Implementation of the SPIDER central interlock

Adriano Luchetta, Nicola Pomaro, Cesare Taliercio, Modesto Moressa, Lennart Svensson, Francesco Paolucci, Filippo Sartori, Carmelenzo Labate, Paolo Paronetto, Gianluca Agnoletto

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The SPIDER central interlock is a centralized electronic system to coordinate the protection functions within the SPIDER experiment (Source for the Production of Ions of Deuterium Extracted from an RF plasma), i.e. the full-size ion source prototype of the ITER Neutral Beam Injector. Due to the system time requirements, the SPIDER central interlock has been implemented by using PLCs for the slow functions (100 ms reaction time from fault detection to protection command emission) and National Instruments CompactRIO for the fast functions (10 μs from fault detection to command emission). The paper describes in detail the system hardware and software implementation. The results of the first tests and commissioning are reported with particular focus on the implementation, execution, and performance of the interlock fast functions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)990 - 994
Number of pages5
JournalFusion Engineering and Design
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2017
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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

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Luchetta, A., Pomaro, N., Taliercio, C., Moressa, M., Svensson, L., Paolucci, F., Sartori, F., Labate, C., Paronetto, P., & Agnoletto, G. (2017). Implementation of the SPIDER central interlock. Fusion Engineering and Design, 123, 990 - 994.