Announcing the winners of the FED Student Award at ISFNT’12


We are pleased to announce the winners of the FED Student Award at ISFNT, which was recently held at the 12th International Symposium on Fusion Nuclear Technology in Jeju Island, South Korea. Sponsored by Elsevier, the award acknowledges outstanding contributions to the field of Fusion Nuclear Technology, presented at the conference by a Masters or PhD student and either by poster or oral session.

Our warmest congratulations to the winners Jon. T Van Lew and Cristian Gleason-Gonzalez on this fantastic achievement. Information on their winning posters can be found below:

Name: Jon T. Van Lew
Poster title: Numerical Study on Influences of Bed Resettling, Breeding Zone Orientation, and Purge Gas on Temperatures in Solid Breeders
Field of study: “I’m a PhD student at UCLA with the Fusion Science and Technology Center as a part of the ceramic breeder team. We’ve been focusing on the development of numerical tools to help analyze and optimize ceramic breeder designs – specifically I’ve been working on new numerical models that can describe ceramic pebble beds as their thermomechanics evolve from the many effects of repeated thermal cycles.”

Name: Cristian Gleason-Gonzalez
Poster title: Simulation of Collisional Effects on Divertor Pumping in JT-60SA
Field of study: “I’m a PhD student at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) (Institute for Technical Physics, Vacuum Department). The main focus of my research is the numerical modelling of neutral gas flow in the sub-divertor region of tokamaks, where the particle exhaust of a tokamak takes place. The sub-divertor gas description is based on the Direct Simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC) method -which is a particle-based, numerical scheme for solving the non-linear Boltzmann equation. Within the DSMC method a wide range of collisionality flow regimes can be described and therefore, the characterization of the neutral gas dynamics in ITER, JT-60SA, ASDEX-Upgrade, JET and DEMO has been my subject of study.”