SPARK Version 1. 1 user manual [report]

D.W. Weissenburger
1988 unpublished
This manual describes the input required to use Version 1.1 of the SPARK computer code. SPARK 1.1 is a library of FORTRAN main programs and subprograms designed to calculate eddy currents on conducting surfaces where current flow is assumed zero in the direction normal to the surface. Surfaces are modeled with triangular and/or quadrilateral elements. Lorentz forces produced by the interaction of eddy currents with background magnetic fields can he output at element nodes in a form compatible
more » ... a form compatible with most structural analysis codes. In addition, magnetic fields due to eddy currents can be determined at points off the surface. Version 1.1 features eddy current streamline plotting with optional hidden-surface-removal graphics and topological enhancements that allow essentially any orientable surface to be modeled. SPARK also has extensive symmetry specification options. In order to make the manual as self-contained as possible, six appendices are included that present summaries of the symmetry options, topological options, coil options and code algorithms, with input and output examples. An edition of SPARK 1.1 is available on the Cray computers at the National Magnetic Fusion Energy Computer Center at Livermore, California. Another more generic editfon is operational on the VAX computers at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and is available on magnetic tape by request. The generic edition requires either the GKS or PL0T10 graphics package and the IMSL or NAG mathematical package. Requests from outside the United States will be subject to applicable federal regulations regarding dissemination of computer programs. G ?. STEP 1: Pre-Processor Step 1 is called the Pre-Processor and has three r,win options: (1) read data for a new model and generate the basic booklteeping files; (?) plot the input geometry; (3) generate the mesh resistance and inductance matrices. The resistance and inductance calculations are the most time-consuming and are usually deferred until the model geometry has been at least preliminarily checked and plotted. SPARK does make a number of checks for internal consistency of the data, but errors are still possible. Appendices D and E give examples of many of the plot options available in Step 1.
doi:10.2172/5387213 fatcat:e4banon2srhqzezlbuon3d5kr4