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  • The making of a ring coil—a photo story

    From one end to the other of the on-site manufacturing facility for poloidal field coils, the different production stations are now clearly delimited, with tool [...]

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  • An unexpected fusion spinoff: aircraft carrier catapult

    The US company General Atomics is fabricating the 'beating heart of ITER,' an electromagnet called the central solenoid that is so large and powerful, that its [...]

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  • First steps towards "energizing"

    It takes more than the flipping of a switch to connect the ITER site to the French national grid. The operation, called a 'first energizing,' is a complex, step [...]

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  • The bioshield rises

    The bioshield structure is rising at the heart of the Tokamak Building. The last plot of the B1 level was poured last week; about half of the first ground level [...]

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  • Barcelona Supercomputer Center and ITER strengthen ties

    In a Memorandum of Understanding signed on 12 January 2017, the ITER Organization and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) in Spain have agreed 'to promote [...]

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Room to move



In the Jules-Horowitz Research Reactor (RJH) that is being constructed at CEA-Cadarache, the seismic protection system is the same as in ITER: it consists of a first basemat upon which concrete plinths topped by antiseimic pads are installed in order to support a second basemat which bears the weight of the installation.

The RJH reactor and its enclosure being much lighter (100,000 tons) than the ITER Tokamak Complex (320,000 tons), it requires only 195 seismic pads, as compared to 493 in ITER's case.

Apart from a difference in the number of plinths and pads, and also a slightly higher "ceiling" in RJH (2.20 metre vs 1.90)  the ITER and RJH "basements" will be perfectly similar: this picture, taken last week at RHJ, could be a picture taken next year in ITER ...


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