Development of a power electrode for plasma biasing on RFX

D. Desideri, A. De Lorenzi, P. Zaccaria

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A movable power electrode has been developed on the RFX experiment to modify the radial electric field at the edge of the plasma configuration. The electrode insertion head is a mushroom shaped limiter made of a carbon-carbon composite, and boron nitride is used as insulating material to be exposed to the plasma. The power electrode is designed to carry a 10 kA impulsive current and is insulated for 10 kV dc. The current into the electrode is driven by a power supply based on capacitor banks, and protective actions to cope with fault conditions have been implemented. The design of the electrode supporting structure has been done by using 3D finite element analyses, performed to evaluate the dynamic response of the system subjected to impulsive electromagnetic loads. The system has been used on the RFX experiment, showing the expected capability and flexibility. The current and voltage electrode waveforms are reported and discussed as far as the experimental results are concerned. Displacements of the electrode stiffening structure under electromagnetic load have been measured and compared to the numerical results.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)455 - 464
Number of pages10
JournalFusion Engineering and Design
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanical Engineering

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