a MJ-scale DPF. They have reproduced experimentally measured neutron yields as well as ion beams and EM oscillations which fluid simulations do not exhibit. Direct comparisons between the experiment and simulations enhance our understanding of these plasmas and provide predictive design capability for accelerator and neutron source applications

  5. Treatment of 128 Cases of Lienteric Diarrhea by Acupuncture and Spine Pinching

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    宋文娟; 黄鹂; 李稚萍; 肖元春

    2009-01-01

    @@ Lienteric diarrhea is a disorder characterized by increased frequency of bowel movements with loose or watery stools. It may happen in any seasons, but more frequently in summer and autumn. We treated 128 cases of lienteric diarrhea by acupuncture and spine pinching, and reported it as follows.

  6. Low mass recyclable transmission lines for Z-pinch driven inertial fusion

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    Slutz, S. A.; Olson, C. L.; Peterson, Per

    2003-02-01

    Recyclable transmission lines (RTLs) are being studied as a means to repetitively drive Z pinches. Minimizing the mass of the RTL should also minimize the reprocessing costs. Low mass RTLs could also help reduce the cost of a single shot facility such as the proposed X-1 accelerator and make Z-pinch driven nuclear space propulsion feasible. Calculations are presented to determine the minimum electrode mass to provide sufficient inertia against the magnetic pressure produced by the large currents needed to drive the Z pinches. The results indicate an electrode thickness which is much smaller than the initial resistive skin depth. This suggests that the minimum electrode thickness may be not be solely determined by inertial effects, but also by the ability of the electrode to efficiently carry the current. A series of experiments have been performed to determine the ability of the electrodes to carry current as a function of the electrode thickness. The results indicate that electrodes much thinner than the initial resistive skin depth can efficiently carry large currents presumably due to the formation of a highly conducting plasma. This result implies that a transmission line with only a few tens of kilograms of material can carry the large Z-pinch currents needed for inertial fusion.

  7. Pinch-off of microfluidic droplets with oscillatory velocity of inner phase flow

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    Zhu, Pingan; Tang, Xin; Tian, Ye; Wang, Liqiu

    2016-01-01

    When one liquid is introduced into another immiscible one, it ultimately fragments due to hydrodynamic instability. In contrast to neck pinch-off without external actuation, the viscous two-fluid system subjected to an oscillatory flow demonstrates higher efficiency in breaking fluid threads. However, the underlying dynamics of this process is less well understood. Here we show that the neck-thinning rate is accelerated by the amplitude of oscillation. By simply evaluating the momentum transfer from external actuation, we derive a dimensionless pre-factor to quantify the accelerated pinch-off. Our data ascribes the acceleration to the non-negligible inner fluid inertia, which neutralizes the inner phase viscous stress that retards the pinch-off. Moreover, we characterize an equivalent neck-thinning behavior between an actuated system and its unactuated counterpart with decreased viscosity ratio. Finally, we demonstrate that oscillation is capable of modulating satellite droplet formation by shifting the pinch-off location. Our study would be useful for manipulating fluids at microscale by external forcing. PMID:27511300

  8. Dense transient pinches and pulsed power technology: research and applications using medium and small devices

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    Soto, Leopoldo; Pavez, Cristian; Moreno, Jose; Cardenas, Miguel; Zambra, Marcelo [Comision Chilena de EnergIa Nuclear, Casilla 188-D, Santiago (Chile); Tarifeno, Ariel; Huerta, Luis; Tenreiro, Claudio; Giordano, Jose Luis; Lagos, Miguel; Escobar, Rodrigo; Ramos, Jorge; Altamirano, Luis [P4-Center for Research and Applications in Plasma Physics and Pulsed Power, Santiago and Curico (Chile); Retamal, Cesar [Facultad de IngenierIa de la Universidad de Talca, Curico (Chile); Silva, Patricio, E-mail: lsoto@cchen.cl

    2008-10-15

    The Plasma Physics and Plasma Technology Group of the Chilean Nuclear Energy Commission (CCHEN) has, since about ten years ago, used plasma production devices to study dense hot plasmas, particularly Z-pinches and plasma foci (PFs). In the case of Z-pinches, the studies include studies on the dynamics and stability of gas-embedded Z-pinches at currents of thermonuclear interest, and preliminary studies on wire arrays. For PF research, the aim of the work has been to characterize the physics of these plasmas and also to carry out the design and construction of smaller devices-in terms of both input energy and size-capable of providing dense hot plasmas. In addition, taking advantage of the experience in pulsed power technology obtained from experimental researches in dense transient plasmas, an exploratory line of pulsed power applications is being developed. In this paper, a brief review listing the most important results achieved by the Plasma Physics and Plasma Technology Group of the CCHEN is presented, including the scaling studies, PF miniaturization and diagnostics and research on Z-pinches at currents of thermonuclear interest. Then, exploratory applications of pulsed power are presented, including nanoflashes of radiation for radiography and substances detection, high pulsed magnetic fields generation and rock fragmentation.

  9. Dense transient pinches and pulsed power technology: research and applications using medium and small devices

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    The Plasma Physics and Plasma Technology Group of the Chilean Nuclear Energy Commission (CCHEN) has, since about ten years ago, used plasma production devices to study dense hot plasmas, particularly Z-pinches and plasma foci (PFs). In the case of Z-pinches, the studies include studies on the dynamics and stability of gas-embedded Z-pinches at currents of thermonuclear interest, and preliminary studies on wire arrays. For PF research, the aim of the work has been to characterize the physics of these plasmas and also to carry out the design and construction of smaller devices-in terms of both input energy and size-capable of providing dense hot plasmas. In addition, taking advantage of the experience in pulsed power technology obtained from experimental researches in dense transient plasmas, an exploratory line of pulsed power applications is being developed. In this paper, a brief review listing the most important results achieved by the Plasma Physics and Plasma Technology Group of the CCHEN is presented, including the scaling studies, PF miniaturization and diagnostics and research on Z-pinches at currents of thermonuclear interest. Then, exploratory applications of pulsed power are presented, including nanoflashes of radiation for radiography and substances detection, high pulsed magnetic fields generation and rock fragmentation.

  10. 0-d energetics scaling models for Z-pinch-driven hohlraums

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    Wire array Z-pinches on the Z accelerator provide the most intense laboratory source of soft x-rays in the world. The unique combination of a highly-Planckian radiation source with high x-ray production efficiency (15% wall plug), large x-ray powers and energies ( >150 TW, ge1 MJ in 7 ns), large characteristic hohlraum volumes (0.5 to >10 cm3), and long pulse-lengths (5 to 20 ns) may make Z-pinches a good match to the requirements for driving high-yield scale ICF capsules with adequate radiation symmetry and margin. The Z-pinch driven hohlraum approach of Hammer and Porter [Phys.Plasmas, 6, 2129(1999)] may provide a conservative and robust solution to the requirements for high yield, and is currently being studied on the Z accelerator. This paper describes a multiple region, 0-d hohlraum energetic model for Z-pinch driven hohlraums in four configurations. The authors observe consistency between the models and the measured x-ray powers and hohlraum wall temperatures to within ±20% in flux, for the four configurations

  11. Simulations of geometrically pinched argon plasmas using an extended one-dimensional model

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    K.T.A.L. Burm,; W. J. Goedheer,; D.C. Schram,

    2001-01-01

    The subject of this paper is the modelling of a wall-stabilized cylinder symmetric cascaded are which is to be used as a high-density plasma source. To enhance the ion flux emerging from cascaded are argon plasmas the confining wall can be changed into a nozzle geometry. Such pinched geometries incr

  12. Predicting Facies Patterns within Fluvial Channel Belts

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    Willis, B. J.; Sech, R.; Sun, T.; Pyrcz, M.

