Neoclassical Closure Scheme

As we have seen, plasmas that are confined in tokamak reactors are sufficiently collisionless that charged particles can travel around magnetic flux-surfaces very many times before the accumulated effect of small-angle scattering events becomes significant. The classical collisional closure scheme described in Section 2.6 fails under such circumstances. The aim of Sections 2.82.21 is to describe an alternative scheme, known as a neoclassical closure scheme, which is appropriate to low-collisionality plasmas [52].

Now, the fluid equations for species-$s$ take the form:

$\displaystyle \frac{\partial n_s}{\partial t}$ $\displaystyle =-\nabla\cdot(n_s\,{\bf V}_s),$ (2.103)
$\displaystyle m_s\,n_s\,\frac{\partial {\bf V}_s}{\partial t}$ $\displaystyle = - m_s\,n_s\,({\bf V}_s\cdot\nabla){\bf V}_s+e_s \,n_s\,
({\bf E} + {\bf V}_s\times {\bf B}) - \nabla p_s-\nabla\cdot$$\displaystyle \mbox{\boldmath$\pi$}$$\displaystyle _s+{\bf F}_s,$ (2.104)
$\displaystyle \frac{3}{2}\frac{\partial p_s}{\partial t}$ $\displaystyle = -\frac{3}{2}\,{\bf V}_s\cdot\nabla p_s - \frac{5}{2}\,p_s\,\nabla\cdot{\bf V}_s
-$   $\displaystyle \mbox{\boldmath$\pi$}$$\displaystyle _s:\nabla{\bf V}_s - \nabla \cdot{\bf q}_s +W_s.$ (2.105)

(See Section 2.3.) However, the neoclassical closure scheme also requires the following third-order velocity-space moment of the kinetic equation [34]:

$\displaystyle \frac{\partial {\bf Q}_s}{\partial t} = \frac{e_s}{m_s}\left[{\bf...
...f V}_s\right)+
{\bf Q}_s\times{\bf B}\right] -\nabla\cdot{\bf R}_s + {\bf G}_s,$ (2.106)


$\displaystyle {\bf Q}_s$ $\displaystyle = {\bf q}_s + \frac{5}{2}\,p_s\,{\bf V}_s + \frac{1}{2}\,m_s\,n_s\,V_s^{\,2}\,{\bf V}_s+ {\bf V}_s\cdot$$\displaystyle \mbox{\boldmath$\pi$}$$\displaystyle _s,$ (2.107)
$\displaystyle {\bf R}_s$ $\displaystyle = \int \frac{1}{2}\,m_s\,v^2\,{\bf v}\,{\bf v}\,f_s\,d^3{\bf v},$ (2.108)
$\displaystyle {\bf G}_s$ $\displaystyle = \int \frac{1}{2}\,m_s\,v^2\,{\bf v}\,C_s(f_e,f_s)\,d^3{\bf v}.$ (2.109)