Vertical stabilisation of Tokamak plasmas

M. M.M. Al-Husari, B. Hendel, I. M. Jaimoukha, E. M. Kasenally, D. J.N. Limebeer, A. Portone

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The design of a controller which will control the current in the active control coils of a tokamak fusion reactor is discussed. At this stage, the task is to stabilize and control the vertical position of the plasma. As the linearized models of the plasma dynamics are of very high order, any control system design work must be preceded by a model reduction phase. Model reduction methods based on truncated balancing are used. The control systems are designed using H-based methods. The initial study described indicates that the infinite element models which describe the plasma's vertical dynamics are essential low order. The Krylov subspace method of finding approximate solutions to the gramian equations worked well in this application, and the subsequent model reduction steps were computationally manageable. The H method for designing controllers worked well, and the closed-loop performance seems relatively insensitive to changes of operating point.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control
PublisherPubl by IEEE
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)0780304500
Publication statusPublished - 1991
EventProceedings of the 30th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control Part 1 (of 3) - Brighton, Engl
Duration: 11 Dec 199113 Dec 1991

Publication series

NameProceedings of the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control
ISSN (Print)0191-2216


ConferenceProceedings of the 30th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control Part 1 (of 3)
CityBrighton, Engl

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Control and Optimization


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