    2014-12-01

    Reservoirs (aquifers) in fluvial channel belt sandstones can have very different subsurface flow behavior depending on the degree and distribution of internal heterogeneities. Fluvial channel belts are composed of multiple "storeys" formed as individual channel segments increase in sinuosity and then are cut off and abandoned. Heterogeneities are defined by depositional variations across storeys and inter-story connectivity patterns along the channel belt. Although commonly inferred to reflect the formative river pattern (sinuosity & braiding), the spatial arrangement of facies depend most directly on the relative preservation of deposits formed within different areas of the migrating channels and the lateral stacking arrangement of storeys due to style of bend cutoff. Grains are poorly sorted across the inner bank along upstream parts of channel bends and become better sorted laterally in downstream areas adjacent to a deeper thalweg scour. If deposition occurs evenly along the entire inner bank (bar), this grain size pattern leads to an elliptical body in planview with weak vertical grain size trends upstream and more fining-upward trend downstream. As channel bend segments migrate to a greater extent downstream, preserved inner-bank-bar deposits are increasingly dominated by upward-fining deposits and more outer-bank-deposits are preserved ("concave bank" deposits). Although concave bank deposits have highly variable character in different systems, vertical-grainsize trends tend to be weaker in straighter systems dominated by downstream-accretion, and more strongly upward-fining in higher sinuosity systems where these deposits form by eddy accretion or low flow aggradation. River cutoffs of straighter channel segments abandon slowly, leading to more gradual vertical fining. Subsurface heterogeneity prediction requires documentation of shape and character of deposits preserved in different zones within the channel (upstream and downstream inner bank, concave bank

  13. Recent advances in theoretical and numerical studies of wire array Z-pinch in the IAPCM

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    Fast Z-pinch has produced the most powerful X-ray radiation source in laboratory and also shows the possibility to drive inertial confinement fusion (ICF). Recent advances in wire-array Z-pinch researches at the Institute of Applied Physics and Computational Mathematics are presented in this paper. A typical wire array Z-pinch process has three phases: wire plasma formation and ablation, implosion and the MRT instability development, stagnation and radiation. A mass injection model with azimuthal modulation coefficient is used to describe the wire initiation, and the dynamics of ablated plasmas of wire-array Z-pinches in (r, θ) geometry is numerically studied. In the implosion phase, a two-dimensional(r, z) three temperature radiation MHD code MARED has been developed to investigate the development of the Magneto-Rayleigh-Taylor(MRT) instability. We also analyze the implosion modes of nested wire-array and find that the inner wire-array is hardly affected before the impaction of the outer wire-array. While the plasma accelerated to high speed in the implosion stage stagnates on the axis, abundant x-ray radiation is produced. The energy spectrum of the radiation and the production mechanism are investigated. The computational x-ray pulse shows a reasonable agreement with the experimental result. We also suggest that using alloyed wire-arrays can increase multi-keV K-shell yield by decreasing the opacity of K-shell lines. In addition, we use a detailed circuit model to study the energy coupling between the generator and the Z-pinch implosion. Recently, we are concentrating on the problems of Z-pinch driven ICF, such as dynamic hohlraum and capsule implosions. Our numerical investigations on the interaction of wire-array Z-pinches on foam convertors show qualitative agreements with experimental results on the “Qiangguang I” facility. An integrated two-dimensional simulation of dynamic hohlraum driven capsule implosion provides us the physical insights of wire

  14. Energy in corn belt crop production

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    Lockeretz, W.; Klepper, R.; Gertler, M.; Fast, S.; O' Leary, D.

    1975-07-01

    The study presents data on the quantity and cost of the energy used to produce corn, soybeans, and wheat in the western part of the Corn Belt in 1974. The analysis covers fuel for field equipment, energy required to manufacture fertilizers and pesticides, and energy for drying corn. Corn is the most energy-intensive of the three crops studied, with soybeans the lowest. The cost of energy for crop production amounts to 11%, 8%, and 6% of the overall direct production costs for corn, wheat, and soybeans, respectively. These energy costs come to less than 3% of the value of the crop in all three cases. (GRA)

  15. Meningococcal carriage in the African meningitis belt

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    A meningococcal serogroup A polysaccharide/tetanus toxoid conjugate vaccine (PsA-TT) (MenAfriVac#x2122;) is being deployed in countries of the African meningitis belt. Experience with other polysaccharide/protein conjugate vaccines has shown that an important part of their success has been their ability to prevent the acquisition of pharyngeal carriage and hence to stop transmission and induce herd immunity. If PsA-TT is to achieve the goal of preventing epidemics, it must be able to prevent ...

  16. Parametric resonances of convection belt system

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    Zhi-an YANG; Gao-feng LI

    2009-01-01

    Based on the Coriolis acceleration and the Lagrangian strain formula,a generalized equation for the transverse vibration system of convection belts is derived using Newton's second law.The method of multiple scales is directly applied to the governing equations,and an approximate solution of the primary parameter resonance of the system is obtained.The detuning parameter,cross-section area,elastic and viscoelastic parameters,and axial moving speed have a significant influences on the amplitudes of steady-state response and their existence boundaries.Some new dynamical phenomena are revealed.

  17. Properties of a Toroidal Screw Pinch Surrounded by a Constant-Pitch Magnetic Field

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    In the screw pinch a toroidal plasma is produced by a fast-rising helical magnetic field. Experimentally this plasma is found to be in equilibrium, showing complete reproducibility during the 7 μs that the confining field is present (C. Bobeldijk et a l., Plasma Physics 9 (1967) 13). The behaviour of the screw pinch is strongly influenced by force-free currents flowing in the low-density plasma outside the central column. If the conductivity of this plasma is high enough and if near the wall field lines of constant pitch are applied, a constant pitch will result throughout the outside region. Experimentally, this constancy has been observed. The plasma column is in equilibrium because the outward drift is counteracted by the compression of the Bθ-field against metal shells surrounding the torus. Calculations on the equilibrium position show that a pinch surrounded by a constant-pitch magnetic field is more easily kept in equilibrium than a pinch surrounded by vacuum. Also the stability is markedly improved by the presence of the constant-pitch region; a normal mode analysis shows that a β = 0 screw pinch is stable for all m and k. For high β unstable modes with k-numbers around the interchange value appear; the growth rates may be limited by a proper choice of the pitch and of the circumference of the torus. Apart from the arrangement mentioned above, a small device (R = 16 cm, r = 4 cm) is in operation. A combination of capacitor banks applies initially a fast-rising and then a low-frequency clamped field. This allows a study at higher temperatures and during longer confinement times. In a third experiment a torus of the same size as in the first assembly (R = 36 cm, r = 6 cm) and a 75 kj clamped capacitor bank are used. Our diagnostics include holographic plasma interferometry and miniaturized dielectric-filled waveguide probes. (author)

  18. Target design for high fusion yield with the double Z-pinch-driven hohlraum.

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    Vesey, Roger

    2006-10-01

    A key demonstration on the path to inertial fusion energy is the achievement of high fusion yield (hundreds of MJ) and high target gain. An indirect-drive high-yield inertial confinement fusion (ICF) target involving two z-pinch x-ray sources heating a central secondary hohlraum is described by Hammer, Tabak, Wilks, et al. [Phys. Plasmas 6, 2129 (1999)]. In subsequent research at Sandia National Laboratories, we have developed theoretical/computational models and performed an extensive series of validation experiments to study hohlraum energetics, capsule coupling, and capsule implosion symmetry. We are using these models to design a 0.5 GJ yield z-pinch-driven ICF target that incorporates the latest experience in capsule design, hohlraum symmetry control, and x-ray production by z-pinches. An x-ray energy output of 8-9 MJ per pinch, suitably pulse-shaped, is sufficient for this concept to drive 0.3-0.5 GJ capsules. Integrated 2D hohlraum/capsule LASNEX radiation-hydrodynamics simulations have demonstrated adequate hohlraum coupling, radiation symmetry control, and the successful implosion, ignition and burn of a 0.5 GJ ICF capsule. An important new feature of this target design is mode-selective symmetry control: the use of burnthrough shields offset from the capsule that selectively tune certain low-order asymmetry modes (P2, P4) without significantly perturbing higher-order modes. This talk will describe the capsule and hohlraum design that have produced 0.5 GJ yields in 2D simulations, as well as provide a preliminary design of the z-pinch load and accelerator requirements necessary to drive the system. In collaboration with M. C. Herrmann, R. W. Lemke, G. R. Bennett, R. B. Campbell, P. J. Christenson, M. E. Cuneo, M. P. Desjarlais, T. A. Mehlhorn, J. L. Porter, D. B. Sinars, S. A. Slutz, W. A. Stygar, E. P. Yu, and J. H. Hammer (LLNL).

