Boulder, Colorado - January 22, 2016:
Dr. David Green of Oak Ridge National Laboratory is using VSim to help design a new proposed experiment. The Proto-Material Plasma Exposure eXperiment (proto-MPEX) from ORNL plans to study the interactions of high temperature plasmas with material walls. The success of fusion as a viable energy source relies on the development of material vessels that can handle the harsh plasma environment, since the confined plasma can reach temperatures hotter than the sun. VSim is being used to help design the compact plasma source for proto-MPEX, which will enable such plasma-material interfaces to be studied more cheaply and efficiently than current experiments permit.