TRANSP_bugs

This document contains information on known significant TRANSP bugs, 
which may have affected user results.

Each bug description contains information on what type of runs are
affected, how to distinguish affected runs, and an approximate range
of dates when the bug was present in the operational or "production"
version of the code.

The month-year dates in the subtopics refer to the approximate date of
discovery of the bug.

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Jun_18_2015_E_MSE

The sign of the E field used in the ER_MSE, EZ_MSE and GAM2_MSE TRANSP
outputs was flipped 18Jun2018.  Thanks to Benedikt Geiger for pointing this out.

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Feb_2009_Fast_ion_sawteeth

For a long time (apparently at least since 2004) there has been a bug in
the Monte Carlo fast ion sawtooth data, in cases where q<1 on axis but
sawtooth mixing is suppressed due to multiple q=1 surfaces, a circumstance
which the Kadomtsev and Porcelli sawtooth mixing models cannot handle.
Instead of preserving the fast ion density through such a suppressed event, 
it was reset to zero.  The internal Monte Carlo particle list is not 
disturbed; therefore the fast ion density recovers to a correct value by 
the end of the first fast ion time step after the suppressed event.

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Jun_2008_FPPMOD_BUGFIX

An error in FPPMOD (TRANSP legacy Fokker Planck solver) has been 
detected.

Due to a long standing logic error (dating back to 2003 at least), the
FPPMOD collision operator "missed" the contributions to drag and energy
diffusion due to the last thermal ion species on the list of thermal ion
species provided-- in TRANSP runs, this is always an impurity species.

The impurity specie's contribution to pitch angle scattering was not 
omitted.

In TRANSP runs with a single impurity with an integer Z value, this means
the entire impurity contribution to drag and energy diffusion on RF minority
fast ion distributions was omitted.

In TRANSP runs with a single "model" impurity with a non-integer Z value,
this is broken into two impurity species with integer Z values for use
in FPPMOD; e.g. model Zimp=5.7 => Zimp_1=5, Zimp_2=6 in FPPMOD.  The two
impurity densities are chosen so as to conserve Zeff and quasineutrality;
basically the impurity specie with Z closer to the model Zimp would have 
higher density.  Regardless of the densities, the drag due to the impurity
in FPPMOD with charge Zimp_2 was neglected.  So, the effect of this bug 
would vary depending on the value model Z:

   Zimp=6 -- one impurity (drag & energy diffusion omitted).
   Zimp=6.1 -- two impurities at Zimp_1=6 and Zimp_2=7; drag & energy
             diffusion due to impurity Zimp_2=7 omitted, but its density
             is low.
   Zimp=6.9 -- two impurities at Zimp_1=6 and Zimp_2=7; drag & energy
             diffusion due to impurity Zimp_2=7 omitted, and this would
             account for most of the impurity density in the run.

Some runs have a single model impurity with Zimp a function of time, in
which case the magnitude of the effect of the error would vary

In runs with multiple explicit impurities provided, only the last impurity
on the list of impurities was omitted in the FPPMOD collision operator
drag and energy diffusion terms.

This bug was fixed on June 3, 2008.

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Mar_2007_NCLASS_VPOL_AVG

Flipped the sign on VPOL_AVG to make it consistent with the other
VPOL_* outputs.  Positive vpol is CW with respect to a slice of the
tokamak.  Wayne Houlberg's convention is opposite to this.

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Sept_2006_TORIC5_Antenna_Height

It was not noticed in the installation of TORIC4/TORIC5 into TRANSP,
as an upgrade to TORIC3, that the definition of the TORIC namelist
variable ANTLEN changed from being a half-height to a full height.  
The net effect of this was that prior to Sept 20 2006, all TRANSP 
TORIC4/TORIC5 runs had an antenna height parameter lower by a factor 
of two than was needed to transmit the antenna geometry data provided
through the TRANSP namelist.  This has now been fixed.

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Sept_2006_Beam_momentum_balance

An error in normalization of beam deposition model outputs caused the
momentum balance to look much worse than it really is, when the number
of Monte Carlo particles deposited per timestep was below a threshhold
number (NDEP0).  Some small contributions to beam torque-- JxB torque
associated with the FLR step at beam deposition-- were made even smaller
by this error in normalization-- now fixed.

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August_2006_Sauter_Bootstrap_Current

The Sauter bootstrap current was being computed with the magnetic
diffusion Zeff instead of the plasma composition Zeff.  When the
magnetic field diffusion equation was not being run (NLMDIF=.false.,
or, the q profile evolution being specified from data), the Zeff used 
in the Sauter bootstrap computation was 1, regardless of the plasma
composition Zeff. 

This has now been fixed.  In addition, Jon Menard added an additional 
term to the bootstrap current which is proportional to the gradient of 
the average ion charge. (RGA 28Aug2006)

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May_2006_Neutron_collimator

Between July 2005 and May 2006, there was an error in the neutron 
collimator simulation, in which the thermonuclear contribution was
increased by a factor related to the plasma volume in cm**3 -- i.e.
the thermonuclear contribution is high by 4-5 orders of magnitude.

A fix was committed to the TRANSP repository and the PPPL production
code on May 2, 2006.

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Apr_2006_Energy_adjusted_difb

A bug was fixed in NUBEAM subroutine ABDIFU.  This bug would have caused
incorrect results in the fast ion anomalous diffusion model when BOTH the
following conditions are satisfied:

   A.  EDIFBE(...) and FDIFBE(...) namelist controls were used to adjust
the fast ion anomalous diffusivity as a function of energy, --AND--
   B.  grad(Db) .ne. 0., where Db = the anomalous diffusivity.