  19. Collisionless flow and end loss from a high-energy theta-pinch plasma

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    End-loss experiments on the high-energy (T/sub e/+T/sub i/=3.3 keV, n/sub e/=1.5 x 1016 cm-3) 5 m Scylla IV-P theta pinch are reported. The evolution of the theta-pinch plasma parameters in the presence of axial losses and the behavior of the exhausting plasma near the ends of the device have been investigated. The measured decay of the theta-pinch plasma electron temperature agrees with code predictions based on classical axial thermal conduction losses. However, the axial ion heat flux is found to be unmeasurably small in the collisionless ion plasma. Energy-line-density measurements at the coil midplane also agree with code predictions and provide evidence of inward traveling rarefaction-like waves. At the theta-pinch ends, the exhausting plasma is comprised of a collimated plasma core which remains radially confined for tens of centimeters, strongly convects magnetic fields, and contains the bulk of the ejected plasma. This collimated core is surrounded by a plasma annulus that expands rapidly to the walls after leaving the theta-pinch coil. The radially confined exhaust plasma is successfully modeled as one-dimensional flow through a converging-diverging nozzle. The new results obtained in Scylla IV-P have led to a re-analysis of the particle end-loss data obtained in previous experiments. The subsequent comparison of experiments and theory shows that the normalized particle end-loss time is independent of both the plasma beta and collisionality regime

  20. Fading of Jupiter's South Equatorial Belt

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    Sola, Michael A.; Orton, Glenn; Baines, Kevin; Yanamandra-Fisher, Padma

    2011-01-01

    One of Jupiter's most dominant features, the South Equatorial Belt, has historically gone through a "fading" cycle. The usual dark, brownish clouds turn white, and after a period of time, the region returns to its normal color. Understanding this phenomenon, the latest occurring in 2010, will increase our knowledge of planetary atmospheres. Using the near infrared camera, NSFCAM2, at NASA's Infrared Telescope Facility in Hawaii, images were taken of Jupiter accompanied by data describing the circumstances of each observation. These images are then processed and reduced through an IDL program. By scanning the central meridian of the planet, graphs were produced plotting the average values across the central meridian, which are used to find variations in the region of interest. Calculations using Albert4, a FORTRAN program that calculates the upwelling reflected sunlight from a designated cloud model, can be used to determine the effects of a model atmosphere due to various absorption, scattering, and emission processes. Spectra that were produced show ammonia bands in the South Equatorial Belt. So far, we can deduce from this information that an upwelling of ammonia particles caused a cloud layer to cover up the region. Further investigations using Albert4 and other models will help us to constrain better the chemical make up of the cloud and its location in the atmosphere.

  1. The Dynamical Evolution of the Asteroid Belt

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    Morbidelli, Alessandro; O'Brien, David P; Minton, David A; Bottke, William F

    2015-01-01

    The asteroid belt is the leftover of the original planetesimal population in the inner solar system. However, currently the asteroids have orbits with all possible values of eccentricities and inclinations compatible with long-term dynamical stability, whereas the initial planetesimal orbits should have been quasi-circular and almost co-planar. The total mass in the asteroid population is a small fraction of that existing primordially. Also, asteroids with different chemical/mineralogical properties are not ranked in an orderly manner with mean heliocentric distance as one could expect from the existence of a radial gradient of the temperature in the proto-planetary disk, but they are partially mixed. These properties show that the asteroid belt has been severely sculpted by one or a series of processes during its lifetime. This paper reviews the processes that have been proposed so far, discussing the properties that they explain and the problems that they are confronted with. Emphasis is paid to the interpl...

  2. Stabilization of electrostatic accelerator charging belt current

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    For the purpose of improving reliability and quality of electrostatic accelerator basic parameters the stabilizer of charging belt current is developed. The stabilizer consists of two units: high-voltage unit and control unit. The charging rectifier assures voltage up to 60 kV at total current load of 750 μA. For the EG- 2.5 and the EGP-10 M accelerators supply circuits of charging device with an earth screen and posAitive voltage supply the needles. t the EGP-10-1 accelerator negative charging voltage is supplied to the screens of the charging device. ''Plus'' of the rectifier is earthed. Charging and recharging are performed by means of brushes slipping over the internal belt side. At all accelerators the stability of charging current mean value is not worse 0.1%. The highest response of the system are obtained at the EG-2.5 accelerator for account of rectifier load by charging current and instrument resistor from 140 to 400 MOhm

  3. 30 CFR 57.4263 - Underground belt conveyors.

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    2010-07-01

    ... 30 Mineral Resources 1 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Underground belt conveyors. 57.4263 Section 57... MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH SAFETY AND HEALTH STANDARDS-UNDERGROUND METAL AND NONMETAL MINES Fire Prevention and Control Firefighting Equipment § 57.4263 Underground belt conveyors. Fire protection shall...

  4. Safety belt usage in Finland and in other Nordic countries.

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    Valtonen, J.

    1992-01-01

    Legislation has played a significant role in increasing safety belt usage in Finland and in the other Nordic countries. Publicity and enforcement have, however, been required to support the legislation. The development of safety belt regulations has been nearly similar in all these countries, both i

  5. Canadian seat belt wearing rates, promotion programs, and future directions.

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    Grant, B.A.

    1992-01-01

    On the basis of a national driver seat belt survey conducted in Canada each year, the most important results are presented. A number of programmes for increasing seat belt use has been evaluated in Canada. Finally, a description is given of some of the current and planned activities within Canada wh

  6. Respiratory Belt Transducer Constructed Using a Singing Greeting Card Beeper

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    Bhaskar, Anand; Subramani, Selvam; Ojha, Rajdeep

    2013-01-01

    An article by Belusic and Zupancic described the construction of a finger pulse sensor using a singing greeting card beeper. These authors felt that this beeper made of piezoelectric material could be easily modified to function as a respiratory belt transducer to monitor respiratory movements. Commercially available respiratory belt transducers,…

  7. A belt charging system for the Vivitron - design, early results

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    A specific belt charging system has been designed, built and assembled for the 35 MV Vivitron. 100 m long belt is used. Together with main features of the design, experimental studies, tests in a pilot machine and the results of the very early tests of the real system are reviewed

  8. Experimental Measurements of Belt Gears in Newly Developed Device

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    Jozef Mascenik

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available The paper deals with the alternative of determination of state of the belt gear. To realize themeasurements a newly developed device was designed for measurement and diagnostics of the belt gears. The main task is to detect the V-belt slip expressed by the coefficient of elastic creep and of specific slip with a measuring device. The measurements regarding can be performed if input revolutions of the electric motor and torque of the belt gear are constant whereas the tensioning force of the belt gear changes. It is also possible to perform the measurement if the input revolutions of the electric motor and the tensioning forces are constant and the torque changes.

  9. Traffic restrictions due to wind on the Fehmarn Belt bridge

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    Dellwik, E.; Mann, Jakob; Rosenhagen, G.

    2006-01-01

    same as used in this report and here the comparison is satisfactory. We estimate that the prospective Fehmarn Belt bridge will be closed roughly 2% of the timefor light roadway vehicles (unloaded trucks and caravans), corresponding to 7 days per year. This is slightly less than for the Fehmarnsund...... Bridge. For the Great Belt bridge the corresponding actual fraction is 1.5%, despite the fact that this bridge usesstricter criteria. The most important difference between the bridges in this connection is their orientation with respect to the prevailing wind direction. If all the large bridges (Øresund......, Great Belt and Fehmarn Belt) used the same criteria the FehmarnBelt bridge would be closed approximately twice as much as the two others. The majority of these restrictions are likely to take place in the winter time and can be significantly reduced with wind screens....

  10. Toroidal magnet for a tokamak with a strong magnetic field and combined adiabatic compression of the pinch

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    This report examines the concept and the main characteristics of the torroidal magnet in a tokamak with a strong magnetic field and combined adiabatic compression of the plasma pinch for an experiment to achieve the parameter Q = 1

  11. Warm dense matter study and pulsed-power developments for X-pinch equipment in Nagaoka University of Technology

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    Sasaki, Toru; Miki, Yasutoshi; Tachinami, Fumitaka; Saito, Hirotaka; Takahashi, Takuya; Anzai, Nobuyuki; Kikuchi, Takashi; Aso, Tsukasa; Harada, Nob.

    2014-01-01

    In order to explore high energy density physics, we have performed WDM experiment by using several pulsed-power devices. To generate well-defined warm dense state for evaluating electrical conductivity and its properties, we have proposed an isochoric heating of foamed metal by using pulsed-power discharge. The proposed technique yields the electrical conductivity of warm dense matter with a well-defined temperature. To observe the warm dense matter, a pulsed-power generator based on a pulse-forming-network (PFN) was studied toward generating an intense point-spot-like X-ray source from X-pinch technique. From comparison of the designing and the actual inductances of the X-pinch system, the actual inductance of X-pinch system is 3.5 times higher than the designing inductance. To reduce the total inductance of X-pinch system, we will modify the gap switch system such as multi spake gap.

