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Modelling Challenges in Nuclear Fusion

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To book an in-person seat at the seminar this Thursday please use the link below – please note that once the number is reached you will not be able to register but will be able to watch via the Zoom link at the bottom of this email. There will also be a selection of individually wrapped sandwich lunches for everyone who is attending in-person.

https://stokes.cceif.group.cam.ac.uk:1763/seminarreg/162010

Face coverings are expected to be worn on arrival at the BPI Institute AND during the seminar and in all communal areas. Face coverings should only be removed once you have collected lunch and are back at your seat. Please also note that for ventilation windows in the Open Plan Area must remain open at all times.

Fusion is the process that powers our Sun and the stars. The principle is rather simple: fuse two nuclei together and release energy in the process. This energy can then be used to power a steam turbine and generate electricity like in any power plant. The benefits are enormous: a carbon-free reaction, no long-lived radioactive waste, and a virtually limitless fuel…

Where is the catch? Where are all the nuclear fusion power plants?

The truth is that mastering fusion is extremely difficult. The physical and technological challenges are numerous: the fuel must be heated up to millions of degrees, the reactor components must withstand extreme particle fluxes and heat loads, potentially radioactive material must be handled with care, the very hot fuel must be contained inside the reactor vessel…

In this seminar, we will humbly try to tackle some of these challenges by building a fusion reactor component by component. We will have an overview of the existing and future fusion devices around the world.

To attend via Zoom:

Time: Nov 4, 2021 11:15 AM London

Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/93966922478

Meeting ID: 939 6692 2478

To attend the meeting, just open the meeting link in e.g., a web browser, which, if you have not already installed Zoom, will start a download and the quick installation of a small client will be necessary. If you already have Zoom, you already know what to do – and the link can be entered as the message ID.

The link will be live from 11.15am. By default you will be muted and not emitting video, so remember to unmute yourself before asking questions.

This talk is part of the Seminars for the Centre for Environmental and Industrial Flows series.

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