Runs with both these conditions are thought to be rare, but, any such run
since the creation of abdifu.for (ca. 1990) would have suffered the 
consequences.  A more detailed description follows:

The Monte Carlo anomalous diffusivity random walk operator has to use both
Db and grad(Db), in order to get a flux that averages to Db*grad(nb),
rather than Db*grad(nb)+nb*grad(Db).  In the presence of an energy
correction, the multiplier was applied only to Db, not grad(Db).  As a
result, a non-physical radial flow of fast ions affected by FDIFBE < 1
values would have occurred.

This bug has also affected the NUBEAM NTCC module.

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Jul_2004_Bootstrap_current_on_axis

Between approximately Sep. 4 2003 and Jul. 27 2004, there was a bug in 
the subroutine which sets up metric coefficients.  This led to a certain
formulation for the evaluation of a flux surface averaged gradient to be
an order of magnitude high, but only on the first numerical flux surface
just outside the magnetic axis; all other surfaces are OK.

The most obvious effect of the bug is axially localized spikes in the
traditional TRANSP "aspect ratio" bootstrap current, CURBSEPS.  The 
larger the number of zones (NZONES) in the TRANSP run, the higher yet
narrower the spikes would be.  If this bootstrap current model is used
(CURBS = CURBSEPS) with the poloidal field diffusion equation, then, 
an axially localized effect on the q profile would occur.

There may have been subtle effects on some temperature prediction and
some "mixing model" ion density prediction calculations over the same 
range of dates.  Other aspects of the calculation (e.g. the neutral
beam model) are not directly affected.

Questions: email dmccune@pppl.gov

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Apr_2004_Beam_current_shielding

Between approximately Mar. 18 2002 and Apr. 19 2004, a bug existed in
the calculation of shielded beam driven current, in cases where there
were multiple Monte Carlo fast ion species with different Z values, 
such as:

  -- mixed beam injection involving isotopes both of H and of He4
  -- cases with Monte Carlo simulation of He3 or He4 (alpha) fusion 
     products in the presence of D and or T beams.

NOTE that the latter situation may be fairly common for modeling of JET
DT experiments.

The problem was that although the neoclassical shielding factor was
correctly evaluated separately for each species (nubeam/jbshld.for),
the shielding factor from the last specie in the list of species being
followed by the Monte Carlo code was incorrectly applied to calculate
the shielded driven current by all fast species.

Under certain circumstances the magnitude of beam driven currents could
be strongly affected.  The leading term in the shielding factor is

  (1 - Zb/Zeff) [1]

in effect Zb=2 was being assumed for some Zb=1 species.  The magnitude
of the error is reduced in regions with a large trapping fraction.

The problem has now been fixed.

For 2004 runs, the presence or absence of this bug can be determined in
the output as follows.  The TRANSP output contains a multigraph (a named
set of related output functions) called JBFACS:

  a) if JBFACS contains the profiles {JBFAC,JBFACZ1,JBFACZ2} then
     the data was generated with a version of TRANSP with the bug
     fixed.

  b) if JBFACS contains the profiles {JBFAC,JBFAC0,JBFACNC} then the
     data was generated by a version that still had the bug.

[1] Hirshman & Sigmar, Nucl Fusion 21, 1079 (1981) -- section 8.2

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Feb_2004_Toric3_interface

Between approximately Sep. 1 2003 and Feb. 1 2004, there was an error
in the TRANSP fppmod/Toric3 interface, which caused the wave code power
to be displaced furhter inward radially than it should have been.  The
further out to the edge the RF resonance was located, the worse the
error.  Bug was found by analyzing behavior of a CMod run provided
by C. Fiore at MIT. (D. McCune 2 Feb 2004)

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Nov_2002_beam_deposition

Two issues were discovered while tracking down differences in 
beam deposition models used in JET simulations:

(a) XDEPMOD.  The TRANSP namelist contains a pair of controls:

  NDEPMOD=<...>   ! =0 for normal beam deposition
                  ! =1 to enhance all beam stopping cross sections
                  !    by an anomaly factor XDEPMOD
                  ! NDEPMOD=0 is the default.

  XDEPMOD=<...>   ! beam stopping anomaly factor, if NDEPMOD=1
                  ! default value XDEPMOD=1.0 has no effect.

NDEPMOD acts as a "safety lock" on XDEPMOD.  Unfortunately, during
the extraction of the TRANSP Monte Carlo fast ion package "NUBEAM",
TRANSP lost this safety mechanism, so that XDEPMOD was applied,
regardless of the setting of NDEPMOD.

TRANSP runs containing non-default settings of XDEPMOD in their
namelists were affected, from (approximately) July 2002 until
November 13, 2002.

Regression testing missed this, because the test namelists used
the default (XDEPMOD=1.0).

(b) Approximate excited states correction (NSIGEXC=1).  Due to a bug 
introduced early in the NUBEAM modularization work, the excited states 
correction beam stopping cross section was used for a beam at the 
maximum energy in an excited states atomic physics table, rather than 
the actual beam energy.  This caused the beam stopping rate to be
erroneously 10-20% higher than it should have been, depending on
the details of the case.  This is enough to significantly affect
shine through and deposition profile shapes, in some cases.

This bug occurred in runs using

  NSIGEXC=1

in their namelists, from approximately July 2001 through Nov. 13, 2002.
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