  12. A Study on the Vibration of the Charging Belt in an Electrostatic Accelerator

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    2001-01-01

    The vibration of the charging belt in an electrostatic accelerator has intense influences on the accelerator operation. A calculating model was set up in this paper to study the belt vibration. The results show that the belt tension, belt velocity and belt current all contribute to the belt vibration. There is an optimal relationship among the three factors by which the belt would run most smoothly. There exists a minimum value of optimal tension for various belt velocities. The vibrating frequency of the is generally around several Hz.

  13. Equilibria and Free Vibration of a Two-Pulley Belt-Driven System with Belt Bending Stiffness

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    Jieyu Ding

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Nonlinear equilibrium curvatures and free vibration characteristics of a two-pulley belt-driven system with belt bending stiffness and a one-way clutch are investigated. With nonlinear dynamical tension, the transverse vibrations of the translating belt spans and the rotation motions of the pulleys and the accessory shaft are coupled. Therefore, nonlinear piecewise discrete-continuous governing equations are established. Considering the bending stiffness of the translating belt spans, the belt spans are modeled as axially moving beams. The pattern of equilibria is a nontrivial solution. Furthermore, the nontrivial equilibriums of the dynamical system are numerically determined by using two different approaches. The governing equations of the vibration near the equilibrium solutions are derived by introducing a coordinate transform. The natural frequencies of the dynamical systems are studied by using the Galerkin method with various truncations and the differential and integral quadrature methods. Moreover, the convergence of the Galerkin truncation is investigated. Numerical results reveal that the study needs 16 terms after truncation in order to determine the free vibration characteristics of the pulley-belt system with the belt bending stiffness. Furthermore, the first five natural frequencies are very sensitive to the bending stiffness of the translating belt.

  14. Application of 2-D simulations to hollow Z-pinch implosions

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    The application of simulations of z-pinch implosions should have at least two goals: first, to properly model the most important physical processes occurring in the pinch allowing for a better understanding of the experiments and second, provide a design capability for future experiments. Beginning with experiments fielded at Los Alamos on the Pegasus I and Pegasus II capacitor banks, we have developed a methodology for simulating hollow z-pinches in two dimensions which has reproduced important features of the measured experimental current drive, spectrum, radiation pulse shape, peak power and total radiated energy (1,2,3). This methodology employs essentially one free parameter, the initial level of the random density perturbations imposed at the beginning of the 2-D simulation, but in general no adjustments to other parameters (such as the resistivity) are required (1). Limitations in the use of this approach include the use of the 3-T, gray diffusion treatment of radiation and the fact that the initial perturbation conditions are not known a priori. Nonetheless, the approach has been successful in reproducing important experimental features of such implosions over a wide variety of timescales (tens of nanoseconds to microseconds), current drives (3 to 16 MA), masses (submilligram to tens of milligrams), initial radii (<1cm to 5 cm), materials (Al and W) and initial configurations (thin foils and wire arrays with 40 to 240 wires). Currently we are applying this capability to the analysis of recent Saturn and PBFA-Z experiments (4,5). The code results provide insight into the nature of the pinch plasma prior to arrival on-axis, during thermalization and development after peak pinch time. Among other things, the simulation results provide an explanation for the production of larger amounts of radiated energy than would be expected from a simple slug-model kinetic energy analysis and the appearance of multiple peaks in the radiation power. The 2-D modeling has also

  15. The microscopic Z-pinch process of current-carrying rarefied deuterium plasma shell

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    For insight into the microscopic mechanism of Z-pinch dynamic processes, a code of two-dimensional particle-in-cell (PIC) simulation has been developed in cylindrical coordinates. In principle, the Z-pinch of current-carrying rarefied deuterium plasma shell has been simulated by means of this code. Many results related to the microscopic processes of the Z-pinch are obtained. They include the spatio-temporal distributions of electromagnetic field, current density, forces experienced by the ions and electrons, positions and energy distributions of particles, and trailing mass and current. In radial direction, the electric and magnetic forces exerted on the electrons are comparable in magnitude, while the forces exerted on the ions are mainly the electric forces. So in the Z-pinch process, the electrons are first accelerated in Z direction and get higher velocities; then, they are driven inwards to the axis at the same time by the radial magnetic forces (i.e., Lorentz forces) of them. That causes the separations between the electrons and ions because the ion mass is much larger than the electron's, and in turn a strong electrostatic field is produced. The produced electrostatic field attracts the ions to move towards the electrons. When the electrons are driven along the radial direction to arrive at the axis, they shortly move inversely due to the static repellency among them and their tiny mass, while the ions continue to move inertially inwards, and later get into stagnation, and finally scatter outwards. Near the stagnation, the energies of the deuterium ions mostly range from 0.3 to 6 keV, while the electron energies are mostly from 5 to 35 keV. The radial components, which can contribute to the pinched plasma temperature, of the most probable energies of electron and ion at the stagnation are comparable to the Bennett equilibrium temperature (about 1 keV), and also to the highest temperatures of electron and ion obtained in one dimensional radiation

  16. Effect of operating gas on the x-ray radiation from a gas-puff z-pinch

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    Gas-puff z-pinch plasma using Ne, Ar and Kr as pinch materials have been produced in the SHOTGUN device. The hardening of x-ray radiation with z of the operating gas was confirmed. The magnetic energy converted into the kinetic energy of the plasma increased with z of the gas. It is attributed to strong compression due to radiation cooling in the contraction phase. (author)

  17. Emission of High-Energy Ions in the SHOTGUN III Divergent Gas-Puff Z-Pinch Experiment

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    TAKASUGI, Keiichi; IWATA, Masayuki; NISHIO, Mineyuki

    2016-03-01

    Ion pinhole measurements of high-energy ions were conducted on the divergent gas-puff z-pinch plasma. Two types of ions, 1.7 - 2.5 MeV and 0.1 - 0.7 MeV, were observed. The former was observed only on the axis. The latter showed quite different characteristics between positive and negative discharges. These ions were considered to be accelerated by inductive electric field generated by the pinch.

  18. The Foundations of Radiation Belt Research

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    Ludwig, G. H.

    2008-12-01

    phenomenon. It also provided the first hint that there were two distinct radiation belts, although that conclusion was not reached until later. Although that new information was quickly announced, the results of the high altitude nuclear detonations were kept secret until well into 1959. They clearly revealed the charged particle shells created by the Argos nuclear detonations. The next major step in mapping and understanding the high-intensity radiation involved the launch of deep space probes Pioneers III and IV in December 1958 and March 1959. Although both launches fell short in their primary objective, to reach the moon, they traveled far enough from the Earth to fully meet the needs of the scientific experiment. They very clearly showed the two-radiation belt structure, and mapped its extent. They also showed the probable effect of a magnetic storm on 25 February, thus indicating the direct influence of solar activity on the outer belt. By the end of 1959, the existence of the Van Allen Radiation Belts and their general structure were solidly established, early information about the composition of the radiation was appearing in print, and energetic work was under way to understand the physics of the processes involved.

  19. Space electronics: radiation belts set new challenges

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    Telecommunications satellites have been in use since 1962 with the first satellite network (constellation) coming into operation in 1966. GPS systems have been available since the mid seventies. Until now, all these systems have avoided orbits which lie within the radiation belts. The latest constellation projects, offering much wider bandwidths, need to use orbits between 1500 and 2000 km, where the proton density is at its highest. The vulnerability of future generations of components can be predicted by extrapolating the behaviour of current devices. Screening is not a viable option due to cost and weight limitations in satellite applications. As a result, satellite and component manufacturers are seeking new methods of hardening components or making them more radiation tolerant in an environment where the radiation levels are ten times those currently experiences. (authors)

  20. Structural style variation and its impact on hydrocarbon traps in central Fars, southern Zagros folded belt, Iran

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    Motamedi, Hossein; Sherkati, Shahram; Sepehr, Mohammad

    2012-04-01

    The Fars area is the main target for Permian gas exploration in the Zagros fold belt. It contains approximately 15 percent of the world's proven gas reserves. The geometrical characteristics of the folded structures change dramatically across the N-S trending Gavbandi High. We used seismic profiles, well data, magnetic survey information and field observations to show that thickness variation of the sedimentary pile inherited from basement geometry is the main reason behind structural style variation in this area which occurred during the Zagros folding. Differences in thickness were more significant in Early-Middle Paleozoic time and decreased considerably upward in time. The total thickness of the Lower Paleozoic succession in the eastern side of the Gavbandi High is approximately 40-50% thicker than on the summit of this basement high. Sedimentary pinch-outs through Cretaceous and Tertiary times indicate that the activity of the basement faults decreased but did not stop. The impact on hydrocarbon traps of the pre-folding basin architecture and the differences in the behavior of the sedimentary cover after Miocene folding is discussed and documented.

