Giuseppe Chitarin (18/9/1958)
Position : Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, Dept. of Management and Engineering, University of Padova, Vicenza, ITALY
36100 Vicenza, ITALY
Phone: +39 0444 99 8721 +39 049 827 8721
Fax: +39 0444 998888
Teaching info (Informazioni sulla Didattica):
PRIMA Neutral Beam Test Facility
Corso Stati Uniti 4
"Diploma di Maturità Classica" , Liceo Tito Livio, Padova, in 1977
Doctoral Degree (Laurea) with honours in Electrical Engineering, University of Padova, December 1982
Postgraduate Diploma degree in "Plasma and Thermonuclear Fusion Engineering" from the University of Padova, 1985.
He joined the National Research Council (CNR) as Researcher in 1984, where he contributed to the design, construction, installation and testing of the magnet system for the RFX experiment, a toroidal magnetic-confinement device for controlled Fusion Research., based on the Reversed Field Pinch concept.
In April 1990 he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering of the University of Padova as Research and Teaching Assistant. He continued the collaboration with the RFX group participating to the plasma experimental campaigns, focusing on the analysis and interpretation of magnetic measurements, developing a method for plasma shape reconstruction in presence of non-axisymmetric perturbations ("locked" MHD modes).
In July 1997 Dr. Chitarin was appointed Leader of the Magnet System Group of the RFX Experiment, taking the responsibility for the development of new local control coils for the active control of the magnetic configurations in RFX (1998-2004) and of new in-vessel magnetic field sensors for RFX and for JET-EP (2003-2007).
In Nov. 1998 he joined the Dept. of Management and Engineering of the University of Padova as Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering.
He has participated to the design of new experiments on the active control of plasma MHD modes and was responsible coordinator for the conceptual study, design and realization of a set of 192 saddle coil for the active control of MHD instabilities on RFX.
In 2001-2007 he has been responsible for collaborations with UKAEA (Culham, UK), CEA (Cadarache, F) , CRPP (Lausanne, CH) for the design and realization of sensors for the measurement of the magnetic configuration and of the Halo Currents for JET and for ITER
Since 2008 he has been appointed deputy Programme Leader for the Physics developments of the Neutral Beam Test Facility for ITER in Padova.
His present fields of interest are:
- magnet design and developments
- magnetic sensors and measurements
- electromagnetic analyses and simulations,
- magnetic configuration reconstructions, magnetic inverse problems halo current measurements
- electrostatic and magnetic design optimization of negative-ion beam accelerator for plasma heating and current drive
- industrial application of plasma science
His research activity deals with the methods for the design and optimization of complex electromagnetic systems with experience also in the operation and analysis of data obtained from large experiments.
At the University of Padova he has contributed to the development of several collaborations with industrial partners in the field of industrial applications of plasma and of electromagnetic device modelling, with a twofold target: educational (allowing the students to gain a practical experience and get in touch with industrial world) and scientific (provide to the industry useful support for applied research and development)
G. Chitarin is author or co-author of more than 140 publications on international journals or conferences.
Research, Teaching and coordination experiences
Jun 1982 - Apr. 1983:
"Leonardo Maggi" fellow at CESI (Centro Elettrotecnico Sperimentale Italiano) of Milan studies the voltage distribution on a HVDC insulator string.
Sept. 1984 - Apr. 1990:
Researcher with the National Research Council (CNR) at the "Istituto Gas Ionizzati". Works on the design of the magnet system for the RFX experiment, studies the conceptual electromagnetic aspects and the technological and structural problems of magnets for Fusion Devices.
Academic years 1988-1989 and 1989-1990:
Visiting Professor at the Univ. of Padova. Lecturer of Electrical Circuits and Electromagnetic Fields to the students of Electronics Engineering and Electrical Engineering.
Apr.1990 - Oct. 1998:
Research Assistant of Electrical Engineering, Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Univ. of Padova.
Leader of the Magnet System Group of RFX, with the function of coordinating the research and development activities related to the Magnets and to the electromagnetic measurements of the RFX experiment, and also promoting the scientific activities of the 5 electrical and electronics engineers who constitute the group.
Nov. 1998 - present
Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, Department of Industrial Management and Engineering (DTG), University of Padova, detached branch of Vicenza. Responsible for the course of "Principles of Electrical Engineering" for the students of Industrial Management and Engineering and of the course of "Electrical circuits" for students of Mechatronics.
2001 - 2005
responsible for coordinating the participation of the Magnet System Group to the following activities:
- design construction installation and commissioning of 192 saddle coils for the control of MHD plasma modes in RFX
- experimental campaigns for active MHD modes control in RFX
- study of the Electrodynamic Loads on First Wall Components of JET in collaboration with the Engineering Analysis Group of UKAEA, Culham (UK).
- design construction installation and commissioning of new magnetic sensors for JET (Magnetics Enhancements and Halo Current Sensors)
Scientific Responsible officer for the contribution of Consorzio RFX to the development magnetic sensors for ITER, in the frame of an international collaboration with CRPP - Ècole Polytechnique Fédérale Lausanne (CH), CEA - Research Centre of Cadarache (F) and CIEMAT - Madrid (E) and ITER IO, financially supported by EFDA.
He is in charge of coordinating the conceptual and technological developments for the realization of equilibrium magnetic field sensors and halo-current sensors suitable to be installed inside the ITER Vessel.
deputy Programme Leader for the Physics developments of the Neutral Beam Test Facility for ITER in Padova.
Brief description of the scientific and technical activities
The research activity of G. Chitarin has been mainly devoted to Magnetic Confinement Fusion since the beginning of the engineering design phase of RFX, in 1984.
RFX is a magnetic-confinement toroidal device conceived and built to investigate on the Reversed Field Pinch (RFP) confinement concept. RFX is still the most advanced international experiment based on the RFP concept, and is being supported by the University of Padova, CNR and ENEA (National Energy and Environment Agency) of Italy and by the European Union (Euratom).
The core of the machine is a toroidal vessel with a major radius of 4 m and a minor radius of 1 m. The RFX Magnet System, which induces the plasma current and produces the equilibrium field, is composed of 18 Ohmic Heating coils, 16 Field Shaping coils and of 48 Toroidal Field Coils, with a diameter ranging from 1.3 m to 8 m, with a total weight of approximately 40 t. The maximum voltage level is 35 kV, with a current of 50 kA a maximum field of 4 Tesla and a total magnetic energy of 77 MJ. The machine has been recently provided with a set of 192 saddle coils for the active control of the MHD modes.
As technical responsible for several industrial supply contracts, during the construction phase of RFX Dr. Chitarin collaborated with the Magnet Department of Alsthom of Belfort (F), ABB of Zuerich (CH), TIBB Milan (I) and Tesla Engineering, Storrington (UK) developing the final design of the coils, testing the prototypes, controlling the manufacturing process, defining and carrying out the production tests.
During the operation period, Dr. Chitarin also had the opportunity of establishing several contacts and exchanges of experiences regarding magnet design and magnetic measurements and analyses with researchers of the major fusion laboratories: JET and UKAEA of Culham (UK), CEA of Cadarache (F), TPE-RX (Electrotechnical Laboratory, Tsukuba, Japan), MST (Univ of Wisconsin, USA), DIII-D (San Diego, USA) and Princeton Plasma Physics Lab ((USA).