Subscribe options

Select your newsletters:


Please enter your email address:

@

News & Media

Latest ITER Newsline

  • A wide angle on progress

    Whether captured from the top of a crane or from a drone hovering at an altitude of a few dozen metres, the ITER site isalways spectacular. After almost seven y [...]

    Read more

  • Inside the arena

    A visit to the deep "well" where the ITER Tokamak assembly will begin next year begins with a journey underground ... through a maze of giant pillars, [...]

    Read more

  • 10,000 tonnes of magnets to cool

    In ITER, huge volumesof liquid helium will be circulated throughout a complex, five-kilometre network of pipes, pumps and valves to keep the 10,000-tonne magnet [...]

    Read more

  • Heaviest convoy yet

    The triple convoy that reached ITER on Thursday 13 April wasthe heaviest ever organized since the beginning of "highly exceptional" deliveries in Janu [...]

    Read more

  • Gouging the giant's eye

    On the side of the ITER bioshield that faces the main ITER office building, four large openings have been preserved to allow passage for the neutral beam inject [...]

    Read more

Of Interest

See archived articles

EU awards engineering contract for poloidal field coils

The largest poloidal field coils—too large to be transported by road or sea—will be manufactured in a facility on the ITER site. In August, Europe awarded the first in a series of work packages related to their fabrication. (Click to view larger version...)
The largest poloidal field coils—too large to be transported by road or sea—will be manufactured in a facility on the ITER site. In August, Europe awarded the first in a series of work packages related to their fabrication.
The first of a number of work packages for the manufacturing of ITER's poloidal field coils has been signed by the European Domestic Agency, Fusion for Energy (F4E).

The Engineering Integrator contract was awarded to ASG Superconductors (Italy) in August 2013. As Engineering Integrator, ASG will be responsible for issuing a manufacturing plan for ITER's poloidal field coils that defines the manufacturing layout and workflow, including manufacturing drawings and procedures for the production of all the poloidal field coils to be produced in the on-site Poloidal Field Coils Winding Facility. The manufacturing plan, developed in compliance of rigorous quality assurance, will establish the control of manufacturing activities and the production schedule.

ASG will also support F4E in the procurement of the tooling and equipment for component manufacture and supervise the manufacturing and cold test activities. A team of approximately 20 engineers will work under the contract, worth approximately EUR 27.5 million.

Europe is responsible for the fabrication and testing of ITER poloidal field coils 2-6 (poloidal field coil 1 will be supplied by Russia). Coils 2-5 will be manufactured and tested in Europe, while poloidal field coil 6 will be manufactured in China and cold tested in Europe. Cold testing will involve cooling the coils to low temperatures (80 K) in order to reproduce the thermal stresses that will be experienced during ITER operation.

In addition to the Engineering Integrator contract, work packages are under preparation by F4E to cover the tooling, site and infrastructure, manufacturing and cold testing of the poloidal field coils. Focus will now be on implementing the engineering contract and negotiating the next procurement, which is for the tooling necessary for winding operations.

Read more on F4E's website.



return to the latest published articles