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UWC 2020: A call for transformational change
Bowing to current COVID-19 realities but buoyed by the success of June’s virtual Annual Meeting, ANS event planners returned to the virtual realm for this year’s Utility Working Conference. Originally scheduled for August 9–12 at Marco Island, Fla., the condensed event was held Wednesday, August 11, wherever registrants’ computer devices happened to be located.
In addition to 26 educational sessions and workshops, UWC 2020 featured an opening plenary session titled “Achieving Transformational Change: A leadership discussion,” moderated by Bob Coward, MPR Associates principal officer and ANS past president (2017–2018). Plenary panelists included representatives from three utilities—Arizona Public Service (APS), Exelon, and Xcel Energy—plus the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Y. Zhang, X. G. Wang, X. J. Wang, H. C. Hu, Y. Liu, A. Ti, L. Q. Xu, X. D. Zhang, EAST Team
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 70 | Number 1 | July 2016 | Pages 62-72
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST15-138
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This paper discusses a control system for the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) that suppresses neoclassical tearing modes (NTMs) (3/2 and 2/1) by applying electron cyclotron (EC) heating and current drive. It allows the magnetic island to be detected and localized in real time and the EC beam to be deposited exactly on the island position by stepwise tuning of the steerable launch mirror. The mode features are identified with temperature perturbation to develop the algorithm for real-time island location. The necessary parameters for the design of the control system are discussed and determined based on simulation of the nonlinear island growth of NTMs with application of EC current drive. Although similar work has been done on many other devices, this is the first attempt on EAST.