Description: A common problem in plasma physics experiments is the measurement of the energy deposited on a water-cooled plate by a pulsed energy source. Examples of this are neutral-beam-line defining plate and targets and tokamak water-cooled limiters. One method of measuring this energy is to integrate the product of the temperature rise (..delta..T) and the flow rate (F) of the coolant over the interval between the pulses. The two input parameters ..delta..T and F are derived from a differential thermopile and a turbine flow meter, respectively. A simple digital readout circuit displays the deposited energy in a light-emitting diode display. The circuit uses a commercially available, dual-slope analog-to-digital converter (ADC) in a novel configuration that multiplies ..delta..T and F directly. Calibration of the readout circuit is quick and simple, and short-term accuracies of 5% are easily obtained. Over longer periods the accuracy becomes degraded, primarily by thermal drifts in the thermopile amplifier and in the thermopile connections and the wiring. This offset must be compensated for by a simple adjustment before each experimental run. This readout circuit has been used successfully on the Impurity Study Experiment (ISX-B) neutral beam lines and is most convenient for deposited energy measurements in applications in which computerized data acquisition is not available.
Date: January 1, 1979
Creator: Pearce, J.W. & Edmonds, P.H.
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