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Award Status: Active
  • Institution: Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
  • DUNS: 808264444
  • PM: Lanctot, Matthew
  • Most Recent Award Date: 09/03/2019
  • Number of Support Periods: 7
  • PI: Schuster-Rosa, Eugenio
  • Current Budget Period: 08/15/2019 - 08/14/2020
  • Current Project Period: 08/15/2019 - 08/14/2022
  • Supplement Budget Period: N/A

Public Abstract


David Humphreys, General Atomics (GA), Lead Principal Investigator (PI)
Andrea Garofalo, GA, Co-Lead PI
Paul Bonoli, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Collaborating Institution PI
David Brower, University of California Los Angeles, Collaborating Institution PI
Kenneth Gentle, University of Texas, Collaborating Institution PI
Christopher Holcomb, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Collaborating Institution PI
Francesca Poli, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Collaborating Institution PI
Eugenio Schuster, Lehigh University, Collaborating Institution PI


This renewal effort will focus on extension of high-performance plasma scenarios from DIII-D to long pulse on EAST. The project will accomplish this scenario adaptation with the different heating and current drive methods available on EAST, development and demonstration of robust integrated control methods to achieve sustained operation, development and validation of core-edge integration and divertor solutions for long pulse, development and support of key diagnostics, and application and validation of simulations to enable high confidence design of further scenarios in EAST, as well as for ITER and beyond. Other specific objectives include demonstration of high betap noninductive scenario candidates for a steady state reactor, and demonstration and qualification of an ITER-applicable end-to-end simulation-based scenario development and shot validation process with experimental long pulses of many resistive times in duration. The project will be executed by seven US institutions in a highly focused and integrated team. Building on the success of the 2013-19 effort, this project will further contribute to US Fusion Energy Sciences program goals by obtaining new understanding and answering critical questions in scenario and long pulse control research. The renewed effort will feature focused effort on unique reactor-relevant steady state control solutions, and exploit multiple weeks of remote third shift experimental operation of EAST for US scientists. This effort will help the US prepare to make most effective use of ITER, and prepare for next-step fusion science and engineering test reactors such as a US fusion pilot plant and CFETR (China). The project will work synergistically with US domestic research at DIII-D, team institutions, and beyond, helping to accelerate the EAST program and maximize its scientific productivity. 

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