Improving the accuracy of hohlraum simulations by calibrating the `SNB' multigroup diffusion model for nonlocal heat transport against a VFP code
Conference contribution, 2016

Nonlocal heat transport, occurring when temperature gradients become steep on the scale of the electron mean free path (mfp), has proven critical in accurately predicting ignition-scale hohlraum energetics. A popular approach, and modern alternative to flux limiters, is the `SNB' model\footnote{Schurtz \emph{et al.} \textbf{Phys. Plasmas} 7, 4238 (2000)}. This is implemented in both the HYDRA code used for simulating National Ignition Facility experiments and the CHIC code developed at the CELIA laboratory. We have performed extensive comparisons of the SNB heat flow predictions with two VFP codes, IMPACT\footnote{Kingham \& Bell \textbf{J. Comp. Phys.} 194 (2004)} and KIPP\footnote{Chankin \emph{et al.} \textbf{Contrib. Plasma Phys.} 52, 500 (2012)} and found that calibrating the mfp to achieve agreement for a linear problem also improves nonlinear accuracy. Furthermore, we identify that using distinct electron-ion and electron-electron mfp's instead of a geometrically averaged one improves predictive capability when there are strong ionisation (Z) gradients.

Author

Jonathan Brodrick

Christopher Ridgers

Ben Dudson

Robert Kingham

Marty Marinak

Mehul Patel

Maxim Umansky

Alex Chankin

John Omotani

Chalmers, Physics, Subatomic and Plasma Physics

58th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Plasma Physics

Vol. 61 18

Areas of Advance

Energy

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Basic sciences

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Fusion, Plasma and Space Physics

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10/7/2017