Workshop on Transients: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Chair: Charles Greenfield (General Atomics)
Co-Chair: Raffi Nazikian (Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory)
DOE FES Liaison: Mark Foster

How will we get to the final report?
  • NOW: Community input will be taken via the Community Input Workshop and short white papers
  • SOON: The sub-panels will continue their deliberations and prepare a preliminary draft prior to the main Workshop in June. This preliminary draft will be informed by your input and by the panelists' expertise.
  • JUNE: At the June workshop:
    1. The sub-panel leaders will present an overview of that preliminary draft.
    2. Breakout sessions will provide a final opportunity for the community to evaluate and focus that draft, with the possibility of substantial modifications left open. Please note, however, that June is too late to put something completely new into the report - if you have ideas, they should be presented now in the Community Input Workshop and through white papers!
    3. A writing committee including the Workshop, panel, and sub-panel leaders, and other volunteers from the sub-panel membership will continue to work on a final report to be completed and submitted to DOE by June 30.
How can I participate?
  • There are trade-offs. We will do everything we can to make sure everybody has an opportunity to affect our report, but… we actually need to produce a report – broad participation may not be practical at every step
  • Sub-panels are being kept small to preserve working character, and are mostly populated by invitation. Members will be expected to contribute to the written report.
  • You can contribute a short presentation at the video-based Community Input Workshop (week of March 30)
  • Submit a two-page white paper (due April 15)
  • Attend the final Transients Workshop (June 8-10 at General Atomics). Please note that attendance may be limited (due to factors I can’t control). Limited remote participation should be possible (need to preserve working character of meeting)
Will the Transients Workshop establish priorities for research in the next N years?
  • No. Due to the laws governing how DOE receives advice from the community, advice on prioritization can only come through a FACA committee like FESAC. The tradeoff is that nobody is recused from participating in these workshops.
  • That having been said, the sub-panels may not be able to include all of the input they receive in their report.
What is N?
  • Nominally 10 years, but for Transients, I see two time scales:
    • What do we have to do to make ITER successful, and what is the deadline?
    • What do we have to do beyond ITER to make FNSF/DEMO/Power plant/etc. successful?
Isn’t the answer just “build a stellarator?”
  • Our marching orders are to plan solutions specific to the tokamak
  • FES may revisit stellarators in a future workshop (not this year)
Can I join a sub-panel?
  • You would need to contact the leader of the sub-panel you’re interested in. Please understand that the subpanel may already be full.
Do I want to join a sub-panel?
  • Do you want to spend hours in conference calls?
  • Do you want to write sections of the report?
If asked, should I join a sub-panel?
  • Yes!
If I can’t join a sub-panel can I still make my voice heard?
  • Yes! Write a white paper, give a presentation at the Community Input Workshop, and/or participate in discussions at the main workshop.
How can I ensure that I will like everything in the final report?
  • You probably won’t like everything. I (Chuck Greenfield) probably won’t like everything. We will do the best job we can, but we can’t – and shouldn’t try to - make everybody happy.
How will FES use the report we produce?
  • It will help guide the planning of future research and allocation of resources.

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