Linear Models for Plasma Current Control

A.J. Garrido, O. Barambones, I. Garrido, P. Alkorta, and F. Artaza (Spain)


Plasma control, linear control, tokamak modelling, nuclear fusion.


The control of plasma in nuclear fusion has been revealed as a promising application of Control Engineering, with increasing interest in the control community during last years. In this paper it is provided a summary of the background necessary to deal with plasma current control problems in tokamak-based nuclear fusion reactors as it is the case of the future ITER tokamak. Also, a review of the most used simulators and plasma models is given, with the aim of providing an adequate background for control engineers to derive their own control-oriented model or to choose the appropriate existing one, including the design of a lineal model of the plasma suitable for control purposes.

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