Author: Bland, M.J.
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MOPWA074 High Voltage Converter Modulator Optimization 852
  • A. Scheinker
    LANL, Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA
  • M.J. Bland
    University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom
  High voltage converter modulators (HVCM) are at the forefront of long pulse high voltage (100kV) technology for Klystron voltage sources. We present results of digitally implementing an extremum seeking (ES) algorithm with which we optimized the rise time of the output voltage of a HVCM at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE) HVCM test stand by iteratively, simultaneously tuning the first 8 switching edges of each of the three phase drive waveforms (24 variables total). We achieved a 50us rise time, which is reduction in half compared to the 100us currently achieved at the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The ES algorithm is successful despite the noisy measurements and cost calculations, confirming the theoretical predictions that the algorithm is not affected by noise unless it both matches exactly the frequency components of the controller's specific perturbing frequencies and is of comparable size.