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  • 1. Antoni, V
    et al.
    Cavanazza, R
    Martines, E
    Serianni, G
    Spada, E
    Spolaore, M
    Vianello, N
    Drake, James Robert
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Alfvén Laboratory.
    Bergsåker, Henric
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Alfvén Laboratory.
    Brunsell, Per R
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Alfvén Laboratory.
    Cecconello, Marco
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Alfvén Laboratory.
    Regnoli, G
    Turbulent transport and plasma flow in the reversed field pinch2004In: IAEA-CN-116, 2004Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 2.
    Bergsåker, H
    et al.
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Alfvén Laboratory.
    Larsson, D
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Alfvén Laboratory.
    Brunsell, P
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Alfvén Laboratory.
    Möller, A
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Alfvén Laboratory.
    Tramontin, L
    Wall conditioning and particle control in Extrap T21997In: Journal of Nuclear Materials, ISSN 0022-3115, E-ISSN 1873-4820, Vol. 241-243, p. 993-997Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 3.
    Bergsåker, Henric
    et al.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Menmuir, Sheena
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Rachlew, Elisabeth
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Brunsell, Per
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Frassinetti, Lorenzo
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Drake, James R.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Metal impurity fluxes and plasma-surface interactions in EXTRAP T2R2008In: PROCEEDINGS OF THE 17TH INTERNATIONAL VACUUM CONGRESS/13TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SURFACE SCIENCE/INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON NANOSCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, 2008, Vol. 100Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The EXTRAP T2R is a large aspect ratio Reversed Field Pinch device. The main focus of interest for the experiments is the active feedback control of resistive wall modes [1]. With feedback it has been possible to prolong plasma discharges in T2R from about 20 ms to nearly 100 ms. In a series of experiments in T2R, in H- and D- plasmas with and without feedback, quantitative spectroscopy and passive collector probes have been used to study the flux of metal impurities. Time resolved spectroscopic measurements of Cr and Mo lines showed large metal release towards discharge termination without feedback. Discharge integrated fluxes of Cr, Fe, Ni and Mo were also measured with collector probes at wall position. Reasonable quantitative agreement was found between the spectroscopic and collector probe measurements. The roles of sputtering, thermal evaporation and arcing in impurity production are evaluated based on the composition of the measured impurity flux.

  • 4.
    Brunsell, P
    et al.
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Alfvén Laboratory.
    Cecconello, M
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Alfvén Laboratory.
    Drake, J R
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Alfvén Laboratory.
    Malmberg, J-A
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Alfvén Laboratory.
    Franz, P
    Martin, P
    Marrelli, L
    Piovesan, P
    Spizzo, G
    Quasi Single Helicity in EXTRAP-T2R2003In: Europhysics Conf. Abstracts Vol. 27A, 2003, p. P-1.211-Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 5.
    Brunsell, P R
    et al.
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Alfvén Laboratory.
    Bergsåker, H
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Brzozowski, J H
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Alfvén Laboratory.
    Cecconello, M
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Alfvén Laboratory.
    Drake, J R
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Alfvén Laboratory.
    Malmberg, J-A
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Alfvén Laboratory.
    Scheffel, J
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Alfvén Laboratory.
    Schnack, D D
    Mode dynamics and confinement in the reversed-field pinch2000In: IAEA-CN-77: Fusion Energy 2000, 2000, p. Paper EXP3/14-Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 6.
    Brunsell, P R
    et al.
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Alfvén Laboratory.
    Malmberg, J-A
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Alfvén Laboratory.
    Yadikin, D
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Alfvén Laboratory.
    Resistive wall mode studies in the EXTRAP T2R reversed-field pinch2002In: Europhysics Conf. Abstracts 26B, 2002, p. P-1.107-Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 7.
    Brunsell, Per
    et al.
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Alfvén Laboratory.
    Bergsåker, Henric
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Alfvén Laboratory.
    Cecconello, Marco
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Alfvén Laboratory.
    Drake, James Robert
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Alfvén Laboratory.
    Gravestijn, Robert
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Physics.
    Hedqvist, Anders
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Physics.
    Malmberg, Jenny A.
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Alfvén Laboratory.
    Initial results from the rebuilt EXTRAP T2R RFP device2001In: Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, ISSN 0741-3335, E-ISSN 1361-6587, Vol. 43, no 11, p. 1457-1470Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The EXTRAP T2R thin shell reversed-field pinch (RFP) device has recently resumed operation after a major rebuild including the replacement of the graphite armour with molybdenum limiters, a fourfold increase of the shell time constant, and the replacement of the helical coil used for the toroidal field with a conventional solenoid-type coil. Wall-conditioning using hydrogen glow discharge cleaning was instrumental for successful RFP operation. Carbon was permanently removed from the walls during the first week of operation. The initial results from RFP operation with relatively low plasma currents in the range I-p = 70-100 kA are reported. RFP discharges are sustained for more than three shell times. Significant improvements in plasma parameters are observed, compared to operation before the rebuild. There is a substantial reduction in the carbon impurity level. The electron density behaviour is more shot-to-shot reproducible. The typical density is n(e) = 0.5-1 x 10(19) m(-3). Monitors of H-alpha line radiation indicate that the plasma wall interaction is more toroidally symmetric and that there is less transient gas release from the wall. The minimum loop voltage is in the range V-t = 28-35 V, corresponding to a reduction by a factor of two to three compared to the value before the rebuild.

