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  • AME Seminar

    Wed, Mar 23, 2022 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: George Tynan, UC San Diego

    Talk Title: Status and Outlook for Controlled Fusion as a Firm Zero-Carbon Energy Source

    Abstract: Controlled fusion research has been pursued since the 1950s by most of the world's developed economies due to many attractive characteristics of this seemingly elusive technology. In 2021, inertial confinement fusion experiments at LLNL reached the threshold of fusion ignition while magnetic confinement experiments in the UK demonstrated that the ITER device nearing completion in France should, for the first time, produce a burning plasma in which fusion heating dominates the system. In parallel, a rapidly developing industry with $4B of private-sector funding has emerged and is pursuing a wide variety of approaches for controlled fusion. This talk will summarize the key elements of these developments, and sketch out the characteristics that fusion-based energy systems will need to demonstrate if they are to compete economically in the emerging zero-carbon energy system of the mid-century.

    Biography: George Tynan studies the fundamental physics of turbulent transport in hot confined plasmas using both smaller scaled laboratory plasma devices as well as large scale fusion experiments located around the world. In addition, he is investigating how solid material surfaces interact with the boundary region of fusion plasmas, and how the materials are modified by that interaction. He is also interested in the larger issue of transitioning to a sustainable energy economy based upon a mixture of efficient end use technologies, large scale deployment of renewable energy sources, and incorporation of a new generation of nuclear technologies such as advanced fission and fusion reactor systems. He received his Ph.D. in 1991 from the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles. He then spent several years studying the effect of sheared flows on plasma turbulence on experiments located in the Federal Republic of Germany and at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, and worked in industry developing plasma sources for use in investigating the creation of submicron-scale semiconductor circuits. He joined the UCSD faculty in 1999 where he worked to establish a graduate program in plasma physics within the School of Engineering. He has served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, Associate Dean of Engineering, is co-founding Director of the UC San Diego Deep Decarbonization Initiative, and is currently Department Chair of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering.

    Host: AME Department

    More Info: https://usc.zoom.us/j/93987337017?pwd=MWd2dXBSL1FaR1RPaHNscjJ1NW80UT09

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/93987337017?pwd=MWd2dXBSL1FaR1RPaHNscjJ1NW80UT09

    Location: James H. Zumberge Hall Of Science (ZHS) - 252

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/93987337017?pwd=MWd2dXBSL1FaR1RPaHNscjJ1NW80UT09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Tessa Yao

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