The NIMROD code: A new approach to numerical plasma physics

A. H. Glasser, C. R. Sovinec, R. A. Nebel, T. A. Gianakon, S. J. Plimpton, M. S. Chu, D. D. Schnack

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NIMROD is a code development project designed to study long-wavelength, low-frequency, nonlinear phenomena in toroidal plasmas with realistic geometry and dynamics. The numerical challenges of solving the fluid equations for a fusion plasma are discussed and our discretization scheme is presented. Simulations of a resistive tearing mode show that time steps much greater than the Alfvén time are possible without loss of accuracy. Validation tests of a resistive interchange mode in a shaped equilibrium, a ballooning mode and nonlinear activity in reversed-field pinches are described.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)A747-A755
JournalPlasma Physics and Controlled Fusion
Issue number3A
Publication statusPublished - 1999 Jan 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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    Glasser, A. H., Sovinec, C. R., Nebel, R. A., Gianakon, T. A., Plimpton, S. J., Chu, M. S., & Schnack, D. D. (1999). The NIMROD code: A new approach to numerical plasma physics. Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, 41(3A), A747-A755.