MSc project: 2D reduced MHD simulations of neoclassical tearing modes (benchmarking the generalized Rutherford equation)

Please note: unless otherwise specified, the internships are only available for students with a nationality of an EU-member state and/or students from a Dutch university.

DIFFER (Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research) is one of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) institutes and focuses on a multidisciplinary approach to energy research, combining physics, chemistry, engineering and materials science. The institute is based on two main strands, solar fuels for the conversion and storage of renewable energy and fusion-energy as clean and unlimited source of energy. DIFFER is developing and supporting a national network on fundamental energy research and is closely collaborating with academic institutions, research institutes and industry. As of 2015 the institute is located in a new building at the campus of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e).

2D reduced MHD simulations of neoclassical tearing modes (benchmarking the generalized Rutherford equation)

The 2D reduced MHD code RUTH is used to study the linear and nonlinear evolution of (neoclassical) tearing modes. Within this broad range of topics various thesis projects can be developed ranging from the implementation of more efficient numerical schemes to the implementation of additional physics models and effects such as the ion polarization current, cylindrical coordinates and radial asymmetries and the benchmarking of the effects on the nonlinear growth of the mode against the generalized Rutherford equation.


Intended level: MSc.

Expertise needed: depending on the further specification of the project plasma physics, computer science, or numerical mathematics

Further information: 

For further information or application, contact Egbert Westerhof, e [368] westerhof [28] differ [368] nl

Application procedure: 


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