After their intense journey by road, air and sea, the JT-60SA Toroidal Field (TF) coils #17 and #20 reached the JT-60SA Naka site in Japan on Wednesday morning (21 February).
On Wednesday 14 February, the heartbeat of the impressive ITER Cryogenic facility started to beat faster welcoming on its premises the first of the six gaseous helium (GHe) tanks that Europe has been responsible to manufacture.
A facility has been set up at the premises of Consorzio RFX in Padua (Italy) to develop and test a Neutral Beam Injector (NBI) prototype. MITICA, which stands for Megavolt ITER Injector and Concept Advancement, relies on the in-kind contributions of F4E, ITER Organization, the ITER Domestic Agencies of India and Japan, plus Consorzio RFX.
A meeting bringing together all actors involved in delivering the ITER vacuum vessel: the ITER IO Central Team, F4E and the three other Domestic Agencies from India, Korea, Russia, as well as international industry, namely the AMW consortium (consisting of Ansaldo Nucleare S.p.A, Mangiarotti S.p.A and Walter Tosto S.p.A), Equipos Nucleares SA (ENSA), Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), Avasarala Technologies Limited, MAN Diesel & Turbo SE (MDT), was held at the premises of ITER IO in Cadarache, France, as well as MAN Diesel & Turbo SE in Deggendorf, Germany.
The DEMO Oriented Neutron Source (DONES) infrastructure will help scientists to test materials in an environment of neutron irradiation similar to that of a Demonstration fusion reactor (DEMO), the machine that will follow ITER.
ITER will be made of thousands of highly complex state of the art components which need to fit together like an intricate puzzle. F4E’s fusion engineering design process has long relied on mock-ups and prototypes based on 3D drawings know as CAD, computer-aided designs, to use as a basis for conventional manufacturing. However, F4E has increasingly started to set its sights on a new method known as additive manufacturing (AM) which uses 3D printing, to design and directly manufacture components more efficiently and affordably. Once a CAD sketch is produced, the AM equipment reads data from the CAD file and, depending on method, lays downs or adds successive layers of liquid, melted powder, or sheet material, in a layer-upon-layer fashion to fabricate a 3D object.
Safety is an integral aspect of ITER and a top priority for ITER Organization, F4E and all the ITER Domestic Agencies. Because ITER is located in France, it must follow French safety rules and the French Safety Authority (ASN) has required ITER Organization to integrate the Test Blanket Systems (TBSs) into the safety demonstration (a compilation of documentation and analysis which demonstrates the safety of ITER). An international Task Force, encompassing ITER IO and the ITER Parties developing TBSs (F4E is developing two TBSs and the ITER Domestic Agencies of China, India, Japan and Korea are each developing one TBS), was established at the beginning of 2016 in order to deliver the technical documentation needed to integrate the TBSs into the larger ITER safety demonstration. After one year of intensive work this technical documentation which will be used by ITER IO to answer to the ASN request has now been delivered.
The recent delivery of Europe’s beam source to the SPIDER experiment (Source for Production of Ion of Deuterium Extracted from Radio Frequency plasma), one of the test beds of ITER’s heating systems, has been an important achievement for F4E, the ITER Organization, Consorzio RFX and the companies involved. During the first half of 2018 the temperatures in the vast hall where the equipment is being installed will rise because operations will kick-off and a new chapter for the NBTF (Neutral Beam Test Facility) will open.
This was the event to pay tribute to the work of F4E staff, acknowledge the contribution of various companies and laboratories that we have been collaborating with, and finally, thank our stakeholders for their support. Under the same roof, more than 500 people gathered to celebrate Europe’s involvement in ITER and F4E’s role in making this a reality.
The production of all five Vacuum Vessel sectors that Europe is producing for ITER is currently progressing well. This parallel production of such a large number of geometrically complex mechanical sectors in ITER grade stainless steel is in contrast to last year’s production of one sole sector and shows the commitment of F4E to the ITER project.
ITER will rely on a sophisticated system of superconducting magnets consisting of the central solenoid, which can be described as its backbone; the correction coils, which will reduce the range of magnetic errors created by imperfections due to the location and geometry of other coils; six Poloidal Field coils responsible for the shape and stability of the plasma, and 18 Toroidal Field (TF) coils which will create a magnetic cage to entrap the hot gas.
On 19 October, the French Federation of Engineering Firms (Syntec- Engineering) celebrated the 11th edition of the national engineering awards in partnership with France’s Ministry of Ecology (Ministère de la Transition écologique et solidaire), the Directorate General for Enterprise, under the authority of the Ministry of Economy and Finance, and the group Moniteur.