Fiches de cours

Control and Operation of Tokamaks (Tokamak Plasma Control)


Lecturer(s) :

Felici Federico Alberto Alfredo
Moret Jean-Marc




Every 2 years


Every 2 years / Next time: Spring 2020 (Block course)


Obtain an understanding of the principal requirements for the control of high power tokamak pulses and to understand how these can be met by applying the basic principles of control theory.


1. Overview of control requirements in a tokamak - current ITER design of plasma control
2. Basic principles of control theory - model types, identification, controllers, LTI, non-LTI
3. Design of controllers for plasma equilibrium control of ITER
4. Advanced issues related to ITER plasma shape control - constraints, optimisation
5. Design of controllers for kinetic control of 0-D quantities - energy and density, quantised actuators
6. Advanced issues related to kinetic control of 0-D quantities
7. Formulation of the control of continuous radial plasma profiles
8. Advanced issues related to profile control - actuator conflict
9. Stabilisation of MHD activity and current research work
10. Issues related to the control of the plasma-wall interactions - divertor, wall contact
11. Overview of the state of the art in the field and future tendencies in ITER



In the programs

    • Semester
    • Exam form
       Oral presentation
    • Credits
    • Subject examined
      Control and Operation of Tokamaks (Tokamak Plasma Control)
    • Lecture
      16 Hour(s)
    • Exercises
      16 Hour(s)
    • Practical work
      8 Hour(s)

Reference week

      Exercise, TP
      Project, other


  • Autumn semester
  • Winter sessions
  • Spring semester
  • Summer sessions
  • Lecture in French
  • Lecture in English
  • Lecture in German