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Mr Simon Chislett-McDonald, MPhys, M.Inst.P.

Member of the Department of Physics

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My research focuses on the development, analysis and costing of new designs for net-electricity producing fusion reactors. My analysis considers the potential for more widespread use of the ductile alloy Nb-Ti in the magnet systems next-generation tokamaks. The primary goal of my research is to determine whether Nb-Ti can be used for the entire superconducting magnet system of a commercial fusion tokamak. The optimal fusion reactor design for given requirements and conditions is generated using the PROCESS systems code, developed at the Culham Centre for Fusion energy.

Poster Presentations

European Conference on Applied Superconductivity 2019, Glasgow, UK

Applied Superconductivity Conference 2018, Seattle, USA

Culham PhD Showcase 2018, Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, Oxon, UK

Fusion Frontiers and Interfaces 2018, York, UK

Topmost figure: Minimum H-factor required before the use of Nb_Ti TF coils becomes practical for a 500 MW net electrical power, aspect ratio = 3.1 (ITER-like) fusion power plant. The change in the CoE of Nb3Sn and ReBCO TF coils are shown for comparison.

Bottommost figure: Poloidal cross section of a 500 MW net electricity , A = 3.1 fusion reactor where Nb-Ti (with an improvement in the critical current density of a factor of 5) has been used for the TF and PF coils. The TF coils are of the demountable Durham/ CCFE ‘half-Phi’ design

Research Groups

Centre for Materials Physics

  • Superconductivity


Journal Article

  • Chislett-McDonald, Simon, Hampshire, Damian & Surrey, Elizabeth (2019). Could high H98-factor commercial tokamak power plants use Nb-Ti toroidal field coils? IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity 29(5): 4200405.

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