Impact of the JET ITER-like wall on H-mode plasma fueling

S. Wiesen, S. Brezinsek, M. Wischmeier, E De La Luna, M. Groth, A. E. Jaervinen, E. de la Cal, U. Losada, A. Martin de Aguilera, L Frassinetti, Y. Gao, C. Guillemaut, D. Harting, A Meigs, K Schmid, G. Sergienko

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JET ITER-like wall (ILW) experiments show that the edge density evolution is strongly linked with the poloidal distribution of the ionization source. The fueling profile in the JET-ILW is more delocalized as compared to JET-C (JET with carbon-based plasma-facing components PFCs). Compared to JET-C the H-mode pedestal fueling cycle is dynamically influenced by a combination of plasma-wall interaction features, in particular: (1) edge-localized modes (ELMs) induced energetic particles are kinetically reflected on W divertor PFCs leading to distributed refueling away from the divertor depending on the divertor plasma configuration, (2) delayed molecular re-emission and outgassing of particles being trapped in W PFCs (bulk-W at the high field side and W-coated CFCs at the low field side) with different fuel content and (3) outgassing from Be co-deposits located on top of the high-field side baffle region shortly after the ELM. In view of the results of a set of well diagnosed series of JET-ILW type-I ELMy H-mode discharges with good statistics, the aforementioned effects are discussed in view of H-mode pedestal fueling capacity. The ongoing modelling activities with the focus on coupled core-edge plasma simulations and plasma-wall interaction are described and discussed also in view of possible code improvements required.

Original languageEnglish
Article number066024
JournalNuclear Fusion
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 26 Apr 2017
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • H-mode
  • integrated modelling
  • ITER-like wall
  • JET
  • pedestal fuelling
  • plasma-wall interaction


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