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Investigating the impact of equation of state uncertainties on direct-drive inertial fusion energy simulations


Project Description

Direct-drive inertial fusion energy1 (IFE) requires high-energy lasers to be focussed on a spherical target. The outer material of the target (usually plastic) ablates, driving an implosion of the core deuterium-tritium (DT) fuel. To design efficient future experiments and interpret previous ones an accurate and predictive computational modelling capability is required. This must include a formal understanding of the sources and magnitudes of uncertainty. This project will investigate the uncertainty in direct-drive IFE calculations arising from the equations-of-state used. The primary outcome of the project will be an uncertainty quantification (UQ) framework that could also be applied to other areas of uncertainty, such as opacity, emissivity and thermal transport.

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Modelling of Heterogeneous Systems (HetSys) training programme is designed to enable students to become high-quality computational scientists who are comfortable working in interdisciplinary environments, have excellent communication skills, and are well prepared for a wide range of future careers in areas where there is demonstrable need.
The four-year training programme consists of PhD project and integrated taught modules, leading to the award of a postgraduate diploma.

We are looking for enthusiastic students from across the physical sciences who enjoy using their mathematical skills and thinking flexibly to solve complex problems. We require at least a 2(i) honours degree at BSc or an integrated masters degree (e.g. MPhys, MChem, MSci, MEng etc.) in a physical sciences, mathematics or engineering discipline.

There is no formal deadline by which applications must be submitted, but applicants should note that applications can only be considered once all supporting documentation has been received, and that both places to study and available funding will be limited. Therefore early submission of your application to study is encouraged.

Please note applications for the studentship for an exceptional student of any citizenship close on 31 January 2020.
https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/hetsys/projects/2020/

Funding Notes

HetSys provides funding for the four-year programme to UK and EU students (who meet the required UK residency criteria). For other EU students, fee-only funding is available.

In addition, one studentship per year may be offered to an exceptional student of any citizenship. Applications for this studentship close on 31 January 2020.

The studentships pay a stipend to cover maintenance as well as paying the university fees and research training support. The stipend is at the standard UKRI rate (for 2019/20 that is £15,009 per

References

R.S. Craxton et al., Direct-drive inertial confinement fusion: A review, Physics of Plasmas 22, 110501 (2015). DOI: http://aip.scitation.org/doi/10.1063/1.4934714

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