  • 8.
    Brunsell, Per
    et al.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Frassinetti, Lorenzo
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Volpe, Francesco
    Columbia University, New York, NY, USA.
    Olofsson, Erik
    Columbia University, New York, NY, USA.
    Fridström, Rickard
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Setiadi, Agung Chris
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Resistive Wall Mode Studies utilizing External Magnetic Perturbations2014In: Proceeding of the 25th IAEA Fusion Energy Conference, 2014, article id Paper EX/P4-20Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 9.
    Brunsell, Per
    et al.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Frassinetti, Lorenzo
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Volpe, Francesco
    Columbia University, New York, NY, USA.
    Olofsson, Erik
    Columbia University, New York, NY, USA.
    Fridström, Rickard
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Setiadi, Agung Chris
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Resistive Wall Mode Studies utilizing External Magnetic PerturbationsManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
  • 10.
    Brunsell, Per
    et al.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Olofsson, K. Erik J.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Frassinetti, Lorenzo
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Menmuir, Sheena
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics.
    Cecconello, Marco
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Yadikin, D.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Kuldkepp, Mattias
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics.
    Drake, James Robert
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Rachlew, Elisabethth
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics.
    Resistive wall mode feedback control experiments in EXTRAP T2R2007In: 34th EPS Conference on Plasma Physics 2007, EPS 2007 - Europhysics Conference Abstracts, 2007, p. 544-547Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Experiments in EXTRAP T2R on RWM stabilization using intelligent shell feedback with a P-controller showed that mode suppression improves with increasing gain up to the system stability limit. A PD-controller gives faster response and allows operation with higher gain. The PI-controller is useful for suppression of modes driven by external resonant field error. Best mode suppression was in the present study achieved with a PID-controller.

  • 11.
    Brunsell, Per R.
    et al.
    KTH, Superseded Departments (pre-2005), Alfvén Laboratory.
    Bergsåker, Henric
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Brzozowski, Jerzy
    Cecconello, Marco
    Drake, James R.
    Malmberg, Jenny-Ann
    Scheffel, Jan
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS).
    Schnack, Dalton
    Mode Dynamics and Confinement in the Reversed-field Pinch2000In: 18th IAEA Fusion Energy Conference in Sorrento, Italy, 4-10 Oct. 2000. Paper IAEA-CN-77/EXP3/14, 2000Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Tearing mode dynamics and toroidal plasma flow in the RFP has been experimentally studied in the Extrap T2 device. A toroidally localised, stationary magnetic field perturbation, the ``slinky mode'' is formed in nearly all discharges. There is a tendency of increased phase alignment of different toroidal Fourier modes, resulting in higher localised mode amplitudes, with higher magnetic fluctuation level. The fluctuation level increases slightly with increasing plasma current and plasma density. The toroidal plasma flow velocity and the ion temperature has been measured with Doppler spectroscopy. Both the toroidal plasma velocity and the ion temperature clearly increase with I/N. Initial, preliminary experimental results obtained very recently after a complete change of the Extrap T2 front-end system (first wall, shell, TF coil), show that an operational window with mode rotation most likely exists in the rebuilt device, in contrast to the earlier case discussed above. A numerical code DEBSP has been developed to simulate the behaviour of RFP confinement in realistic geometry, including essential transport physics. Resulting scaling laws are presented and compared with results from Extrap T2 and other RFP experiments.

  • 12.
    Brunsell, Per R.
    et al.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Centres, Alfvén Laboratory Centre for Space and Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Kuldkepp, Mattias
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics.
    Menmuir, Sheena
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics.
    Cecconello, Marco
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Centres, Alfvén Laboratory Centre for Space and Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Hedqvist, Anders
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics.
    Yadikin, Dimitry
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Centres, Alfvén Laboratory Centre for Space and Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Drake, James Robert
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Centres, Alfvén Laboratory Centre for Space and Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Rachlew, Elisabeth
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics.
    Reversed field pinch operation with intelligent shell feedback control in EXTRAP T2R2006In: Nuclear Fusion, ISSN 0029-5515, E-ISSN 1741-4326, Vol. 46, no 11, p. 904-913Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Discharges in the thin shell reversed field pinch (RFP) device EXTRAP T2R without active feedback control are characterized by growth of non-resonant m = 1 unstable resistive wall modes (RWMs) in agreement with linear MHD theory. Resonant m = 1 tearing modes (TMs) exhibit initially fast rotation and the associated perturbed radial fields at the shell are small, but eventually TMs wall-lock and give rise to a growing radial field. The increase in the radial field at the wall due to growing RWMs and wall-locked TMs is correlated with an increase in the toroidal loop voltage, which leads to discharge termination after 3-4 wall times. An active magnetic feedback control system has been installed in EXTRAP T2R. A two-dimensional array of 128 active saddle coils (pair-connected into 64 independent m = 1 coils) is used with intelligent shell feedback control to suppress the m = 1 radial field at the shell. With feedback control, active stabilization of the full toroidal spectrum of 16 unstable m = 1 non-resonant RWMs is achieved, and TM wall locking is avoided. A three-fold extension of the pulse length, up to the power supply limit, is observed. Intelligent shell feedback control is able to maintain the plasma equilibrium for 10 wall times, with plasma confinement parameters sustained at values comparable to those obtained in thick shell devices of similar size.

