Control system for a superconducting rectifier using a microcomputer

Herman H.J. ten Kate, Dick A. Kamphuis, Meindert Caspari, Louis J.M. van de Klundert, Zweitze Houkes

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Within the scope of a research program of superconducting rectifiers software is being developed to take care of the control of such systems. The hard-ware architecture which interferes with the in and output signals is based on a LSI-11/2 microprocessor with sufficient mass storage for data logging, console and printer. The flexibility inherent to this hardware configuration is desired for optimalisation of the rectifier concerning maximum current, power, efficiency and quench stability. The paper describes the structure of the program and the interaction between both computer hardware and software and the superconducting rectifier. However, because the reliability of computersystems is unsatisfactory an additional hardware protection system still handles the most important alarms.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2063-2066
JournalIEEE transactions on magnetics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1981


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