Plasma Jet Modeling for MIF

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-09ER85506
Agency Tracking Number: 91518
Amount: $99,645.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: 57 c
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0000350
Small Business Information
Tech-x Corporation
5621 Arapahoe Avenue, Suite A, Boulder, CO, 80303
DUNS: 806486692
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Loverich
 (303) 996-2029
Business Contact
 Laurence Nelson
Title: Mr.
Phone: (720) 974-1856
Research Institution
Los Alamos National Lab is currently developing an experiment to investigate the use of plasma jets to implode magnetized targets in what is called magneto-inertial fusion (MIF). In a typical MIF scheme, a solid liner is imploded around a magnetized target, an approach that requires placing the liner for each shot and then rebuilding the mechanical connections. This is known as the standoff problem. On the other hand, the use of plasma jets, which can be located far from the target and require no mechanical connections, could enable the feasibility of a reactor with a high repetition rate. However, a number of issues need to be resolved through experiment in combination with device modeling. This project will validate and enhance a plasma fluid code for the particular application of plasma jets for MIF. The code is based on shock-capturing finite volume and discontinuous Galerkin techniques for a variety of fluid plasma models. These models will be used to analyze the effect of instabilities during jet merging and magnetized target implosion. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee In addition to the application to fusion energy, the plasma modeling technology should find use in many high energy density plasma concepts such as the dense plasma focus for neutron generation, plasmoids for propulsion and power, MPD/PIT thrusters for spacecraft propulsion, plasma arcs, and MHD generators. In all cases, the modeling tool would reduce development time and therefore, save money, for the government and commercial organizations

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