  • 13.
    Brunsell, Per. R.
    et al.
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Alfvén Laboratory.
    Malmberg, Jenny-Ann
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Alfvén Laboratory.
    Yadikin, Dimitry
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Alfvén Laboratory.
    Cecconello, Marco
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Alfvén Laboratory.
    Resistive wall modes in the EXTRAP T2R reversed-field pinch2003In: Physics of Plasmas, ISSN 1070-664X, E-ISSN 1089-7674, Vol. 10, p. 3823-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Resistive wall modes (RWM) in the reversed field pinch are studied and a detailed comparison of experimental growth rates and linear magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) theory is made. RWM growth rates are experimentally measured in the thin shell device EXTRAP T2R [P. R. Brunsell , Plasma Phys. Controlled Fusion 43, 1 (2001)]. Linear MHD calculations of RWM growth rates are based on experimental equilibria. Experimental and linear MHD RWM growth rate dependency on the equilibrium profiles is investigated experimentally by varying the pinch parameter Theta=B-theta(a)/<B-phi> in the range Theta=1.5-1.8. Quantitative agreement between experimental and linear MHD growth rates is seen. The dominating RWMs are the internal on-axis modes (having the same helicity as the central equilibrium field). At high Theta, external nonresonant modes are also observed. For internal modes experimental growth rates decrease with Theta while for external modes, growth rates increase with Theta. The effect of RWMs on the reversed-field pinch plasma performance is discussed.

  • 14. Brunsell, Per R.
    et al.
    Olofsson, K. E. J.
    Frassinetti, L.
    Drake, James R.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Resistive wall mode feedback control in EXTRAP T2R with improved steady-state error and transient response2007In: Physics of Plasmas, ISSN 1070-664X, E-ISSN 1089-7674, Vol. 14, no 10Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 15.
    Brunsell, Per R.
    et al.
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Alfvén Laboratory.
    Yadikin, Dmitriy
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Alfvén Laboratory.
    Gregoratto, D.
    Bolzonella, T.
    Cecconello, Marco
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Alfvén Laboratory.
    Drake, James Robert
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Alfvén Laboratory.
    Luchetta, A.
    Malmberg, Jenny-Ann
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Alfvén Laboratory.
    Manduchi, G.
    Marchiori, G.
    Liu, Y.
    Ortolani, S.
    Paccagnella, R.
    First results from intelligent shell experiments with partial coil coverage in the EXTRAP T2R reversed field pinch2004In: Europhysics Conf. Abstracts Vol 29C, 2004, p. P-5.190-Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 16.
    Brunsell, Per
    et al.
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Alfvén Laboratory.
    Yadikin, Dimitry
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Alfvén Laboratory.
    Gregoratto, D.
    Paccagnella, R.
    Bolzonella, T.
    Cavinato, M.
    Cecconello, Marco
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Alfvén Laboratory.
    Drake, James Robert
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Alfvén Laboratory.
    Luchetta, A.
    Manduchi, G.
    Marchiori, G.
    Marrelli, L.
    Martin, P.
    Masiello, A.
    Milani, F.
    Ortolani, S.
    Spizzo, G.
    Zanca, P.
    Feedback Stabilization of Multiple Resistive Wall Modes2004In: Physical Review Letters, ISSN 0031-9007, E-ISSN 1079-7114, Vol. 93, no 22, p. 225001-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Active feedback stabilization of multiple independent resistive wall modes is experimentally demonstrated in a reversed-field pinch plasma. A reproducible simultaneous suppression of several nonresonant resistive wall modes is achieved. Coupling of different modes due to the limited number of the feedback coils is observed in agreement with theory. The feedback stabilization of nonresonant RWMs also has an effect on tearing modes that are resonant in the central plasma, leading to a significant prolongation of the discharge pulse.

  • 17.
    Brunsell, Per
    et al.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Centres, Alfvén Laboratory Centre for Space and Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Yadikin, Dmitriy
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Centres, Alfvén Laboratory Centre for Space and Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Cecconello, Marco
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Centres, Alfvén Laboratory Centre for Space and Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Drake, James Robert
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Centres, Alfvén Laboratory Centre for Space and Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Marchiori, Giuseppe
    Feedback stabilization of resistive wall modes in a reversed-field pinch2005In: Physics of Plasmas, ISSN 1070-664X, E-ISSN 1089-7674, Vol. 12, no 9, p. 092508-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    An array of saddle coils having Nc =16 equally spaced positions along the toroidal direction has been installed for feedback control of resistive wall modes (RWMs) on the EXTRAP T2R reversed-field pinch [P. R. Brunsell, H. Bergsaker, M. Cecconello, Plasma Phys. Controlled Fusion 43, 1457 (2001)]. Using feedback, multiple nonresonant RWMs are simultaneously suppressed for three to four wall times. Feedback stabilization of RWMs results in a significant prolongation of the discharge duration. This is linked to a better sustainment of the plasma and tearing mode toroidal rotation with feedback. Due to the limited number of coils in the toroidal direction, pairs of modes with toroidal mode numbers n, n′ that fulfill the condition ∫n- n′ ∫ = Nc are coupled by the feedback action from the discrete coil array. With only one unstable mode in a pair of coupled modes, the suppression of the unstable mode is successful. If two modes are unstable in a coupled pair, two possibilities exist: partial suppression of both modes or, alternatively, complete stabilization of one target mode while the other is left unstable.

