J.C.L. Brazier (Brazier Consultants), A. Dinius, Q. King, J.G. Pett (CERN)
The design of the LHC machine imposes severe demands upon the control of current in the 1700 magnet circuits. This has required the use of novel methods for the control of individual power converters and of the magnet current control system as a whole. This paper will review the chosen hardware and software methods and architectures. The digital regulation techniques used to achieve the overall targets for short-term stability (<3ppm) and reproducibility (<10ppm) of the 24 principal LHC circuits will be discussed. While the proposed system architecture will follow the canonical three-layer design, so successfully exploited in LEP, the software will be far from traditional. This software must be more reliable and maintainable than ever before, and will need to integrate with advanced object-oriented applications via commercial middleware. These challenges will be faced by applying object-oriented techniques throughout the system and by harnessing the power of XML for system definition.
Last updated: September 13, 2002
Website Problem? Contact Technical Publications