Magnetic configuration control of ITER plasmas

R. Albanese, M. Mattei, A. Portone, G. Ambrosino, G. Artaserse, F. Crisanti, G. De Tommasi, R. Fresa, F. Sartori, F. Villone

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The aim of this paper is to present some new tools used to review the capability of the ITER Poloidal Field (PF) system in controlling the broad range of plasma configurations presently forecasted during ITER operation. The attention is focused on the axi-symmetric aspects of plasma magnetic configuration control since they pose the greatest challenges in terms of control power and they have the largest impact on machine capital cost. Some preliminary results obtained during ongoing activities in collaboration between ENEA/CREATE and EFDA are presented. The paper is divided in two main parts devoted, respectively, to the presentation of a procedure for the PF current optimisation during the scenario, and of a software environment for the study of the PF system capabilities using the plasma linearized response. The proposed PF current optimisation procedure is then used to assess Scenario 2 design, also taking into account the presence of axisymmetric eddy currents and possible variations of poloidal beta and internal inductance. The numerical linear model based tool derived from the JET oriented eXtreme Shape Controller (XSC) tools is finally used to obtain results on the strike point sweeping in ITER. © 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1138 - 1143
Number of pages6
JournalFusion Engineering and Design
Issue number5-14
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2007
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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

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Albanese, R., Mattei, M., Portone, A., Ambrosino, G., Artaserse, G., Crisanti, F., ... Villone, F. (2007). Magnetic configuration control of ITER plasmas. Fusion Engineering and Design, 82(5-14), 1138 - 1143.