  • 18.
    Brunsell, Per
    et al.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Centres, Alfvén Laboratory Centre for Space and Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Yadikin, Dmitriy
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Centres, Alfvén Laboratory Centre for Space and Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Cecconello, Marco
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Centres, Alfvén Laboratory Centre for Space and Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Drake, James Robert
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Centres, Alfvén Laboratory Centre for Space and Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Menmuir, Sheena
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics.
    Rachlew, Elisabeth
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics, Atomic and Molecular Physics.
    Zanca, P.
    Active control of multiple resistive wall modes2005In: Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, ISSN 0741-3335, E-ISSN 1361-6587, Vol. 47, no 12 B, p. B25-B36Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

     A two-dimensional array of saddle coils at M-c poloidal and N-c toroidal positions is used on the EXTRAP T2R reversed-field pinch (Brunsell P R et al 2001 Plasma Phys. Control. Fusion 43 1457) to study active control of resistive wall modes (RWMs). Spontaneous growth of several RWMs with poloidal mode number m = 1 and different toroidal mode number n is observed experimentally, in agreement with linear MHD modelling. The measured plasma response to a controlled coil field and the plasma response computed using the linear circular cylinder MHD model are in quantitive agreement. Feedback control introduces a linear coupling of modes with toroidal mode numbers n, n' that fulfil the condition vertical bar n - n'vertical bar = N-c. Pairs of coupled unstable RWMs are present in feedback experiments with an array of Mc x Nc = 4 x 16 coils. Using intelligent shell feedback, the coupled modes are generally not controlled even though the field is suppressed at the active coils. A better suppression of coupled modes may be achieved in the case of rotating modes by using the mode control feedback scheme with individually set complex gains. In feedback with a larger array of Mc x Nc = 4 x 32 coils, the coupling effect largely disappears, and with this array, the main internal RWMs n = -11, -10, +5, +6 are all simultaneously suppressed throughout the discharge (7-8 wall times). With feedback there is a two-fold extension of the pulse length, compared to discharges without feedback.

  • 19.
    Bykov, Igor
    et al.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Vignitchouk, Ladislas
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Space and Plasma Physics.
    Ratynskaia, Svetlana
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Space and Plasma Physics.
    Banon, Jean-Philippe
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Space and Plasma Physics.
    Tolias, Panagiotis
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Space and Plasma Physics.
    Bergsåker, Henric
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Frassinetti, Lorenzo
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Brunsell, Per R.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Transport asymmetry and release mechanisms of metal dust in the reversed-field pinch configuration2014In: Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, ISSN 0741-3335, E-ISSN 1361-6587, Vol. 56, no 3, p. 035014-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Experimental data on dust resident in the EXTRAP T2R reversed-field pinch are reported. Mobile dust grains are captured in situ by silicon collectors, whereas immobile grains are sampled post mortem from the wall by adhesive tape. The simulation of collection asymmetries by the MIGRAINe dust dynamics code in combination with the experimental results is employed to deduce some characteristics of the mechanism of intrinsic dust release. All evidence suggests that re-mobilization is dominant with respect to dust production.

  • 20. Cavinato, M.
    et al.
    Gregoratto, D.
    Marchiori, G.
    Paccagnella, R.
    Brunsell, Per
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Yadikin, Dmitriy
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Comparison of strategies and regulator design for active control of MHD modes2005In: Fusion engineering and design, ISSN 0920-3796, E-ISSN 1873-7196, Vol. 74, no 1-4, p. 549-553Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A system of evenly spaced poloidal arrays of saddle coils was recently installed on the reversed field pinch device EXTRAP T2R to perform experiments on the active control of MHD modes. The implementation of different control strategies, such as "intelligent shell" and "mode control", was made possible by a flexible digital control system. After giving some results on the performances of the innermost coil current control loop, two versions of "mode control" recently tested on the machine are presented. In the "wise shell" approach, equilibrium related modes are ruled out and a systematic increase of the pulse length is obtained. In a second, more model based, approach, a mode estimator/controller is designed aiming at a full state feedback by including modes, which are not directly measurable due to the limited number of available real-time signals.

  • 21.
    Cecconello, Marco
    et al.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Centres, Alfvén Laboratory Centre for Space and Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Brunsell, Per R.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Centres, Alfvén Laboratory Centre for Space and Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Yadikin, Dmitriy
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Centres, Alfvén Laboratory Centre for Space and Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Drake, James Robert
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Centres, Alfvén Laboratory Centre for Space and Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Rotation evolution of tearing modes during feedback stabilization of resistive wall modes in a reversed field pinch2005Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 22.
    Cecconello, Marco
    et al.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Frassinetti, Lorenzo
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Olofsson, Erik
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Khan, Muhammad Waqas Mehmood
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Brunsell, Per
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Resistive tearing modes dynamics with plasma control in a reversed field pinch2008In: 35th EPS Conference on Plasma Physics 2008, EPS 2008 - Europhysics Conference Abstracts: Volume 32, Issue 1, 2008, p. 429-432Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 23.
    Cecconello, Marco
    et al.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Centres, Alfvén Laboratory Centre for Space and Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Kuldkepp, Mattias
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics.
    Menmuir, Sheena
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics.
    Hedqvist, Anders
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics.
    Brunsell, Per R.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Centres, Alfvén Laboratory Centre for Space and Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Current profile modifications with active feedback stabilization of resistive wall modes in a reversed field pinch2006In: Proceedings of the 33rd European Physical Society Conference on Plasma Physics, 2006, p. 1680-1683Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 24.
    Cecconello, Marco
    et al.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Centres, Alfvén Laboratory Centre for Space and Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Menmuir, Sheena
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics.
    Brunsell, Per R.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Centres, Alfvén Laboratory Centre for Space and Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Kuldkepp, Mattias
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics.
    Rotation in a reversed field pinch with active feedback stabilization of resistive wall modes2006In: Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, ISSN 0741-3335, E-ISSN 1361-6587, Vol. 48, no 9, p. 1311-1331Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Active feedback stabilization of multiple resistive wall modes (RWMs) has been successfully proven in the EXTRAP T2R reversed field pinch. One of the features of plasma discharges operated with active feedback stabilization, in addition to the prolongation of the plasma discharge, is the sustainment of the plasma rotation. Sustained rotation is observed both for the internally resonant tearing modes (TMs) and the intrinsic impurity oxygen ions. Good quantitative agreement between the toroidal rotation velocities of both is found: the toroidal rotation is characterized by an acceleration phase followed, after one wall time, by a deceleration phase that is slower than in standard discharges. The TMs and the impurity ions rotate in the same poloidal direction with also similar velocities. Poloidal and toroidal velocities have comparable amplitudes and a simple model of their radial profile reproduces the main features of the helical angular phase velocity. RWMs feedback does not qualitatively change the TMs behaviour and typical phenomena such as the dynamo and the `slinky' are still observed. The improved sustainment of the plasma and TMs rotation occurs also when feedback only acts on internally non- resonant RWMs. This may be due to an indirect positive effect, through non- linear coupling between TMs and RWMs, of feedback on the TMs or to a reduced plasma- wall interaction affecting the plasma flow rotation. Electromagnetic torque calculations show that with active feedback stabilization the TMs amplitude remains well below the locking threshold condition for a thick shell. Finally, it is suggested that active feedback stabilization of RWMs and current profile control techniques can be employed simultaneously thus improving both the plasma duration and its confinement properties.