  1. Nano-scale ultra-dense Z-pinches formation from laser-irradiated nanowire arrays

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    Kaymak, Vural; Shlyaptsev, Vyacheslav N; Rocca, Jorge J

    2016-01-01

    We show that ulta-dense Z-pinches with nanoscale dimensions can be generated by irradiating aligned nanowires with femtosecond laser pulses of relativistic intensity. Using fully three-dimensional relativistic particle-in-cell simulations we demonstrate that the laser pulse drives a forward electron current in the area around the wires. This forward current induces return current densities of $\\sim$ 0.1 Giga-Amperes per $\\mu$m\\textsuperscript{2} through the wires. The resulting strong, quasi-static, self-generated azimuthal magnetic field pinches the nanowires into hot plasmas with a peak electron density of $> 9\\cdot 10^{24}$ cm\\textsuperscript{-3}, exceeding 1000 times the critical density. Arrays of these new ultra-dense nanopinches can be expected to lead to efficient micro-fusion and other applications.

  2. Dynamic of compression and mechanisms of plasma heating in Θ-Pinch

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    It has been developed a (1 + zero) D model, sharp boundary in r and 1D in z, to study dynamics of Θ- pinches with bias field, in order to calculate bounce oscillations, plasma temperature, effects of plasma temperature, effects of plasma radius on the discharge and the influence of finiteness of the Θ- pinch coil length on the bounce oscillations. It was observed that the effect of plasma radius variation on discharge is appreciable. It can even invert the sign of dBz/dt. The influence of the finite length coil is manifested through oscillations of quantities, such as, bz, R, Ti and Bi along z axis. These oscillations are simply bounce oscillations transformed oscillations in z direction, and do not mean a new instability. (author)

  3. Z pinches with multi-ion species: Ion separation and stability

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    Recent experiments on gas-puff Z pinches using various ion mixtures have demonstrated that the plasma shell separates into two distinct annuli which implode concentrically. This phenomenon is quantitatively explained with the use of a semihydrodynamic model in which the electrons are treated as a collisional fluid and the ions are considered cold and collisionless. Stabilitiy in this model is investigated and an expression for the growth rate of a Rayleigh--Taylor type instability is presented. This growth rate is found to be independent of the degree of plasma compressibility and somewhat reduced in the presence of an ion mixture. Comparison of these results with the University of California, Irvine, Z-pinch experiment is discussed

  4. Cross-point coronal plasma dynamics in two- and four-wire x-pinches

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    Studies of the late time diode gap formation in two- and four-wire tungsten x-pinches using an 80 kA, 50 ns current pulse are presented. Quantitative measurements of the coronal plasma density are recovered using interferometry simultaneously with laser shadowgraphy. Axial expansion of the gap occurs at ∼106 cm/s for both two- and four-wire systems and is likely to be driven by an axial JxB force resulting from radial current flow in the plasma minidiode ''electrodes.'' Radial density profiles suggest repinching of the low density plasma occurs after the main pinch resulting in secondary x-ray emission peak >10 ns after the first, which is recorded with a pair of pin diodes.

  5. Study of Pinching Capillary Discharge for Nitrogen H-like Recombination Laser

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    A computer model of EUV nitrogen laser pumped by pinching capillary discharge is presented. The model consists of magneto-hydrodynamics plasma description and subsequent ion kinetic evaluation. Quick changes of electron temperature during the pinch decay lead to ionisation and excitation non-equilibrium and result in inversion population on Balmer alpha transition. Validity of our model was proved via comparison of measured and evaluated spectra of our device with 15.5 kA peak current. High gain lasing system is predicted for 2 mm diam. capillary filled by 0.2 kPa nitrogen if 80 kA peak current and 30 ns pulse duration are taken into account

  6. A Toroidal Screw Pinch with Non-Circular Plasma Cross-Section

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    Application of MHD-theory to a screw pinch or Tokamak with circular cross-section shows that equilibrium and stability are obtainable only at β-values of the order of several per cent. Simple equilibrium and stability considerations for a screw pinch with flat plasma cross-section, however, showed that in this case β-values in the region β ≈ 1 should be allowed. Using the low inductive capacitor bank ISAR-IV, in a toroidal discharge chamber with a volume of 220 litres in flat geometry (50 cm mean diameter, 100 cm height) the plasma is produced by a fast rising magnetic field (rise time 6 μs, e-folding time ≈ 1 ms, peak field 10 kG). The results concerning equilibrium and stability of this flat plasma in the temperature regime of 100-200 eV are reported. (author)

  7. On the stability limits of the Pinch-conductor current ratio in Extrap

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    A first attempt is made to take the special stability features of the Extrap confinement scheme into account, thereby including kinetic large Larmor radius (LLR) effects. This approach predicts Extrap to be unstable outside a domain defined by a lower and an upper ratio a-/ax is related to the ratio Jp/Jv between the pinch current Jp and the conductor current Jv. Stability within the predicted domain seems to agree with so far performed linear and toroidal experiments, and can explain the observed increase in Jp/Jv and in the plasma temperature, in terms of an increased ratio a-/ax. According to present analysis, an optimum value of the conductor current Jv should further exist with respect to pinch equilibrium and stability, as given by the condition a- approx = ax. (author)

  8. Self-adaptivity of columned dynamic hohlraums for Z-pinch on 4 MA drivers

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    It is important to characterize the dynamic hohlraum's radiation and coupling efficiency in Z-pinch physical experiments. The difficulty in the columned dynamic hohlraums presents unique challenges and opportunities for target fabrication, especially their self-adaptivity. Columned dynamic hohlraums were developed. The low-density CHO foams were assembled and fixed by assistant clamp and their self-sustaining ability. In the condition of small strain, wire-arrays and foams can automatically adapt to the environment change of target chamber, through free rotation and slide in micron-level. The results show that, the dynamic hohlraums meet the requirement of the Z-pinch physics experiment, and is self-adaptive on the Angara-5-1 facility. The maximal X-ray temperature is 62.7 eV, and the result reproducibility is more than 91.5%. (authors)

  9. An electron-beam-heating model for the Gamble II rod pinch

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    The rod-pinch diode concentrates electron deposition onto the tip of a high-atomic-number, mm-dia. anode rod to create an ultra-bright x-ray source for multi-MV radiography. Here, a technique is presented whereby line-spread functions acquired on-axis and at 90 deg. to the rod are used to determine the electron-deposition distribution. Results show that the smaller measured on-axis spot size for heated rods on Gamble II is due to pinching closer to the tapered tip. For a diode power of 6x1010 W, peak electron heating of 1x1014 W/cm3 is calculated. MHD calculations of the e-beam-heated rod response agree with Schlieren measurements of plasma expansion

  10. Basis of combined Pinch Technology and exergy analysis and its application to energy industry in Mexico

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    The energy industry scheme in Mexico has an enormous potential to do re adaptations with the intention of increase the efficiency in the use of energy. One of the most modern engineering tools to make such re adaptations consist in a suitable combination of analysis of exergy and Pinch technology. In this work, the basis of this new technology are presented, besides the potential areas of application in the Mexican energy industry are also considered. So then, it is shown that a combined analysis of exergy and Pinch technology (ACETP) is useful to analyze, in a conceptual and easy to understand way, systems that involve heat and power. The potential areas of application of ACETP are, cryogenic processes, power generation systems and cogeneration systems. (Author)

  11. Microturbulence studies of pulsed poloidal current drive discharges in the reversed field pinch

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    Carmody, D., E-mail: dcarmody@wisc.edu; Pueschel, M. J.; Anderson, J. K.; Terry, P. W. [University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin 53706 (United States)

    2015-01-15

    Experimental discharges with pulsed poloidal current drive (PPCD) in the Madison Symmetric Torus reversed field pinch are investigated using a semi-analytic equilibrium model in the gyrokinetic turbulence code GENE. PPCD cases, with plasma currents of 500 kA and 200 kA, exhibit a density-gradient-driven trapped electron mode (TEM) and an ion temperature gradient mode, respectively. Relative to expectations of tokamak core plasmas, the critical gradients for the onset of these instabilities are found to be greater by roughly a factor of the aspect ratio. A significant upshift in the nonlinear TEM transport threshold, previously found for tokamaks, is confirmed in nonlinear reversed field pinch simulations and is roughly three times the threshold for linear instability. The simulated heat fluxes can be brought in agreement with measured diffusivities by introducing a small, resonant magnetic perturbation, thus modeling the residual fluctuations from tearing modes. These fluctuations significantly enhance transport.

