Theory comparison and numerical benchmarking on neoclassical toroidal viscosity torque

Theory comparison and numerical benchmarking on neoclassical toroidal viscosity torque

Theory comparison and numerical benchmarking on neoclassical toroidal viscosity torque 150 150 Mathew

Theory comparison and numerical benchmarking on neoclassical toroidal viscosity torque

Systematic comparison and numerical benchmarking have been successfully carried out among three different approaches of neoclassical toroidal viscosity (NTV) theory and the corresponding codes: IPEC-PENT is developed based on the combined NTV theory but without geometric simplifications [Park et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 065002 (2009)]; MARS-Q includes smoothly connected NTV formula [Shaing et al., Nucl. Fusion 50, 025022 (2010)] based on Shaing’s analytic formulation in various collisionality regimes; MARS-K, originally computing the drift kinetic energy, is upgraded to compute the NTV torque based on the equivalence between drift kinetic energy and NTV torque [J.-K. Park, Phys. Plasma 18, 110702 (2011)]. The derivation and numerical results both indicate that the imaginary part of drift kinetic energy computed by MARS-K is equivalent to the NTV torque in IPEC-PENT. In the benchmark of precession resonance between MARS-Q and MARS-K/IPECPENT, the agreement and correlation between the connected NTV formula and the combined NTV theory in different collisionality regimes are shown for the first time. Additionally, both IPECPENT and MARS-K indicate the importance of the bounce harmonic resonance which can greatly enhance the NTV torque when E X B drift frequency reaches the bounce resonance condition.

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04/04/2014