  • 25.
    Drake, J R
    et al.
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Alfvén Laboratory.
    Brunsell, P R
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Alfvén Laboratory.
    Brzozowski, J H
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Alfvén Laboratory.
    Cecconello, M
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Alfvén Laboratory.
    Gravestijn, R M
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Physics.
    Malmberg, J-A
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Alfvén Laboratory.
    Sallander, E
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Alfvén Laboratory.
    First results from the EXTRAP T2R RFP experiment2001In: Europhysics Conf. Abstracts Vol 25A, 2001, p. 457-460Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 26.
    Drake, James Robert
    et al.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Bolzonella, T.
    Olofsson, Erik
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Baruzzo, T. M.
    Brunsell, Per
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Frassinetti, Lorenzo
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Guo, S. C.
    Igochine, V.
    Liu, Y. Q.
    Marchiori, G.
    Paccagnella, R.
    Rubinacci, G.
    Soppelsa, A.
    Villone, F.
    Yadikin, D.
    Martin, P.
    Zohm, H.
    Reversed-Field Pinch Contributions to Resistive Wall Mode Physics and Control2008Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Optimal feedback control of resistive-wall modes (RWM) is of common interest for toroidal fusionconcepts that use conducting walls for stabilization of ideal MHD modes. From the RWM control point of view,the RFP situation is in many respects similar to the advanced tokamak situation in the presence of very lowplasma rotation, where the most effective stabilizing mechanism is the feedback action of a set of active coils.Results from EXTRAP T2R (Sweden) and RFX-mod (Italy) RFP experiments have shown that full feedbackcontrol of multiple RWMs is possible and their deleterious effects can be completely suppressed. However it isnow important to optimize the RWM control systems both for the RFP and tokamak configuration for futureimplementation. Important aspects of optimization are effective mode identification and tracking capability,avoidance of the harmful effects of sideband modes (aliasing) in the control spectrum, minimized powerrequirements and robust controller stability. The paper describes collaborative work carried out on the two RFPexperiments. Controller models based on the mode harmonic control concept and on a state-space multipleinputmultiple-output intelligent shell concept are studied. Progress in development of optimal control schemesare presented both through experimental studies and simulations.

  • 27.
    Drake, James Robert
    et al.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Brunsell, Per R.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Yadikin, Dmitriy
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Bergsåker, Henric
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Cecconello, Marco
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Hedqvist, Anders
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics.
    Kuldkepp, Mattias
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics.
    Menmuir, Sheena
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics.
    Rachlew, Elisabeth
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics.
    Experiments on feedback control of multiple resistive wall modes comparing different active coil arrays and sensor types2006In: IAEA-F1-CN-149, 2006, p. Paper EX/P8-11-Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 28.
    Drake, James Robert
    et al.
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Alfvén Laboratory.
    Brunsell, Per R
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Alfvén Laboratory.
    Yadikin, Dmitriy
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Alfvén Laboratory.
    Cecconello, Marco
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Alfvén Laboratory.
    Malmberg, Jenny-A.
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Alfvén Laboratory.
    Gregoratto, D
    Paccagnella, R
    Bolzonella, T
    Manduchi, G
    Marrelli, L
    Ortolani, S
    Spizzo, G
    Zanca, P
    Bondeson, A
    Liu, Y Q
    Experimental and theoretical studies of active control of resistive wall mode growth in the EXTRAP T2R reversed-field pinch2004In: IAEA-CN-116, 2004, p. Paper EX/P2-20-Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 29.
    Drake, James Robert
    et al.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Centres, Alfvén Laboratory Centre for Space and Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Brunsell, Per
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Centres, Alfvén Laboratory Centre for Space and Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Yadikin, Dimitry
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Centres, Alfvén Laboratory Centre for Space and Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Cecconello, Marco
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Centres, Alfvén Laboratory Centre for Space and Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Malmberg, Jenny
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Centres, Alfvén Laboratory Centre for Space and Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Liu, Y.
    Experimental and theoretical studies of active control of resistive wall mode growth in the EXTRAP T2R reversed-field pinch2005In: Nuclear Fusion, ISSN 0029-5515, E-ISSN 1741-4326, Vol. 45, no 7, p. 557-564Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Active feedback control of resistive wall modes (RWMs) has been demonstrated in the EXTRAP T2R reversed-field pinch experiment. The control system includes a sensor consisting of an array of magnetic coils (measuring mode harmonics) and an actuator consisting of a saddle coil array (producing control harmonics). Closed-loop (feedback) experiments using a digital controller based on a real time Fourier transform of sensor data have been studied for cases where the feedback gain was constant and real for all harmonics (corresponding to an intelligent-shell) and cases where the feedback gain could be set for selected harmonics, with both real and complex values (targeted harmonics). The growth of the dominant RWMs can be reduced by feedback for both the intelligent-shell and targeted-harmonic control systems. Because the number of toroidal positions of the saddle coils in the array is half the number of the sensors, it is predicted and observed experimentally that the control harmonic spectrum has sidebands. Individual unstable harmonics can be controlled with real gains. However if there are two unstable mode harmonics coupled by the sideband effect, control is much less effective with real gains. According to the theory, complex gains give better results for (slowly) rotating RWMs, and experiments support this prediction. In addition, open loop experiments have been used to observe the effects of resonant field errors applied to unstable, marginally stable and robustly stable modes. The observed effects of field errors are consistent with the thin-wall model, where mode growth is proportional to the resonant field error amplitude and the wall penetration time for that mode harmonic.

