Available student project - Lorentz forces in a tokamak

Research fields

  • Fusion and Plasma Confinement
  • Clean Energy

Project details

High performance toroidal magnetic confinement plasma experiments such as the next step fusion experiment ITER will have up to 16MA of current in the plasma (roughly equivalent to 300 lightning bolts). Such devices also have strong magnetic fields: in ITER the toroidal field strngth is 5T.  This ensuing Lorenz force during a plasma disruption can be immense.

In this project we will examine the forces generated in superconductoring magnetics, and scope the forces generated during a disruption.

Required background


Project suitability

This research project can be tailored to suit students of the following type(s)
  • 3rd year special project
  • PhB (2nd or 3rd year)
  • Vacation scholar

Contact supervisor

Hole, Matthew profile
Senior Fellow

Updated:  15 January 2019/ Responsible Officer:  Director, RSPE/ Page Contact:  Physics Webmaster