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Computer control and data‐acquisition system for the rf test facility

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4 Author(s)
Stewart, K.A. ; Oak Ridge National Laboratory, P. O. Box Y, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831 ; Burris, R.D. ; Mankin, J.B. ; Thompson, D.H.

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The radio frequency test facility (RFTF) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, used to test and evaluate high‐power ion cyclotron resonance heating (ICRH) systems and components, is monitored and controlled by a multicomponent computer system. This data‐acquisition and control system consists of three major hardware elements: (1) an Allen‐Bradley PLC‐3 programmable controller, (2) a VAX 11/780 computer, and (3) a CAMAC serial highway interface. Operating in LOCAL as well as REMOTE mode, the programmable logic controller (PLC) performs all the control functions of the test facility. The VAX computer acts as the operator’s interface to the test facility by providing color mimic panel displays and allowing input via a trackball device. The VAX also provides archiving of trend data acquired by the PLC. Communications between the PLC and the VAX are via the CAMAC serial highway. Details of the hardware, software, and the operation of the system are presented in this paper.

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Review of Scientific Instruments  (Volume:57 ,  Issue: 8 )

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Aug 1986

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