  • 30. Franz, P.
    et al.
    Gadani, G.
    Pasqualotto, R.
    Marrelli, L.
    Martin, P.
    Spizzo, G.
    Brunsell, Per
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Alfvén Laboratory.
    Chapman, B. E.
    Paganucci, F.
    Rossetti, P.
    Xiao, C.
    Compact soft x-ray multichord camera: Design and initial operation2003In: Review of Scientific Instruments, ISSN 0034-6748, E-ISSN 1089-7623, Vol. 74, no 3 II, p. 2152-2156Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The design and initial operation of a compact soft x-ray (SXR) multichord camera was studied. The line integrity emissivity was measured along up to 20 lines of sight using an array of miniaturized silicon photodiodes. The application of the diagnostic to a gas-fed magnetoplasma dynamic thruster (MPDT) with an external magnetic field was also discussed.

  • 31.
    Frassinetti, L.
    et al.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Centres, Alfvén Laboratory Centre for Space and Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Brunsell, Per R.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Centres, Alfvén Laboratory Centre for Space and Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Drake, James R.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Menmuir, S.
    Cecconello, Marco
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Spontaneous quasi single helicity regimes in EXTRAP T2R reversed-field pinch2007In: Physics of Plasmas, ISSN 1070-664X, E-ISSN 1089-7674, Vol. 14, no 11Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 32.
    Frassinetti, Lorenzo
    et al.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Brunsell, Per
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Cecconello, Marco
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Drake, James R.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Khan, Muhammad Waqas Mehmood
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Menmuir, Sheena
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics.
    Olofsson, Erik
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Active feedback control of QSH in EXTRAP-T2R2008Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 33.
    Frassinetti, Lorenzo
    et al.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Centres, Alfvén Laboratory Centre for Space and Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Brunsell, Per
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Centres, Alfvén Laboratory Centre for Space and Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Drake, James Robert
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Centres, Alfvén Laboratory Centre for Space and Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Menmuir, Sheena
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics.
    Cecconello, Marco
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Centres, Alfvén Laboratory Centre for Space and Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Spontaneous QSH in the EXTRAP T2R reversed-field pinch2007In: 34th EPS Conference on Plasma Physics 2007, EPS 2007 - Europhysics Conference Abstracts, 2007, p. 579-582Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 34.
    Frassinetti, Lorenzo
    et al.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Centres, Alfvén Laboratory Centre for Space and Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Brunsell, Per R.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Centres, Alfvén Laboratory Centre for Space and Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Cecconello, Marco
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Centres, Alfvén Laboratory Centre for Space and Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Drake, James R.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Centres, Alfvén Laboratory Centre for Space and Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Heat transport modelling in EXTRAP T2R2009In: Nuclear Fusion, ISSN 0029-5515, E-ISSN 1741-4326, Vol. 49, no 2Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A model to estimate the heat transport in the EXTRAP T2R reversed field pinch (RFP) is described. The model, based on experimental and theoretical results, divides the RFP electron heat diffusivity chi(e) into three regions, one in the plasma core, where chi(e) is assumed to be determined by the tearing modes, one located around the reversal radius, where chi(e) is assumed not dependent on the magnetic fluctuations and one in the extreme edge, where high chi(e) is assumed. The absolute values of the core and of the reversal chi(e) are determined by simulating the electron temperature and the soft x-ray and by comparing the simulated signals with the experimental ones. The model is used to estimate the heat diffusivity and the energy confinement time during the flat top of standard plasmas, of deep F plasmas and of plasmas obtained with the intelligent shell.

  • 35.
    Frassinetti, Lorenzo
    et al.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Centres, Alfvén Laboratory Centre for Space and Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Brunsell, Per R.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Centres, Alfvén Laboratory Centre for Space and Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Drake, James R.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Centres, Alfvén Laboratory Centre for Space and Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Experiments and modelling of active quasi-single helicity regime generation in a reversed field pinch2009In: Nuclear Fusion, ISSN 0029-5515, E-ISSN 1741-4326, Vol. 49, no 7Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The interaction of a static resonant magnetic perturbation (RMP) with a tearing mode (TM) is becoming a relevant topic in fusion plasma physics. RMPs can be generated by active coils and then used to affect the properties of TMs and of the corresponding magnetic islands. This paper shows how the feedback system of the EXTRAP T2R reversed field pinch (RFP) can produce a RMP that affects a rotating TM and stimulate the transition to the so-called quasi-single helicity (QSH) regime, a RFP plasma state characterized by a magnetic island surrounded by low magnetic chaos. The application of the RMP can increase the QSH probability up to 10% and enlarge the size of the corresponding island. Part of the experimental results are supported by a theoretical study that models the effect of the active coils on the magnetic island.

