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  • Mitigating plasma disruptions | Second IAEA Technical Meeting held at ITER

    Disruptions of tokamak plasmas (fast events leading to the complete loss of thermal and magnetic energy on millisecond timescales) can pose significant risks to [...]

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  • On site | Distinguished visitors from Korea

    Participants to the Europe-Korea Conference on Science and Technology (EKC) in Marseille took an afternoon off, last week, to pay a visit to the ITER site. The [...]

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  • Image of the week | In the slow cooker

    The thermostat is set at 140 °C and the timer on 72 hours. But contrary to the roasting of a Thanksgiving Turkey, the 'curing' of the resin inside a poloidal fi [...]

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  • Fusion world | "It just isn't like any other kind of research..."

    On 21 April 1956, a fleet of large black limousines travelled in convoy from London to Harwell, just south of Oxford, to make an extraordinary and historic visi [...]

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  • Facility operation | Preparing ~100 System Concepts of Operation

    System Concepts of Operation (ConOps) documents are used at ITER—and at other science and engineering projects—to provide information on the operation and use o [...]

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Of Interest

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Fusion research benefits society (2/4)

Developing fusion science, engineering and technology to a point where fusion energy can be supplied to the grid is one of the most exciting challenges of the 21st century, and potentially one of the most rewarding.

Since last week, Newsline has been featuring a series of videos that highlight the small and large advances that are being made daily. Improvements in industrial processes, new materials, innovative remote handling technologies, computer modelling techniques ... these products of fusion R&D at the cutting edge of science and technology are not only benefitting the fusion development effort, but also society at large through spinoff technologies.

This second video produced by the European Commission takes us to the Netherlands, where a company specialized in explosive metal forming techniques has expanded its horizons—and its client base—through work carried out for the European fusion program.

3D Metal Forming, which uses shock waves to press thin metal sheets into desired shapes, took on the challenging of using the same technique to form the thick, 6-cm steel plates used to manufacture the ITER vacuum vessel. Its success has led to applications in the aeronautics industry, the construction of a large new factory, and expectations of rapid growth.


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