06 - 11 - 2015

Procon Systems is leading an R&D project in the field of the nuclear fusion technologies related with control, data acquisition, monitoring and diagnostic systems.

The aim of this project, named PROTOCODAC, is to be a prototypical demonstration of experimental instruments in conventional control systems which are suitable for advanced nuclear facilities.

This application will work for a wide range of scientific and nuclear installations. However, the proposal’s technical feasibility assessment will only be applied to a specific case: ITER’s Test Blanket Modules (TBM) plant. 

The origin of the project is based on two premises:

1.     Innovative experimental solutions for active tritium concentrations monitoring systems.

2.     New predictive simulation capabilities to estimate tritium concentrations.

The objectives pursued by this proposal are:

1.     Establishing and settling the Control, Data Acquisition, Monitoring and Diagnostic Instrumentation system’s conceptual design basis for ITER’s TBMs systems.

2.     Anticipating the systems’ detail engineering key developments towards the strategic perspective of a future TBM control main rooms supply.

3.     Reviewing the existing monitoring and diagnostics solutions taking into consideration the perspective of their integration in the CODAC ITER TBM system.

4.     Contributing to specific instrumentation developments (on-line and real time tritium concentration sensors) and its impact on new control strategies.

The project, which has been planned to be implemented during the next three years, is being developed in collaboration with the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), who brings its extensive knowledge in nuclear technologies, and the Institut Químic de Sarrià (IQS), who brings its innovative solutions in active concentration sensors.

The funding of this project has been recently approved by the Centro para el Desarrollo Tecnológico Industrial (CDTI) within its research and development projects’ (PID) financing program.