Author: Cavinato, M.
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Global Real Time Functions of the "Plasma System": Plasma Control and Machine Protection  
  • F. Sartori, M. Cavinato
    F4E, Barcelona, Spain
  • G. De Tommasi
    CREATE, Napoli, Italy
  • A. Neto
    IPFN, Lisbon, Portugal
  One of the most promising lines of research in the area of energy generation by means of nuclear fusion is Tokamak high temperature magnetic fusion. Tokamak devices are complex machines where very hot plasma is formed, controlled and heated thanks to collaboration of several systems. Many of these systems are involved directly with the management of the plasma and the reaching of the target fusion performances: diagnostics, machine instrumentation, plasma heating systems, and magnets. Especially close and real-time coordination among these systems and the plasma is required for safe and efficient operation of the device. This overall "plasma system" has recently emerged as one of the most important areas of research and development as performance in a large and advanced tokamak device strongly depends on it. This talk will first provide an introductory overview to the "plasma system" especially highlighting its most important requirements. The focus will then be then given to the functions required to support real time coordination among the systems: plasma control and machine protection. The talk will try to exemplify the range of problems encountered in this area using JET experience as a model. Finally an example of present architecture and a methodology addressing the above problems will be presented.  
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