  12. Nonlinear waves arising during the compression of an end-plugged theta pinch

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    The cooling of an end-plugged theta pinch during compression is analyzed. The radiative loss due to volume emission is taken into account. Self-similar solutions in the form of cooling and heating waves are derived in the approximation of a spatially uniform pressure. Explicit solutions are derived for the model of a power-law time dependence of the pressure. These solutions differ from ordinary heating and cooling heat-conduction waves in that there may be heating and cooling waves with both increasing and decreasing temperature at the center of the theta pinch, depending on the pressure increase and the ratio of the characteristic times of the compression and the radiation

  13. Laser scattering measurements of plasma turbulence in a fast theta pinch

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    The Maryland High Voltage Theta Pinch is used to study the turbulent heating of a low density (approx. 1 - 6 x 1013 cm-3) cylindrical deuterium plasma by the sudden (tau 1/4 = 300 ns) application of a large (2.5 kG) axial magnetic field. This results in a collisionless imploding shock wave that heats and compresses the plasma. Small angle CO2 laser scattering, with k lambda/sub D/ < 1, can directly sense density fluctuations produced by microinstabilities driven by this magnetic implosion. These microinstabilities are responsible for electron and ion heating. They are also important indirectly, through their influence on the plasma resistivity, in determining gross properties of the theta pinch implosion dynamics. Turbulent density fluctuations were measured at a wavelength near the Debye length at several points within and behind the current sheet of the imploding shock that is driven by the magnetic implosion

  14. Plasma equilibrium and field diffusion during current rise phase of STP-2 screw pinch tokamak

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    Plasma equilibrium and field diffusion during the current rise phase of the discharge have been investigated in STP-2 screw pinch tokamak. The plasma with maximum poloidal beta value βsub(p) of 3.0 has been obtained by compression and joule heating. However the maximum βsub(p) value without strong wall contacts was about 1.3. We observed that force-free current is formed in the periphery of the plasma and the penetration rate of the poloidal magnetic field is much faster than the penetration rate calculated from the classical resistivity. To understand the high-beta plasma equilibrium and the mechanism of fast penetration rate observed in STP-2 plasmas we have performed a numerical simulation using a 2-D MHD pinch code ''TOPICS''. It is demonstrated that the fast penetration rate can be explained by introducing the influx of neutral particles and the ion acoustic type anomalous resistivity. (author)

  15. Three-dimensional Simulation on Parison Shape at Pinch-off Stage in Extrusion Blow Molding

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    Tanoue, Shuichi; Fukuzawa, Youhei; Iemoto, Yoshiyuki; Kawachi, Ryuichi; Tomiyama, Hideki

    In this study the parison shape at the pinch-off stage in extrusion blow molding was theoretically predicted by non-isothermal and purely-viscous non-Newtonian flow simulation using a finite element method. In this simulation, the angle of knife edge θ, the depth d and the length l of compression land of a blow molding mold were changed. The results obtained are as follows; The parison thickness at the bottom increases as the angle of knife edge and the depth of compression land decreases, but is almost independent of the length of compression land. The parison temperature on the parison inner surface near the pinch-off knife decreases as the angle of knife edge and the depth of compression land increases. The parison thickness at the bottom decreases as the mold closing time is shortend.

  16. Effect of gyroviscosity on the small axial wavelength internal kink instability in the Z-pinch

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    The effect of ion gyroviscosity on the stability of m=1 small axial wavelength kinks in a z-pinch with purely poloidal magnetic field is investigated by normal mode methods. We use the Incompressible FLR MHD model; a collisionless fluid model introduced to include Finite Larmor Radius effects. For vanishing Larmor radius, a stability criterion which coincides with that of ideal MHD is found; the Kadomtsev criterion 2rdp/dr+m/sp2/B/sp2///my//sb0/> or = 0. This criterion predicts instability unless the current density becomes singular at the centre of the pinch. When the Larmor radius terms of the ion pressure tensor are included, we find that marginally unstable (ideal) modes are stabilized. (authors)

  17. Geometry, kinematics and evolution of the Tongbai orogenic belt

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    HUANG Shaoying; XU Bei; WANG Changqiu; ZHAN Sheng; DENG Rongjing

    2006-01-01

    The Tongbai orogenic belt (TOB) is composed of six tectonic units. From south to north these units are: Tongbai gneiss rise (TGR); Hongyihe-Luozhuang eclogite belt (HLE); Maopo-Hujiazhai igneous rock belt (MHI); Zhoujiawan flysch belt (ZFB); Yangzhuang greenschist belt (YGB); and Dongjiazhuang marble belt (DMB).The geometry and kinematic images of the TOB include: the antiformal structures caused by a later uplift process, the top-to-north ductile shear structure that related to a process that the ultrahigh pressure rocks are brought to surface, the top-to-south ductile shear thrust and the sinistrial shear structures related to a south-north direction compression, and the east-west direction fold structures in the upper crust. In the view of the multistage subduction-collision orogenic belt, according to the characters of petrology and its distribution, geometry, kinematics and structural chronology in these tectonic units, tectonic evolution of the TOB can be divided into four stages: oceanic crust subduction during 400-300 Ma, continental collision during 270-250 Ma, continental deep subduction and uplift during 250-205 Ma and doming deformation during 200-185 Ma.

  18. Enhanced confinement with plasma biasing in the MST reversed field pinch

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    We report an increase in particle confinement with plasma biasing in a reversed field pinch. Miniature plasma sources are used as electrodes to negatively bias the plasma at the edge (r/a ∼ 0.9). Particle content increases and Hα radiation decreases upon application of bias and global particle confinement roughly doubles as a result. Measurements of plasma potential, impurity flow, and floating potential fluctuations indicate that strong flows are produced and that electrostatic fluctuations are reduced

  19. Imploding process and x-ray emission of shotgun z-pinch plasma

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    Muto, Ryusuke [Nihon University, College of Science and Technology, Tokyo (Japan); Takasugi, Keiichi; Miyamoto, Tetsu [Nihon University, Atomic Energy Research Institute, Tokyo (Japan)

    2001-09-01

    Rayleigh-Taylor instability was observed on the surface of a contracting z-pinch plasma. Wavelength of the instability was analyzed from the envelope of the profile, and it increased with implosion. Analysis with finite Larmor radius effect shows that there is some acceleration of ions during the contraction process. A suggestion to obtain macroscopically uniform plasma is to increase plasma current without heating the plasma. (author)

  20. Tessellation and Lyubich-Minsky laminations associated with quadratic maps I: Pinching semiconjugacies

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    Kawahira, Tomoki

    2006-01-01

    We introduce tessellation of the filled Julia sets for hyperbolic and parabolic quadratic maps. Then the dynamics inside their Julia sets are organized by tiles which work like external rays outside. We also construct continuous families of pinching semiconjugacies associated with hyperblic-to-parabolic degenerations without using quasiconformal deformation. Instead we use tessellation and investigation on the hyperbolic-to-parabolic degeneration of linearizing coordinates inside the Julia set.

  1. Single cell kinase signaling assay using pinched flow coupled droplet microfluidics

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    Ramji, Ramesh; Wang, Ming; Bhagat, Ali Asgar S.; Tan Shao Weng, Daniel; Thakor, Nitish V.; Teck Lim, Chwee; Chen, Chia-Hung

    2014-01-01

    Droplet-based microfluidics has shown potential in high throughput single cell assays by encapsulating individual cells in water-in-oil emulsions. Ordering cells in a micro-channel is necessary to encapsulate individual cells into droplets further enhancing the assay efficiency. This is typically limited due to the difficulty of preparing high-density cell solutions and maintaining them without cell aggregation in long channels (>5 cm). In this study, we developed a short pinched flow channel...

  2. Suppression of Rayleigh-Taylor instability in Z-pinch loads with tailored density profiles

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    A load structure with a tailored density profile which delays the onset of the Rayleigh-Taylor instability development in imploding Z-pinches by inverting acceleration of the magnetic field/plasma interface was proposed and studied numerically. This approach makes it possible to start gas-puff implosions from large radii (like 8 cm) and produce a significant K-shell yield with current pulse duration of 250 ns and longer. (author). 3 figs., 7 refs

  3. The quantum pinch effect in semiconducting quantum wires: A bird’s-eye view

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    Kushwaha, Manvir S.

