Prototyping control and data acquisition for the ITER neutral beam test facility

Adriano Luchetta, Gabriele Manduchi, Cesare Taliercio, Anton Soppelsa, Francesco Paolucci, Filippo Sartori, Paolo Barbato, Mauro Breda, Roberto Capobianco, Federico Molon, Modesto Moressa, Sandro Polato, Paola Simionato, Enrico Zampiva

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The ITER Neutral Beam Test Facility will be the project's R&D facility for heating neutral beam injectors (HNB) for fusion research operating with H/D negative ions. Its mission is to develop technology to build the HNB prototype injector meeting the stringent HNB requirements (16.5 MW injection power, $-$ 1 MeV acceleration energy, 40 A ion current and one hour continuous operation). Two test-beds will be built in sequence in the facility: first SPIDER, the ion source test-bed, to optimize the negative ion source performance, second MITICA, the actual prototype injector, to optimize ion beam acceleration and neutralization. The SPIDER control and data acquisition system is under design. To validate the main architectural choices, a system prototype has been assembled and performance tests have been executed to assess the prototype's capability to meet the control and data acquisition system requirements. The prototype is based on open-source software frameworks running under Linux. EPICS is the slow control engine, MDSplus is the data handler and MARTe is the fast control manager. The prototype addresses low and high-frequency data acquisition, 10 kS/s and 10 MS/s respectively, camera image acquisition, data archiving, data streaming, data retrieval and visualization, real time fast control with 100 control cycle and supervisory control. © 1963-2012 IEEE.
Original languageEnglish
Article number6616620
Pages (from-to)3454 - 3460
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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Luchetta, A., Manduchi, G., Taliercio, C., Soppelsa, A., Paolucci, F., Sartori, F., ... Zampiva, E. (2013). Prototyping control and data acquisition for the ITER neutral beam test facility. IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science, 60(5), 3454 - 3460. [6616620].