Maintenance and preparation of the 3.7 GHz LHCD system for WEST operation
CEA, IRFM, F-13108 Saint Paul-lez-Durance, France.
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Published online: 23 October 2017
The generator for the 3.7 GHz Lower Hybrid Current Drive (LHCD) system on Tore Supra consists of 16 klystrons capable of delivering 600kW/1000s each on plasma. Such a powerful installation needs to be operated on a regular basis in order to preserve the specifications of the klystrons in terms of output power and pulse duration. This has been of particular importance during the long shutdown between the last Tore Supra campaign in 2011  and the start of LHCD experiments on WEST in 2017. The TH2103C klystrons have been operated on matched load once a year during the shutdown. A reduction of 14% of the available RF power for the experimental program is found, which is partly due to the loss of one klystron. Another important aspect of the maintenance procedure is to maintain the knowledge of the operating team at a good level. This paper describes the procedure and tests performed during six years of shut-down. It also summarizes the technical problems encountered and the consequences on the test schedule, and highlights the importance of maintaining such large plants in operating condition during shutdowns.
Key words: klystron / Lower Hybrid / RF heating system / generator
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