Linearized models for a new magnetic control in MAST

G. Artaserse, F. Maviglia, R. Albanese, G.J. McArdle, L. Pangione

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Abstract

The aim of this work is to provide reliable linearized models for the design and assessment of a new magnetic control system for MAST (Mega Ampère Spherical Tokamak) using rtEFIT, which can easily be exported to MAST Upgrade. Linearized models for magnetic control have been obtained using the 2D axisymmetric finite element code CREATE L. MAST linearized models include equivalent 2D axisymmetric schematization of poloidal field (PF) coils, vacuum vessel, and other conducting structures. A plasmaless and a double null configuration have been chosen as benchmark cases for the comparison with experimental data and EFIT reconstructions. Good agreement has been found with the EFIT flux map and the experimental signals coming from magnetic probes with only few mismatches probably due to broken sensors. A suite of procedures (equipped with a user friendly interface to be run even remotely) to provide linearized models for magnetic control is now available on the MAST linux machines. A new current driven model has been used to obtain a state space model having the PF coil currents as inputs. Dynamic simulations of experimental data have been carried out using linearized models, including modelling of the effects of the passive structures, showing a fair agreement. The modelling activity has been useful also to reproduce accurately the interaction between plasma current and radial position control loops. © 2013 Euratom-ENEA Association sulla Fusione.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1091 - 1096
Number of pages6
JournalFusion Engineering and Design
Volume88
Issue number6-8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

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

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Artaserse, G., Maviglia, F., Albanese, R., McArdle, G. J., & Pangione, L. (2013). Linearized models for a new magnetic control in MAST. Fusion Engineering and Design, 88(6-8), 1091 - 1096. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fusengdes.2012.12.033