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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. I consider the use of both high-temperature superconductors (such as ReBCO) and the more conventional low-temperature superconductors (such as Nb3Sn and Nb-Ti). 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

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


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