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ITER NEWSLINE 89
10 Jul, 2009
These current sharing temperatures, which determine the operating margin of the magnet, are among the highest ever recorded on TF conductor samples at SULTAN and qualify the strand type and the cable/jacket design and process combination that were used to manufacture the sample. This performance qualification is a pre-requisite to the execution of the Procurement Arrangement and will enable CN-DA to launch the production of its 7.5% share of the TF Conductor (corresponding to 5 Regular, 760 m long and 5 Side, 415 m long Double Pancake unit lengths).
The Institute of Plasma Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (ASIPP), located in Hefei, has taken charge of the ITER superconductor technology development in China based on the technologies developed during the construction of the EAST superconducting Tokamak. Cooperating with leading institutes and companies throughout China and in close collaboration with the ITER Organization, ASIPP has succeeded in developing a baseline technology for ITER TF conductor manufacture.
The TF conductor for the SULTAN sample was produced in 2008, and was shipped to Sultan in October 2008. The Cr-plated Nb3Sn strands and Cr-plated Cu strands for TFCN1 were supplied by OST. The cable was manufactured by Baosheng Science and Technology Innovation INC. The austenitic stainless steel tube for the jacket was produced by Baoshan Iron & Steel Co., Ltd, while cable insertion and conductor compaction were carried out by ASIPP. Conductor sample heat treatment, assembly and instrumentation were carried out at Sultan.
"Between 1992 and 2001," remembers Harry Tuinder, now the Legal Advisor to the ITER Director-General, "a certain amount of preparatory work was accomplished within the framework of the ITER Engineering Design Activities (EDA). In November 2001, after Canada had offered a site, the formal ITER negotiations commenced and we began actively looking into possible models."
Discussions to prepare consensus and iron out the difficulties between the Negotiators were entrusted to a 40 person Negotiators Standing Sub-Group (NSSG). NSSG first met in Tokyo in December 2001, and was to convene eleven times between that date and 2007 to prepare Negotiators Meetings.
"We were embarking on a 35 year-long project. The Parties had committed very substantial investments and our first requirement was stability: we could not be dependant on a possible change of policy by one or another of the ITER Parties. So we quickly came to the conclusion that we needed a full-blown international organization based on an international agreement."
The procedure to create such an organization was "long and difficult" and further complicated, after the withdrawal of Canada in December 2003, by the absence of a decision concerning the siting of ITER until 2005.
ITER is unique in its nature, scope and objectives; the original Parties sometimes held different views on what kind of internal and governing bodies needed to be set up. They diverged on dispute settlement, project resource management, staff regulations, intellectual property, liability, voting rights... and even on how much vacation the staff would be entitled to.
"We tried to have the best of many worlds, but we also had to be inventive", says Akko Maas, ITER Senior Officer for External Coordination, who, as part of the European team that supported the European Site Studies, witnessed most of the 5 year-long process.
The issue of the relations with France as the Host State was a particular headache for the Negotiators. "As an international organization" says Akko, "our premises are international. But we're not completely extra-territorial, like an embassy. We will be operating a nuclear installation and that means we had to work out a special provision in the ITER Agreement in order to observe national regulations regarding Public Health, Safety, Licensing and Environmental Protection."
Creating the ITER Organization, which was formally established on 24 October 2007, was "a big balancing act" says Harry Tuinder. A unique blend of "flexibility" and "commitment"; it is now, in some of its provisions, "a model for other large international science collaborations".
For 220 years Bastille Day has been celebrated as the French Fête Nationale. On this occasion, the martial lyrics of the French national anthem will resound in every city, town and village across the land. La Marseillaise and its call to drench the furrows of the land with the tainted blood of the enemy hordes will be sung by schoolchildren, mayors, army personnel, pop stars, divas and veterans from last century's wars.
Despite repeated calls to replace its aggressive lyrics by more brotherly ones, la Marseillaise has remained untouched since it was composed in 1792 as "The war song for the Army of the Rhine". The year was one of great peril for the young Revolution: foreign armies were massing at the borders and threatening to restore King Louis XVI — not beheaded yet... — to his throne.
Alarmed by the situation and by popular unrest in Paris, the Legislative Assembly issued a call for volunteers. In Marseille, 516 young men answered by forming a battalion and decided to march on to the capital. The Fédérés, as they were called, left Marseille on 3 July and walked for 26 days until they reached their destination. All the while they sung and their favourite chant was that new "War song for the Army of the Rhine" they had heard at a meeting held in Marseille the previous month.
The Fédérés were young and being from Marseille, they were loud, enthusiastic and outgoing. They made a strong impression on the people they met on their way to Paris and, quite naturally, the war song they sang became known as the song of the Marseillais — in short, La Marseillaise.
The song was adopted as the Republic's national anthem in 1795, and then banned under Napoleon's rule and the subsequent return of the Monarchy. Only in 1879, under the Third Republic, was it reinstated as France's national anthem — complete with "bloody tyrants", "mercenary phalanxes", "sublime pride" and "avenging arms".
Click here for la Marseillaise lyrics in English
The Ambassador pointed out that ITER was one of the most international mega-science collaboration projects in which China had ever participated. The success and achievements of ITER would definitely offer a solution to the energy sustainability for all mankind. China would continue its support for the development of the ITER project by fulfilling its due obligations.
DG Ikeda and Ambassador Kong further exchanged views on the project schedule, China's current participation and that of other Members, and on the status of Chinese staff working in the ITER Organization. Lastly, Ambassador Kong happily accepted an invitation to visit the ITER Site in Cadarache.
The visitors were delegates from the World Conference of Science Journalists, which took place in London earlier in the week.
Dr Francesco Romanelli, EFDA-JET Associate Leader, gave a presentation on the exciting plans for JET and led tours of the facility — during which the journalists tested their skills with the remote-handling boom by playing Jenga!
Nick Holloway of Culham's Public Relations team explained: "It was a unique opportunity to make contact with journalists from countries that wouldn't normally be on our radar. Our visitors came from as far afield as Argentina, Uganda and Australia, and they took away a very positive impression of JET and ITER."
The Hans Werner Osthoff Plasma Physics Prize 2009 is equally shared by the two German scientists Dr. Jan Benedikt from the University of Bochum and Dr. Philipp Lauber from the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Garching. The prize is awarded for outstanding achievements in the field of Plasma Physics, and is particularly directed at supporting junior scientists. Lauber acquired international recognition for developing a computer simulation for predicting the behaviour of the plasma in ITER.
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ITER Safety & Security Department
Then, a delegation of the Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté et Nucléaire visited CEA Cadarache and the ITER site. Carlos Alejaldre, Director of Safety and Security gave them presentations of ITER. On the 8 July, the President of the Conseil Général des Hautes Alpes, Jean- Yves Dusserre, came to visit ITER. He was welcomed by Francois Gauché, the Director of Agence ITER France, who presented progress on construction, and Kaname Ikeda, Director-General of ITER Organization, who presented the ITER project.
On 6 July, twenty students from Delft University in the Netherlands visited ITER. After a guided tour coordinated by Marina Bayle from Agence ITER France, Akko Maas from the ITER Project Office gave them a introduction to the project and replied to questions in relation with their technical studies and interests.
Click here to view photos from various visits...