  • 36.
    Frassinetti, Lorenzo
    et al.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Centres, Alfvén Laboratory Centre for Space and Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Brunsell, Per R.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Centres, Alfvén Laboratory Centre for Space and Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Drake, James R.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Centres, Alfvén Laboratory Centre for Space and Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Heat transport in the quasi-single-helicity islands of EXTRAP T2R2009In: Physics of Plasmas, ISSN 1070-664X, E-ISSN 1089-7674, Vol. 16, no 3Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The heat transport inside the magnetic island generated in a quasi-single-helicity regime of a reversed-field pinch device is studied by using a numerical code that simulates the electron temperature and the soft x-ray emissivity. The heat diffusivity chi(e) inside the island is determined by matching the simulated signals with the experimental ones. Inside the island, chi(e) turns out to be from one to two orders of magnitude lower than the diffusivity in the surrounding plasma, where the magnetic field is stochastic. Furthermore, the heat transport properties inside the island are studied in correlation with the plasma current and with the amplitude of the magnetic fluctuations.

  • 37.
    Frassinetti, Lorenzo
    et al.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Brunsell, Per
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Setiadi, C
    Fridström, Richard
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Khan, W
    Drake, J
    TM locking and unlocking mechanism to an external resonant field2014In: Meeting of the Nordic Research Units in EUROfusion, 2014Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 38.
    Frassinetti, Lorenzo
    et al.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Brunsell, P.R.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Fridström, R
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Setiadi, C
    Khan, W
    EXTEAP T2R overview2015In: 17th IEA/RFP Workshop, 26-29 october 2015, 2015Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 39.
    Frassinetti, Lorenzo
    et al.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Fridström, R
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Brunsell, P. R.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Experimental study on the physical mechanism related to the hysteresis  of the  TM locking‐unlocking process to an external  field in EXTRAP T2R2014In: 19th workshop on MHD stability control, 2014Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 40.
    Frassinetti, Lorenzo
    et al.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Fridström, Richard
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Men, S
    Brunsell, Per
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Tearing mode locking and unlocking to an error field in EXTRAP T2R2013In: 18th Workshop on MHD Stability Control: Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, 18-20 November, 2013, 2013Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 41.
    Frassinetti, Lorenzo
    et al.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Fridström, Richard
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Menmuir, S
    Brunsell, Per
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Braking torque due to external perturbations in EXTRAP T2R2013In: Joint 19th ISHW and 16th IEA-RFP workshop: Padova, Italy, 16-20 September, 2013, 2013Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 42.
    Frassinetti, Lorenzo
    et al.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Fridström, Richard
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Menmuir, Sheena
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Brunsell, Per R.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    The tearing mode locking-unlocking mechanism to an external resonant field in EXTRAP T2R2014In: Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, ISSN 0741-3335, E-ISSN 1361-6587, Vol. 56, no 10, p. 104001-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The tearing mode (TM) locking and unlocking process due to an external resonant magnetic perturbation (RMP) is experimentally studied in EXTRAP T2R. The RMP produces a reduction of the natural TM velocity and ultimately the TM locking if a threshold in the RMP amplitude is exceeded. During the braking process, the TM slows down via a mechanism composed of deceleration and acceleration phases. During the acceleration phases, the TM can reach velocities higher than the natural velocity. Once the TM locking occurs, the RMP must be reduced to a small amplitude to obtain the TM unlocking, showing that the unlocking threshold is significantly smaller than the locking threshold and that the process is characterized by hysteresis. Experimental results are in qualitative agreement with a model that describes the locking-unlocking process via the balance of the electromagnetic torque produced by the RMP that acts to brake the TM and the viscous torque that tends to re-establish the unperturbed velocity.

  • 43.
    Frassinetti, Lorenzo
    et al.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Fridström, Rickard
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Olofsson, Erik
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Setiadi, Agung Chris
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Brunsell, Per
    Volpe, Francesco
    Columbia University, New York, NY, USA.
    Drake, James
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    A Technique for the Estimation of the Wall Diffusion Time2012In: 54th Meeting of the APS Division of Plasma Physics, November 2012,  Providence, USA, 2012Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Feedback systems are important tools for an advanced control of the MHD instabilities in fusion plasmas, both for the suppression of undesired modes, such as RWMs, and for the generation of external perturbations for ELM suppression. A good knowledge of the diffusion time through the machine wall of each external harmonics is necessary for reaching optimal performances of the feedback algorithms.A correct theoretical estimation is not easy due the presence of three-dimensional mechanical structures in the devices, such as shell cuts and external conductive structures that need to be considered. Identification of differences in the vertical and horizontal diffusion time are not simple from a theoretical point of view.This work will present a relatively simple technique to experimentally estimate the diffusion time for each harmonic. The technique is based on the generation of rotating external magnetic perturbations in vacuum and on the quantification of the wall screening from the measured field inside the wall. The technique will be able to quantify possible differences among the horizontal and vertical diffusion time. In the final part of the work, the comparison with the results obtained with a closed-loop identification algorithm of the machine plant will be discussed.

