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  • Cryolines | Another day, another spool

    Having wedged his body and equipment into the cramped space between the ceiling and the massive pipe, a worker is busy welding two cryolines spools. A few metre [...]

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  • Image of the week | Bearings unveiled

    The construction teams are in the last stages of preparing the Tokamak pit for the first major operation of ITER machine assembly: the lowering of the cryostat [...]

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  • Technology | Perfecting tritium breeding for DEMO and beyond

    While ITER will never breed tritium for its own consumption, it will test breeding blanket concepts—the tools and techniques that designers of future DEMO react [...]

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  • Fusion world | Japan and Europe complete the assembly of JT-60SA

    The JT-60SA fusion experiment in Naka, Japan, is designed to explore advanced plasma physics in support of the operation of ITER and next-phase devices. After s [...]

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  • Manufacturing | Thermal shield milestone in Korea

    Six years after the start of fabrication, Korean contractor SFA has completed the last 40° sector of vacuum vessel thermal shield. The stainless steel panels, c [...]

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Remember when it was smooth?

The 42-hectare ITER platform used to be as smooth and as flat as a billiard table. These days it's hard to find a clear patch.

Site adaptation activities (modified entrances and roadworks), digging and pipe-laying for critical networks and galleries, portable office construction, and network installation for the new Contractors Area in the southwest corner of the site have resulted in deep trenches in some areas and mounds of dirt in others.

The "quietest" area of the site is 15-metres below the surface in the Seismic Isolation Pit. But not for long: GTM Construction will soon begin propping and formwork in preparation for concrete pouring for the B2 slab—the "upper basemat" and actual floor of the 360,000-tonne Tokamak Complex.

Work progresses on the Assembly Building basemat. Two sections of structural concrete, or plots, have been poured since November and reinforcement activities are ongoing. (Click to view larger version...)
Work progresses on the Assembly Building basemat. Two sections of structural concrete, or plots, have been poured since November and reinforcement activities are ongoing.


Workers dig galleries along the exterior of the Assembly Building to accommodate services (electricity, evacuation, piping ...) (Click to view larger version...)
Workers dig galleries along the exterior of the Assembly Building to accommodate services (electricity, evacuation, piping ...)


The foundations of the Assembly Building abut the retaining wall of the Tokamak Complex. The two buildings will be the tallest on the platform, rising to a height of 60 metres. (Click to view larger version...)
The foundations of the Assembly Building abut the retaining wall of the Tokamak Complex. The two buildings will be the tallest on the platform, rising to a height of 60 metres.


Propping and formwork will begin at the end of the month for the upper basemat of the Tokamak Pit: by late October 2013, the seismic protection system for the Tokamak Complex will be completely hidden from view. (Click to view larger version...)
Propping and formwork will begin at the end of the month for the upper basemat of the Tokamak Pit: by late October 2013, the seismic protection system for the Tokamak Complex will be completely hidden from view.


Critical network piping will crisscross the ITER site for precipitation drainage and cooling water release. In this section of the network, the pipes have been installed and backfilling is underway. (Click to view larger version...)
Critical network piping will crisscross the ITER site for precipitation drainage and cooling water release. In this section of the network, the pipes have been installed and backfilling is underway.




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