RF heating optimization on Tore Supra using feedback control of infrared measurements
Using the Tore Supra infrared thermography diagnostics, a new real time feedback control has been successfully implemented to maximize additional RF power while preventing plasma facing components (PFCs) from overheating and damage. As a first step, a thermography feedback control has been used to detect and extinguish electric arcs on lower hybrid current drive (LHCD) launchers. Secondly, heating sources on PFCs have been identified highlighting the role of the power from each ion cyclotron resonance heating (ICRH) antenna and LHCD launcher and the interactions between them. A new feedback control algorithm was developed to control the additional power. The real time feedback control of PFC temperatures which makes part of an integrated feedback controller, is a reliable tool routinely used as a basic protection system. Furthermore, it has proven its capability to operate in parallel with other control schemes such as the current profile control.
Bibliographic Reference: An article published in: Fusion Engineering and Design (2007), online edition
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Record Number: 200719006 / Last updated on: 2007-04-02
Original language: en
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