  • 44.
    Frassinetti, Lorenzo
    et al.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Izzo, V.
    Olofsson, Erik
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Menmuir, Sheena
    Brunsell, Per R.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Drake, James Robert
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Screening effect of plasma flow on resonant magnetic perturbations in EXTRAP T2R2012In: EPS Conf. Plasma Phys., EPS Int. Congr. Plasma Phys., 2012, p. 365-368Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 45.
    Frassinetti, Lorenzo
    et al.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Menmuir, Sheena
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Brunsell, Per
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Resonant magnetic perturbation penetration and locking threshold in EXTRAP T2R2013In: 40th EPS Conference on Plasma Physics: Espoo, Finland, 1-5 July, 2013, 2013Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In a tokamak or reversed field pinch plasma with rotating tearing modes (TM), the penetration of resonant magnetic perturbations (RMPs) and/or error-fields can lead to braking of the TM rotation velocity and eventually to wall locking of the TM. The TM rotation braking may occur via the electromagnetic torque that acts locally near the rational surface [1, 2, 3]. At a critical RMP amplitude, a transition from a fast rotating TM to a slowly rotating or wall locked TM occurs. This critical RMP amplitude is referred to as the error-field penetration threshold or the TM locking threshold. In this work, the threshold is experimentally studied in the EXTRAP T2R reversed-field pinch. The experimental results are compared with a model for the non-linear TM dynamics, which incorporates the balance between the electromagnetic braking torque and the viscous drag of the rotating plasma [3].

  • 46.
    Frassinetti, Lorenzo
    et al.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Menmuir, Sheena
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Khan, Waqas
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Olofsson, Erik
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Brunsell, Per
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Drake, James Robert
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    The effect of external control fields on tearing mode dynamics2011In: Proceedings of the 38th European Physical Society Conference on Plasma Physics, 2011, p. 1220-1223Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 47.
    Frassinetti, Lorenzo
    et al.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Menmuir, Sheena
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Olofsson, K. Erik J.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Brunsell, Per R.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Drake, James Robert
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Tearing mode velocity braking due to resonant magnetic perturbations2012In: Nuclear Fusion, ISSN 0029-5515, E-ISSN 1741-4326, Vol. 52, no 10, p. 103014-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The effect of resonant magnetic perturbations (RMPs) on the tearing mode (TM) velocity is studied in EXTRAP T2R. Experimental results show that the RMP produces TM braking until a new steady velocity or wall locking is reached. The braking is initially localized at the TM resonance and then spreads to the other TMs and to the rest of the plasma producing a global velocity reduction via the viscous torque. The process has been used to experimentally estimate the kinematic viscosity profile, in the range 2-40 m 2 s -1, and the electromagnetic torque produced by the RMP, which is strongly localized at the TM resonance. Experimental results are then compared with a theoretical model which gives a reasonable qualitative explanation of the entire process.

  • 48.
    Frassinetti, Lorenzo
    et al.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Olofsson, E
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES).
    Brunsell, Per
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES).
    Drake, J
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES).
    EXTRAP Coils and Tearing Mode Dynamics2011In: 16th Workshop on MHD stability control, November 20 - 22, 2011 San Diego, CA, USA, 2011Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 49.
    Frassinetti, Lorenzo
    et al.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Centres, Alfvén Laboratory Centre for Space and Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Olofsson, Erik
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Centres, Alfvén Laboratory Centre for Space and Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Brunsell, Per
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Centres, Alfvén Laboratory Centre for Space and Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Drake, James robert
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Centres, Alfvén Laboratory Centre for Space and Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Implementation of advanced feedback control algorithms for controlled resonant magnetic perturbation physics studies on EXTRAP T2R2011In: Nuclear Fusion, ISSN 0029-5515, E-ISSN 1741-4326, Vol. 51, no 6, p. 063018-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The EXTRAP T2R feedback system (active coils, sensor coils and controller) is used to study and develop new tools for advanced control of the MHD instabilities in fusion plasmas. New feedback algorithms developed in EXTRAP T2R reversed-field pinch allow flexible and independent control of each magnetic harmonic. Methods developed in control theory and applied to EXTRAP T2R allow a closed-loop identification of the machine plant and of the resistive wall modes growth rates. The plant identification is the starting point for the development of output-tracking algorithms which enable the generation of external magnetic perturbations. These algorithms will then be used to study the effect of a resonant magnetic perturbation (RMP) on the tearing mode (TM) dynamics. It will be shown that the stationary RMP can induce oscillations in the amplitude and jumps in the phase of the rotating TM. It will be shown that the RMP strongly affects the magnetic island position.

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    Frassinetti, Lorenzo
    et al.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Olofsson, Erik
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Brunsell, Per R.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Drake, James R.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Fusion Plasma Physics.
    Resonant magnetic perturbation effect on tearing mode dynamics2010In: Nuclear Fusion, ISSN 0029-5515, E-ISSN 1741-4326, Vol. 50, no 3, p. 035005-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The effect of a resonant magnetic perturbation (RMP) on the tearing mode (TM) dynamics is experimentally studied in the EXTRAP T2R device. EXTRAP T2R is equipped with a set of sensor coils and active coils connected by a digital controller allowing a feedback control of the magnetic instabilities. The recently upgraded feedback algorithm allows the suppression of all the error field harmonics but keeping a selected harmonic to the desired amplitude, therefore opening the possibility of a clear study of the RMP effect on the corresponding TM. The paper shows that the RMP produces two typical effects: (1) a weak oscillation in the TM amplitude and a modulation in the TM velocity or (2) a strong modulation in the TM amplitude and phase jumps. Moreover, the locking mechanism of a TM to a RMP is studied in detail. It is shown that before the locking, the TM dynamics is characterized by velocity modulation followed by phase jumps. Experimental results are reasonably explained by simulations obtained with a model.

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