Tearing modes in a general cross-section force-free cylindrical tokamak

J. K. Lee, M. S. Chu, F. J. Helton

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The stability of magnetohydrodynamic tearing modes for a large aspect ratio force-free tokamak with general cross section is studied in terms of an energy principle. Determinations of the marginal stability boundary Δ′ and island size using this general two-dimensional method give good agreement with those of known methods for circular equilibria. Results for noncircular equilibria are also presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)766-774
Number of pages9
JournalPhysics of Fluids
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1983 Jan 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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