Plant Control Design Handbook
The ITER Plant Control Design Handbook (PCDH) defines standards, specifications and interfaces applicable to ITER plant system instrumentation and control (I&C). These standards are essential for ITER to:
• Integrate all plant systems I&C into one integrated control system
• Maintain all plant system I&C after delivery acceptance
• Contain cost through economies of scale (spare parts, expertise ...)
The latest PCDH (version 7) issued in February 2013 is the final version to be used to design and manufacture the production I&C systems for ITER. By publishing a full set of PCDH documentation, together with regular releases of the CODAC Core System software, ITER seeks to involve the control system community in the testing and verification of ITER I&C standards in order to arrive at a modern and robust control system suitable for ITER and for scientific installations around the world.
The PCDH consists of a master document and satellite documents. The master document contains principal requirements for ITER plant system I&C; satellite documents go deeper into the details of various I&C subjects providing recommendations, guidelines and examples on how to apply the PCDH. While the core document is fixed, satellite documents may evolve with time to incorporate the latest project developments or manage obsolescence.