A set of 18 Toroidal Field (TF) coils will create a massive magnetic cage to confine ITER’s superhot plasma. While keeping the hot gas away from the walls of the vacuum vessel, they may experience some fatigue or deformation resulting from the powerful magnetic fields. Nine pre-compression rings hold the key to the survival of the TF coils.
The civil engineering works at the Tokamak complex, which consists of the Tritium, Tokamak, and Diagnostics buildings, are advancing. The construction works of the walls of the last floor (Level 5) of the Tokamak building have started, raising the total of people involved in the construction of the complex to 750. And just as the building is rising by one level, more concrete is poured to form the so-called crown, where the ITER machine will rest upon.
The trucks transporting the equipment of the cryoplant that will cool down MITICA, the second experiment of the prestigious ITER Neutral Beam Test Facility, have reached Padua. It’s a humid hot summer afternoon, in stark contrast to the cold temperatures that will be produced by the “refrigerator” of this experiment.
Six massive superconducting magnets, known as Poloidal Field (PF) coils, will embrace the ITER machine from top to bottom to shape and contribute to the stability of the superhot plasma. Europe is responsible for the production of five of these coils.
Based on the success of BSBF2018, the Big Science organisations of BSBF (CERN, EMBL, ESA, ESO, ESRF, ESS, European XFEL, F4E and ILL) have now decided to call for bids from interested parties to become the host of Big Science Business Forum 2020 (BSBF2020) to be held in the first half of 2020.
The final countdown for the operation of SPIDER has started. All its systems are connected and engineers together with scientists are getting ready to turn the switch on and start testing. It’s the result of a successful international collaboration of various Parties, from inside and outside Europe, working together to bring fusion energy a step closer.