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Radially Cooled Toroidal Field Centerpost --- Inventor Robert D. Woolley

This invention describes an improvement to Toroidal Field Centerpost cooling in Spherical Torus (ST) devices by changing direction of coolant flow from axial to radial, and flowing between internal inner and outer supply and return manifolds, both fed separately at top and bottom. Thus, the upper half of the centerpost is cooled from the top while the lower half is cooled from the bottom, both with U-shaped flow paths involving manifolds.  The performance advantage results because less conductor material needs to be removed for the same coolant flow and because shorter average flow paths provide more heat removal cooling power.  The fabrication advantage results because the invention eliminates the need to “gun-drill” many long narrow holes from the centerpost top to bottom.


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