ECRH system for ITER

C. Darbos, M. Henderson, F. Albajar, T. Bigelow, T. Bomcelli, R. Chavan, G. Denisov, D. Farina, F. Gandini, R. Heidinger, T. Goodman, J.P. Hogge, K. Kajiwara, A. Kasugai, S. Kern, N. Kobayashi, Y. Oda, G. Ramponi, S.L. Rao, D. RasmussenT. Rzesnicki, G. Saibene, K. Sakamoto, O. Sauter, T. Scherer, D. Strauss, K. Takahashi, H. Zohm

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A 26 MW Electron Cyclotron Heating and Current Drive (EC H&CD) system is to be installed for ITER. The main objectives are to provide, start-up assist, central H&CD and control of MHD activity. These are achieved by a combination of two types of launchers, one located in an equatorial port and the second type in four upper ports. The physics applications are partitioned between the two launchers, based on the deposition location and driven current profiles. The equatorial launcher (EL) will access from the plasma axis to mid radius with a relatively broad profile useful for central heating and current drive applications, while the upper launchers (ULs) will access roughly the outer half of the plasma radius with a very narrow peaked profile for the control of the Neoclassical Tearing Modes (NTM) and sawtooth oscillations. The EC power can be switched between launchers on a time scale as needed by the immediate physics requirements. A revision of all injection angles of all launchers is under consideration for increased EC physics capabilities while relaxing the engineering constraints of both the EL and ULs. A series of design reviews are being planned with the five parties (EU, IN, JA, RF, US) procuring the EC system, the EC community and ITER Organization (IO). The review meetings qualify the design and provide an environment for enhancing performances while reducing costs, simplifying interfaces, predicting technology upgrades and commercial availability. In parallel, the test programs for critical components are being supported by IO and performed by the Domestic Agencies (DAs) for minimizing risks. The wide participation of the DAs provides a broad representation from the EC community, with the aim of collecting all expertise in guiding the EC system optimization. Still a strong relationship between IO and the DA is essential for optimizing the design of the EC system and for the installation and commissioning of all ex-vessel components when several teams from several DAs will be involved together in the tests on the ITER site. © 2009 American Institute of Physics.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event18th Topical Conference on Radio Frequency Power in plasmas - , Belgium
Duration: 1 Jan 2009 → …


Conference18th Topical Conference on Radio Frequency Power in plasmas
Period1/1/09 → …


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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Darbos, C., Henderson, M., Albajar, F., Bigelow, T., Bomcelli, T., Chavan, R., ... Zohm, H. (2009). ECRH system for ITER. Paper presented at 18th Topical Conference on Radio Frequency Power in plasmas, Belgium.