    2016-01-01

    Those who measure success with culmination do not seem to be aware that life is a journey not a destination. This spirit is best reflected in the unceasing failures in efforts for solving the problem of controlled thermonuclear fusion for even the simplest pinches for over decades; and the nature keeps us challenging with examples. However, these efforts have permitted researchers the obtention of a dense plasma with a lifetime that, albeit short, is sufficient to study the physics of the pinch effect, to create methods of plasma diagnostics, and to develop a modern theory of plasma processes. Most importantly, they have impregnated the solid state plasmas, particularly the electron-hole plasmas in semiconductors, which do not suffer from the issues related with the confinement and which have demonstrated their potential not only for the fundamental physics but also for the device physics. Here, we report on a two-component, cylindrical, quasi-one-dimensional quantum plasma subjected to a radial confining harmonic potential and an applied magnetic field in the symmetric gauge. It is demonstrated that such a system, as can be realized in semiconducting quantum wires, offers an excellent medium for observing the quantum pinch effect at low temperatures. An exact analytical solution of the problem allows us to make significant observations: Surprisingly, in contrast to the classical pinch effect, the particle density as well as the current density display a determinable maximum before attaining a minimum at the surface of the quantum wire. The effect will persist as long as the equilibrium pair density is sustained. Therefore, the technological promise that emerges is the route to the precise electronic devices that will control the particle beams at the nanoscale.

  4. Development of z-pinch instabilities in plasma with axial magnetic field

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    Sotnikov, V. I.; Bauer, B. S.; LeBoeuf, J. N.; Hellinger, Petr; Trávníček, Pavel; Fiala, Vladimír

    Springfield, Virginia: US department of commerce , National technical information service, 2002, s. 255-259. [11th International conference on emerging nuclear energy systems. Albuquerque (US), 29.09.2002-04.10.2002] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAB3042106 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z3042911 Keywords : hybrid simulations * Z-pinch * plasma instabilities Subject RIV: BL - Plasma and Gas Discharge Physics

  5. Imploding process and x-ray emission of shotgun z-pinch plasma

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    Rayleigh-Taylor instability was observed on the surface of a contracting z-pinch plasma. Wavelength of the instability was analyzed from the envelope of the profile, and it increased with implosion. Analysis with finite Larmor radius effect shows that there is some acceleration of ions during the contraction process. A suggestion to obtain macroscopically uniform plasma is to increase plasma current without heating the plasma. (author)

  6. Spatial structure and x-ray emission of a gas-puff z-pinch plasma

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    Spatial and spectral characteristics of Ar gas-puff z-pinch plasma were investigated using a convex crystal spectrograph. Radial distribution of He-like Ar line corresponded to hot spots. H-like Ar line was observed in Cu electrode experiment. Kα lines of metal atoms had a wide distribution, which corresponded to cloud structure of x-ray image. Fe Kα spectrum was again observed in Al electrode experiment. (author)

  7. Dynamic behavior of a gas-puff z-pinch plasma and x-ray radiation

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    A gas-puff z-pinch plasma was produced in the SHOTGUN device, in which a hollow initial gas is injected through an annular nozzle on the anode. The contracting plasma showed nonuniformity along the column axis. As the rippling develops, the plasma column is separate into sections, which shrinks by turns from the gas nozzle. The spot images in the x-ray photograph corresponds to the nodes of the rippling. (author)

  8. Formation, cascade development and breakup of the X pinch sausage-type instability

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    The data on the X-pinches high-resolution shadowgraphy in a high-power thick plasma generator are presented. The process of mini-diode formation, sausage-type instability originating therein, its breakup and subsequent destruction are studied. The cascade formation of short-living structures, firmly reproducing the mini-diode form in smaller scales before the X-ray flare, are observed in the process of implosion. The position of the X-ray emission points is determined

  9. Sausage instability of the z-pinch in InSb

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    A differential equation for the perturbations of a stationary equilibrium, which takes into account the effects of extrinsic carriers, degeneration, induction of electric field, generation and recombination of carriers is used to study the z-pinch in n-InSb at 77 K. The calculations for the azimuthal wave number m = 0 lead to three oscillating modes, one of which is unstable above a certain threshold of the axial wavelength. This instability is caused by the nonconservation of plasma carriers. (orig.)

  10. Study of X-ray emission in aluminium z-pinches

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    Previous experiments, at 0.1. TX level, have shown that stability and x-ray emission of fast Z-pinches, could be strongly increased by imploding an aluminium vapor jet onto a very thin coaxial wire. We present here first results of an aluminium Z-pinch, using a similar liner, but at mega-ampere level. The pinch is driven by AMBIORIX high-power facility, a 2 TW, 0.5 Ω, 2 MA, 50 ns pulse-line generator. We study the effect of an aluminium wire and its diameter (20-50 μm) on the implosion dynamics, on x-ray yield on MHD stability of the column at stagnation. Analysis of A1 jet on A1 wire shots demonstrates that x-ray yield due to emission processes in the H- and He- like ionization stages (i.e. the K-shell) is significantly enhanced, relative to that of A1 jet only ones. The wire also leads to better symmetry of the implosion, and to better reproducibility of shots. X-ray signals exhibit two similar pulses, 10 ns in width, 15 ns spaced. To discern spectral origin of both pulses, experiments are realized with stainless steel wire (25 μm in diameter). Results show that liner and wire radial simultaneously and contribute to both pulses. Analysis of a typical A1 jet on A1 wire shot, using detailed collisional-radiative equilibrium (CRE) model is also given in this thesis. View o the pinch at stagnation as a cola-dense core surrounded by a hot-low density corona reproduces all features of the X-ray data. (author)

  11. Strain localization in ductile rocks: A comparison of natural and simulated pinch-and-swell structures

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    Peters, Max; Berger, Alfons; Herwegh, Marco; Regenauer-Lieb, Klaus

    2016-06-01

    We study pinch-and-swell structures in order to uncover the onset of strain localization and the change of deformation mechanisms in layered ductile rocks. To this end, boudinaged monomineralic veins embedded in an ultramylonitic matrix are analyzed quantitatively. The swells are built up by relatively undeformed original calcite grains, showing twinning and minor subgrain rotation recrystallization (SGR). Combined with progressive formation of high-angle misorientations between grains, indicative of SGR, severe grain size reduction defines the transition to the pinches. Accordingly, dynamically recrystallized grains have a strong crystallographic preferred orientation (CPO). Toward the necks, further grain size reduction, increasingly random misorientations, nucleation of new grains, and a loss of the CPO occur. We postulate that this microstructure marks the transition from dislocation to diffusion creep induced by strain localization. We confirm that the development of boudins is insensitive to original grain sizes and single-crystal orientations. In order to test these microstructural interpretations, a self-consistent numerical grain size evolution is implemented, based on thermo-mechanical principles, end-member flow laws and microphysical processes. Applying constant velocity and isothermal boundary conditions to a 3-layer finite element pure shear box, pinch-and-swell structures emerge out of the homogeneous layer through grain size softening at a critical state. Viscosity weakening due to elevated strain rates and dissipated heat from grain size reduction promotes strain rate weakening until a critical grain size is reached. At this point, a switch from dislocation to diffusion creep occurs. This state locks in at local steady states and is microstructurally expressed in pinches and swells, respectively. Thus, boudinage is identified as an energy attractor, identifying the high-energy steady state of an extending layered structure. We conclude from the

  12. Use of Z pinch radiation sources for high pressure shock wave studies

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    Recent developments in pulsed power technology demonstrate use of intense radiation sources (Z pinches) for driving planar shock waves in samples with spatial dimensions larger than possible with other radiation sources. Initial indications are that the use of Z pinch sources can be used to produce planar shock waves in samples with diameters of a few millimeters and thicknesses approaching one half millimeter. These dimensions allow increased accuracy of both shock velocity and particle velocity measurements. The Z pinch radiation source uses imploding metal plasma induced by self-magnetic fields applied to wire arrays to produce high temperature x-ray environments in vacuum hohlraum enclosures. Previous experiments have demonstrated that planar shock waves can be produced with this approach. A photograph of a wire array located inside the vacuum hohlraum is shown here. Typically, a few hundred individual wires are used to produce the Z pinch source. For the shock wave experiments being designed, arrays of 120 to 240 tungsten wires with a diameter of 40 mm and with individual diameters of about 10 microm are used. Preliminary experiments have been performed on the Z pulsed radiation source to demonstrate the ability to obtain VISAR measurements in the Z accelerator environment. Analysis of these results indicate that another effect, not initially anticipated, is an apparent change in refractive index that occurs in the various optical components used in the system. This effect results in an apparent shift in the frequency of reflected laser light, and causes an error in the measured particle velocity. Experiments are in progress to understand and minimize this effect

  13. Physics and applications of micro and fast z-pinch plasmas

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    This is the proceedings of symposium on 'Physics and Application of Micro and Fast z-Pinch Plasma' held at National Institute for Fusion Science. Recent progress of experimental and theoretical works on high energy density plasmas produced by pulsed power is presented. Separate abstracts were presented for 4 of the papers in this report. The remaining 14 were considered outside the subject scope of INIS. (J.P.N.)

