Personale docente

Piergiorgio Sonato

Professore ordinario


Indirizzo: VIA G. GRADENIGO, 6/A - PADOVA . . .

Telefono: 0498277598


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- Doctor in Electrical Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Padova (I) with full marks and honours in the a.y. 1981-1982
- Post-graduate course on Plasma Engineering and Controlled Thermonuclear Fusion with full marks and honours in the a.y. 1982-1983

Professional positions
- From 1984 to 1986 he worked under temporary contracts in the team for the construction of the RFX experiment
- From 1986 to 1998 he was Researcher in the Istituto Gas Ionizzati of the National Research Council
- From 1998 to 2001 he was Associate Professor at the University of Cagliari
- From 2001 to 2011 he was Associate Professor at the University of Padova
- From 2011 he is Full Professor of electrical Science at the University of Padova

Scientific activity
He started working in 1983 on the realization of RFX. He was a member of the "Plasma System" group, having responsibility for the following components: first wall, vacuum vessel, stabilizing shell, vacuum and gas injection system, in-vessel remote handling system and magnetic and thermal transducers. In particular he worked on:
- design of the vacuum and gas injection system
- eddy current, electrodynamic force and electrostatic stress calculations of various RFX components
- developed an original electromagnetic model of the stabilizing shell
- design, construction, installation and test of the 600 magnetic transducers mounted on RFX;
- development of the RFX active equilibrium control system
From 1992 up to 2001, after the start of RFX operation, he assumed the role of "Plasma Engineering" Group Leader. He has been directly in charge of:
- Analysis of plasma-wall interaction
- Construction of a transducer system to measure the Halo Currents
- Development of a vented limiter concept
- Development of in-vessel inspection systems
- Realization of components to improve the magnetic field homogeneity in the gap regions of the stabilizing shell
- Construction of plant for the deposition of thin boron films on the first wall
- Development of a concept to apply a rotating torque to the plasma
In 1993-94 he collaborated with the Plasma Wall Interaction group for the exploitation of the ergodic divertor of Tore Supra
From 1999 to 2004 he collaborated for the application of Neural Network techniques in the prediction of the plasma disruptions in JET
In 2000 and later in 2004-2006 he was responsible of the electromechanical calculations of the blanket modules and of the Ion Cyclotron Antenna for ITER
From 2001 to 2005 he has been Team Leader for the design and construction of the RFX-mod load assembly
From 2003 to 2007 he has been Project Leader construction of the Halo Currents system in JET
In 2004 he started a collaboration with IPP-Garching (G) for the application of real time prediction of the disruptions in ASDEX UG
From 2007 to 2013 he has been Project Manager for the realization of the Neutral Beam Test Facility for ITER under construction in Padova
He is member of the Programme Coordination Group of the Consorzio RFX

Teaching activity
- 1995 to 1998 he taught “Electrical Science” for the Diploma on Information Technology Engineering and Environmental Engineering in the Trento University
- 1998 to 2004 he taught “Electrical Science”, “Theory of electric networks” and “Automatic design of electric and magnetic devices” at the Cagliari University
- From the academic year 2001/02 he teaches “Electrical Science” and “Industrial Plasma Applications” at the Padova University

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