**AUGUST 8, 2000**

**TROPICANA HOTEL**

**LAS VEGAS, NEVADA**

**MINUTES**

**TUESDAY, AUGUST 8**

Sovinec, Gianakon, Hegna, Kruger, Tarditi, Jardin, Leboeuf, Chu, Liu,

Dagazian, Nebel, Schnack, Chance

8:30 - 10:30 AM CODE DEVELOPMENT

- Generalized elements (Carl)

Gen. elements are being applied to an "analytic" TOQ equilibrium,

packed around the q=3D2,3 surfaces. Linear results have been converged

to within 1%. Grid was 41

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10 grid.) Still need to use div_B diffusivity to help satisfy the

solenoidal containt. Results are much less sensitive to exact value of

div_B diffusivity. Rule of thumb: div_B_diff ~ L**2/dt. Carl is very

encouraged by these results. This is all for logical quadrilateral

elements. Triangular elements are a "mid-term"
(~ 6 months) goal.

Convergence properties (dt*dx error) "may" be eliminated by going to

non-symmetric matrices.

- Vacuum and Pre-/post-processing issues
(Scott K.)

Vacuum representation is intimately tied to pre-processing.=20

Improvements have been made to fluxgrid to better represent vacuum.=20

The number of splines have been reduced from
3 to 1 to reduce errors.

Theta-packing has been added.

Working on linear toroidal benchmark and nonlinear calculation. For

nonlinar, need to add SI resitive solve.

- Resistive wall (Tom)

Tom reviewed his progress on resistive wall bc's. Slab and cylinder

are implemented. Torus is formulated. Tom is working on this with

Morrell Chance.

- Neo-classical closures (Tom)

All initializations work with generalized
elements.

Previous pressure loss problems are now attributed to pollution of

parallel heat flux into perp. heat flux. Tests for this equilibrium

indicate that max. attainable anisotropt may be 10**6. This is too

small for NT threshhold for this case. Tom has identified a better NT

test case.

- Kinetic closures/particles (Charlson)

Carl reviewed status of this work as given to him by Scott P. and

Charlson

Also reported visualization results with
IBM OpenDX.

- ??

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM APPLICATIONS

- High-S/D3D #86144.2250 (Dalton)

Blah, blah, blah....... Lot's of meaningless,
misinterpreted crap.

- High-beta disruption (Dalton, Alfonso)

Still numerically unstable. Should try again with generalized elements

and larger dib_b_d.

- SSPX (Alfonso)

Still problems with nonlinear case.

- ET (Alfonso)

Linear runs look OK. Nonlinear runs go unstable. Should check: 1)

time centering; 2) Cell Reynolds' number.
=20

- Low R/a RFPs (Carl)

Has found PURE helical 1/3 state (pure 1/3 + harmonics) at R/a=3D1.1,

S=3D10**6, Pr=3D1. (Cylindrical state doesn't
show helicl state.)

- ??

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM LUNCH

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM NIMROD/M3D COMPARISON CASES

(Please be prepared to show what you'll discuss at the Macroscopic

Modeling meeting, to follow)

- Tearing modes (Carl, Tom, Scott)

We have preliminary linear results.

- Two-fluid (Rick)

Comparison with Linda Sugayama's case.

- Evaluation of collaboration (all)

- How can things be improved? (all)

- ????

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM PLANNING

- Develop goals and milestones for next 6
months (all)

Mid-term. Reports Oct-Nov time-frame:

1. Generalized elements for triangles

2. Nonlinear vacuum region

3. Resistive wall in a torus

4. Nonsymmetric matrices

5. Revisit algorithm for flow.

6. Testing genralized elements (all)

7. Begin plasma thruster problem (Alfonso)

8. Formulate surface terms (like applied voltages) as surface

integrals.

9. Comparison/benchmark problems.

5:30 PM - 6:00 PM OTHER ISSUES

- The view from Germantown (Rostom)

Looks bleak!!!!!!!!!

- Place and date for next team meeting

Proposition: Germantown the week before Thanksgiving

IT IS AGREED!!!!

- ??

6:00 PM ADJOURN