  14. The optimization of steelcord belt splices; Optimierung von Stahlseilgurtverbindungen

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    Hager, M. [Hannover Univ. (Germany); Keller, M. [ContiTech Transportbandsysteme GmbH, Northeim (Germany)

    2002-03-01

    Belt-conveyors have proven themselves for the continuous bulk conveying under technical and economic points of view for a long time. For long belt conveyors and big mass flows, steelcord conveyor belts technologically represent the state of the art. In a steelcord belt splice, the tensile force between the spliced belt ends is transmitted almost completely by locally differing shear forces in the rubber of the elastomer composite construction. Under the dynamically swelling load, to which the belt is exposed in operation, the splices represent the weakest part of a conveyor belt. In experimental examinations of this paper it was found, that the characteristic behavior of the material of the elastomer and the constructive design influences distortion behavior under force of steelcord belt test samples. As most important parameter of the compound design, the filler proves itself as the strongest influence on the dynamic shear modulus, which characterizes the non linear dynamic stiffness of the elastomer. The filling degree and the filler composition influence the degree of non linearity of the dynamic shear modulus and its complex components. On the basis of the results of the experimental examinations, an approximation model of the non linear dynamic shear modulus was employed, with which it is possible, to characterize the non linear, amplitude dependent material behavior of the examined elastomer. In the scope of this paper, a program system was developed on basis of the finite element method, that allows the arithmetical simulation of the force flow in steelcord belt splices and in highly stressed areas of the splices. (orig.)

  15. Shape of pinch and swell structures as a viscosity indicator: Application to lower crustal polyphase rocks

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    Gardner, Robyn L.; Piazolo, Sandra; Daczko, Nathan R.

    2016-07-01

    Pinch and swell structures occur where a more competent layer in a weaker matrix is subjected to layer-parallel extension. In this contribution, we use numerical models to explore the use of pinch and swell structure shape symmetry and asymmetry as a determinant of relative viscosity between layers. Maximum asymmetry is attained when the matrix viscosity on one side is subtly weaker than the competent layer, while the other side is significantly weaker. Our numerical results are directly applied to asymmetrically developed pinch and swell structures in exposed lower continental crust. Here, shape geometries observed in a shear zone comprised of plagioclase-dominated, garnet-dominated and mixed amphibole-plagioclase-dominated bands, reveals that the plagioclase-dominated band is the most competent band and is marginally stronger (2×) and significantly stronger (10-40×) than the fine grained garnet-dominated and mixed amphibole-plagioclase-dominated band, respectively. Based on the experimentally determined viscosity of a plagioclase-dominated material and quantitative microstructural analysis, the viscosity range of the natural rock bands is 2.8 × 1015 to 1.1 × 1017 Pa s. Consequently, the assumption that the experimentally-derived plagioclase flow law is an appropriate proxy for the middle to lower continental crust may lead to a viscosity over-estimation by up to forty times.

  16. Measurements of high energy photons in Z-pinch experiments on primary test stand

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    High energy photons are measured for the first time in wire-array Z-pinch experiments on the Primary Test Stand (PTS) which delivers a current up to 8 MA with a rise time of 70 ns. A special designed detecting system composed of three types of detectors is used to measure the average energy, intensity, and pulse waveform of high energy photons. Results from Pb-TLD (thermoluminescence dosimeter) detector indicate that the average energy is 480 keV (±15%). Pulse shape of high energy photons is measured by the photodiode detector consisted of scintillator coupled with a photodiode, and it is correlated with soft x-ray power by the same timing signal. Intensity is measured by both TLD and the photodiode detector, showing good accordance with each other, and it is 1010 cm−2 (±20%) at 2 m in the horizontal direction. Measurement results show that high energy photons are mainly produced in pinch regions due to accelerated electrons. PTS itself also produces high energy photons due to power flow electrons, which is one order smaller in amplitude than those from pinch region

  17. Measurements of high energy photons in Z-pinch experiments on primary test stand

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    Si, Fenni; Zhang, Chuanfei; Xu, Rongkun; Yuan, Xi; Huang, Zhanchang; Xu, Zeping; Ye, Fan; Yang, Jianlun; Ning, Jiamin; Hu, Qingyuan; Zhu, Xuebin

    2015-08-01

    High energy photons are measured for the first time in wire-array Z-pinch experiments on the Primary Test Stand (PTS) which delivers a current up to 8 MA with a rise time of 70 ns. A special designed detecting system composed of three types of detectors is used to measure the average energy, intensity, and pulse waveform of high energy photons. Results from Pb-TLD (thermoluminescence dosimeter) detector indicate that the average energy is 480 keV (±15%). Pulse shape of high energy photons is measured by the photodiode detector consisted of scintillator coupled with a photodiode, and it is correlated with soft x-ray power by the same timing signal. Intensity is measured by both TLD and the photodiode detector, showing good accordance with each other, and it is 1010 cm-2 (±20%) at 2 m in the horizontal direction. Measurement results show that high energy photons are mainly produced in pinch regions due to accelerated electrons. PTS itself also produces high energy photons due to power flow electrons, which is one order smaller in amplitude than those from pinch region.

  18. X-ray guided 1H NMR analysis of pinched cone calix[4]arenes

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    Rashatasakhon, Paitoon; Jaiyu, Arisa; Rojanathanes, Rojrit; Muangsin, Nongnuj; Chaichit, Narongsak; Sukwattanasinitt, Mongkol

    2010-01-01

    The analysis of structural parameters of azobenzene- and stilbene-bridged calix[4]arene obtained from AM1 calculation are in good agreement with those obtained from X-ray crystallography. The bridge longer than 9.0 Å such as p,p- trans-azobenzene and p,p- trans-stilbene cannot be constructed over the narrow rim of calix[4]arene through two ethylene oxide linkers. The m,m-stilbene bridge is the most promising photo switch because its shorter cis stereoisomer (5.85 Å) allows calix[4]arene to assume the perfect cone conformation, whilst its longer trans stereoisomer (8.00 Å) forces calix[4]arene to adapt a pinched cone conformation. The pinched cone conformation has longer distances between the neighbouring phenoxyl groups causing the weaker intramolecular hydrogen bonding and the upfield shifts of the phenolic proton signals to below 7.00 ppm. This upfield shift is useful for quick identification of pinched cone conformation of new calix[4]arene compounds.

  19. Integration of solar thermal for improved energy efficiency in low-temperature-pinch industrial processes

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    Solar thermal systems have the potential to provide renewable industrial process heat and are especially suited for low pinch temperature processes such as those in the food, beverage, and textile sectors. When correctly integrated within an industrial process, they can provide significant progress towards both increased energy efficiency and reduction in emissions. However, the integration of renewable solar energy into industrial processes presents a challenge for existing process integration techniques due to the non-continuous nature of the supply. A thorough pinch analysis study of the industrial process, taking in to account non-continuous operating rates, should be performed to evaluate the utility demand profile. Solar collector efficiency data under variable climatic conditions should also be collected for the specific site. A systematic method of combining this information leads to improved design and an optimal operating strategy. This approach has been applied to a New Zealand milk powder plant and benefits of several integration strategies, including mass integration, are investigated. The appropriate placement of the solar heat is analogous to the placement of a hot utility source and an energy penalty will be incurred when the solar thermal system provides heat below the pinch temperature.

  20. Effect of cathode and anode plasma motion on current characteristics of pinch diode

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    The preliminary research results for the effect of cathode and anode plasma motion on current characteristics of the pinch ion diode on FLASH II accelerator are reported. The structure and principle of pinch reflex ion beam diode are introduced. The time dependent evolution of electron and ion flow in large aspect-ratio relativistic diodes is studied by analytic models. The equation of Child-langmuir, weak focused-flow, strong focused-flow and parapotential flow are corrected to reduce the diode A-C gap caused by the motion of cathode and anode plasma. The diode current and ion current are calculated with these corrected equations, and the results are consistent with the experimental data. The methods of increasing ion current and efficiency are also presented. The high power ion beam peak current about 160 kA with a peak energy about 500 keV was produced using water-dielectric transmission-line generators with super-pinch reflex ion diodes on FLASH II accelerator at Northwest Institute of Nuclear Technology (NINT). (authors)