In-vessel saddle coils for MHD control in ASDEX Upgrade

W. Suttrop, O. Gruber, S. Günter, D. Hahn, A. Herrmann, M. Rott, T. Vierle, U. Seidel, M. Sempf, B. Streibl, E. Strumberger, D. Yadikin, O. Neubauer, B. Unterberg, E. Gaio, V. Toigo, P. Brunsell

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A set of 24 in-vessel saddle coils is planned for MHD control experiments in ASDEX Upgrade. These coils can produce static and alternating error fields for suppression of Edge Localised Modes, locked mode rotation control and, together with additional conducting wall elements, resistive wall mode excitation and feedback stabilisation experiments. All of these applications address critical physics issues for the operation of ITER. This extension is implemented in several stages, starting with two poloidally separated rings of eight toroidally distributed saddle coils above and below the outer midplane. In stages 2 and 3, eight midplane coils around the large vessel access ports and 12 AC power converters are added, respectively. Finally (stage 4), the existing passive stabilising loop (PSL), a passive conductor for vertical growth rate reduction, will be complemented by wall elements that allow helical current patterns to reduce the RWM growth rate for active control within the accessible bandwidth. The system is capable of producing error fields with toroidal mode number n = 4 for plasma edge ergodisation with core island width well below the neo-classical tearing mode seed island width even without rotational shielding. Phase variation between the three toroidal coil rings allows to create or avoid resonances with the plasma safety factor profile, in order to test the importance of resonances for ELM suppression. © 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)290 - 294
Number of pages5
JournalFusion Engineering and Design
Issue number2-6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2009
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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Suttrop, W., Gruber, O., Günter, S., Hahn, D., Herrmann, A., Rott, M., Vierle, T., Seidel, U., Sempf, M., Streibl, B., Strumberger, E., Yadikin, D., Neubauer, O., Unterberg, B., Gaio, E., Toigo, V., & Brunsell, P. (2009). In-vessel saddle coils for MHD control in ASDEX Upgrade. Fusion Engineering and Design, 84(2-6), 290 - 294.