Bulletin of the American Physical Society
2006 48th Annual Meeting of the Division of Plasma Physics
Monday–Friday, October 30–November 3 2006; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Session BP1: Poster Session I: MHD and Stability; Stellarator; Basic Plasma Physics; MHD Phenomena in Astrophysics and Laboratory; Beams, Radiation, and Microwaves
Monday, October 30, 2006
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Room: Franklin Hall AB, 9:30am-12:30pm
Abstract ID: BAPS.2006.DPP.BP1.96
Abstract: BP1.00096 : Fluctuation-induced Magnetic Fields in the Madison Dynamo Experiment
(University of Wisconsin-Madison)
The Madison Dynamo Experiment is designed to function as a simply-connected, homogeneous dynamo. A turbulent flow of liquid sodium is driven by two counter-rotating impellers in a one-meter-diameter sphere. A model of the mean velocity field is constructed from measurements made in an identical-scale water experiment. This model is used to predict the mean induced magnetic fields when exposed to an external magnetic field. The magnetic field is measured by arrays of both internal and external hall probes. The predicted and measured magnetic fields are then compared to determine the effects of turbulence on the mean field. An external dipole moment is measured which cannot be generated by the mean axisymmetric velocity field. The measured toroidal and poloidal induced magnetic fields within the sphere are significantly weaker than predicted. These effects are attributed to a turbulent electromotive force.
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