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Non-linear model-based optimization of actuator trajectories for tokamak plasma profile control

A computational method is presented to determine the tokamak actuator time evolution (trajectories) required to optimally reach a given point in the tokamak operating space while satisfying a set of constraints. Usually, trajectories of plasma auxiliary heating, current drive and plasma current required during the transient phases of a tokamak shot to reach a desired shape of the plasma temperature and safety factor (q) profiles are determined by trial-and-error by physics operators. In this paper, these trajectories are calculated by solving a non-linear, constrained, finite-time optimal control problem.


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