GTC

Development of finite element field solver in gyrokinetic toroidal code. A new finite element (FE) field solver has been implemented in the gyrokinetic toroidal code (GTC) in attempt to extend the simulation domain to magnetic axis and beyond the last closed flux surface, which will enhance the capability the GTC code since the original finite difference (FD) solver will lose its capability in such circumstances. A method of manufactured solution is employed in the unit fidelity test for the new FE field solver, which is then further verified through integrated tests with three typical physical cases for the comparison between the new FE field solver and the original finite difference field solver. The results by the newly implemented FE field solver are in great accord with the original solver.