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INN1027624, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
IN1979, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination THERMONUCLEAR FUSION
Department of reference Department of Industrial Engineering
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge PAOLO BETTINI ING-IND/31

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines ING-IND/31 Electrotechnics 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2014 course timetable

Prerequisites: None
Target skills and knowledge: Basic knowledge of Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion
Examination methods: Oral exam and report on numerical labs
Assessment criteria: Understanding of the proposed arguments
Course unit contents: World Energy and the Role for Fusion: the existing energy options.
Introduction to Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion
Electromagnetic fields and forces, charged particle trajectories, fluid equations, ideal MHD
Plasma confinement: magnetic confinement, axisymmetric toroidal equilibrium.
Cylindrical configurations: Z-pinch, theta-pinch, screw-pinch. Toroidal configurations: Tokamaks, RFPs.
Magnetic field calculations, magnet design and optimization, coil forces, superconducting coils.
Power supplies, energy storage and transfer systems
Plasma Heating: Ohmic Heating (OH), Neutral Beam Injection (NBI), Radio Frequency (RF) heating
Plasma facing components: Blanket, Divertor.
Diagnostics: Magnetic measurements, active wave diagnostics
Fusion Power plants: DEMO
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures and numerical labs
Additional notes about suggested reading: slides available on-line (moodle)
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Problem solving
  • Use of online videos

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
  • Matlab

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Quality Education Affordable and Clean Energy Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure Sustainable Cities and Communities Climate Action