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  • 16,000 m³ in volume, 30 metres in height and as many in width—the ITER cryostat is not only one of the world's largest vacuum chambers, it's also by far the most complex.

    Keeping it cold

    For keeping your coffee warm, there's nothing like a thermos—an ingenious and simple device invented at the end of the 19th century. In between the two walls o [...]

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  • On the north side of the work site, two of the five levels of pillar are already in place. Work has just begun on the third level (one third-level pillar is visible in the photo).

    Assembly Building pillars, climbing ever higher

    As ITER components arrive on site, their first stop will be the cleaning facility at the entrance of the Assembly Building. Then, in the vast hall of the Assem [...]

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  • The spaceship that carries passengers on a quest for inhabitable planets in the 2014 blockbuster "Interstellar" is fuelled by compact tokamaks that also provide the vessel's electricity.

    Fusion and fiction

    In 1985—the very year that a collaborative international project in fusion was proposed by General Secretary Mikhail Gorbatchev to President Ronald Reagan—fusi [...]

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  • At the Industeel-Le Creusot plant in central France (a business unit of the global giant Arcelor-Mittal), some 450 different grades are available. At the top of the line are the steels that will be used in ITER components.

    In the forges of ITER

    Men of the Iron Age, long before the term was coined, accidently discovered that by adding a bit of carbon to molten iron, a harder and more durable metal was [...]

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The lightest of the "heavy" loads

Procured by the United States, manufactured by Hyundai in Korea, transported by DAHER (ITER's global logistics provider), the first Highly Exceptional Load—an electrical transformer—arrived on site on 17 January 2015. (Click to view larger version...)
Procured by the United States, manufactured by Hyundai in Korea, transported by DAHER (ITER's global logistics provider), the first Highly Exceptional Load—an electrical transformer—arrived on site on 17 January 2015.
The voyage got off to a start in mid-November in the industrial port of Ulsan, Korea—more than 9,000 kilometres from the ITER site. Two months later, in January 2015, the "freight" was delivered to ITER.

The last two legs of the trip were the most delicate: unloading from the container vessel and storage during the holidays; followed by trailer transport—first by road, then by barge across the inland sea Etang de Berre, and finally along the 104-kilometre ITER Itinerary to the ITER site.

Procured by the United States, manufactured by Hyundai in Korea, transported by DAHER (ITER's global logistics provider), the electrical transformer was the first of many Highly Exceptional Loads that will be delivered to the project in the years to come. It was also the lightest of the "heavy" loads—87 tons, whereas the most impressive ITER components will reach 600 tons (plus another 200 tons for the transport vehicle).

For all components that will travel along the ITER Itinerary (see "A successful journey" in ITER Mag #1), the transport will be organized by DAHER and Agence Iter France in collaboration with French authorities, and financed by the European Domestic Agency for ITER.

Before the ITER Tokamak and plant systems are in place, over 250 Highly Exceptional Loads will have travelled along the ITER Itinerary.