A framework for the development and testing of an edge pedestal model: formulation and initial comparison with DIII-D data
Stacey, Weston M.
Groebner, Richard J.
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A framework has been formulated for the further development and testing of a predictive edge pedestal model. This framework combines models for the interaction of the various physical phenomena acting in the edge pedestal—transport, neutral fueling penetration, atomic physics cooling, MHD (magnetohydrodynamic) stability limit, edge density limit—to determine the pedestal widths and gradient scale lengths. Predictive models for some of these specific phenomena have been compared with DIII-D [ J. L. Luxon, Nucl. Fusion, 42, 614, 2002] measurements. It was found that a neutral penetration model for the density width and a MHD model for the maximum pedestal pressure for stability against ideal pressure-driven surface modes were roughly consistent with experimental observation, but that in both cases some refinements are needed. The major impediments to implementation of a predictive edge pedestal model within the framework of this paper are the lack of knowledge of transport coefficients in the pedestal and the unavailability of an usable characterization of the state-of-the-art MHD stability-limit surface in the space of edge parameters. Efforts to remedy these and other deficiencies and to establish a predictive model for the calculation of density, temperature and pressure widths and gradients in the edge pedestal are suggested.