Optimal strategies for real-time sparse actuator compensation in RFX-mod MHD control operations

L. Pigatto, P. Bettini, T. Bolzonella, G. Marchiori, F. Villone

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In many devices aiming at magnetic confinement of fusion relevant plasmas, feedback control of MHD instabilities by means of active coils is nowadays mandatory to ensure the robustness of high performance operational scenarios. Actuators involved in the control loop are often coupled in the sensor measurements and an optimal strategy for decoupling can be limited by the need of reducing as much as possible the cycle time of the control loop itself. It is also important to stress the fact that the problem is intrinsically 3D, involving different non-axisymmetric contributions. The baseline situation in RFX-mod is documented, where the identity matrix is chosen to represent the simplest case of mutual coupling matrix. The problem of missing or broken actuators is introduced and tackled with dedicated compensation strategies. A detailed description is given for a possible compensation concept which can be applied in real-time operation thanks to its implementation strategy, yielding very promising results in terms of local field reconstruction.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)690 - 693
Number of pages4
JournalFusion Engineering and Design
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2015
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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