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— Tokamak plasmas in nuclear fusion are subject to various instabilities. A clear example is the sawtooth instability, which has both positive and negative effects on the plasma. To optimize between these effects control of the sawtooth period is necessary. This paper presents a simple control oriented model, from current drive (input) to sawtooth period(More)
Haptic shared control is a promising approach to improve tele-manipulated task execution, by making safe and effective control actions tangible through guidance forces. In current research, these guidance forces are most often generated based on pre-generated, errorless models of the remote environment. Hence such guidance forces are exempt from the(More)
This paper presents a control-oriented model of the magnetic flux in the International Tokamak Experimental Reactor (ITER) actuated with Electron Cyclotron Current Drive (ECCD) at different locations. The main objective of the control-oriented modeling is to derive an input/output representation of the magnetic profile written as a state-space model. The(More)
A new method to identify the spatial dependent parameters describing the heat transport, i.e. diffusion and convection, in fusion reactors is presented. These parameters determine the performance of fusion reactors. The method is based on local transfer functions, which are defined between two measurement locations. Estimation of the local transfer(More)
A new paradigm for real-time plasma profile reconstruction is demonstrated in the TCV tokamak. Predictions based on physics models are merged with available real-time diagnostic data to construct a self-consistent profile state estimate compatible with a time-dependent model of transport processes in the plasma. This is enabled by a new RApid Plasma(More)
Resistive magneto-hydrodynamic instabilities are expected to limit the performance of nuclear fusion reactors. Prime examples are the sawtooth instability and the neoclassical tearing modes. The sawtooth instability will affect the refueling of the plasma core and the fast particle concentration. In reactor relevant conditions, the sawtooth can also trigger(More)
— The sawtooth instability is a repetitive phenomenon occurring in plasmas of tokamak nuclear fusion reactors. Experimental studies of these instabilities and the effect they have on the plasma (notably the drive of secondary instabilities and consequent performance reduction) for a wide variety of plasma conditions is an important line of study in nuclear(More)
Advanced tokamak operation requires control over the q-profile evolution during current ramp-up and flat-top phase, as it determines both stability and performance of the plasma. This can be done by feedback controlling the q-profile evolution. For ITER, simultaneous control of the q-profile and additional control tasks needs to be demonstrated, where a(More)